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Posted 20 December 2011 - 05:32 PM
Bbjb, Kattrel and Suez - I'd love a dummy too, but really would need to actually finish some clothes for me before it became worth while!
I've got a doll quilt to finish and then have to pack up the sewing room to paint and recarpet (and all the bedrooms too) after christmas, so will have to make do with knitting for a few weeks. it will be worth it to finally have the smelly carpets replace and lovely fresh paint on the walls and ceilings. DH has got the bthroom, laundry and toilet all done, and patched the walls in the bedrooms ready to go. We were going to go visit family for a week or two, but have put it off to get this work done. Pulling up the old carpet will be a challenge as it is two layers and the bottom layer is glued to the slab!!
Once the bedrooms are done I can pick some curtains or blinds and then start planning the kitchen (but that will be a year or two before it gets done) and then we are finished!
Only one day of work leeft-YAY
Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:23 PM
Hi all. Just a quick one. Hope to get some time soon to check out everyone's blogs and see what lovely Christmas sewing has taken place. I have started some Christmas sewing today . I made 2 Discovery Bags (on my blog). They are so much fun to make!!!! Tomorrow I have 2 library bags to make.
Ceily - Did you end up making library bags? What pattern did you use? I plan to make simple bags with a shoulder strap and a little appliqued name label. Similar to the link by anyonezangel but with one strap that goes from side-to-side.
Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:54 PM
I finally finished the essential sewing for Christmas tonight - I did buttonholes and sewed on the buttons.
A-line dresses http://wannabesewer.blogspot.com/2011/12/l...ss-bonanza.html
Dress for my niece - http://wannabesewer.blogspot.com/2011/12/d...r-my-niece.html
Cargo shorts for my nephew - http://wannabesewer.blogspot.com/2011/12/c...ts-for-boy.html
I hope these fit everyone – cross fingers.
I have material cut out for another couple of summer dresses for my girls, but I just didn’t get the time to sew them up. I’ll sew them up after we shift houses in January. Hopefully we’ll have a long summer!
Off to check out some of your blogs now.
Hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable time over the Christmas break!
PS. I'm another one who would love a dress form dummy too, but I need to actually sew clothes for me to make that worth while!
PPS. Kattrel, I did get your comment on my blog, thank you! I just don't know how to reply directly to comments....
Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 21 December 2011 - 09:57 PM.
Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:37 AM
Yoda and Nayjay - nice to see you! You've both been sewing up a storm, looks great.
Cecily - nice to see you too. Did you make the bags?
Kattrell - you've been busy too, they all look great, and hope the dress form gets lots of use.
Susan - I've seen some nice versions of the parfait dress, looking forward to seeing yours. I love the Chantilly dress too, but too gathered in the bust for me. I've been toying with the Crepe dress. It looks boring on the Collette site, but I've seen some fantastic versions on flikr -I'm a bit intrigued about the way it wraps at the back. And i really would like to try the bias cut top - I think Karen had one on her blog.
Jack was very impressed with K's birthday party. The iceblock-alien game was agood idea for summer!
Still working on my doll quilt, but closer to finishing now. If anyone has a yearning to make a pinwheels quilt then take my advice and do not make pinwheels that Finish at 2 inches square - just so many seams to join and sew over. thank heavens for a walking foot or there is no way I'd be able to join the blocks. I'm a bit concerned about quilting it with all the extra fabric - but I'll get there. I'll blog a progress shot after Christmas.
Happy Christmas to everyone, hope santa is good to you!
Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:04 PM
I have finally finished all my Christmas sewing and I even got the chance to get photo's on my blog last night. There are a couple of gifts missing for one niece and one nephew but they were already wrapped so might take photos once they get pulled apart if I get time.
I'm hoping to get straight back into the sewing when this silly season is over as I have a few things I want to make but I'm just going to enjoy my rest over the next few days.
becanne - you'll have to take progress pictures of your painting and re-carpeting. You and DH will be exhausted but I'm sure it will be worth the effort. Nothing like standing back and saying I did that. That's why I love sewing so much I think.
YTWO - Great sewing. I love the owl dress in particular. I agree, it is all about the fabric.
nayjay - I love those discovery bags. I think I commented on your blog (can't remember whether I actually wrote it or not now that's what this time of year does to me). I hope everything else is well with you and you're not too exhausted, not too much longer for you now.
Hi to everyone else, I hope your Christmas sewing is all finished.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and enjoy the time with your families. Hopefully Santa is kind to us all and gives us some time to sew in the new year.
Posted 24 December 2011 - 09:42 AM
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Kattrel - some sewing time is on my wish list! Love all you have made for Christmas. Sadly mine is a very unmade Christmas this year.
Naomi - hope all goes well for you and you have a relaxing time over Christmas.
Bec - I love the Chantilly dress - have seen it with a petticoat. Don't know where I would wear it though but would be nice in my wardrobe I have pinned a Leona Edminston dress which would be a gorgeous combination for the Crepe dress. At first I didn't think much of the Crepe pattern - maybe it is the picture on the Colette site that doesn't do it for me - but now I've seen other versions it is growing on me.
YTWO - you have been busy too I'm sure the recipients will love them.
See you on the flip side
Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:17 AM
Just popped in to say hope everyone has a lovely Christmas!
Eat, drink and be merry and I hope Santa is good to you all. Here's to more sewing time!
Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:40 AM
Forgot to say that when we were down the Gold Coast I went to Fantazia fabrics - don't know if you have ever been there Bec
Will give an update after Christmas.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:09 PM
Suez- no, havent been there - is it the one in Tweed Heads somewhere? I'm a little anxious about the size of my stash at the moment, I really need to down size. It is great being able to find buttons and trims and things like that, but I've got more fabric than I will ever probably use... I need a few months of just crafty time to try and use some of it up. I'm debating about the SIT in June - maybe I'll save my crafty dollars until then and try to go to that.
We had a nice Christmas down the coast at my parents. The beaches were closedwhen we wanted to swim on boxing day, and the river was pretty muddy and rough when we went fishing but apart from that (not much you cna do about it) we had a really nice time. Trying to find something family friendly to do on New Years eve now.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend.
Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:20 PM
Happy New Year! Here's to a big crafty one!
I'm back at work (already) - need more time off!!
Bec - Fantazia Fabrics is at Tweed Heads. They had heaps of quilting cottons at $8 per metre but of course the ones I liked were still at $20! While I wanted to buy to make a quilt for K, I really needed to go with a plan (and more time). I did pop into their general fabrics next door though and purchased some really soft denim and some other dress fabric. I reallly do plan to sew more for myself this year. I'd be interested in going to SIT this year, saving for it would provide a good goal. I do need to destash a bit though and finish off some WIPs.
We had a quiet New Year's. It was nice after being away down the Coast for a week and then up at Dad's for a week. We were all pretty tired. Sewing wise I've traced a few patterns out and half way through a skirt. I sewed in my first invisble zipper last night. I can't believe that I've never down that before - and it was easier than sewing it in normally I think.
Hi to everyone.
Big sewing plans for 2012?
Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:50 PM
Happy new year everyone. I hope you all had an enjoyable festive season. We're home from our travels and finally getting the kids back into their normal routine. Too many late nights for DS makes him one cranky boy!
How is everyone going on the sewing front? I haven't done much so far but have a few things in mind I want to get made over the next little while. I'm planning a few things for me now that I have my dress makers dummy and some book slings for the kids rooms.
Susan, My mum gave me an invisible zipper foot for my machine when I was there over Christmas and after reading your post, I'm keen to give it a go.
My sewing plans for 2012........
- Continue sewing for my kids and gifts for others.
- Sew a few things for myself.
- I want to attempt a quilt of some sort if I get the chance.
- I'm also planning on selling a few bits and pieces I make to just see how it goes. When I first really got back into sewing 12ish months ago, I had planned on going to markets etc but never really had the time. In hindsight, it was probably a good thing as I look at some of the things I made 12 months ago and I wouldn't be happy selling them! I've decided that I'm going to give facebook a go first, that way I don't need to have a lot of stock pre-made, hopefully I can just do some custom orders. I'm not expecting it to be a big thing but I have found I'm really enjoying sewing and if I can fund my hobby by selling a few bits and pieces then why not? I have a few of my own ideas and have actually got permission from a couple of pattern makers to sell things made from their patterns too. Does anyone else sell things they make?
Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:23 AM
Kattrel - I've never sold anything I've made, but I have a tub full of fabric set aside to make a batch of handbags - I made a few as gifts and got some great feedback from the recipients and also from the girls at work. I've just never got around to doing it. Actually, using my stash and trying to sell a few things is on my to-do list this year. J starts school and I'll have two days a week to do stuff for myself unless I decide to work more hours (sadly also on the cards). I was thinking of checking out the art/craft gallery at the nearby tourist info office and see what the go is. I hate facebook and have no idea how to use it to sell stuff. If you get it set up, let me know and I'll check out your merchandise
Susan - you have been busy. I've never attempted an invisible zip either. I learned something when I made the little zippered puches, about have to swivel the fabric to zip/unzip the zipper pull while sewing the zip in place. I've done zips a few times, but those were the first ones I've been really happy with.
Planning your quilt before you buy the fabric is the best way to do it, otherwise you end up with a pile of stuff that you can't use because it is the wrong size or not quite the right colour.
And for me - working our way through about a tonne of cucumbers (note to self: never again plant 8 cucumber plants at the same time!) and have had heaps of yummy tomatos. The beetroot are growing steadily (love it grated raw in a salad) and pulled up a heap of deformed but tasty carrots. Still haven't managed to taste any corn as the mice keep eating it straight off the plant. Zuchinni not doing very well, but spotted the first few melons yesterday. I'm loving having a vegie patch again!
No sewing going on, but my new kitting needles turned up (love them) and I'm half-way through my fist lacey knitting project - a Chinook scarf from ravellry.
Big plans for when the carpets are down and I can move back into the sewing room, and need to cross a few more things of the WIP list.
Back to work Monday and will be overloaded with a big audit coming up in a few weeks, plus catching up on the stuff that won't have got done while I've been on leave. Actually looking forward to it a bit but don't tell anyone
Doll quilts - link for the doll quilt photos from the 2011 swap.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 03:30 PM
kattrel i am in the pprocess of setting up to sell. i've been meaning to do it for over twelve months but i've been waiting for the perfect time. now is a pretty sh*tty time to be doing it, but well, it can only get easier as the kids get older. I am going to call tax office next week about it all. still confused over the whole hobby/buisness thing. i won't be making much but i do want to register my own business name etc to make it look professional. good luck with your adventure!! for me at this stage it is to give me something of my own to really focus on
Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:45 PM
Sunshine days - all the best with your venture
Bec - facebook is easy. I love it for keeping in touch with friends/family. i know I need to plan the quilt - just need to find where I put the book which has the patterns in. I put it under DH's nose a couple of times to ask which one he liked better and now I can't find the book. I should have just picked a design myself.
Kattrel - I just enjoy finding the time to sew for myself / family / presents. I think selling as a business (even as a hobby business) is a hard slog with marketing/selling/invoicing/posting etc. Not worth my time I don't think. I'm thinking about getting a dummy so interested to hear about yours.
Beebee - have you used your girl yet?
no sewing progress to report although I have completed a little on my sewing projects. I use the tutorial on Sew Serendipity for sewing in an invisible zipper - too easy - and I don't need the special invisible zipper foot.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:27 PM
I decided we needed to be bumped up the page. We nearly slipped off onto the 3rd page! Obviously everyone is busy sewing or getting into the swing of the new year.
I've made a few things here, some book slings and a bean bag for DD (no pics on my blog yet, the space isn't finished) and a couple of car rolls and pencil rolls for friends (again no pics on my blog yet). I'm hoping to get a bit done next week but who knows, I just don't get the time to sew during the day at the moment. The kids are pretty full on. I think it's going to take me 12months to get enough sewing done to attempt to sell anything at this rate
I'll BBL for a few personals as I'm off to bed now, just wanted to say hi.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 11:30 AM
no sewing here, its (nearly) all packed up as we are moving next week. good news is after the move i have a sewing room
Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:35 PM
Yay Kattrel and Sunshinedays - nice to see someone still about.
I thought everyone must have moved on to some other site and left me alone...
We just got home from a few days camping out past Beadesert. Our little old caravan was rotting away in the driveway and DS has been asking to go for a trip in it, so this was a trial run to see if we want to plan it on a regular basis. Looks like we might try and make it a regular week-end thing as we had a great, relaxing time, and met some people with kids who do it all the time. Fishing was a bust - DH caught an eel which was exciting, but nothing else. i got lots of knitting time while DH and DS created with the lego (glad we thought to pack it).
Busy unpacking all the sewing and study stuff right now and hope to do some sewing today and tomorrow. I've got a doll quilt to quilt, want to sanwich DS bed quilt ready to go, and want to cut out some simple dresses for the sewalong.
Good luck with the move SSD Enjoy the sewing room!
looking forward to a blog update Katrell, must dust mine off some time soon as well!
Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:16 PM
becanne - I LOVE camping. We used to go every year as a kid and to this day, they are still some of my fondest memories. We have taken our kids and they love it too. Nothing quite like being outdoors. We invested in a big canvas tent this year and think it's great although a caravan would make weekend trips so much easier. No major packing before you go, you can just hook up and leave. Glad you got plenty of knitting time, I'll be stalking your blog to see your creations.
sunshinedays - good luck with the move. You'll have to share pics of your sewing room when it's all set up. I love looking at other people's spaces. It makes me wish for one of my own that isn't in my bedroom!
I haven't done much the past few days. Just some cutting out. I'm off to sew up some pencil rolls for a friend so once they're done I will hopefully get onto a few other bits and pieces. I'm hoping to get some sewing done over this week after the kids go to bed.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:33 AM
A bit of sewing here, school holidays make it difficult to get lots done I have finished a quilt for a baby shower, gave it yesterday and it was a hit! I have put pics on my blog. I have been cutting too, once the toddler has gone to bed anyway, she is fascinated by fabric, scissors, the rotary cutter anything she shouldn't have really so cutting while she's awake is tricky.
I am in the process of making a king size quilt for our bed, it's going to be huge! Bit daunting
Not much is getting done fast though. We went to the central coast for a few days and DS is having his tonsils to tomorrow, throw a busy toddler into the mix and I have not much time for sewing oh well school is back in a week, yay!
Sunshinedays - yay on the sewing room, hope the move goes well.
Becanne - camping is great fun! Sounds like a great place you went to.
Kattrel - I have and a market stall last year where i sold some dresses and bags, it was great. I hope to have another this year (hopefully soon). I haven't sold on Facebook or anything yet, but that may be the next step. Markets are good, if you find the right one, but you have to get a lot of stock ready before hand which can be time consuming.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:53 AM
I have been here too, but just stalking as I was trying to hold off posting until I had some photos uploaded of my recent creations. But alas - I have forgotten how to upload them and DH has been busy, busy, busy so it hasn't been done yet. Hopefully this week it might happen.
I have been quite slack over the Christmas break from my sewing lessons. I finished off a romper suit with long legs for DD, but need to adjust the elastic in the legs as I made it a bit tight - whoops! Apart from that though, I haven't done anything really except think about what my next project will be when my lessons recommence. I'm thinking a floaty top for me using some Alannah Hill fabric I have in my stash. I am going to try and make a few things for me this year too as, like some of you have mentioned, DD already has HEAPS of clothes.
threebubs - The quilt is gorgeous and I am very jealous of all your other creations as well. Good on you for keeping motivated - definitely inspired me to get busy again!
sunshinedays - Good luck for moving! Make sure you post some pics of your lovely new sewing room when you're in and organised.
Oh well - hopefully be back later in the week with some photos and an update of what I'm getting organised to do.
Hope everyone is well.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:13 PM
DS started school today - looks so grown-up in his uniform!
Suez - how did K go at prep?
Anyone else have first-timers today?
Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:27 PM
Becanne - what a big day! They do look so grown up all of a sudden when they start school don't they here in NSW we don't go back to school till next week. DS is going into first class this year, and DD1 into year 4
Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:46 PM
oh i hadnt been getting notifications for some reason
havent caught up on the reading yet... but definitely been sewing still
a few new items listed on my blog
off to read all the posts above me now
Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:48 AM
Katherine - you've been busy I love the owls, I have seen that fabric at spotlight too. Might have to venture in and see if they have any left...
Maxshim - I usually plan ahead what I am going to see too, although then I sit down and end up doing something totally different
How is everyone else?
I am looking forward to school going back on Monday! The older two are great at helping with DD2, especially when I want to get some sewing done but I am looking forward to a bit of quiet, and not being constantly asked for things
At the moment I am sewing some bags, I might have another market stall in April. I am working on a quilt for my and DH's bed, as it's a king it is going to take some time. A friend has asked if I cold do some sort of breastfeeding cover, I found a tutorial on a blog and it has turned out quite good.
I have booked our holiday to the gold coast in march, we are all excited! We haven't been in years, DH and I aren't that fussed about the GC but it will be great for the kids
Enjoy your Friday...
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