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I participated in Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge before, but embarrassingly I never finished the dress/completed the challenge. I think I failed because I felt it was hard to copy an exact look.

This time I’m sure I will have better luck because I am going for a dress ‘inspired’ by one of the looks in the show, rather than a close copy of something that was worn (it’s too hard to find similar fabrics!).

So here’s what I’m thinking…

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She may not be my favorite character but the girl sure does have a great wardrobe! Because she’s young and wealthy she has all the styles that were current and true to the late 60s (in comparison to many of the other characters). I like a short skirt but I would not go as short as hers (in the picture) I like the idea of bell-like sleeves and a higher collar (but it would have a similar vibe to hers)!

If I have more ideas I will post them but I think I will be going for this fun patterned shift.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is planning for this one xo

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That black and white pixelated-looking fabric on the right (that looks like QR code) is my favorite. Too scared to use it. Don’t you hate it when you are too scared to cut into a fabric you love?

Today I had fun going through some of my fabric. I would look at my fabric and ask the fabric “what do you want to be? a dress? a skirt? what era, look or style? I am a strange individual. I have never denied that.

All plans are subject to change at any moment of course!

Anyway below are the ones I could make a decision about. Not necessarily my favorite fabrics, just a selection that I thought would suit a particular style or sewing pattern….

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Above: Vintage Vogue 8789 View A. With the stripes on the bodice cut on the bias creating a lovely chevron. yum!

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Picture the Blue fabric on the left as view a. A sleeveless dress with a drapey neckline so it’s kinda ‘hillybilly-does-Vivienne-Westwood” type of deal. The dull-looking fabric on the right could be a wearable muslin of the same dress. There is not a lot of this blue fabric so we will see…

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I want to be the kind of person that has a dress that is covered in zebra heads!

The fact that I don’t have much yardage/meterage to work with made it easy to decide, as this dress uses the least fabric. I have made this dress before

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This fabric has that cute 60s vibe that I love. Perfect for a A-line dress. Should I add a collar? or perhaps waist tabs

This is the most recent dress I made, so I already perfected the fit, or at least thats the theory anyway…

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Red denim to be made into a basic A-line skirt with pockets, mostly to test out the pattern. NEXT!

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If the red skirt goes well would like to try the A-line style in this DIVINE ikea fabric!

I know, I know Tilly already made a skirt in a similar fabric. I love her version (and everything she makes). But for my skirt I want it to be shorter and more streamlined (no pleats) It’s a heavier fabric too.

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I am not mad about this fabric. I like it, but I am not head-over-heels for it. I have LOTS of it, so its a good one to test new patterns on. Also its a sateen so it has a bit of stretch, great for fitted dresses.

I want to make the above pattern from it, sleeveless, without the peplum fin things and with the square neckline.

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Don’t you love my penguin fabric? It was a left over from sun dress I was/am still making.

I want to make the top in view D of the pattern but with no sleeves and I suppose I would make the contrasting peter pan collar black.

I did not manage to capture the true colour of the fabric on the right, it’s much more of pink than in the photo it would be a good choice for wearable muslin to test out the pattern because I have a lot of it.

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I have 6.28 meters of this fabric, so it’s a good one to test out new patterns.

How do I end up with so many meters of the same fabric? when I worked in a fabric shop I would buy up big when the clearance fabric were reduced again, so I often got fabric that was $3 or under per meter. So a nice cotton poplin that is cheaper than the price of calico…those were the days!

 

So yeah. Those be my plans. What should I make next?

Hello again wonderful people of the Internet!

I am excited to be back. I can’t really say why I let this blog fall by the wayside.

I guess we could say it has a lot to do with health issues, enjoying city life and having a new job.

I have not stopped sewing or being inspired by fellow bloggers enviable creations.

Suddenly I have a LOT less money but a LOT more time to sew, so expect to hear/see more from me!

I have the words biggest fabric stash (I bought heaps of fabric for bargin prices back when I worked in a fabric shop). I also have a pile of mending that only gets bigger.

It’s funny looking back on my old posts all I seemed to do was over-fit countless muslins and only make fit a flare dresses.

Things have changed!

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Above: picture I took today from my backyard. OK so I say ‘backyard’ but it’s probably a little over 5 min walk away 🙂

 

I know a lot of other sewing-bloggers have touched on this topic before but it’s something I have a lot of enthusiasm for so I wanted to give you my take.

I know I say this a lot but: sewing for yourself is about just that.

All about celebrating YOU!  Tailoring things to your style, your body and your life and your way of dressing and I just love that!

I NEVER go into a RTW clothing store, try on a tailored dress and have it fit me the way I want it to, just as I almost never fit a pattern right out of the envelope, but I have so much love and respect for my body and what it can do, and when I put on a dress that I have made and it fits me properly I really feel feminine!

Almost every woman on this planet has had issues body-wise at some point in there life and it would be simplifying things to say that the fashion industry is to blame, but making things for one body type that only a small percentage of woman have is just ridiculous.

A couple of years back I started doing a fashion design course, but despite there being some lovely people doing the course with me there was that insidious narrow-minded view about what womens bodies should look like even amongst fashion students and I didn’t want to be part of that, because it even made me much more critical of my own body.

Throughout history beauty trends have come and gone, but there seems to be one constant. Whatever is near impossible for the general population to obtain gets held up as the ideal.

Perhaps one day people of another time will look at the body and beauty ideals of today much like the way we look at ones of the past and fail to understand the appeal or the lengths people go to try and obtain it. I think you would have to stay 15 forever or something.

I think I was blessed because my mother helped instill in me a very positive attitude towards my body. Being healthy was always the most important thing in our family, or at least enjoying food but also putting a priority on health. I remember as a young girl I always wanted to have curves and I was so happy when I did get them, but perhaps even that was silly.

When I look at the things all my fellow sewing bloggers make I am astounded and inspired! There are so many beautiful women of every shape and size looking fabulous in clothing that accentuates every gorgeous part of who they are!

Saying only one type of body is the attractive, to me would be like saying only one flavor of ice-cream tastes good or only one genre of music is worth listening to. It’s completely crazy.

Do I have things I would like to change about my body? of course I do! But that is so far down the list of personal grievances it doesn’t even rate a mention.

My biggest insecurity has always been my lack of intelligence and that is one thing I can work towards doing something about.

I am a real girly girl because I absolutely love clothing and getting dressed up, but for me it is all about about personal style rather than fashion. I always aspire to be a stylish, interesting woman that has her own sense of aesthetics. That to me is fun!

Loving yourself is not always easy, but sewing make it a lot easier because you have all the control!

You get to make your own mold rather than trying to fit a limiting one that does not make you happy.

I know not everyone has the luxury of time to sew for themselves but it really changes your attitude towards your body.

Has sewing changed your attitude towards your body?

I have had some difficult times recently but I just wanted to say I will be posting again very soon!

Why did I stop sewing? Two reasons.

Firstly I had one of those annoying sewing projects where I thought I did everything right: removing excess to create a better fit AND altering the pattern accordingly. But somehow the project ended up too small. Its funny how sometimes I just ‘wing it’ and the fit ends up being perfect, but sometimes when I really take care it goes awry.

Secondly I have too many clothes as it is and I thought it was time to focus on non-sewing related creative projects. I live in a small apartment and I LOVE it, but I don’t have space for any more clothes.

I recently helped someone else with a project, but they had serious time constraints and needed my help getting it finished. The stress stopped me enjoying the process.

Who am I kidding? I need to sew for myself for the sake of my own sanity! I’m sure many people would relate to that.

It’s that inner girl in me that feels like a new dress is never a bad thing. I recently cut my hair into a short bob, with the shorter hair I wear dresses even more.

Sometimes sewing is so frustrating and it can incite rage in even the most patient person.

BUT there is nothing like the feeling of trying on a dress you made, to fit your body and to suit your own personal style. I have to sew to stay happy.

It’s sewing time again 🙂

Just before I post I will say that I am still moving in so things don’t look so crash hot. But you have to start somewhere right?
I am just sort of celebrating the fact that I have my sewing machine in my apartment now :).

I feel so lucky to be living in the city with the person I love (this has been my dream for so long!) and I am really happy to be living in such a nice quiet place.

I am trying to think of ways to add colour and make our little place look more cheerful.

I love bright colours and simple modern furniture but that seems incongruent with the beige-green that the walls are painted (I would have been so much happier with white!) I must confess I REALLY really dislike the grey-green blinds (plus unattractive pinky-brown curtains in the bedroom). But as a renter you have to accept these things. My boyfriend doesn’t even want to risk putting blu-tak on the walls, let alone removable hooks because, we are scared of it marking.
It does make decorating challenging. A rug should help a little!

On the left is our little dining table. I love the round table but I really dislike that these chairs are black (must learn how to paint them white) but they were free. Who is going to say no to a free chair? Not someone in my situation. I made the chair cushion covers and I am not afraid to admit that they look a little ridiculous on the black chairs, if they were white I think the crazy print would work on them. I also made the orange place mats, I made a whole stack.

In other news my machine is fixed and in the apartment. They also replaced the bobbin case door can you tell? haha.

We don’t have room in the apartment for all my fabric, but I took a small selection so I have something to work with. My second problem was that my boyfriend said that when we have all the furniture in the apartment we wont have room for any shelves and having one would create too much clutter.

My solution was to create a temporary shelf out of a clothing rack and a velcro-on storage shelf from ikea. Then I can take it apart it and move it when we move in the TV and more furniture. I just love looking at my fabrics. Yes I get joy out of just looking at them…I’m a crazy one!

Let’s talk storing all the beautiful Guetermann thread. I really like those wooden spool racks people have on there desk or hanging on the wall They look a lot prettier. But I like the above option because: 1. I Can’t hag stuff on the wall and have limited desk space 2. I need to transport my thread. So I bought this plastic tool box (or tackel box? perhaps) at the hardware shop for about $12. That way its easy to stow away and doesn’t get dusty. My bobbins go into bobbin cases but some of them end up here too. Oops!

Look here I am weirdly crouching by my bed. I had to show you that my belt matched the lamp…or something…LOL.

Like I said… I can’t put anything on the walls 😦 but I thought that putting a one tiny blob of blu-tak in the wardrobe in order to put up some homemade paper heart bunting would be pretty harmless.

I NEED COLOUR people! I’m sure you understand. My soul will die without colour! I made the two cushion covers on the right. I love the retro feel of the front pillow and I am also digging the orange Ikea lamp (i bought two, one in orange and one in white)


Lets look on my cluttered wardrobe shelf shall we…Can you tell I LOVE orange? If I had my way everything would be orange mwhaha ha.

Anyway as you can see I have a selection of my beloved necklaces on these removable hooks for easy access. The metal removable hooks are super cheap to buy (hot dollar) and it’s handy to be able to take my necklaces down easily when creating outfits! I don’t know what the bar was originally meant for but it’s great for holding the necklaces.

My boyfriend is so lovely he actually let me have the entire wardrobe. His clothes are near his bed on a rack. isn’t he super sweet?!

Anyway there is my humble little place I am SO happy to be living here.

I am almost finished a top from a burdastyle magazine so I can’t wait to post it! In order to write this post I am tethering to my boyfriends tab (because he has data on it). We still don’t have Internet, I’m hoping that we can get it sorted tomorrow. I have so many sewing blogs to catch up on!

Here I am kneeling my way into the picture again. LOL. Cheers!