Things I’m loving.

Just some things…

This bag, well not this one exactly, but one like it should be arriving for me any day now. I’m super excited! I’ve had two very, old leather bags break recently and kinda ‘need’ a new one. Yes, I could have found a cheaper one, but I sewed a few extra bonnets to get this one. When will the postman arrive??

This cushion is just stunning. I’m sure I can knock one up myself, possibly while I make my Hello Birdie cushion from the Red Thread pattern that I received at Set It Together.

I also love this one. Clearly I’m into flowery, birdie cushions at the moment. When will I find the time?? I still have this long crochet project to work on. Eeek – I haven’t touched it since January!

I’m really keen to make a vibrant coloured full skirt. I have one in pieces in my sewing space. I’m just waiting for a few moments to get it moving. My one is based a new Cynthia Rowley pattern Simplicity 2215. I’d also like to make the short sleeve version of  Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2497, but just need to find a nice fabric.

Speaking of fabric, I have a crush on these fabrics from Tessuti, but am a little short of funds and need to knock over some other projects using stuff from the stash, before I worry about anything new.

This is a linen, viscose black check, perfect for Vogue 8028.
This Japanese seersucker and rayon cotton blend look amazing, but heading into winter I have no immediate need for them – bum!
Speaking of Tessuti, why do they always review patterns that you can no longer buy?? Now I want to make Tova dress out of posh wool/cotton liberty. Does anyone have a copy I can borrow? I promise I’ll  keep the factory folds.
Lastly, I can afford the download for Butterick 5600 and I do have some lovely, soft, drapey rayon twill in red, in my stash, that might make it fun…. so much to do, so little time.
That’s enough of my blabbering for now. Tell me – what do you love right now??   

My Creative Space.

This is the real space. The space where most of my creativity takes place. It’s finally starting to look like a real sewing room, now that I’ve ebayed most of the odds and ends that have been stored up there for the past two years. Naturally, I cleaned up considerably for these photos.

Now I am lucky to have a very large creative space, but don’t get too jealous as it won’t be for long. The husband and I are planning on moving up here in the next few months, as it is really a bedroom. Typical, just as things are starting to look good, I’ll get shoved back into a tiny bedroom. I won’t complain though, as I know many sewers don’t have a separate space… So here’s the tour.

This is a sweet little chest that I recently received from my husbands grandparents. It has replaced the large Ikea units that I’ve photographed in front of before. The grandparents live only one street away and we are very close. They received it as an engagement present, just prior to the war. I love that this is an original condition piece of furniture with a little family history.

It holds my patterns, which neatly fit into these two drawers (it was made to be!), my scrap basket and random pieces of quilting fabric.

This bookcase holds more odds and ends, as well as pattern books, stationary and my Golden Hands magazine collection.

This is my fabric stash for making garments. Some are remnants from other projects (I just can’t bring myself to throw them out, even if they’re too small to use for another garment), other pieces are left over from when I sold kids clothes, some are specifically for muslin’s, others were gifts. Many are assigned to projects, but I’m just waiting for time or the need to get stuck into them.

The spare bed, which is the other purpose for the sewing room. Yep – I made the quilt too. It’s not something I do often, but it sure is a rewarding sewing  project.

This is the table where things are made. Sewing tables need to be big, so that everything you might need is at hand.

The grandparents also recently gave me these pigeon hole shelves, which I think may have come from a Qantas office somewhere. They are super handy and perfect for storing little knick knacks.

The cutting table, with a stack of fabric for bonnets and patterns that I’m hoping to use soon. Again, this is another hand-me-down piece of furniture from the family.

The ironing board and bonnet stand. Probably not the highlight of the room.

So there you go, my real creative space. Hopefully I’ll be able to steal a few creative moments in it later today. For other creative spaces, head over to Kirsty’s.

Sew It Together 2011

The dress I rambled on about yesterday, was made for me to wear to a very special sewing event – Sew It Together Sydney. Basically over 50 bloggers, sewers and crafters got together in Sydney for a massive weekend of talking, eating, socialising, shopping and a little sewing.

I was lucky to sit at a table with a few bloggers that I’ve been following for a while, but still hadn’t met like Jennie, Becky, Karen, Lara and Kylie. As well as pre-bloggy friends Rach and Dolores and also the lovely Belinda. It was wonderful to talk so many people that I know quite well through their blogs, comments or emails. The conversations were incredibly varied, from business experience, opportunities and feedback to family, school and education, to philosophical discussions about the reasons for blogging, critiquing blogging, enhancing or protecting blogs and even a little gossip for good measure (C’mon lets be realistic. It was a room full of ladies, there’s always going to be a little gossip. But what’s discussed at SIT, stays at SIT).

Now, to the goody bag. My was I pleased to receive this little bag of fun. I was a little shocked to receive it at the beginning of the day. I guess I’m used to kids birthday parties where the goodie bag comes at the end. Here’s a run down of the goods:

The fabric:

We all received 2 yards of scrap fabric courtesy of Hawthorne Threads. I  should point out that while it’s called ‘scrap’, there’s certainly nothing scrappy about it. All the pieces are lovely and quite large. I actually swapped my green based scrap pack with Lara, she’s more of a green liker than me.

There’s also a teal fat quarter there from Retro Mummy with the cutest little Eiffel Towers and a couple of key fob kits from Earth Girl fabrics. I received the green one in my goodie bag and won the second one. I think the green one may find a new home with one of my green loving friends.

There are also a couple of smaller scraps of Saffron Craig fabrics there, which will certainly be put to good use – thanks Saffron – t’was lovely seeing you!

The patterns

There was also a good selection of patterns in our goodie bag from Vintage Ric Rac, Chasing Cottons, Pink Chalk Studios, Clare’s Craftroom and my favourite, The Red Thread. I can’t wait to make this super cute birdie cushion and have already gone through my scrap stash to collect my favourite fabrics to feature on it!

Now to the swap.

I scored a great haul from my swap buddies including the sweetest little flower pin cushion ever!!! from Sandy, lovely coasters from Jen, lavender bag from Susan, a sweet little patch worked bag from Leah (you can see I’ve already filled it with sewing bibs and bobs) and a pot holder from Wendy.

The purchases

A sewing get-together wouldn’t be complete without buying a little extra fabric. These half meter pieces were purchased from Saffron Craig herself. The three bug prints, from her Beetle Bugs collection, have already been assigned to quilts for the boys and I’ve just received a fourth Saffron print to go with them. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the other two, but I’m sure they won’t go to waste.

I may have also just ‘accidentally’ purchased some coordinating fabric for the boys quilts from Hawthorne Threads with the last of my PlayPal money. I’ve been told it will ship tomorrow….

I also purchased a stack of goodies from Lisa of The Red Thread. I’ve been eyeing off the Ooshka pattern and Sweetie Petites for like, forever now. There’s nothing like a discount and a little spending money in your wallet, to get you over the line with a purchase. The boys are super excited about their super hero toys and have already starting picking out fabric. Adele doesn’t really care.

In between the sewing fun and the dinner fun, we stopped in to Kinokuniya book shop and I purchased this book. I’ve flicked through many Japanese sewing books, but this one by far, is the most adorable ever! Hopefully Adele will be big enough next summer to use some of these patterns. You can see more of the book here.

Lastly, how could I forget this….
It may look like a messy, scribbled on piece of tracing paper, but it’s actually one of the things I’m most excited about from the event. One of the attendees of Sew it Together brought her treasured copy of the Village Frock. When I first saw it my heart skipped a beat. Who owned it? Could I trace it? What could I trace it with? I contemplated using my A4 Set It Together agenda, but thankfully Belinda offered her tracing supplies. In return, I traced her a size 3. Now I need to decide what fabric to use…..
So that’s pretty much it. Thanks to all for the great day and a great dinner (forgot to mention we also went to the Belgium Beer Cafe for dinner – yum!). Thanks to Sheridan for organising and hope you’re all rested up after all of the festivities. Check out the flickr page for more photos. Clearly, I didn’t take my camera 🙂