Hey Big Spender!

A little while ago, thanks to some lovely early spring weather, I managed to make and sell quite a few bonnets to my lovely shops and online. Yay! While some money was spent on Liberty (I think I’m yet to show you all of it), some was also spent buying a new pair of jeans.

While I gave the whole jeans sewing thing a good go, I still really wanted to own a real pair of Emerson Made jeans. I have been banging on about them for a while now.

  Looking exceptionally wrinkled due to a large portion of my day spent sitting on a bus
travelling to and from our school excursion (field trip).

I’m so happy with these jeans.The fit and style are just what I wanted and the denim feel and colour are spot on. I’m also quite happy to say that my own versions of these jeans were actually quite similar, but I just couldn’t get past their little quirks from being home sewn, like a slightly off front fly, waistband inconsistency, top-stitching quality, etc. I guess maybe after sewing a few more pairs of jeans I might be happier with the finish, but until then I think I still need commercially made jeans in my wardrobe.

I don’t buy finished garments often, so this is a massive purchase for me. However, considering my past two pairs of jeans were purchased from the Op Shop, I figure a splurge every few years is OK.

So tell me, have you made any big garment purchases recently? What else am I missing out on?

2, 3, 4.

Adele turned two today. So for the next two weeks, just until Ollie’s birthday, I have a two year old, a three year old and a four year old.

Talk about a tough photo. I had to threaten James with no cake to join the shot.

Life is kinda wild at the moment. The whole full time teaching thing is tough. I really do take my hat off to any mum with similar aged kids that works full time. Seriously, you are all legends!

Anyway, back to Adele. She got a working mums party. Greasy fish n chips (the choice of the boys), a cake from Woolies and a cheap doll that the husband bought. I don’t think I’d have bought the same, but she likes it and it fit the incredibly small budget I gave him.

I wish I could say that I’m looking forward to a weekend of leisure and rest, but I have bonnet orders to fill, school work to prep, about 10 loads of laundry and a house to clean. Ick!

Only 8 school days to go…

Old, but new

Like many sewers, I love vintage patterns. But when does your ‘stash’ become more of a collection, than a resource for future projects? Do you collect or make?

The more I think about it, the more I realise that I think I am becomming a collector of sewing patterns, rathen than a maker. I hope one day to make them, but I seem to acquire patterns far faster then my current sewing output.

While some patterns have been purchase for a steal from Op shops (Thrift stores), which makes it hard to turm them down, many others have been purchased from Etsy, mostly with the bibs and bobs of bonnet pattern money that comes in.

Just incase you are interested, here are some of my latest acquisitions.

Vogue 7063 (c 1970s)
Op shop: 50c
I really love the simple style of this dress, especially the black version to the left. I have some Liberty assigned to it, but lack the time to make it – boo!

Style 3281 (early 1980s)
Op Shop: 50c
This pattern reminds me of this Miss Mozelle dress by Jamie Christina patterns, but without the ‘new pattern’ price tag. For some reason it also reminds me of Princess Dianna. Maybe it’s the 80’s vibe from the illustration.

Vogue 6804 (c 1949)
Etsy:   $14
I adore this shirt dress pattern and hope to make it one day with short sleeves, probably a little shorter than in the pattern, in a deep coloured voile. But without suitable fabric in the stash, it’s yet to be attended to.

Simplicity 4390 (c 1960s)
Etsy: $6???
I love the skirt style on this pattern and imagine making a sleeveless version for summer, possibly with those godets starting a little higher. Again, no suitable fabric, or time. Hopefully I’ll get to it this summer.

Style 3400 (late 70s, early 80’s)
Op shop: 50c
I love the simple red frock on this envelop. Again, this is a Summer goal.
Vogue 7720 (c 1960’s)

Etsy: $10
I really like this dress and have attempted to make it. Unfortunately, after checking all the measurements of the dress, which fit me, I forgot to check the placement of the waistband, which sat too high. Hopefully I’ll make this successfully one day.

Etsy: 10??
I love this dress and have the fabric (Liberty Mitsi in grey), buttons and zipper to make this dress, but lack the time and a little motivation. It seems too hot to make a shirt dress.

Advance 6120 (1952)
Etsy: $15???
I’ve had this pattern in my stash since about July. I really want to make the blue version in a solid inky voile, to wear with a grey belt this summer. Unfortunatly I impulse bought a yukky fabric type and have been uninterested in making it because of that.

Vogue 6468 (c1940s)
Etsy: $15
I love this dress style so much. It has a simple darted bodice with kimono sleeves and the scalloped detail sits nicely along the shoulders and sides. I imagine making this in a solid lightweight fabric, but lack solids in my stash,  or enough matching buttons for that matter. Hopefully this summer I’ll be able to tackle this wonderful pattern.

Vogue 6460 (c 1960s)
Etsy: $10
This pattern sat in my Etsy favourites for quite a while before I purchased it. I love that it’s a simple shift with a little special detailing.
So, I think that’s enough show and tell for today. The pattern situation in my sewing space is gettting a little ridiculous, but I just can’t seem to part with any of them.
What’s your favourite vintage pattern? Do you feel that you collect more than make?
11 more days to go – well I have one excursion in there too, so 10 days to go!

All bad days come to an end….

I’ve had a bad day today. Nothing went right. Following a full-on weekend, my morning with my own kids was tough. At school the kids were a little tougher. My supervising teacher was the toughest. I may have even had a little cry when I got home. I’m not normally a crier.

Thankfully, tomorrow we can start fresh.

I hope your Monday hasn’t been as bad as mine. 🙂

Obligatory blog post photo – “Cheese!”

12 more prac teaching days to go…