‘Sharing the love’ GIVEAWAY!

It’s been a while between giveaways on this here blog. So to say thanks for all the great feedback on my new dress, I thought I’d host a simple giveaway.

On offer today a rather large remnant from my  new dress – just over 1.3m of this drapey and easy-to-sew viscose knit. It’s 54″ wide, so large enough for a simple dress, just not a maxi dress… unless you are really short 🙂

To win, just leave a comment and follow this blog. I’ll draw a winner on Friday, August 3.

I’m happy to post worldwide. Please make sure you leave your email address if you don’t have one connected to your blogger profile. I’ll need to contact you to send you the goods. 🙂

Happy Monday!

Miz Mozelle

After seeing Sophie’s adorable Miz Mozelle, I quick marched to my own pattern to have a crack.

I walked past this fabric at least 5 times before I purchased it. It’s a viscose (or similar) knit from The Remnant Warehouse. I can’t say I’m into faux lace fabric, but from far, I think the fabric design looks cool.

I didn’t quite match the sleeves, but at least they are both the same.

I made my bias trim with simple black voile – just a scrap from the stash. A tiny black love heart button closes the key hole. The peter pan collar is nice and trim. Subtle even. I sometimes feel odd wearing peter pan collars, like the one on the Violet blouse, but I think this might be a more wearable collar. Less costumey and less juvenile.

Ever-so-slightly off with the key hole, but I won’t be fixing it 🙂
While the dress came together very easily, it took well almost two weeks to finish. Such short sewing moments! The changes I made to the pattern:
  • Raised the base of the key hole about 1.5cms. I really want to wear this to work and it is too low in its drafted state.
  • Added flat fold piping to the collar. Might have also copied this from Sophie. I slightly mis-calculated my piping depth though, so it’s a very scant 1-2mm finished piping size.
  • Cut the bodice and skirt in one, to prevent having to match the scallop print.
  • Added elastic to the waist by just zig zagging it onto the inside. The fabric pattern hides all stitching, so I didn’t see the point in breaking up the designs.

It was positively freezing while taking these photos today. My legs look more grey than white! Tomorrow, I’ll wear this to work with thick black tights and black cardigan, and obviously a coat!

Pattern: Miz Mozelle by Jamie Christina. $18 from Kelani purchased at The Sydney Quilt Show
Fabric: 1.2m viscose knit from The Remnant Warehouse $9.50
Button and bias fabric: Say $3??
Thread from stash
Total: $30.50

In other news, Rachel and I are heading on girls weekend down to Melbourne and it just so happens to be the weekend of a sewer meet-up! We’ve been talking about a get away for a while. I’m so excited! I might have to make a few things before we go to justify any new fabric purchases. This will be my first trip away from both kids and husband. I wonder what time I’ll wake in the morning without three kids jumping on me?

Hope you have a great week!

Working full-time: Things I’ve learnt.

I have now finished my 7th week of working full time and I’ve noticed a lot of changes in our life.  Some were obviously going to happen, others less so…

When you work full-time you sew less. Yes really. Didn’t you know? At the end of a day of work, even an easy day plus the kid/home stuff, it is near impossible to sit at my sewing machine. It’s just too hard. I can’t even manage to crochet, knit or cut. I just play on the computer, reading about other people’s sewing adventures and watch TV.

When you work full-time (for me) your house is cleaner. You and the kids aren’t there to trash the joint, but also, your free moments are too short to start a sewing activity, so you just set about with a small tidy-task. ’10 minutes till the kiddo’s bus arrives. Clean the breakfast dishes.’ ‘8 minutes till you have to collect the young ones. Pick up Lego.’ I’m also finding that to prevent Saturday from being a massive clean up day, I’m doing a small chore each day. Just one load of laundry or something similar, helps make Saturday a little more fun.

When you work full-time, you have more money, but you don’t have time to spend it. Shopping online is fine, but when your passion is sewing clothes, not buying clothes and your sewing time is next to nil, there comes a  point when you can’t justify buying fabric and patterns…. Thankfully, my holiday sewing binge is still fresh in my mind…
When you work full-time, you eat a little healthier. I make the kids relatively simple lunches – sandwich, fruit, yogurt and a bikkie or two. When I have the day at home, I  sometimes substitute breakfast for coffee, and mostly skip lunch for a few afternoon handfuls of Doritos or sweet bikkies. When you work, especially in a role with set eating times, you need breakfast. You also need to eat lunch. For me it’s the same simple lunch as the kids.

Working full time is good. Well, right now it is and I’m enjoying it, but I’m looking forward to having a little more weekday time with the kids.
Tell me, how do you manage work and hobbies? Are there any hidden benefits that you find to working?
The obligatory blog pic.

This is my two week old nephew William. Did I give him anything handmade to celebrate his arrival??? Nope. I was too busy. I bought him something.

Please excuse the rambling post. I have two almost finished items that I will hopefully knock over this week for ‘Show and Tell’ with you next week.

Happy Sewing!

Note: Working full-time is still hard. I’m not just cruising through. I don’t want you to think this is a ‘how good am I?’ post. My kids still have tantrums and meltdowns. In fact we only have nuclear meltdowns in this house now. Wine and coffee are still essential food groups in my diet. Got it? Good.

Liberty Lantana Tova

This is the last project finished during my school holiday break. I’ve had the photos ready to use for over a week, but they are kinda crappy, which has been delaying my posting them. Unfortunately, I just won’t have the time to re-shoot them for a while, so here they are.

These skinnies clearly don’t ‘go’ with this top, but I took a few photos on this day.

This Tova was made with some Liberty Lantana that my mum bought for me last year for my birthday. I made a simple frock with it originally, but it was just slightly too tight around the back and I felt that the gold print made it just a little too dressy to wear during the day.

I managed to cut the front and back from the dress. I salvaged the sleeves and used a small remnant for the front yoke and neck. I used bias binding for the neck, rather than the collar. There are slightly less gathers under the yoke, due to fabric shortage, but I think it looks OK. I also double face the yoke. If you’ve ever worn a Tova, you probably know that the front yoke tends to hang open. This fabric isn’t double sided, so this makes the underside look less yucky.

I still have two half finished projects waiting for attention in my sewing room. Fingers crossed they get some love this weekend.