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Sunday 27 February 2011

Planning to Sew

Life has calmed down a little now I am living full time at my parents, and having sorted a box today I am hoping to do some sewing this evening. (I have a target of a box a day to work through unsorted boxes I brought with me).
I'd quite like to make the Hot Patterns drape neck top in ivory viscose (rayon) knit, but its dependant on finding all the bits - pattern, fabric etc.
I also have a week to make 3 cushion covers with the initials M, R and T on for my nieces and nephew for their various birthdays.
Oh and work full time obviously. That might involve going into the office though as I have mislaid my non standard Blackberry charger! If I could find the charger I could WFH tomorrow which would be nice..... so its depends, perhaps that should be my first activity this evening.

I don't know about the rest of the sewing community but if I go too long between sewing sessions I start to get a bit twitchy.
I am not going to be able to do SWAP this year, and frankly I probably have enough clothes already anyway, but I might they and do a small capsule either as part of the PR contest or the Spring Sew Along on SG.

I also hope to intersperse the posts with a few pictures of the sewing related goodies I was given as gifts for Christmas/Birthday, though that is dependant on me finding everything!

Saturday 26 February 2011

Classic brown boots

You may recall that after Christmas I ordered some classic brown boots. There was sadly quite a bit of confusion and they arrived this week, unfortunately sent to the wrong address, so I had to head back to the old house to get them.
I tried them on this evening and they are a snug fit at the moment, but I think will be a fabulous addition to the wardrobe for many years to come.
I have several brown based dresses which will be great with these boots.

Sunday 20 February 2011

Simple quilts?

I have quite a lot of fabric scraps, cotton fabrics which could be made into something like a quilt.
I'm not a quilter though, so don't want to do anything really complex.

I like the idea of a simple quilt, or a duvet cover for a single bed sized duvet.
Shopping bags and drawstring bags also appeal.
Any good links?

Monday 14 February 2011

Valentine's Day

Dear lovely readers of the blog, I'd like to wish you a happy Valentine's day and thank you for the times when you stop by and write nice comments. Its always appreciated.
I'm separated and going through divorce right now so the romantic side of things doesn't do much for me at the moment as I am sure you can imagine. However I'm taking a few minutes out to think about my great family and wonderful friends and be happy that people care for me. And to all those others who are not part of a happy couple (whether by choice or not) please don't be downhearted, you have family and friends who love and care for you, and you can still be whole even if you are not part of a couple.

I don't write about my religious beliefs much here, as its a sewing blog, but I am a Christian and my relationship with God is very important to me.
Knowing that I am a precious and loved child of Father God has been essential for my well being over the last few months.

Sunday 6 February 2011


I have sewn nothing at all so far in 2011 which is a shame, but life and work have overtaken sewing at the moment.
Moving all my clothes and packing to store or move all my sewing stuff has shown that I don't really need another 11 pieces in my wardrobe at this point in time, so SWAP is out for this year as far as I can see due to both time constraints and actually needing those items.
Instead I am going to sew individual pieces to enhance what I've already got in the wardrobe, so will do a small collection but not a whole SWAP.
I'm back for a week to the old house to clear out the garage, freezer etc. and then I'll be able to properly settle in at my parents and start to review my wardrobe needs.
I'm back to wearing either a matching trouser suit (all purchased) or a top/ trousers which match with a contrasting brighter jacket as my work outfits. I do feel comfortable in these, so need to make sure I have total outfits which work together to make getting dressed easy.

The stay with my parents is only for a few months, and after that I'll be renting a little house for myself a bit nearer to the office. There I'll be able to have a sewing room and get all my stuff back together, so I can shop from my own fabric and haberdashery departments in house!

I think I've been so hung up on churning out Collections the last year or two that I've not looked hard enough at what I actaully wear and whether the sewing meets my needs.
Of course there is the other side to sewing which is the creative part, the colours, prints, textures and details - the stuff which makes sewing fun.

So at a point where I am re-evaluating lots of things in my life and experiencing many changes, I am sure my approach to sewing will change as well.