A Finished Quilt - Northern Lights

November 19, 2017

I'm pleased to announce I actually finished one of my longest WIPs, I only know how long ago I started it thanks to an old instagram photo!

Northern Lights

Boxing Day 2012!  Thats nearly 5 years ago! I actually had this one finished back in about February but you know, life happened and I'm only getting around to blogging about it now.

I actually only have one photo of the finished quilt, but thats for a good reason, I donated it to the Toowoomba Hospice and it was raffled off at a Masquerade Ball that my friend organised.

Northern Lights

Anyway, I thought it was worth noting that this quilt actually did get finished, considering I'd talked about finishing it for so long!

Pattern - Northern Lights by Jaybird Quilts
Fabric - Prima Homespun from Spotlight (Cause Kona is $$$$ in Aus)

Boylston Bra - Getting Back in the Saddle

November 7, 2017

So I started the year with great plans to blog more, obviously life happened and if you follow me on instagram you will know that this year hasn't been the easiest for me. There's been some change - I left my first "real" job that I've known for the last four years and started a new adventure.  I've also gone back to uni and just got my first semesters marks back and had to remind myself that D is actually for distinction and means I really didn't fail!

However after a rough start I finally feel back in my groove, its only taken me until November!

I also feel like I've been holding back from blogging for a number of reasons, things like my photos not being good enough, or my makes not being up to scratch, however I've decided just to get on with it.  Not having a live in photographer makes things harder but a photo is better than no photo.  I was listening to an episode of the Love to Sew Podcast - which I highly recommend if you haven't checked out - and I think it sunk in.  Done is better than perfect.

Anyway onto the sewing!

A few months ago I noticed a group on facebook for my town for all things sewing, it's such a fantastic community!  We get together for bi-monthly sewing sessions and coffee dates.  It is so refreshing to get together with friends to talk patterns and stroke fabric.  It's really been a lovely addition to my life.

At our last sewing group I made myself a(nother) Boylston Bra by Orange Lingerie, its really become my TNT bra pattern (Which fits in quite well with the Sewcialists TNT month).  I'm meant to be giving a little bra making class at the next get together.

My previous Boylstons include - my Mermaid Bikini, my vintage floral bra, this little red one named after none other than Joan from Mad Men.

A few years ago Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews made this amazing pink floral Boylston and when I found the same fabric in Lincraft (I've also just realised apparently this fabric was in my stash for two years, oh well!) I knew I had to make on too.  Thankfully it turned out just as well as I hoped.

Floral Boylston

I lined the cups with cut and sew foam, I'd really recommend this is you're making a bra using satin (which overall I don't really recommend!).  The cut and sew foam gives the cups and nice structure and shape.


Floral Boylston

There ended up being some half decent unintentional pattern matching, which I'm pretty pleased with to be honest!  As always I added a little rose to the centre to cover up some not so pretty stitching. 

Floral Boylston

I used adorable rose gold rings and sliders for Sew Squirrel, I dyed the elastics, strapping and powernet pink which I think was the right choice!  If you've never tried dying your own fabric or notions I would highly recommend it, it's so much fun!

I've got matching underwear cut and elastic dyed, so hopefully they'll aldo be finished soon!

Anyway, it's good to be back!  I'm not making any promises about how frequently I'll be blogging but I hope its not 11 months between posts again!


New Year, New Start, New Plan

January 3, 2017

2017 Sewing Plan

So its obviously been a very long time between posts. It was a totally unexpected but much needed break.

The second half of 2016 turned totally crazy at work, we started work on a new project and its been a steep learning curve getting everything in order

Thankfully its now all relatively on track. Sadly 2017 has not been off to the best start. As you may have seen on Instagram, I discovered termites in my house which has thrown everything into chaos. Thankfully they are halfway through the treatment and things should be able to get back to normal soon.

To top it off nicely, I got home from a few days away to no power. Goodness knows how long it had been off given that my freezer was defrosted. While annoying, its not the end of the world. It was probably more annoying for the Ergon guy who had to climb up the pole to replace the blown fuse in a downpour.

Recapping on my year of giving handmade in 2016, I'm not prepared to call it a success, but not a failure either. It started off pretty well, though as my year got crazier the handmade gifts got fewer!

I've copied my original list below and added the gifts beside them.

So while not a total fail, it would have been better.  The Northern Lights quilt that I listed in the original post is still not completed!  Though it got quilted and the binding is half sewn onto it.

In 2017 I'm taking a different approach.   I've written myself a list of projects I want to get finished in 2017.  Its not a huge list, which I think is what I need this year.  It's also very specific, most projects are planned, or started with just a couple of fun projects thrown in.

Quilts

  • Northern Lights Quilt - This was on my list last year, its been quilted and half bound so it should be an easy one to check off
  • Reunion Quilt - This one is another long term WIP, but its now quilted and just waiting for the binding to be hand stitched.
  • Spell it with Moda - Top finished, just needs quilting and binding
  • Vintage Quilt - I think I have all the blocks done, I just need to piece them, then quilt and bind.
  • Pineapple Quilt - It's started, but I need to hurry up and finish it, its for a baby quilt
  • Baby Quilt - No plan for this one yet, its a gift though so I should start planning.
  • Bonus - Dwell Quilt - This has been on my list for a long time, it's a bonus project if I get it done

Clothing
  • Boyston Bra Set - I have a few options for this one. Its been so long since I made a bra, I need a new one
  • Vogue 1374 - I'm attending a ball in March and want to make a dress.  I've got the fabric and pattern so I just need to sew
  • Bonus - Cardigans & Hoodies, again, if I get time, no pressure at all.  Maybe something from Patterns for Pirates and a Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade...
Bags 
  • Fold Over Party Clutch - for the Fold Over Party Clutch Swap (#aussiefoldoverpartyclutchswap on Instagram)
  • Fold Over Party Clutch - One for me, probably for the ball to match the me made dress.
  • Gym Bag - I need a bag to cart all my stuff to the gym each day, and why not something me made
  • Retreat Bags - I need a new toiletries bag and this is a free pattern by Emmaline Bags plus I already bought the frames.
  • Bonus - Necessary Clutch Wallet - I made a few vinyl coated NCW's for Christmas buy gave them all away as gifts, now I need to make one for myself.

Anyway, I hope to be back blogging more regularly and can't wait to keep you updated on my progress throughout the year.  I am really hoping that this structured list will help keep me creating this year!



Mermaid Leggings - Sprout Patterns x Sloan Leggings

July 22, 2016

I'd been keen to try out Spoonflower's Sprout Patterns for a while, the thought of not having to print off a pattern or trace one was a very, very appealing thought.  I was looking at their available patterns and fell in love with Hey June's Sloan Leggings.  A few days later I found a discount code and needless to say the rest was history.

Sprout Patterns Sloan Leggings

I ordered them on Spoonflowers Sports Lycra and I can't rate it highly enough, the fabric is absolutely perfect for leggings, stretchy, supportive.  I have multiple metres in my shopping cart for future orders.

Sprout Patterns Sloan Leggings

I am so in love with the Sloan Leggings pattern that I've sworn off buying any leggings ever again and I'm destined to make all my leggings.  The curved waistband allows them to sit at just the right spot and not need to be pulled up every five seconds during a work out.  Not to mention the rest of the fit is just incredible!  I normally have an issue with my thighs being too large for things in my waist/hips size, don't know if it's the stretch of the fabric, but it is so amazing.

Sprout Patterns Sloan Leggings

I also used the flatlock stitch on my overlocker for the first time to put these leggings together.  I'm pleased to report my overlocker and I are now friends.  I think the flatlock stitch adds a really professional finish to these tights.  I've got plenty more in my future!

Now if only Activewear fabric was easier to find locally!
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