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!

Necessary Clutch Wallet

July 8, 2016

I was browsing online and I have no idea who I stumbled across the Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags, all I know is that I did and I knew it had to move right near the top of my must sew list.

Necessary Clutch Wallet

It faltered at the top for a while while the doubt set in. Interfacings, zips, lots of layers, lots of top stitching, finding the right interfacings and a latch made it seem a little more challenging than I wanted to deal with.  Thankfully I discovered Handbag Hardware Australia on Etsy who have a kit specifically for making the NCW.  This made it so much easier to get the right interfacing and put some of my fears to rest.  I also had a fantastic experience purchasing from them as I ordered before work Friday morning, received a shipping notification by Friday lunch and it had arrived on Tuesday! The kit was a really generous size and I think I have enough left over for any other NCW

Necessary Clutch Wallet

I would feel much more confident buying my own interfacing a now that I know what I'm looking for, especially as I have samples of what I'm looking for now.  I also discovered this blog post which shows the Australian Legacy Intefacing, available at Spotlight, comparable to the Pellon varieties.

Necessary Clutch Wallet

There is also a Facebook Group, NCW Addicts, which is incredibly helpful with a wide range of files and thousands of members who are willing to help.  I'm sure I would not have been as confident about diving into making my first NCW without this group.  There are files in this group for a bunch of modifications to the original pattern.  I used one of them to put in a double zipper pocket as I always think that the more zippers the better.

Necessary Clutch Wallet

I dug the hexagon poplin and teal homespun, both from Spotlight, out of my stash and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I'd been reading and people recommended making your first out of fabric you wouldn't be disappointed if it didn't turn out.  I specifically picked these fabrics as I wouldn't be too disappointed but I also had enough fabric left over that I could make another if it didn't turn out.

Necessary Clutch Wallet

There is still plenty of room for improvement but I pretty proud for a first attempt. I've already got plans for future ones and plan on making some changes.  The changes include using peltex throughout the entire top flap (and possibly the body of the wallet), and ensuring that I cut my zippers shorter so I can sew over the zipper tabs and get a nicer overall finish.

Anyway, I'm sure there are more NCWs in my future, for me, for gifts and for everyone who ever needs a wallet ;).


Spell it with Moda Quilt Top

June 26, 2016

So it's been more than a little while since I last posted, I meant to post, and then all of a sudden a few weeks had gone by and then it was basically a month.  I've been super busy with work, guides and gym.  It's also gotten bitterly cold here lately, it was still below zero at 8.30 yesterday morning, freezing!

I've been working on Mermaid pose at yoga, I'm pleased with how far I've come with it.

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It's such a wonderful stretch and lots of fun to sit in for a while.

I'd been thinking about making a 'Spell it with Moda' quilt ever since the blog hop came out a few years ago however I just never got around to it.  That was until I decided to break into my precious 'Make Life' by Sweetwater Jelly Roll, because it's only fabric right?  I'm so glad I did because I love the results!


Spell It With Moda Quilt

I also branched out of my comfort zone and used a charcoal for the background, I normally stick to white or light colours so this pushed my boundaries but I seriously love how it turned out.

Spell It With Moda Quilt

I loved making up the filler blocks, it was so much fun and adds that extra personal touch to the quilt.  I also really need to make a dwell quilt, it's moved much higher up on my list lately.


Spell It With Moda Quilt
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