Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

I bought this cherry fabric at Lincraft recently in a 40% off fabric sale.  I LOVE SALES!  I only bought one metre because that's all I'd need to make a skirt.  Afterwards I realised the border print was only along one selvedge, which meant the border wouldn't go all around the hem of the skirt, so I went back to Lincraft to buy another metre... Of course I wasn't the only one with such fantastic taste in fabric, so unfortunately it was all sold out!  As were all the other Lincraft stores in Canberra.  So it sat in a bag for a two or three months because I couldn't decide how I would utilise the border print.  Should I have it only on the front hem?  Or use it in the waistband?  Or run it up a side seam?  In the end I decided to just have it on the front hem.  And I can't see the back when I'm wearing it, so I'm pretty satisfied LOL.


Top - Modcloth
Skirt - Made by me
Shoes - Ernest Wyler

Monday, August 25, 2014

Poppy's 70th birthday

We had a beautiful lunch at the Hyatt for my father-in-law's birthday recently.  Oh my goodness, the food was amazing.  Especially the seafood and desserts!  Then it was back to their place for a special cake for the retired electrician.  It was a lovely afternoon to celebrate his birthday.


Saturday, August 23, 2014


I realised I have a layout I haven't shared on my blog before.  It's Tassy and her most beloved bunny.  He was a Christmas present and she loves him so.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

I've been neglecting my blog, but Mardi's Blog Hop post has got me going again.  So now I have a few outfit posts coming up soon.  First one coming up!

Last year I bought some gorgeous check fabric at Spotlight, reduced to $3/m.  I bought quite a lot and last year I made this dress. It's tricky to sew with because the fabric doesn't sit straight - it warps all over the place, but it falls beautifully and feels lovely to wear.

I had heaps of fabric left over so I recently made a skirt.  I decided to use up ALL the fabric, which meant it was a really full skirt, but also quite long.  I didn't use a pattern - the waistband and the skirt are both just rectangles.

I'm still not sold on the length - I'll probably shorten it eventually, but I've worn it several times at this length.  The skirt is roughly pleated into the waistband.

I bought this top at the Zonta pre-loved clothing sale recently.  I loved the colour but it was shapeless and un-flattering.  I took the sides in before the following picture was taken, and afterwards I sewed some vintage lace around the collar for a bit more pretty.

 So my very thrifty outfit went a little something like this.

Top - $10 at Zonta pre-loved clothing sale
Skirt - Made by me for about $6
Cardi - hand me down from my sister Alicia
Brooch - gift from my sister Charlotte
Shoes - faves from I Love Billy, which are knocking at deaths door but I refuse to turn off life support just yet

My friend Sam, who has the most awesome taste in clothing, has recently started a blog and done a Bernie Dexter dress post here!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Hopping With a Difference

My dear friend Mardi Winen invited me to join the crafty little Blog Hop that's making the rounds in the blogging world.  Mardi and I have been friends (thanks to the internet!) for a long time now, working on some Design Teams together, exchanging emails and keeping up with each other via blogs and Instagram.  We met in real life a few years ago on a retreat and she was just a warm and beautiful and real as I thought - a beautiful soul.

So this Blog Hop is about crafting.  Actually, the posts I've seen so far have been about scrapbooking but I'm going with a different theme.  Dressmaking. :)

I bought this collection of new and vintage zips at the op shop for $3.

What am I working on right now?
Right now I'm between projects but I have lots of fabric washed and ready to sew into dresses or skirts.  Some are summer fabrics so I'll leave those for a bit later.  I aim to use my heavier fabrics first so I can get some wear out of them this year.

This is an older pic..

How long does it take to create a project?
When I make a skirt or a dress I try to get the whole thing done in a day.  But it doesn't always work out that way.  Sometimes I give myself a head start by cutting the fabric the day before.  And sometimes I don't get to do the finishing touches until another day.  But my aim is to get it done in a day, so I choose a day when I don't have much else planned.  

I cut this dress out the day before I planned on sewing it.  I used vintage sheeting as lining - it's pretty and it's cheap!

What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment?
I'm finding skirts to be pretty quick and easy. When I make skirts I usually don't use a pattern.  I have a purchased skirt in a style I like, so I lay that on my fabric and use it as a guide for cutting out a curved waistband, then I usually try to fit as much fabric into the skirt as I can, so that it's as full as possible.  I always use patterns for dresses, but I often alter the design, or use a combination of two patterns - like the bodice from one with the skirt from another.

How does my creative process work?
When I shop for fabric I don't usually search for something specific, I just buy what appeals to me.  When I see something I like it usually seems pretty obvious to me whether it would work best as a skirt or a dress. I loved this cherry fabric and because it's thin I thought it would work best as a dress.  Because I'm so fair, prints on a white background don't flatter me, so I chose a plain red to use as a trim.  Defining the skirt hem, neckline and armholes in a darker fabric should be more flattering on me. 

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Mostly the internet!  I love so much clothing on Modcloth, and I follow some gorgeous stylish girls on Instagram.  Pinterest too!  Fabrics really inspire me.

What is my signature style? 
I'm not sure what you'd name my style, but I like bright colours, retro styles, and fit and flare dresses. These are the dresses I made in 2013 (these are all one pattern design which I altered).
So I'm going to pass the baton to my family bloggers - they should be uploading their blog posts next Monday.

Janice Kingman
The one who taught me how to make stuff, beginning with padded picture frames and fimo jewellery in the eighties.  She's always busy knitting, crocheting and stitching - clothes (including lots of bridesmaids dresses for her girls), cushions, purses and bags, and plenty more.  Twice a year she has a little garden party to sell her wares to her friends.  She's always got a million projects planned and has withdrawals if she hasn't been into the sewing room for a few days.  My mother.

Charlotte Lam
The one who introduced me to scrapbooking - I love to scrapbook with her (but it only happens once every few years).  She's also passionate about Project Life, is the card making queen and makes the sweetest baby toys.  She's so resilient (she lives with a house full of in-laws) and I'm excited seeing how she's decorating her boys' bedroom, since they no longer have all four of their little family in the one bedroom!  My baby sister.  


Friday, August 01, 2014

School holidays

Long time, no blog! 

I've been hearing the whip crack, so I thought I'd give an update on what we got up to in the school holidays.  I love school holidays!  They usually seem to go so quickly, but this time they seemed to slow down a little, so I felt like we got to enjoy it more! 

Tassy had wanted to do some crafting, so we did a bit of fimo modelling, glass painting and scrapbooking.  (I now realise that I didn't photograph Tassy's glass painting or fimo LOL.  The scrapbooking is hers tho!)

 I dragged Tassy along to Jazzercise each day, much to her chagrin.  So I took her to the shops after each class for a bit of a treat.  One day we went to San Churro (oh my goodness - LOVE!), then we saw Maleficent at the movies, which we also loved!  Here she has a hot chocolate we were sharing at San Churro - I won't make that mistake again.  We shared evenly, but half a hot chocolate is not enough!  By the way, she mustn't have hated coming to Jazz too much, because last weekend she ASKED if she could come with me - she wanted to do an hour of "nothing" (she drew pictures the whole time).

And we tried a few new recipes.  I'd always wanted to make honeycomb.  It was fun and easy and turned out pretty well, except next time I won't cook it as long as the recipe says...

A year or two ago mum gave my sisters and I a copy of the Women's Weekly Little Squares and Slices cookbook.  She loved it when she bought herself a copy, especially loving the styling.  She found out later that her friend's daughter was the stylist!  And she'd used a lot of her mother's and grandmother's tableware.  which made mum love the cookbook even more!  It is a beautiful book and I am working my way through the recipes.  This time we made raspberry chocolate brownies and boy they were so good.  I do love a good brownie, but with the addition of tart raspberries - wow!

Tassy also had a sleepover for a friend's birthday, which was aaaaalmost a 24 hour sleepover!  Although, of course, not a lot of sleep was had.  I think they got about 5 hours sleep and surprising Tassy wasn't obnoxious the following day.  Maybe she can handle it better as she gets older.  They went ice skating too - it was 24 hours of party!  It was really nice for Tassy's parents too, who tried a new restaurant and enjoyed some quality time.  Oh, two new restaurants actually, cos we went out for dinner then lunch the following day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jot Kids

Jot magazine had a kids challenge for the school holidays.  Check out the Jot blog for more info. 

I love the mood board and Tassy was happy to have a go at scrapbooking a page of her beloved, inspired by the mood board. 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Jot Magazine June Mood Board

Check out the gorgeous June Mood Board for Jot Magazine.  If you will the Mood Board challenge you'll win a $20 gift voucher to Dizzy Lizzy


The Mood Board inspired me to come up with this.  I found a scrap of paper on my desk documenting Tassy's first trip to the cinema.  I'm sure it couldn't have been floating around on my desk for nine years... but maybe!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Jot Magazine Birthday Issue

The latest issue of Jot Magazine is out now and it's our first birthday edition!  You can check it out here, with its bright giftbox cover.  There are so many beautiful inspiring things in there!


I have a couple of pages in there...

This one is in the Mega Photos gallery.  I took this photo with my phone and printed it on textured cardstock. This is one of my favourite colour combos - I have done quite a few pages like this!

 This one's in the Winter Tales gallery.  Our first family trip to the snow two years ago.  The weather was perfect and we had a fantastic day!  Tassy wanted to know why I put a photo of me at the beach with some photos of the snow LOL. 

And this pillow box is in the gift boxes gallery.  

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Embellishing tops

Tassy lamented recently that she had no long sleeved tops.  I had a look around the shops and boy, I wasn't keen on what I found!  I ended up buying three plain tops in Kmart for $4 and $6 each, with a mind to pretty them up.

When I bought this marle grey I really wanted to add neutrals to it.  I didn't have something specific in mind but thought I'd try some doilies and vintage trims.  I love the offcut trim on the neckline.  It would have been great to have enough to go all the way around, but I think this is still OK.  I wanted the doilies to overlap and casually flow up towards the shoulder, and scattered a few buttons around.  I stuck everything down with a glue stick first, then machine stitched the trims and doilies and hand sewed the buttons.  The wooden bonjoir button came from the underground markets in Wellington when I was there with my family 18 months ago.

Twice at the op shops I have scored tins of vintage buttons.  It's so exciting to rummage through to find really special gems.  I will have to post some pics of special button finds on my blog soon.  Anyway, along with gems there's a plethora of plain buttons.  They're still pretty because they're so shiny and nice and heavy, not like cheap modern plastic buttons.  For this top I gathered all the plain buttons on the table and roughly made them into a heart shape.  I used this to gauge the right size to make my hand drawn heart, then drew the heart on the Tshirt with a water soluble pen. I cut a piece of vintage sheeting the same size and attached it to the inside of the Tshirt for some extra stability.  Then I used a glue stick to attach all the buttons to the heart.  It didn't really take much rearranging to make them fit.  Once the glue was dry I sat on the couch and hand sewed the buttons in place. 

This was actually the first one I did, and if I was going to do it again I'd make the bow smaller.  But to tell the truth, I can't bring myself to pull this apart and do it again, so it's going to stay a big bow. :)  I used leftover fabric from a dress I made Tassy last summer.  I sewed a long rectangle for the loops of the bow, a small rectangle for the centre of the bow and a long rectangle for the ties.

She's got a few new wardrobe pieces now, and all up they only cost $14.