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
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.
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.
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.