Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sewing past, present and future.

Thank you for joining me today. The thing I love about blogging is being able to share an otherwise solitary hobby with sewing friends who understand there is many a slip between the cut and the fit, who have seen their dreams land in the bin with pins still in and tissue intact, who have failed and triumphed and failed again and still sit down to the machine and rethread.

I've been really enjoying reading about everyone's sewing goals for this year. I have several projects lined up and I'd thought I'd share with you what I'm thinking and where I am going.

I never set out to sew all my own clothes. Between 1-3 my son has a sleep and I slip off to the sewing room for a little "creative me" time. I need it. I have also realised that I do not want to sew all my own clothes. I just want to make what I want to make, when I want to make it. There's actually a kind of practicality to it: if I need something but don't want to make it, it never gets made - I can never overcome the inertia and a kind of energy black hole sits over the project so I never get much further than sharpening the pencil to trace the pattern.

"Follow the energy" has become my mantra. Before I show you where I'm headed, I thought I'd show you where I've been.

Just before Xmas I won a couple of things in a giveaway from Miss Flossy. A wonderful coffee bag, seen here at a seaside cafe, and a wonderful brooch.

I totally love this brooch, because it's a minuture "grandmother's flower garden." I made the full sized version myself, in my wild and reckless youth - all 1400 hand pieced hexagons.

Several people have already commented on the brooch. I have worn it as a little lapel interest in my jacket. I had to laugh, as I was standing in outfits head to toe made by me, complete strangers would stop me and say, 'oh what a lovely brooch, did you make that?'

I have just finished this skirt, made with a retro (1976) style pattern that I picked up at the Sally Army for a buck. I piped the pockets to give it a bit of a lift, and it's really comfy to wear now that the humidity is up. It's a "back wrap" skirt, you know one of those skirts that wraps round at the back -since Auckland can be quite windy I also thought it prudent to invest in some new underwear.

Overall, it was a bit of a yawn to sew and I hate to admit it but it's a bit of a yawn to wear as well.

To lift my game a little, and to look more glam mumsy, I am planning to do a homage to this outfit from Lilli at Frocks and Frou Frou.

I have a nice denim and silk/cotton voile and I'm going to use these patterns from BWOF.

Melody did a fabulous version of this (09 -2009-106) with fewer ruffles, so I feel confident of pulling something similar off.

Although you have got to admit, the technical view is pretty scary:

Teamed with these tummy tuck pants (08-2009-106) so perfect for those post christmas moments - I am so excited about these jeans I have bought the rivets and top stitching thread and am just itching to go.

Then I am going to make something utterly utterly ridiculous and you can't stop me. Instead, I'm going to prepare you gentley for some very silly sewing by leaving you with the following quote:

What is the difference between beauty and ugly?

"the line is super subtle, and sometimes ugly is more beautiful than what we think of as classical beauty."
Riccardo Tisci, the head designer from Givenchy.

Skirt: pattern $1, fabric $8, Nicks, Piping $1, thread $1 = $11 and it looks it too.


  1. I love red and blue together, I think the skirt looks great and is far from a yawn. Glad you are enjoying the bits and pieces - did you notice the time on the brooch is morning tea time? Which is the right time for a coffee. Hope your bag is holding together okay, that hessian is quite ... interesting... to sew with.

  2. Two "utterly"s -- I am rapt -- can't wait to learn what garment you've got in mind! What lovely giveaway gifts to receive. Was the quilt photo of the actual 1400+ hexagon quilt you sewed???

  3. The skirt looks like a useful one even if you did find it a bit of a yawn! Can't wait to see what else you are planning...

  4. I saw this movie once with Liz where the heroine sweeps up her sewing project with a brush and shovel and throws the whole thing on the fire. It was one of those breath stopping moments like when you (parent) throw the toy (that has been fought over all the way from Timaru to Palmerston) out of the car and suddenly the squabbling in the back seat stops and there is a frozen silence all the way home (and you wonder why you didn't do it earlier).
    Looking forward to seeing the blouse and pant combo. Or is it always pants plural.

  5. I love the piped pockets. They totally make the skirt. I've found that blouse from BWOF interesting but all those ruffles scare me. I can't wait to see what you do with it!!

  6. I flowed your energy! I love reading your posts. BTW, when I (if I) ever finished my Chanel....I am starting immediately on the lovely pattern which you sent me! Thanks again.

  7. I don't think your skirt is a yawn at all. I love it. It looks like a great skirt for a warm day. Paired with some kicky sandles and you have a great outfit!

  8. Thanks for sharing your past projects, and I can't wait to see the things you will sew in the future. Happy sewing in the new year!

  9. Well, I did not yawn when I saw your skirt!! I did laugh at your commentary, though! The brooch looks nice on the pocket.
    I am excited about your surprise item!!!!

  10. My head's spinning. Its all gorgeous.