My Handmade Scarf #2: Mega Long White Knit

Whilst being extraordinarily busy with my ‘new’ job my sewing table has been left untouched. This leaves me a little anxious that I don’t have any new projects to show you, but I know that when I do they will be properly worthy of your patience!

In the meantime, here is another from my handmade scarf collection. I started this myself a long time ago, but when I realised I was not going to finish it I gave it to my grandma who frogged it and started it again.

This scarf is sooo long it must be wrapped several times so it doesn’t touch the ground. I love it!

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La lala la!

La lala la!

Phase Eight summer prom dress
£130 – johnlewis.com

Ann klein shoes
£59 – debenhams.com

Beige handbag
$594 – boticca.com

Carolee south sea pearl earrings
$24 – bloomingdales.com

Vintage shawl
£32 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Dolce Gabbana lipstick
£23 – harrods.com

Sew 2012 #009: A Not-so Annoying Skirt

I am terribly sorry to do this to you, but here is another pencil skirt from Simplicity 5259. I had started a little production line with these skirts, just to knock them out in the new year. Before I started sewing this one I thought it would be an Annoying Skirt. Why?

Well, the fabric was a length of curtain-backed fabric from an op shop for $2.50 (Not annoying.). I thought it would be easier to sew as I could skip on all sorts of things, like finishing raw edges, interfacing and twill tape around the waist. In a way I was right, I skipped all these things and it turned out fine (Not annoying.). But the fabric was such a pain to handle! (Annoying!) It has little drape, which suits the pattern just fine (Not annoying.), but working with it (Annoying!) and turning it around (Annoying!) and having the fabric bunch up next to the machine while I was sewing (Annoying!) negated the thrill of skipping so many steps (Annoying!)*.

Then there’s wearing it! Every time I stand from a chair I have to adjust it because the curtain backing prevents it sliding down to where it should (Annoying!), even while wearing a slip. Not to mention it’s quite loud (Annoying!) and a tad restrictive (Annoying!).

That’s 3 Not Annoyings to 8 Annoyings. Thus An Annoying Skirt.

However, after wearing it a few times I’ve found it to be not-so annoying, but still slightly annoying. Hence the Not-so Annoying Skirt.

* I also managed to sew one half of the invisible zip on the wrong way, which while annoying, doesn’t actually have as much to do with the skirt itself as it does my inability to stop when I started feeling sleepy 2 and a half hours ago. 😛

Blanket Scrabble Update

I’m sure the question on everyone’s lips is: Has she forgotten about the Blanket Scrabble?

No, my pretties, I have not. Check out my stack above! It’s going strong, and I’ve almost completed all the score tiles. I’ve settled on what colour to use for the non-scoring tiles and what colour to join them all with, and in my excitement I went ahead and joined some:

Exciting. Till next time, chill out!
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Office Garden Party

Office Garden Party

Mary Katrantzou flower print dress
$1,125 – stylebop.com

Paris Hilton stilettos pumps
$95 – heels.com

Johnny Loves Rosie black jewelry
£30 – johnlewis.com

Givenchy earrings
$26 – nordstrom.com

My Handmade Scarf #1: Manly Alpaca Crochet

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m going to whip up some new scarves for myself this year. And as I do, every week until winter I’ll share with you the ones I’ve made before – After all this site is all about cataloguing the stuff I make and (I hope!) inspires your to create your own!

First up is the Official Posting of the Manly Alpaca Crochet Scarf. I’ve mentioned this one before, shared an action shot of me wearing it and attempted and arty product photograph fail:

Why is this naturally lacy scarf manly? Because Sweetheart picked the colour for me. Har har!

This pattern was lovely and easy to create, I found it in a learn-to-crochet book I had bought. I’d love to give this pattern another go at some point and try it in a more feminine yarn.

Excitement!
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Star Anise Blanket Crochet Update

As Star Anise Blanket lies about the lounge room unfinished and aloof, it has begun to attract compliments from our house guests lucky enough to see it. Progress has been slow recently, but it’s now at a size that’s a bit hard to miss.

I’ve decided to finish all the hexagons for the next round before I attach them, and this is proving to be a test of my resolve. I have about 30 ready to go and it’s so tempting to give in and just attach a few… But no! I must be strong.

In the meantime, I have settled on the final direction. I will stick to my design I worked out a few months ago, and I’ve found the right combination to surround the star – the neutral beige and white combo above. What do you think?

I can’t wait to finish this, I’m going to have a beautiful piece when it’s done! 😀

Stay creative!
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Sew 2012 #008: Morgan’s Sexy & Royal Moo-moo Dress

Canberra is enjoying a long weekend this weekend! I’m enjoying it too, albeit a little lonely! Not for long though, and I thought to pass the time it would be nice to relax at home and go back to work with not one but two new dresses for my wardrobe!

Here is the first! Morgan’s Sexy & Royal Moo-moo Dress!

Since I decided to make two dresses this weekend, I decided to make one of them really simple so I hunted online for simple and free dress patterns. I found one – the 1-Hour Dress from CraftStylish looked like the ticket! So I grabbed some cheap stretch velvet from my stash and got to work.

Now this is where reading the instructions properly would have saved me some cheap fabric and about 2.5 hours – but that was not to be. So the stretch velvet unwearables go into my scrap bucket – but I’ve gained experience and a great idea to make this simple dress look heaps better on me!

Out comes the lovely blue jersey I found in an op-shop a few weeks ago. As I marvel at its lovely colour in the mid-day light, I hope I don’t screw this up. One of the things I’ve learned about dressing myself is that my shape seems to prefer symmetrical styles. With this in mind, I modified CraftStylish’s pattern to have the pleated shoulders on both sides and got cutting!

This dress was so quick to sew!! I can’t wait to make another, as I’m sure there’ll be much less fussing next time.

Next up was dress-ups – I tried every belt I owned around the middle of this dress and loved all of them. There was even enough blue jersey left to create a nice long sash I could also use, and enough for a handmade belt using some belting I had in my stash.

The belt took a long time as I hand-stitched it all, but it was quite relaxing sitting listening to the birds with Felix using me as a pillow. My only concern was if I ever have to set the dinner table for 12, someone will be missing their napkin ring because I don’t think I’ll be cutting this belt up.

Relax!
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Take me out!

Take me out!

Plein Sud royal blue evening dress
$660 – stylebop.com

Anya Hindmarch clutch bag
$595 – net-a-porter.com

LORD & TAYLOR hammered earrings
$800 – lordandtaylor.com

Ted Baker metallic belt
£39 – houseoffraser.co.uk

American Apparel hair clip accessory
$14 – americanapparel.net

New project: Magical Crochet Scarf Shawl Blanket

As it transpires, I am an Insufferable Serial Crochet Project Starter (ISCPS). This means that today, I started a new crochet project.

Why? Aside from ISCPS, I found I’ve outgrown my collection of hand made scarves I’d started as a teenager and new scarves were in order. It’s also entering Autumn here, so they will be needed soon. Finally, the air-conditioning in the office seems to think it needs to be cold so I need something to wrap around me when that happens.

The solution is simple: a crochet shawl scarf wrap blanket that can be resized as desired. It will involve buttons.

So while this idea evolves I’ll get closer to deciding what to sew up next and get started on some new dresses!

Stay happy 🙂