May goes out with a Fizzle and I talk to my Sewing Machine.

What a strange month May has been. I mean, not really, like, you know, things have been weirder, but May was weird, just sayin’.

I didn’t get to sewing or anything much crafty on account of being very busy with the day job. At the end of such busy days my mind preferred to switch off rather than solve my sewing problems, and even my Pinterest account didn’t get much of a look-in.

However, in between switching off and weekends I did manage to plod along with trying to perfect my first sewing pattern.

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Alas, there’s not much perfecting going on. The above dress is too big in some places. It’s also beige and incredibly boring. It’s made from the same length of op-shop fabric as my first Sew 2012 dress and some new lining. After going too far with the Dismal Success Dress, I had tried going back to the original pattern I made Madly Happy Sunny Dress with, which happens to fit quite well. It didn’t work. Maybe a difference with the fabric?

In my quest to perfect this pattern, I’ve left it unhemmed for now. A UFO! I expect I’ll feel like adjusting and finishing it one day. So I moved on:

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Same pattern, different problems. I made the adjustments based on what I wanted to change in the boring beige dress above, but this is also not happening. This dress is too small in the bust and too big in the hips! Furthermore the armholes are just small enough to be rather uncomfortable. Oh well. The hips are an easy fix but the rest would require major surgery (on me or the dress, though I would prefer on the dress.).

The fabric I like but I think it would be very impractical in my current wardrobe. It’s a heavy matt satin which I’ve seen wedding dresses made out of. If it was wearable I don’t think I’d wear it very much. I also need to stop making dresses in satin.

Fizzle.

So! Right now I’m stumped. How is that I’ve made 4 dresses from this pattern and only one fits – and oddly enough it was the first one!? Is it me?

I look at my sewing machine. “Or is it you?” I ask regretfully. We share a long look and we both know it isn’t. “Perhaps it’s the fabric then.” I wonder aloud.

The fabric raises its eyebrow and gives a warning glance from its high hanging position. “You know it isn’t me. I know my properties and abide by them, but do you really know me? All I have seen so far shows me that you do not.”

Fabric and I look at each other for a long time. I know it’s right. I don’t know my fabric at all beyond pretty and stretchy, pretty and woven, and ugly. The pattern, who had been sitting patiently on the floor, glanced up at the fabric with a knowing eye and then looked reassuringly at me.

“With patience and pin, We all know you’ll win.
Silence the violin! You’re Morgan Sin!”

Pattern always knows what to say. Sometimes it’s bit hard to understand, but it always knows. In fact, I think pattern and I will go do some fabric Googling right about now.

Stay confident!
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Cool French Chic

Cool French Chic

Loose top
€20 – jennyfer.com

Richard Nicoll short mini skirt
$710 – net-a-porter.com

Fogal crochet stocking
$60 – barneys.com

Puma lace flat
$75 – puma.com

Jennifer Meyer Jewelry 18k jewelry
$625 – ylang23.com

Kenneth Jay Lane crystal ring
$125 – net-a-porter.com

Gold stud earrings
$55 – jcpenney.com

Beret hat
£62 – farfetch.com

Unpredictability and Fabric

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The Force was with me this month and I’ve been really busy and pretty productive. However not particularly productive with crafty business, so I haven’t had much to say there. But not to worry, there’s been no shortage of ideas!

Just so I don’t feel like I’ve neglected May 2012, I’m sharing my third-ever Instagram pic above! Awww!!

I wouldn’t say it holds a candle to any other of the awesome Instagram pics I’ve seen, but what is does show is AWESOME FABRIC I GOT FROM AN OP SHOP FOR $15 TODAY AND GUESS WHAT THERE’S 6.5 METRES OF IT!!!

*does a little dance*

As I was walking away from the shop and back to the office job my mind stopped whirring when it reached the conclusion:

40s-Length Pencil Dress with matching 3/4-Length Jacket.

Oh yeah.

I May Have Just Decided

I May Have Just Decided

Lela Rose multi colored dress
$1,495 – net-a-porter.com

Lanvin shearling jacket
$7,985 – net-a-porter.com

Reiss shoulder handbag
$360 – reissonline.com

Kara by Kara Ross woven jewelry
£65 – flannelsfashion.com

Yellow gold earrings
$70 – jcpenney.com

Matthew Williamson bride hair accessory
$195 – matthewwilliamson.com

My Handmade Scarf #9: Weirdly Crochet Neck Cowl + FREE Pattern!

When I learned to crochet back in 2010, I didn’t stop. I loved it. One weekend while in Perth, I ran out of ‘travel’ wool and demanded to be shown the nearest craft department store.

Having received my wish, I chose some cheap fun yarns (I was still learning and had not yet discovered the true joy of beautiful and soft yarns) and continued hooking happily. This was made from one of those fun yarns:

My idea baffled the people we were visiting. They couldn’t understand why I wanted an extremely long and thin scarf. I knew though.

In fact, I now think this is such a fantastic beginner project that I wrote the pattern out to share with you!

Download away and have fun! I only ask that you also use this pattern for fun – go crazy for friends, family and yourself, any non-commercial project you like 🙂

If you do make this, I’d love to see your creations! Post a pic on your blog and feel free to leave a comment linking to it on here. One of the great joys of being online is just plain ol’ sharing! 😀

Stay creative!
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Rocking gothic.

Rocking gothic.

Alice In The Eve velvet blazer
$70 – generalpants.com.au

We Are Handsome printed top
$158 – coggles.com

SuperTrash black skinny jeans
€80 – welikefashion.com

Lanvin high heels
$432 – ssense.com

Miu Miu suede clutch
$1,405 – mytheresa.com

1928 red necklace
$22 – 1928.com

Studded belt
$17 – oldglory.com

Estée Lauder red lipstick
£19 – houseoffraser.co.uk

My Handmade Scarf #8: Royal Cowl

Sometimes you find something at the bottom of your craft box and suddenly realise why you hadn’t thrown it out years ago.

Cheap stretch velvet never looked so good!

This cowl was super easy and fun to make – and I actually got the inspiration from a scarf I saw in a Melbourne department store one weekend away.

It was one of those things: ‘Ooh I like that…’ *pick it up, look at it, put it on, look for a mirror, admire, take it off, hunt for price tag…* ‘Oh dear I could make that so easily…’ *put it back on rack, wander off, look at shiny things, walk back, pick it up, inspect closely, take a phone snapshot, try it on again, put it back, walk away…* ‘Yeah I’ll make that.’

So what I figured out was:

  1. Embellish fabric.
  2. Seam up long rectangle of fabric.
  3. Sew in elastic on one long side.
  4. Admire. For about 10% OF THE PRICE!

Yeah.

Stay thrifty!
😀

Star Anise Blanket, Oh How It Grows!

Things are progressing on the Star Anise Blanket front. Lucky it’s getting colder, because a few weeks ago it was just to warm to stitch the hexagons together with the growing mass of blanket on my lap.

It’s exciting. It’s almost at a usable size now! And the points! It’s really coming together!

😀