How To Be Ordinary

Things have been quiet around these parts… too quiet. Too much to do and not enough head space to relax. But I just watched the funniest episode of Big Bang Theory I’ve seen in a while, followed by the most gripping CSI episode I’ve seen. Either TV is getting better or I’m feeling like aΒ weight has lifted – either will please me, and in turn, you! πŸ˜€

After writing my introduction paragraph there I opened up my ‘latest photos’ folder to see what I’ve been doing. It’s delightfully average. So here I have five photos of my luxuriously average life to share with you.

The pool cleaner broke. We’ve reported it, but as yet it’s not fixed. This is semi-acceptable, as it’s the beginning of Autumn and starting to getΒ a bit cool for a swim.

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This dumpster was behind a building where I parked my car one evening.

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Upon leaving my day job, I found someone had parked their car in front of my car with great care and skill.

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And in slightly more interesting news, sewing! Both kinds!

Hand sewing sequins onto my Bat Pencil Skirt to hide the cheap shininess of the fabric which I’ve decided I don’t like now I can actually sew…

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… and busted seams after sewing one of my pencil skirts during a rampage. I never wrote about it here, but you can catch some details on my Kollabora profile.

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And that’s all from the joyous department of my corner. Now look, I’ve made myself want to sew. Yay!

Stay inspired! πŸ™‚

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Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #09: Perfect Sitting

One craft I remember my mother doing was reupholstering my desk chair in my bedroom.

The original was a lovely cream textured cover but you could just imagine how long that would stay looking nice in a grubby teenage bedroom.

The fabric she chose was this nice black tapestry style. The offcuts followed us around for years and I’d always wanted to do something with it.

Around the same time she covered the chair I made myself a needle book which I still use today. But there remained a sizable scrap.

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Fabric Detail

This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #08: Nick Swing

Here’s one of my favourites! However I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it…

This one gets its name from the swingin sixties design of the fabric combined with the putrid smell of cigarette smoke (NICotine!!!) and old man that terrorised my nostrils when steam pressing it.

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back

Other than that, this skirt is awesome. After I finished making it an before its final press, I tried the following:

  • washed it normally.
  • washed it with eucalyptus.
  • soaked it.
  • dried it.
  • soaked it in vinegar.
  • hung it out in the sun.
  • forgot about it.
  • left it in the rain for three days.

I’ve yet to steam pressed it again to see if my efforts worked, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the illusion of having a larger wardrobe.

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #06: Clydette

Clydette is the more feminine of two skirts cut from the same length of wool I found in an opshop.

I’m pretty much nailing all my pencil skirt dreams so I figured it was time to shake it up a bit. Having tried a few portrait blouses from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, I decided to try one of the pencil skirt modifications.

Clydette Pencil Skirt

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Front Ruffle and Seam Detail

I couldn’t tell you how I managed to pull that peak off. It mystified me.

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Back

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Side Zip Detail

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Back Ruffle Detail

Look at the ruffles!

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #05: Cause for Trouble

I knew when I made this into a pencil skirt it would have to be named with a reference to hot librarian teachers who don’t take silliness from students.

Cause for Trouble Pencil Skirt

Cause for Trouble Pencil Skirt: Zip

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #04: Poodle Memories

I came across this square of fabric several times while growing up. As the years passed it moved with us untill a year or two ago when I found it amongst some fabrics and curtains from the old house. Well then, I thought, I’ll have it now that I can sew.

Poodle Memories Pencil Skirt

Lo it was in my pile of things to sew when my mum was over. She smiled and touched it, remembering she bought the fabric when our family dog was a puppy to make a bed for him.

Our old dog had a long happy life and died aged 15 years some time ago! It was decided then I would name the skirt in his memory.

Poodle Memories Pencil Skirt: Back

Poodle Memories Pencil Skirt: Zip

Poodle Memories Pencil Skirt: Fabric

What a royal doggy bed it would have been. Now it’s a royal pencil skirt welcome for any new family pet to have a nap on (preferably while I’m wearing it.)!

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #01: Bat

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had happy holidays and settling into another year quite well. I am. This year I have only one ambition and that is to Be Relaxed.

Whatever else that I happen to get done and achieve is a bonus. Yay!

2013 saw a trend of batch-crafting on this blog. Months of intense crafting followed by months of intense nothing. I was much happier in 2012 where the crafting and posting was timely and consistent, before things went wacky. But 2014 is an even number with only one odd number in it so as always things are already different this year.

As a result I have a batch of Pencil Skirts from the end of 2013 that need posting about! What I have planned for you now is an onslaught of Pencil Skirt posts in the form of Mug Shots, one per day until we are done. The Final Post will be Something Rather Different, then we will start on 2014 projects. Hooray!

First up: The Bat Pencil Skirt.

It seems this fabric will never end. I got it from an op shop years ago now and made the Batface DressΒ from it with tons to spare. So it went in the Pencil Skirt Party pile and I still have enough left over for something else.

Bat Pencil Skirt - Front

Bat Pencil Skirt - Back Vent

Bat Pencil Skirt - Waistband

Bat Pencil Skirt - Back waist fastening and zipper detail

Bat Pencil Skirt - Back waist fastening and zipper

Nice job 99, if I do say so myself.

However, a plain ‘ol maroon pencil skirt wasn’t enough for me and I’ve started embellishing it with black sequins. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Stay happy!
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