Sunday, 13 May 2012

I have mail!!!

I signed up for the "One cool thing/One Strange thing" swap over on The Perfect Nose and my little goodie parcels arrived last week much to my utter delight. 

The first package was kindly sent to me by my swap partner Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes. Check out the awesomeness!

A vintage Butterick pattern for a skirt and a jacket. I'm particularly digging on the jacket, I think I will use the long sleeve version. It is unlined so could be perfect for my first adventure in jacket making.

Kat also sent me a cute little polka dot belt buckle and some quilted blue fabric. My first thought was for making a clutch bag with the buckle as a feature, just need to find the right pattern. I might also try dyeing a bit of the fabric, I think it would look stunning in black.

Then a total surprise package came from TJ who organised the whole swap. Count them all, 3 freakin patterns! She kindly included a Kwik Sew pattern, after my last rant about my sewing with knits fail. There is also a cool top in Butterick 5429, a top with a twist at the front. Found an inspiration photo using the upper portion in leather, putting that on the list.

I also got this fabric and wow I love it. I would have brought this fabric myself if I spotted it in a store, TJ you read my mind.

I am thinking about making this into a panelled top of some sort, I have to put my thinking cap on to make it into something extra special.

Till next time!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Some Lovely Links

Wow time goes so fast and you feel like you've done nothing. Last week I madly started drafting and then sewing a dress using a stripe merino knit from my last post, it was a disaster which really bummed me out. I got so frustrated with it that I bundled the lot into a plastic bag and threw it in my sewing wardrobe so I didn't have to look at it anymore. Perhaps when I have a free weekend I might try to salvage it, or maybe not. 

So to lift my spirits I went on the hunt for some other people's creativity and inspiration. It's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney at the moment and I spotted the runway show and collection by Project Runway Season 3 Winner Dylan Copper. I love his use of colors and prints, so gorgeous!

I'm totally digging on Little Betty's version on the Darling Ranges dress by Megan Neilsen patterns. My first pattern from her got lost in the mail, now I've happily got a replacement so I think this is going to be next on the list.

One of my new fav blogs is She's Sonic. She's put up a post talking about Leopard print as a neutral. I'm a sucker for leopard print, especially as accents such as scarves or shoes.

Cotton and Curls never fails to impress with DIY ideas and tutorials. She's posted up a tutorial about making a Knit dress with a Peter Pan collar. Looks pretty simple, though I think I would ditch the hi-lo hem going on, my legs are not made for showing that much skin!

I was so excited to see a new blog post from Pattern Runway. She is a Brissie pattern designer selling her pattern through her Etsy shop (just quietly I am seriously considering her Pussy Bow blouse). Her latest blog post was all about a Tailored Jacket she has just finished. Absolute perfection! I might get to that skill level in about 10 years more of sewing.

I finally succumbed and joined Pinterest, I could easily loose hours on there. You can check out my boards here.

Till next time!