Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Gosh, busy city this wintertime!!!

It's been very busy and I thought it'd be a quiet month, but then I realised it wasn't May anymore and it's practically JULY!

We went on hols, we bought a house and now I have a ROOM for sewing (and guests and storage) but it'll be the SEWING ROOM. (Although for some reason Dad's been calling it the Utilities Room already)

Anyways, just a small update for you - I've been knitting scarves galore and clearing things up around the sewing area. So no pics for you today, but I do have a glamour shot of me somewhere wearing the dress below... I did make black collars in the end and wasn't sure the dress would fit me but it looks really cute!


Thursday, 5 June 2008

Workspace melt down!

So on the weekend I started this cute little dress (anything that goes with tights is my theme at the moment for my 100 outfits!) and was getting into the white collared, white cuffs of the black dress, quite 'maid' like but thought it would be cute as I love black dresses and it's a different kind of look.

I sat down with a cup of tea at the machine, and got a bit into sewing, but my workspace has gotten extremely messy and a little dusty in places and so there was little space to put my cuppatea, and after a little shuffling around I SPILT half a cup of tea over the desk, and it went under the machine (luckily not IN IT) and also luckily, not on any of my half finished garment. PHEW I said and cleaned up and dusted etc etc. Then went shopping, came back and started on the white collars, they were looking sweet, then I put the zip in, but somehow the dress got caught under my desk lamp WHERE THERE WAS STILL A LITTLE BIT OF TEA!

It soaked the white collar a bit, and I thought, "oh well, a little bit of preen spary and into the wash with you!"

BUT THE BLACK MATERIAL hadn't lost the DYE (even though it had been washed) so instead of a crispy white tea free colour... I was left with a grey daggy black stained collar:

Oh well, it would have happened anyway even if I didn't spill tea on it. My lesson: NO TEA, WASH NEW BLACK MATERIAL TWICE and perhaps re-consider two tone garments in the future!

EEK! I think I can fix it by taking off the white collar and cuffs and making them black, as I haven't added the sleeves yet, so the white cuffs would become grey as well. It just looks too daggy. But all black will be fine!

It's my first fashion disaster! Good thing I didn't give it to anyone before washing!!!!


Famillion Little Purses... er, just one really

Well I thought I was on a sewing frenzy with these little purses, but just managed this little one. It's from the offcuts of the skirt I made the other week, it was a tablecloth (a little tatty at the edges) and this scrap was perfect for a little purse!

I went to the Strand Arcade in Syds on Saturday to the designer fabric clearout, it was the second day with lots of odds and ends and got a bag of Japanese kimono fabric for $10 so I was so pleased! Lots more purses on the way!

Dongmen Lu Fabric Market

Happy Wednesday! Time to get some fabric inspiration from the Dongmen Lu Fabric Market here in Shanghai! Can't believe how quickly 201...