Sunday, July 20, 2014

20 July 2014 The Vintage Feedsack Dress

I finished the Vintage Feedsack dress last weekend. I washed it during the week and ironed it last night. I finally got around to taking photos of it today. This is meant to be a size 2-3.

I am pretty proud of myself. Look how those strips match up on the gingham... Look how the bias tape matches up....My Zip matches at the top too. I had to unpick one side of the zip once. As I said though I am very happy how this turned out. 
The construction of this dress was very well put together with a lot of different techniques to the last Junebug dress. The zipper tutorial was excellent. Though I have a few questions like how does one put the zipper between the lining and the outside. I basically tacked it down on the inside so it would lay flat. 
I use gingham for these as it is cheap and I am still a novice so I am doing a lot of unpicking and resewing when I don't think I do a good enough job. My sewing is improving immensely, the seams are getting straighter and I am now taking more and more care on the lining up pieces of the pattern for cutting so it matches. This means my finished products are getting a lot more polished.
I have cut out some material to make a dress my size next. So far I have cut out the bodice. This will be a while in construction as I want to make it properly fitted to me. I can see a lot of unpicking in my future as I try to work out the best places for adjusting seams to make it fit and look good. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

14 July 2014 The JuneBug Feedback

I gave the greenish floral JuneBug to my colleague as his daughter is roughly 18 months. I had some really good feedback from them.
His wife thought that it was a very 'Nana' dress. I would interpret this as 'I probably wouldn't put this on my child'. I was kinda glad then, when they went to put it on the child it didn't fit. This means that they will give it back. Now when I mean 'it didn't fit', it does actually, it would probably fit once it was on but they had problems getting it on. They could fit one arm in fine but the dress wouldn't stretch diagonally enough to get a get the other arm in, let alone getting it off. Now I tried searching the Internet to see if other people had the same issue and I found two other slight mentions of the same problem occurring. I am not sure how to solve it. I mean a zip would solve it but other options. Would making the bodice longer, therefore the bib part open more help solve it? It's a bit upsetting when the dress would have fit nicely otherwise. I am going to send the other one to Evie in Melbourne. She is slightly younger and smaller. Hopefully it will fit. I will definitely ask whether she encounters the same issue. 
I like this kind of feedback. I am not sure how to take the 'Nana' comment. I see a lot of these dresses on the Internet. I thought the pattern was quite cute/modern suggesting that it is more my fabric choice. Would this be an overall generalisation and is this a problem. Do modern mothers not like dressing their daughters in what I would think is 'Vintage'. My taste does run old school. I just thought that was kinda fashionable these days. I will have to think more modern in my fabric selections in the future. But not at the moment. 
I finished sewing the 'Vintage Feedsack Dress' By Craftiness is not Optional late last night. I was just using some nice cheap material for the first time. The photo is what I took early yesterday which is the bodice mainly finished. I still need to wash it before taking the final picture. I did a bit of unpicking. I think if I make it again I would do a couple of things differently, I would put the bias tape around the arms afterwards and I would like to learn how to sandwich the zipper in between the front and the lining. But since it goes into the skirt I am not sure how to go about it. 
I also finished the Elephant Softies from  Craftiness is not Optional. I am not sure what to do with them. I don't have anyone to give them to and I am not a soft toy kind of person. I just thought they looked cute and I was interested in the construction of them. 
I finished another Milo. I am trying to use up my wool stash and I am annoyed that I ended up with 9 gms leftover. I thought I had calculated for it to use up most of it, but obviously it wasn't meant to be. I can incorporate it into some matching booties maybe. 
Reece and I headed to the Good Food and Wine Show in Perth on Friday. We attended the Wine and Cheese Tasting workshop first thing. It was really good and entertaining. I did feel strange wearing a wine glass on a lanyard around my neck but it is a practical solution, I just felt like a bit of an alcoholic. Most of the wine we tasted was excellent and we came away poorer in our bank account. It goes without saying that we also bought cheese.... I would definitely be keen to go again next year. 
Some Progress Shots of Magnets interest in the Elephant Toys...

 Magnet not letting me open my parcel from overseas.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

26 June 2014 More and more sewing

Last weekend I finished sewing two more JuneBug Dresses. I made them at the same time, which made it twice as fast. At this rate I am just going to have a lot of sewing that is size 2. That seems to be the size for free patterns. 
Again these pictures are front and then back of garment. I am also considering changing the buttons on the first dress. Maybe to yellow. What do you think? It might make the dress stand out a bit more. Though sometimes subtle is better.
This one turned out better than I thought. Sometimes I am not sure about my fabric choices with the pattern.
I cut out two more patterns to sew. One is a soft toy elephant and the other is called a 'Vintage Sack Dress'. They are from the same person who did the above pattern. I have chosen a pink gingham material for the sack dress. I didn't want to use pretty/more expensive fabric while I work it out. If I like it and want to make it again, I will use nicer material.
I am still knitting away. I should do more knitting while watching TV shows but I get so engrossed. Progress soon I swear.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

14 June 2014 Lots of things completed

 Here's a weekend update. Mainly because I am excited to share my finished sewing things. They are so cute and I can definitely tell that my sewing is improving. I have heaps of knitting on the needles at the moment but it is all progressing at the same time so none of it is finished. 
First off though, some knitting from 2 weeks ago. I had realised that my friend Rachel wasn't going to be here for her birthday and we were meeting up for dinner before her big trip so I quickly knit up a Calorimetry as she is heading to Alaska. I know that it is Summer up there but I have a feeling it will still be cooler. 
We did have some yummy Indian food before she headed off. 

 Now for some sewing. Pictures are Front then Back. The first two are using the same pattern (Simplicity 4243). You can't go wrong with blue. I had initially put a zipper in, but I didn't like it as I would think that it would have been uncomfortable to wear, so I took it out and replaced with buttons. They are both in the Large size which the pattern tells me is 18months. Those snaps that you buy attached to binding are expensive AU$12.99 a metre. 

I made this cute dress this weekend. It is a JuneBug in the size 2T. It ended up being a big more princessy than I was expecting because of my colour choices. I think I will make it again but only one colour. 
Perth is a bit cooler at the moment but some lovely sunny days. I am liking the coolness like normal. Magnet has been very snugly.
I am not sure whether I wrote previously that I completed the 12Km HBF Run at the end of May in 1:38.21. I was pretty happy with my time as I was aiming for 1hr 40min. Hopefully next year's time will be better. 
I have asked for a fancy sports watch for my birthday so I can improve my speed while running. No point comparing my times at the end. I want to know if I am running faster/slower as I go. 
I don't have any more races coming up. I am guessing I will probably sign up for the city to surf at the end of August. 

Monday, June 09, 2014

9 June 2014 And we are in the 6th Month

It's June already. Where has the year gone? I can say that I have achieved a few things on my previous list, which is good because we are already a third of the way through the month.
I went and saw Godzilla yesterday. What can I say about it. I liked it but there wasn't a lot of humor in it. I quite like Elizabeth Olsen, she was probably one of the only ones that actually showed a lot emotion in the movie. The Monster's were Fabulous!! Go the effects team.
Hopefully I will get through the rest of the list.
 Played a quick game of Family Trivial Pursuit. It is quite a big difference to the normal edition. A lot faster and the questions were organised weirdly.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

29 May 2014 10 Things for June

I thought I would move away from a knitting post today and put together a nice List of Ten things I want to have done by the end of June. I probably should have photos but I don't. Didn't you get enough last week? Making this list really tells people what genre I am into, but if you know me, you would know that already. 

  1. I must see Godzilla, I am hoping it will be cheap to watch next week. Maybe cheap Tuesday tickets and who doesn't like a movie about a giant monster causing havoc.
  2. The next movie to see is X-Men: Days of Future Past, I feel like I should; though I have no expectations for it at all. 
  3. And out at the start of June is Edge of Tomorrow. I know some people have strong feelings about Tom Cruise, I am really not worried other than it is a movie about the End of the world on repeat, and that is plain cool.
  4. I have a very long list of movies to catch up on for various reasons. Near the top is Fargo (1996). It has recently been made into a TV series but I think I should watch the movie first, it is meant to be very good.
  5. Another movie to watch on my list is Inglorious Bastards - I just haven't made the time to see this, but I am determined I will!
  6. I am not sure if I will manage to finish this during June, but I have already started Before they Are Hanged By Joe Abercrombie. It's the second in the series. The first was 'The Blade Itself' which was excellent. It's pretty intense though, which is why I am not sure whether I will finish it in June.
  7. An easy read that I will get through is Allegiant By Veronica Roth. It's the third and final book in the Divergent series that just made it to the big screen. When I first saw the trailer (for the movie) it kinda reminded me of a book I had read in High school by Lois Lowery. It was really crazy because when I went and saw Divergent, there was a trailer for that exact book I had been thinking of 'The Giver'. Though now that I have read Divergent it isn't actually the same, just the way it was advertised.
  8. Well I don't think I will do this one, but I will make sure it happens (does that count), which is for the kitchen to be painted. Thanks Reece....
  9. Of course I will do this one, which is to clean the oven. I don't like doing this, mainly because of the chemicals involved. The fumes make me choke and I have accidentally burnt myself by getting the stuff on my skin before.
  10. Gardening. That is a long list, but I have specifically to cut the top off of the plant by our bedroom. The leaves are probably clogging up our guttering. It's a job I find kinda therapeutic.  
Of course there will be knitting, that is kinda obvious. I could make a whole list of 10 from that alone. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

24 May 2014 OMG now too many Pictures!!

I have gone from not having any pictures, to picture overload! 
First up, the craft related ones: 

Milo all finished. I think the colour suited the pattern. 
 I then have the 6 bibs I sewed up. I wanted to see if I could use up some scraps of material with this project and see how the colour combinations I selected turned out. What do you think?

 And here is another tunic all completed:

And I finally finished my Kipling. I think it turned out ok. I made a few adjustments on this pattern but overall kept it like the pattern.
 Here is the second bike I have purchased. This was from Reid Cycles online. It has a basket on it now. I am still waiting for the Panniers, but they are out of stock at the moment, so no doubt they will turn up when they get them in.
 I guess the big thing of last month was that mum came to visit me. I took most of the time off work for the visit. It was great to take her out and show her Perth.
She watched me run 8 km for the Mother's Day run. We took her out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We went to the Perth Mint to see a Gold Pour. And then I took her to Kalgoorlie to see a Gold Mine.
We went to the Super Pit (KCGM) look out:
 Here she is showing us how big a Shovel Bucket is:
 We then went to Coolgardie, the location of the First Giant Gold nugget to be found in WA. It is quite the ghost town now. There was a big Road Train Parked up. It was so shiny.

 Here is the Federal Pub in Kalgoorlie.

 We went out to Broad Arrow. Another Ghost town. All that is left is this Tavern. We did climb a waste dump to get a better view of the Broad Arrow Pit.
 Back in Perth, Jason took us up to the top floor of the BHP Billiton building (level 45). The tallest building in Perth. Here we are looking back over the city:
 Then off to Kings Park, to have a look back at the city. You can see the building that we were just up in.
 I had to take a picture of Magnet. I haven't taken too many lately. Here is helping blog this post: