Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday I'm In Love

Hey Peeps!

How is everyone this week? I had a lovely bank holiday weekend over on the mainland with Dr Mosby, it was wetter than I would have thought August should be but that just meant cuddling up on the sofa and extending the Doctors Disney knowledge. Lilo and Stitch is his favourite so far. I did miss my sewing machine though. The Bernina has gone back to be serviced for a second time in nine months which sucks especially as I'm at the quilting stage of my first quilt which is something I definitely can't do on my little Singer. Other than that little hiccup the quilt is coming along nicely, it's a pressie for a wonderful friend so I can't share any pictures as yet but as soon as she's seen it believe me I will be sharing pictures everywhere!

As ever I've been fabric stalking shopping (I don't have enough already....) I haven't bought anything this week which I think shows marvellous restraint on my part, just look at these lovelies.....
Hanu / Ena
Manoa / Ohiohi

......aren't they beautiful? They are from Barkcloth Hawaii which I have mentioned many many times before. Now given what the English "Summer" is giving us weather wise at the moment you may well think I'm crazy for drooling over light weight cotton fabrics but I'm lucky enough to be going to the Middle East in October for two whole weeks! Woo. Hoo. It's still going to be really hot over there during the days so cotton dresses are going to be a must, especially as I will be having to wear an abaya if we venture out into public....yup I'm going to Saudi Arabia!

In other news I saw the first ready to wear dress I've really wanted in well over a year and a half, the gorgeous Sarah of A Million Dresses was wearing it and I love it. It's from Yumi.....

......and it's beautiful! I think I might start trawling Spoonflower to see if anyone has designed anything similar. Hmmmmm now there's an idea......I'm off fabric stalking hunting again...wish me luck!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Jungle January

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So I'm a little (a lot) late with posting this dress but I really did finish it January, honest! I stumbled upon the #JungleJanuary tag on Instagram and knew I had the perfect fabric for it. I had made a jumpsuit out of it a few years ago but I never wore it so I ripped it apart and with the little bit of yardage I had left I had just enough for an By Hand London Anna/Kittenish Behaviour hybrid (my second ever, definitely blogging them out of order!).
I got the fabric from Barkcloth Hawaii which is one of my favourite fabric shops, they have an amazing selection and are so friendly. I have a few more lengths that I'm waiting for the right inspiration to hit but for now I just stroke them occasionally...sooooo pretty.
I love this dress so much....I've made seven variations now. I tried to be as careful as I could with the placement of the different parrots but I had such a limited amount of fabric to work with I couldn't be too fussy. I lined the whole dress and used some stiff bias binding to finish off the hem, attaching the lining to the shell fabric, so far this has held up well (I've worn and washed this dress quite a few times). My next Anna is a maxi version with the birthday fabric Big Bird and Little Bother gave me and it's very nearly finished.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Off Timing

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Urgh the timing on my Bernina is off and I won't be able to get it fixed up until the 26th August which sucks. All is not lost because I do have my little Singer (which I've had for over ten years now and never had a problem with ..... please don't let me have jinxed that!) so I can carry on with my very first quilt, eep! Well I have to do all the piece cutting first but then on to the sewing...huzzah!

I went over to Southampton to visit Dr Mosby a few weeks ago and dug this out of my wardrobe....
Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Red or Dead
.......I've had it for years and I love wearing it. I'm going to make a pattern from this dress because I love wrap dresses but currently only have patterns for dresses made from knits which are not my favourite.

In other news I've started driving lessons again after an eighteen (!) year break. I've passed my theory test and have my practical booked for the 2nd October (it's at 10.44am for any islanders have been warned). So far I'm actually enjoying the experience which I'm pleased about because I definitely need to be able to drive where I'm living now...we don't even have a bus anymore since the road fell in. Wish me luck!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Zombies Can't Climb Trees

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What a week! I've had nearly my whole family (Mum, Papa, Little Bother, Big Bird, Small Boy Type Creature and Dr Mosby) on the island for the last weeks and it's been awesome. We've eaten nearly our entire body weights (the correct term is body mass apparently.....) in shellfish, played many games of Crazy 8's and drunk soooooo much wine it's a wonder there is any left on the island. Like I said; awesome.

So last month I went the the London Film and Comic Convention which was fun (mainly due to Miss Siobhan and Dr Mosby) and I made myself a dress for one of the days. I saw this amazing zombie fabric.....
.........and knew it would make the perfect Comic Con outfit. I went with the By Hand London Anna Bodice/Kittenish Behaviour skirt combo again as I decided to make this the day before I had to leave for London, whoops! I went with the V neck version......
.... and I got everything done save for the hand finishing which I managed to do on the train. I only lined the bodice with cotton lawn and french seamed the skirt as I've done before.
I've christened this my Grrrr Argh dress and I love it. I've already got another two Anna's planned......hmmmm I may have a problem!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday I'm In Love

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I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and I came across a picture from one of my favourite bloggers Sarah from A Million Dresses. Sarah has started making her own dresses and her output is amazing, I am in awe! The picture Sarah posted was of a gorgeous fabric from Cotton and Steel and it's going to make an awesome dress, one of comments was that is was going to have to join the queue as she currently has over seventy dresses worth of fabric in her stash. It got me thinking so I went had a look at my own stash and yup I have about sixty five dresses worth of fabric just sitting there waiting to be used.....whoops. Having said all that it hasn't stopped me window shopping for new pretties and this week I've found this little lot.....
Marble Peacock / Minky Cuddle
Electric Feather / Fairy Frost Cloud
......can you tell what my favourite colour is? The first fabric is so pretty, all the gold parts are metallic and it looks amazing in person (Mum bought three yards for quilting purposes but that might have gone missing...... into my stash......) it would make a beautiful dress er quilt. I've been wanting to make my own dressing gown for ages now and I think this minky fabric would be perfect and so comfy I even have the perfect pattern in my stash. The feather print is so beautiful, I have no idea what I would make with it but I love the colours. Lastly Mum was looking for some fabric for snow as she is hosting a seasonal Block of the Month quilting group in Saudi and when I stumbled across this one I though it would be perfect, I also think it would make a beautiful dress....sooooo many dresses!

Last night was book club night and I decided to wear this....
Dress: Trashy Diva Annette Dress
Shoes: Office (Old)
Bracelets: Knotting Elle
.......I finally got myself a remote for my camera so proper outfit photos again! I love this dress the colour combination is so pretty and I love the neckline. I've embraced the fact certain neckline are going to show your bra straps but I've got pretty bras so I don't mind. Last nights book was Her Privates We by Frederic Manning and overall it got very high reviews but I really struggled with it, the more book club books I read the more I am realising that I do love reading but it's a very specific genre (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) that I enjoy. I got to pick the book for Septembers meeting (we have August off) and I chose Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. It's one of my favourite reads but I think I'm going to be in the minority. My view on picking this book was that it would probably not be something that any of the other members would have read on their own and I think that's the point of book club plus you never know they may love it.......ha!