Occasionally it seems that world is in pure chaos with nothing making sense, but that doesn't matter as long as I can sew. Sewing is a form of art, or at the very least creativity, and a form of expression. A great outlet for the tension of everyday life. Also you can make cute things. The craft revolution is truly taking place, old skills are being revived by a new generation, but with a seriously modern twist.

I've made Mario pillow cases, a giraffe print background, and turned duvet covers into summer dresses. I enjoy making something unique, special, and me- then I like wearing it and watching it fall to pieces or not fit properly. Then I enjoy (slightly less) fixing it.

One day I shall have a room filled with glorious fabrics and boxes of notions, and on that day I will have found my nirvana. But until then this blog will exist as my virtual haberdashery and sewing room. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoy looking at other blogs, and you'll be inspire to make something of your own.

Monday, 23 April 2012

T-Shirt Customising Again

Bought another T-shirt to customise, this time in a delightful dark red colour (the same colour as one of my long sleeve tops that I basically live in).  I was planning to iron on some transfers my sister bought me ages ago and embroider over the top to create a totally awesome design.  Anyway, to cut a long story short the transfers didn't transfer and I have a bright pink burn mark on my carpet (doh), and I had bits of carpet stuck to the top corner of my t-shirt...

My solution was to use the bits of t-shirt I had cut off, the neck was too tight so I cut around it and the sleeves a little to long so I cut them shorter, to make a flower for the top of the t-shirt. Not sure I'm happy with it totally, but tbh it's so frigging rainy I ain't gonna be wearing a t-shirt anytime soon.



Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Mini Bunting

After the astounding success of my regular sized bunting for my room, I moved on to mini bunting to go in my* locker at work.  It should have been a ten minute job but my sewing machine was not playing friends and it took a frustrating amount of time. I also didn't have very good ribbon options, and none of my threads seemed to match colour wise. I found an old piece of ribbon I used to wear in my hair.  I ended up gluing it :(

It looks ok, not super cute, and you can see the glue, but we'll see how it looks in the locker.  

*I share this with my colleague and we decided to stick up some pictures of stuff we like.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Back to Nature Look Book

Well Spring has sprung, or is sprunging anyway, leading me to a nature inspired look book.  The background is Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau- the French impressionist painter of course- which I quite like and seemed apt.  I liked the playing around with the 'tulip skirt' concept, that's the kind of photography magic we all wish we could do.  The rose shoes are just a bit silly though. 

Monday, 9 April 2012

Birthday Fabric

My sister bought me some lovely fabric from the Victoria and Albert Museum (well she ordered it online but same diff), and some nice buttons. 

There's a metre of each fabric, so not enough for a full dress, and honestly I'd struggle to make much but I saw this pattern on the interwebs:

I could use a pattern like this, and buy a plain blue cotton fabric.  I'll use the flower fabric my sister bought me as the skirt and the plain blue for the bodice.  And made a nice summery this space.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Under the Sea Look Book

It's my BIRTHDAY!!!! I am currently in Barcelona having an awesome time (hopefully), I have written this in advance and scheduled the post.  Everyone that knows me knows I dream of becoming a mermaid so it was something of a joy and frustration to put together this on-land sea themed look book.  I think this is the most coherent of my look books, you can put together an outfit as well as adding oceanic d├ęcor to your home; an arty Wave cushion or toy octopus anyone?   I personally favour the shell bag, but the Issey Miyake dress is something else, not sure how wearable it would be around town?

Do 25 awesome things today to celebrate the first 25 years of my life :)

Sunday, 1 April 2012

New Sewing Storage

So this was my sewing stuff pile before:

And then a trip to Argos for cheap plastic storage unit:

And here's my sewing stuff now: