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Friday, February 09, 2024

A Catch Up

 It's been a long time!  I've been working on my health and fitness, 2 steps forward, 4 back it feels like.  Workouts had to stop due to illness, injury etc but I'm back to it again and hoping to do better this time.  
This year started badly though, we lost my father-in-law and he'll be greatly missed.  Before he passed we had blocked drains which also affected our neighbour in the front property and our water main also sprung a leak.  On top of that I fixed a fence, which stuffed up my forearm.  Trying to fix that with rest, massage and stretching.

As far as what I've been doing, I've got some photos.

Made a workout skirt with undershorts, there was a whoopsie with the cutting out as I didn't read the pattern properly (bad Rachelle).  I cut out one of each skirt piece which gave me a 3/4 and a full circle skirt piece.  Didn't have enough fabric to recut, so put the 3/4 on the front and used the full circle on the back and I think I actually prefer it that way!  The pattern is the Rally Skirt by Greenstyle Creations and I'm planning on making a second one with a tiered overskirt in stretch mesh.

Used some double gauze to make this Galicia top from Itch to Stitch.  Didn't use any interfacing as that would have changed the hand of the fabric too much.  Absolutely love it, no good in the heat we've been having though.

This shawl was a mystery KAL called Supernova by Ambah O'Brien.  I got a kit, but then changed out colours and am much happier with the new scheme.

Snow Matter What is the pattern, by Imagined Landscapes and it's a gnome who magically turned into a snowgnome; you knit both versions.  It was also a MKAL.

A bee, pattern by Claire Garland, so happy with this one!

The body is done on Dh's jersey, arms to go and then it's done.  This is a test, if he wears it I'll knit another in some colourwork, if not I'll stick to socks for him.

Also caulked all around the windows of our home, never been done, not even any caulking remnants anywhere (a small amount was found above the back door, that was it).  Might explain why it was so hard to keep the house warm in winter, even with double glazing and good insulation!  I also put the caulk on the sills mortar and replaced some of the mortar too.

Part of the vege garden, the zuchinni are doing very well indeed.

And my current toy project, this is a racoon, also by Claire Garland.  I'm about halfway through the body I think.

That's it for now, need to do my workout next and then get back to doing a deep clean of our bedroom, we have clothes moths, so clean, spray and then bomb.

Friday, August 26, 2022

 Updating my parent's old PC.  Have replaced the HDD with an SSD after cloning it, doubled the RAM and put in an exhaust fan.  The case is poorly designed, the only place for an intake fan is behind the on button, there is nowhere else to put it that I can see.  It's not had any fans since it was built in 2017 aside from the CPU one.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Rebecca Page Betty Skirt and Riviera Blouse

 The Betty Skirt was my October sew and the Riviera was my November sew.  The Betty is a full circle skirt done in panels (with pockets) and a straight waistband; the Riviera is a very fitted sleeveless blouse with several options.  I chose the basic model, no frills and no bias panels, mainly due to needing to drop the bust dart which wouldn't have been so easy with the panels.  The lack of ruffles is because ruffles on me look awful!

Full disclosure, I received both patterns free of charge as part of my Rebecca Page Ambassador role.  I'll give you photos next, then I'll give my review for each pattern, including the changes I made this time and the changes I'll make when I have another go at them.  The links are affiliate links and I will get a small reward if you use them.

Nothing more fun than swinging in a full skirt with a floofy petticoat!

It was the beginning of a very hot day, and no, I did not slide down the slide!

I love this little collar on a stand

And now down to the details.  The fabric is actually a poly cotton sheet that  was in my Gran's stash when she moved into a retirement village, since she didn't need it I got it.  There were 3 total and I still have 1 left.  Not sure how old, but probably almost as old as I am!  I used Gigli medium weight interfacing for the shirt and the heavy one for the skirt waistband.  

I made no changes to the skirt and sewed it in my waist size, if I made it again I'd halve the height of the waistband as I find narrow waistbands sit better; since it's wide I can't tuck my shirt in without the sitting badly problem being too obvious.  It's not a problem with the pattern, all patterns with the wide waistband do this on my post-menopausal figure.

The Riviera blouse had a couple of issues on me, I think this is because I do have fluff.  I sewed it in size L bust graded to XL waist and hips (my normal sizing in this pattern range) and if I did it again I'd go up a size for each section; when they call it close fitting they're not kidding!  For me at least there wasn't enough wearing ease; would probably be fine on someone who isn't carrying the extra fluff though.  I also found the armhole a little too high which was uncomfortable, so I'd drop this by 1/2" or so in future versions.  As well as the grading I also dropped the bust point by quite a bit; my bust isn't tethered at the average height on my chest and gravity has also taken a toll.  I got it in the right spot though, so I'm happy about that.  I do love the style and in a slightly larger size this would be perfect.  If you're considering sewing this, I'd recommend doing a toile in your normal size to see if it works for you or if you need to size up; seam allowances are 1/2" and all seams are either done on the overlocker or by french seam, so adjusting it afterwards isn't easy.  For the front fastenings I chose to go with KAM snaps and I think that's worked well on this.

In the end I love the overall look and apparently so do other people, someone pulled in beside me as I was walking home to say they loved my dress!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Rebecca Page Classic Blouse

 Yay, the Classic Blouse has been released by Rebecca Page, best stand collar I've ever sewn. Mine was made using an old sheet and some quilting fabric I had left over and I've worn it several times since wearing it. Best part, it comes with 2 different fits, I chose the boyfriend fit to cover the surmeno tummy, but there's also a fitted version that I'm aiming to be able to wear later!

I put ribbon on the back of the placket to reinforce it, and cos I like hidden prettiness
This patter reminds me of a blouse I made when I was several decades younger and a little smaller too; this has a neater fit, but I can still see myself wearing it to the point of it disintegrating and being disappointed when I finally have to retire it.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Rebecca Page Sewing Patterns Ambassador

 A couple of months ago I signed up for the Rebecca Page ambassador programme, never expecting to actually get picked.  I did however get picked and now I've been sewing for them for two months.  Month one is still a secret, however month two is this month and I've sewn a dress that's already been released but which needed more photos as well as a dress that isn't part of my obligations but is now my absolute favourite t-shirt/dress pattern ever!  It fits well, no armpit/boob wrinkles and was super easy to sew and best of all it lets the fabric be the star of the show, and this fabric is definitely the star!

Full disclosure, any links to Rebecca Page are part of the ShareaSale programme and I do get a small reward if you purchase using my link.

This is the Talia dress

It's a swing dress with gathering in the neckline area and is super comfy

We took these photos while on our socially distant walk during lock down

Although it's a summer design it can be worn over a merino top quite nicely
The fabric was from Levana Textiles when they still sold to the public, mask by me using the Japanese 3D Mask - a free pattern in the XL size; best mask yet!

This fabric came from Marble NZ Fabrics and feels gorgeous to wear

The pattern is Rebecca Page's T-Shirt Dress and is going to be a staple in my wardrobe from now on, it fits really well even if the substrate isn't what's considered ideal these days!

Ignore the weird face, I'm not good at having my photo taken unfortunately.  

As well as these I've also been busy sewing bags, mostly from Bag of the Month club, but one I designed based on an old army surplus bag that was disintegrating.

The new army surplus bag, I reused the hardware from the original bag and made it in canvas.

The Laney Jane bag from BOM Club.

The main fabric is from deep stash, the hardware and vinyl came from an unknown person when I won a prize on the NZ Sewing Bags Facebook group.  Surprisingly fun to sew the vinyl so some more has been added to stash to make more bags.

This is the second BOM bag, it's the Chris Satchel by Uh-Oh Creations.  The fabric for this came from even deeper stash.  Vinyl that I used for the strap on the front was from Kiwi Bagineers, as was the hardware and zips.

So that's it for my sewing at the moment.  I've now got a week or so to tidy the studio and put all my bag making supplies away somewhere (no clue where at this point) and also to work on Gran's chair some more.  Got to install the zig zag springs on the back so I can get that stuffed and the base cover on.  Once that's done I can measure and get weaving!

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Been busy

 We've been keeping busy, working in the garden and getting ready for the repairs on the neighbour's garage which will hopefully happen this week or early next week.  In the meantime we've got the first coat of fence colour up which is looking good; photos will come after coat 2 is done.  As well as that I've been on the Xbox, spinning, knitting and sewing.  Eldest now has a couple more pairs of trousers, but still no job.

I'm still working on my health, the dizzy turns have come back, they only last a moment and don't really affect what I can do, but they do not feel good!  I'm not sure what they are, but at the moment I'm leaning towards food or supplement related.  I did get glutened at the end of May, but I also re-started my liver support formula around the same time so I've cleaned up my diet again and have stopped the liver support as of today; fingers are crossed that it clears up again.

Today I put together a flat pack, just a little one which I'm using to keep all my knitting WIPs in, really happy with how it turned out and it means I can start tidying up our wardrobe now.  Eventually I'm planning on putting in a wardrobe organiser as it's currently a bit of a mess.  It's a traditional 1980's wardrobe, so shelf on top of a lengthwise pole for hanging garments.  Very hard to organise in any meaningful way.

This is the new piece of furniture, and my basket for guild is on top.  Much nicer than hanging around the wardrobe floor!
I've also started a new spinning project, quite a few years ago I dyed some fibre and I decided it was time to spin one lot up.
99% sure this is merino, sold by what was Tai Tapu Wool Carders, very deep and moody and totally different from what I normally go for, but I'm loving it so far.

Finally, a bit about the kids.  Eldest is still not working, though he has applied for a couple of jobs last week, fingers are crossed.  He needs to be doing something aside from staying home and having money would be nice for him too.  He is still doing his deliveries while he looks for full time work though so at least he's earning a smidge of money.  Youngest is doing quite well at school, mainstream science is going well and today he got player of the day at soccer at school.  He did some floristry last week too, I was very impressed at what he brought home.
It's very well done and lasting well too, looks almost as good today as when it arrived last week.

Time to go, I need to get Lara Croft sorted on the Xbox and maybe do some knitting on Dh's jersey too.  Putting it off a bit, it might be thicker wool, but he's still not a small size so there's a lot of knitting and it's the first time I've done a jersey for him; need to get to the arm holes and put it on another lifeline to try it on him.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Almost a year, whoops!

 I've been active on Facebook and to some extent on Instagram as well, but completely forgot about my poor wee blog!  I'm blaming Covid even though here in NZ it's not had as much of an impact yet.

I've still been sewing, still working on Gran's chair and still knitting too.  I've also been sidetracked by the garden and DIY; things like replacing all the internal door handles and also fixing up the rollers on the wardrobe doors; I still have a heap of them to go!  We also got a bunch of large bills, one of which was expected (the replacement fence) and the others weren't.  A new dishwasher, a large vet bill and now we've got a toilet to replace and Dh needs a CPAP which insurance doesn't cover at all.  We also need a better router but the type we need is of course in the expensive section and our printer died after about 10 years of service.  I also ordered some fabric in all that, but it was necessary for sanity.  None of it arrives for a wee while as it's all yet to be printed, but it'll be worth it!

I've finished a few items, so here are some photos to prove it; this has all been from late summer through to now.

Greenstyle Clara wrap cardigan with Greenstyle Moxi shorts.  The shorts have been modified by lengthening the under-short leg to avoid them being eaten by my thighs.  Very comfy.  Fabric for the cardigan was from deep stash, Global Fabrics from way before the earthquakes.  The shorts are stretch boardshort fabric from For Fabric Sake and some leftover Athletic knit

Greenstyle tank pattern in For Fabric Sake cotton lycra; the paisley is a custom print.

Pattern Emporium dress using a panel print from For Fabric Sake, not 100% happy with the neckline on this one.

Over halfway through the second sock for Dh now; this shows the beginning of sock 2.

Embellishment on my favourite dress ever!  The pattern is the Gemma dress from Named and it's using some really old cotton velour stretch fabric that I made baby rompers for the boys in originally.  Unfortunately it had faded on the fold lines, hence the lace appliques which all came from Ali-Express.

The latest addition to my growing stable of machines.  This Pfaff is a leather machine for making shoes, I may even use it for that but for the moment I'm cleaning her and reading her very long instruction manual (115 pages).  She's been in storage for years.

And another machine in the stable, this is a knitting machine.  She's temporarily in the hall cupboard as I don't have the brain power to learn this at the same time as the industrial sewing machine.   She didn't come with a stand, so I may have to improvise there, but my BIL picked her up for $20 so I can't complain.

And finally, my latest sew bar one.  This is Greenstyle's latest pattern which is a camisole with a built in shelf bra.  It's not quite sitting right at the top; not quite sure why not, but it is a very lightweight cotton lycra so that could be the issue.  I used bra elastic for the straps as I find that CL with elastic in the middle tends to be a little lightweight.  Other than that it's comfortable and I suspect I'll be making a few more for next summer.

My latest sew doesn't have a photograph yet, it's merino pj's.  Random bits of merino rib from my stash using a very old out of print Kwik Sew pattern.  I also have a pair of sweat pants cut out ready to sew for eldest, I'll post photos of that if he lets me once they're done.  Hopefully they'll get done this weekend as he's got an appointment they'd be handy for next week.

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