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
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
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|
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Sunday, September 26, 2021
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|
|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
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!|
|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.|
|It's very well done and lasting well too, looks almost as good today as when it arrived last week.|
Friday, May 28, 2021
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 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.|
Saturday, June 06, 2020
I grew up being fed the anti-Maori lines, I was in my 20's when I changed what I believed from what I was taught and slowly those who taught me that have also changed. I see that as a sign of hope, those who taught me had a good reason to feel that way when they learned it, but despite that they changed. If they can then so can most.
I am privileged, I am a white woman and although being female lessens my privilege I am aware now that I have privilege. Growing up I had no notion of that fact at all. I have brought up my children to be aware that people are people no matter their colour, orientation or age; treat everyone with respect except bullies; stand up to them. If someone is bullying someone else speak up; that's one thing I've always done, even at school. The bullies won't like it, but someone has to do it.
For those who think that the sewing or knitting communities don't have problems with racism, you're wrong. There's overt racism, there's the hidden version with snarky comments passed as "just joking" and there's the head in the sand version. If you don't stand up when these things happen you are enabling the racism and you are a part of the problem.
Stand up, if you have friends who are directly affected by this ask them how you can help. Unfortunately I don't so I can't do this, however I can still stand up in the virtual world and say I support Black Lives Matter and I believe we can change things for the better to make all people equal in treatment.
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