Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Green goings on

Hello lovely people! How was your Easter?

I'm still on holiday because I was a smart cookie and took off the 3 days between Easter Monday and Anzac day which falls on Friday this year. Quite a lot of other people in my office did the same thing, so I guess it would be somewhat un-Australian not to extend it out to a 10 day break!

So, what have I been up to these past few days? Well quite a lot of cleaning out of my cupboards - nothing good. Just trying to get rid of those naff things that I've bought over the years that don't fit me or my style any more. Some things I've put into storage because I cant bear to let them go - kind of like an outpatients ward. If I don't see it, it will be easier to let go of later!

And I've also been watching this interesting 5 part series on Youtube - "The 60's - The Beatles decade". Basically it tries to follow the ups and downs of the Beatles in line with the changes of the 60s, focusing mainly on England and its own political and social story. 
You can watch parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here

I also took time to take photos of all the little projects I've been doing here and there. Repair jobs and modifications as well. 

You may recall a certain 70's shirt dress I bought which I planned to modify to fit me properly. 

I did a fair bit to make it fit as I like. I took out the side seams which had a generous 2cm allowance and sewed them down to 5mm seams! I also took up the hem and pulled in the back darts to make it fit better. 

Here is the end result - much looser and more comfortable. The original fit was very tight on my hips and very big at the top. 

I also made up this mini skirt from the green crimplene I found at the opp-shop. It really is a lovely fabric to sew with! I can see why Sarah from Style Sixties loves it so much.

In both photos you can see my new shoes that I had ordered for my birthday present. I got to order them exactly as I wanted them - green patent leather, 1 inch block heel and an interesting feature buckle. I also got them a half size bigger then normal so they would fit comfortably.

They were not cheap by any stretch as they were ordered custom designed from Milk and Honey shoes. A lot of people use them for their bridal shoes, but as it was my birthday and I didn't have to pay (yay!) it was ok!

I had looked at lots of 60's style heels from around 1966 on wards for ideas with lots of colours and small heels good for dancing. I'm very much in love with the end result, because they are exactly what I've wanted for a number of years. You can see my chunky shoe obsession here on my pinterest board!

You may also recall I had intentions of making a new nightie as my favourite one was getting a bit old and my poor boyfriend was sick of seeing me wear what was slowly becoming a rag around the house. 

We chose this soft purple fabric to make a smocked nighty from Butterick 5513. 

I kept the sleeves long and added elastic to the wrist so that I can easily pull them up should I need, and I also took out the bust and back darts so that there was less stuff going on on the inside. I also knew that if I made it too tight it will get all caught up and will tear again along the seam line. 

The back should have a zipper, but I left the top half of it open with just a button closure at the top. Zippers are not really ideal for night wear! And I also replaced the facings for bias binding - again just so that there was less to fuss with. 

And lastly, I really must show you this lovely peachy lady I found at the opp shop! I think it might have cost me like $3. I'm guessing it's late 50's or early 60's. There is no tag any more but the 'Dacron' label has been left behind. The seams are not finished like a normal mass produced dress so the mystery of who made this and for whom will always elude me. 

It fits me well, though I think I may have to wait for summer to wear it.

So what have you been up to this Easter break? Did you manage to stuff your face with chocolate bunnies or hot cross buns? Or perhaps you just enjoyed the extra time off. 

We have a 4 day weekend in Australia, beginning with Good Friday and ending with Easter Monday - is your country so kind as to give you a big break like that? I'm so curious! 

Thanks for popping in!

Cat xo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Peggy Pinny

Hello to you all!

How have you been? Its been a while, but we have no one to thank for that except but my naughty little modem who decided to conk out last week leaving me internet-less until yesterday! 

I have been sewing quite a few little projects in the mean time, but I can now finally share with you the blouse and pinafore outfit that I have dubbed Peggy, in honour of the return of Mad Men for the year! 

Once I had finished and popped on this outfit, it felt like something the smart and career minded Peggy would wear. I just missed the deadline for the Mad Men sew along so I never got to submit it, but I guess sometimes my whole blog is just one big Mad Men sew along anyway!

And so I present to you now for your perusal - the Peggy Pinny!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Me made yay!

Do you recall back to the start of the year when I promised myself I would participate in Me Made May?

Well it's confirmed for another year! So that means for the month of May I will make an effort to wear my me made garments according to a little rule that I get to set for myself

I already wear my handmade stuff pretty often, so I decided to challenge myself to wear something handmade every work day and weekends are optional - depending on what I'm doing that day, though I totally could do it on the weekends too really easily. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's getting better all the time

Hello hello there! 

How was your weekend? 

Thank you for all your comments on my previous post. I'll reply to them all shortly as I think they all need a properly written response as you all took the time to write such nice things. 

I think sometimes I just get myself worked up and need a little breathing space and time for things I enjoy! Everyone goes through periods of good times and down times and it's important for our mental health to try to get ourselves out of the funk we've buried ourselves in. 
I've been really good and working away at the tweed pinafore. The fabric is really lovely to sew with - no special needles required. And so far I've gone through 3 packets of bias trim for all the Hong Kong seams!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Time of the season

I feel like I've been neglecting this poor little blog of mine and most of all my sewing machine! I'm so flipping exhausted when I get home that I just need to have a little sit down like a Nanna before starting dinner.

It's all totally self-inflicted, you see. I had this marvellous idea (not really) to go to the gym after work each day, and then come home and make dinner. But work being the way it is, means I finish later than intended, go to the gym and end up catching the all slow services home.

And then I keep picking the most complicated things to make for dinner when really my dear boy is just happy with having chicken wings and rice! Bless him. 
And then there's the pile of laundry that's sat un-ironed for the past 4 weeks! Oh yes 4 weeks. We keep picking things out every morning to iron and wear and it gets progressively smaller, and then a new load of washing is done and we start the merry-go-round again! 

How I feel every time I look at the ironing pile from here

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pattie Darling!

March 17th may have been St Patrick's day for some of you, but if you are after something else to celebrate, then why not Pattie's day!

That's right, Pattie Boyd, the lovely 60's dollybird also celebrates her birthday on the 17th of March. As her mother had assumed she would be a boy, a name was never picked for her, so being born on the day of a saint was an easy pick!

Pattie is a favourite of mine. I even made a suit in her name and managed to remember her birthday!

Pattie darling!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cool weather sewing plans

Hello readers! 

I have a very funny situation going on. Its March and normally around this time its starts to get a little chilly, but summer just wants to hang around for a bit more! Which I'm totally cool with cause I love warm weather. Luckily its not the stinking hot version that saps your energy and makes you want to eat icy-poles all day on the couch. Though I have been doing a little too much of that anyway... 

So regardless of what its like now, the cool weather will eventually come and I've got a pile of projects I plan on executing in the next 6 months. 

I have this idea that I'm going to be super productive over the colder months (like I was last year) so I've created quite a large to-sew list.

Would you like to see?