It’s My WordPress Birthday !

As evidence that I am still sewing the picture show another finished kimono for DD1 bestie, another 3 sitting all cut out ready for a whizz through the machine tomorrow YEE HA I have a day off of work.

The cutie dress was a great little make for my great Neice, it whipped up in under and hour. The cotton viscose is so soft and breathable for the warm weather and I finished it off on the bottom with some of my vintage lace 😃

Can hardly believe it’s 2 years since I started my blog. It’s seen me through some challenges and although I don’t pop much up now a days I do keep an eye on all you fantabulous bloggers. As ever you all never fail to grab my attention with your creativity.

Oh the random, odd one out picture is of DD2 giving a Salsa demo at a recent community inclusion event ….. I was a tad proud as you can imagine.

Making a mental note right now and committing it here to making time in this now very busy and interesting life of mine to blog. It’s good for the soul to connect with like minded gawjus people. AND how lucky am I to have landed work with an employer who embraces my creativity …. Rather than misunderstood and called madness by the less worldy.

Happy blogging dearest readers. Xxx

It’s Been Hit ‘n’ Miss …..

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But I have managed to do some creating whilst finding my groove with the new job.

Have found making time a bit challenging what with all the learning I am doing at work I find myself pretty darn tired by the time I get home. It is getting a bit easier.😴

Made a promise to myself on Bank Holiday Monday to do some sewing and it went well. A kimono, a kaftan and a little summer number for our lovely little new family addition.

The cake is the result of a sweet tooth that couldn’t be satisfied given neither HH nor I were prepared to actually go out to the shops so hey presto quick fix recipe from the good old tinterweb. It genuinely took 1 hour beginning to end 😍

I have another 2 kimonos cut out awaiting the machine, hopefully tomorrow. Having daughters and lots of nieces is a wonderful thing BUT I really want to make something for myself very soon ……

Grrrrrrr ………. I Hate Sewing !!!!

Well this afternoon I do anyway.

Have you ever had one of those days when you just can’t get it right but rather than stop, plough on and really screw it up?

That’s me today.  Completed DD2’s Bestie’s one hour kimono and am very happy with it.image image

Next was to be my Bestie’s but something told me to do mine first …… Jolly good job too!

Both are to be made from a chiffon/georgette. Diving in head first, all was going well but then CRASH. …. BANG ……. WALLOP!  The neckline.  Yuk, it is heinous .  The picture doesn’t show how truly ugly it is BUT at least this faux pas is on my kimono.

 

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I usually prepare very well but think I had become a little nonchalant  with all the practice I’ve had and didn’t stop to think about the life of chiffon.  It simply doesn’t lend itself to the cheat method and had I bothered to think on it I would have known that ….. Silly billy!

So I will have to unpick the neckline and make a good old-fashioned facing to ensure a beautiful finish and of course one I can live with.

The positive I guess is I have learnt one new way you can’t sew chiffon…… Quickly 🙂

Note to self:

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Bank Holiday Monday will be spent rectifying Sunday’s screw up.

Happy weekend my lovelies x

On Your Marks, Get Set, Goooooo

Seems I have had my machine for a year…. Where did that time go? Still love as much as day one.

Have yet another one hour kimono on the go! AND another 3 cut out.  Fortunately it is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK so have some extra time which is handy as I really do want to get these done.

Finished one here is for my niece, the 3 that are on their marks …… Bestie, DD2’s Bestie and MEEEEEEE!  Yes indeedy am actually doing one for oneself 😉

Will pop some pictures here when they are done so you can see how one simple pattern can look so very different dependant on fabric type and design.

have a crafty one …… Weekend that is 🙂

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Whoops! Walthamstow Wins Weak Woman Over …. AGAIN!

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Master plan, little visit to wonderful Walthamstow street market to introduce bestie and DD2 to the wonders of the East End of London.

My sales pitch was as follows : we can just take a leisurely wander down (Europes longest street market, not biggest though) the market. Grab a cappucino and soak up the magical multi cultural atmosphere as we go.

I knew in the back of my mind … LIAR …. Right at the front of my mind that I wanted to go to Saeed’s again for a couple of pieces of fabric for the one hour kimono craze I have going right now.

Saeed’s didn’t disappoint, never ever does, such variety at fantastico prices 🙂 In fact turned into a bit of a feeding frenzy. 3 of us ooooo-ing and aaaaaah-ing at his latest offerings. Evidence Of which can be seen in the picture’s.

DD2 has been wanting a pair of army combat trousers for the longest time but being long and skinny never has much luck until today. No longer fully reliant on the Bank of Mum and Dad she was able to treat herself to several things, she is one very happy wanderer.

Another want of DD2 was to have a henna decoration on her arm as in the wedding party decoration the asian bridal parties have. Well as ever Walthamstow didn’t let us down, a wonderful wee shop with 3 Indian ladies working busily on threading and tinting eyebrows were also able to offer the henna she so wanted.

Bestie and I were transfixed at how fast the henna decoration was painted on to her arm, a true art! Oh well as we are here lets get groomed, so by the time we left we all had perfect eyebrows too 😉 Very reasonable prices too. Thread and tint finished with a mini massage just £8.50, I couldn’t show you anywhere else you can get such service and craft womanship for so little monetary outlay.

Tired to the bone with all the walking we struggled back to my car weighed down with our purchases. Who would think fabric could weigh quite so heavy? Ha! Me of course ….. As we know dear reader I did the exact same thing last summer :). Will I ever learn …. I hope not 😉 xx

 

Let’s Bite Off More Than I Can Chew ….

Given the lack of crafting in recent months I am now going from daft to ridiculous 🙂

The one hour kimono went down so well with DD2 friends I now have several ‘orders’. Mates rates of course these are young adults who in my experience are always skint! That said it is flattering that they think my first effort in an age is worthy of their purse and wardrobe.

More walthamstow stash ... Lovely Georgette. Perfect for the job.

More walthamstow stash … Lovely Georgette. Perfect for the job.

The little bag I made from vintage fabric last year is also perfect for keeping this project in …. I sort of knew what I was doing when a I had my spendathon last year.

To think I really didn't like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it's my most favourite ;)

To think I really didn’t like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it’s my most favourite 😉

My other taskette is some body scrubs, the retail price is so frightening and I love pampering, waited patiently all week for my supplies to arrive and first scrub already made with Ylang Ylang, Bergamont and Lime for feelings of well being, anxiety reduction to name just a couple. Roll on bath time for a test run. Have used Epsom Salts as the exfoliant for the magnesium qualities. Will let you know how that goes.
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One picture I wish I did have to show you was the truly Biblical weather we had an hour or so ago here in temperate Blighty. In an instant we went from bright sunshine to dark moody skies and winds like we never experience here. The Ash Tree in the neighbours garden bent almost in half, leaves were ripped from trees like tissue paper and debris was whooshing around ….. A remnant of Bertha maybe but it was scary, me and pup hid in kitchen watching from the window whilst my HH stood at back door ‘WOW, WOW, WOW’ was all he could say. Within a few minutes it was gone and the sun was back! Dangit no pictures though it so caught us by surprise.

Providing my momentum remains I should have some kimonos to share with you dear reader later in the week. Y’all have a super Sunday. X

One Crazy Hour …..

Walthamstow stash

Walthamstow stash

Look no pattern just some pins and bombs away

Look no pattern just some pins and bombs away

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Modelled by the lovely DD2 with monster puppy looking on

Modelled by the lovely DD2 with monster puppy looking on

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Slim little mare, would like to say I had abs like that once but I would be lying!

Slim little mare, would like to say I had abs like that once but I would be lying!

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…. Well one hour and ten minutes!

The itch to sew something quick and easy to satisfy me was dealt with this evening.

Having seen a rather nifty cheat method to make a fashion kimono for DD2 on You Tube by Mighty Mannie, I had it set in my mind to crack on with supplies from the Walthamstow stash on my return from work. Well best laid plans and all that, I got started at 7pm and by 8.10pm job done 🙂

A few changes next time, I simply have to bind the neck can’t be faffing with the cheat. For me the finish is too bodgeville. As ever french seams for me, a must actually with this Italian laser print as it sheds like crazy. If I had chosen a fabric less inclined to zoot off in a direction other than the one I wanted it would easily have been done in 50 minutes which for a quick fashion accessory ain’t half bad me thinks 😉

DD2 is a UK size 6-8 so pretty tiny thus kimono-esque jacket is a bit big but she totally loves it and at the end of the day that’s why I do it.

Hope you like the pics and the hastily thrown together blog but wanted to share as all in all really happy with my one hour wonder!

What Bright Spark ….

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Decided to do such a delicate belt for the up and coming kimono! DANG I need to kick myself up the you know what!!!

This delicious vintage fabric is coming together beautifully between other projects albeit very delicate. Am employing the many skills my wonderfully talented Mum taught me over the years to ensure a lovely hand finish as well as an item that can actually be worn and not just admired! 

I have used a pattern made by Moi! Again Mum is in the picture here, she bought me a little kimono many years ago while on a trip to Canada and although it would only fit my thigh now it was the perfect template. It will be quite simple to grade up and down as these lovely garments are cleverly crafted, just a bit of simple math! Believe me I’m loving simple at the moment, got a few too many balls in the air and all my own fault. Oops!

As for the belt …. I am trying to turn it through with my silly arthritic thumbs and wishing I had made it a yard wide!!!! 

Although not yet complete I have posted some pictures of the journey this far. Am hoping to have a finished article before you by the weekend. 

Happy sewing and crafting dear creative souls if nothing on the go then just have a HAPPY THURSDAY x

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