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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Gingham Dress on: April 11, 2010 04:25:04 AM
 finally finished this dress this morning that I have been working on now for about 3 weeks. I have been taking it a bit slowly as the idea that I had first did not work. Originally I wanted the skirt to be really full and gathered but when I tried that because the fabric is so soft it did not hold its shape very well and looked a bit dodgy. So I decided to make it a bit less full and pleat it a little.
The skirt was made using Vogue 8184 for the bodice and the skirt I just made up. This is my first time using a fabric that I have to pattern match. and I am pretty impressed with my results. I showed my mum at afternoon tea this afternoon and she said I did a really good job! I was a little scared going into it but I realised that it really isn't as hard as I thought it would be.

I added some white love heart buttons to the front to add a little more detail. I bought these a while ago from Spotlight because they were so cute and this is the first project I have thought to use them on. I am so happy I did because they look so cute! I love this dress. I feel a little country in it. It looks really good with my cowboy boots too so it will be getting a lot of wear when the weather cools down.

Now i have conquered my first pattern matching project I think I will be doing it a lot more!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Corduroy Dress on: April 11, 2010 04:23:26 AM
I have been sewing this dress for the past 2 weeks and I am so so so happy that it is finished! I have been imagining wearing it for so long now and I have so many outfit ideas in mind. After having great success with my first 2 Colette Patterns (Beignet and Eclair) I just could not resist buying a few more. I now have Macaron, Parfait and Ceylon. The first I chose to make was Parfait. I made it up in purple corduroy because I wanted it to be a winter version.

This picture does not show the true colour of this dress at all but I couldn't be bothered waiting until tomorrow to take photos with sunlight. It is more of a brighter purple.

I love this dress so much! It was super easy to make and only took me a while because I was trying to fit it in around writing uni assignments and studying. I am definately going to be making a summer version of this dress as well. I highly recommend Colette Patterns to anyone. All the ones I have used have been so easy to put together and have fit perfectly without any adjustments. And no this is not a paid or sponsored advertisement for Colette.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sunshine Skirt on: April 11, 2010 04:22:07 AM

I just loved the colour combo of the outfit but was not entirely sure I would be able to pull off yellow shorts so decided to make a skirt instead. This one is a lot more gathered then the other skirts I have made. The skirt part is 2.5 times the width of the waistband so there is a lot of gathering.

I quite like the outfit aswell. It made me feel a little bit schoolgirl but not in a bad way. I am just so excited to be back in the sewing room. I can't wait to make more stuff!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ruby Red Crop Cardi - Jen by Kim Hargreaves pattern on: January 06, 2010 03:36:43 AM
I have been working on this project since my birthday in october and I have no idea why it took me so long to do. I had the back, both sleeves and one half of the front completed within 3 weeks of starting. Then for some reason I just stopped working on it. So the either night I finally picked up my needles and knitted the last piece.

I am really impressed with the finished product. I think it looks really great and I am super glad that I chose to make it in red. It is going to look so cute over some dresses that I have when it starts to cool down a bit.

I am thinking of making another one in yellow and possible grey. They are just such versatile cardigans. And if I make it all in one go next time it really shouldn't take too long.

I used the Jen pattern from Kim Hargreaves book Precious and the wool is 8ply Merino from Spotlight Basics.  I didn't put the buttons on because I do not think I will actually use them at all so I decided to leave them off.
5  COOKING / Dessert / My First Ever Gingerbread House on: January 03, 2010 01:51:47 AM
I was so excited when I found out that the Daring Baker's challenge was to make a gingerbread house. This is something that I really wanted to do this christmas so this was the perfect oppurtunity. I used the recipe which Anna suggested from Good Housekeeping which can be found here http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/spicy-gingerbread-dough-1571?kw=ist. I chose to assemble my house using royal icing instead of sugar syrup and it stayed together great. Bear in mind this is my first time ever making a gingerbread house so it is not a spectacular work of art but I love it!

I used royal icing to draw windows on the front and side walls. I used musk sticks to make a door on the front.

I also used royal icing and smarties to make the lattice pattern on the roof. My lines are not very straight but this is only like the second time I have tried to do piping. Even though it is not perfect the roof is actually my favourite part of the house!

And I used spearmint leaves along both sides of the house to make little gardens. I had so much fun making this house. A lot of other people said that ran into problems when rolling out the dough because it was dry but I didn't have any trouble at all. I am so looking forward to next christmas because I think this gingerbread house making thing might become a christmas tradition!  I already have ideas for next years house.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral Circle Skirt - Super Easy! Made in 1 hour! on: January 03, 2010 01:41:02 AM
I hate summer! For someone that lives on the Gold Coast this is a very strange thing. I find summer really hard to dress for and this year it has been super hard.  So I decided to bite the bullet and make myself a some summer clothes that I actually like to wear and with this skirt I definately succeeded. 

Here is a close up of the fabric:-

Not only is the skirt super easy to wear it is also super easy to make.  It took me about 1 hour to make.  I used this tutorial by Lady Melbourne http://ladymelbourne.blogspot.com/2009/11/sewing-lady-melbournes-diy-circle-skirt.html  The fabric was bought on sale so all in all this skirt was made for less then $10.  At that price I am definately going to be making a few more!  I am thinking a red and white polka dot one next.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black & White Rockabilly Dress on: December 07, 2009 01:35:33 AM
I made this dress today using Vogue 8184.  I made view C but used different straps.  This dress was inspired by the iron on patches.  I knew I wanted a rockabilly style dress to use them on and when I saw this pattern I knew it would be perfect.  This dress was super easy and only took a few hours to make.

Here is a close up of the swallow patches.  I bought them from the markets in Soutbank.

Comments and Criticism welcome!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Beignet Skirt on: November 30, 2009 10:07:19 PM
I finished this skirt on Friday night and I am so so so happy with it! I have already worn it twice out to dinner and to a christening over the weekend.  I used the Beignet skirt pattern from Colette Patterns.  This pattern came together so easily it was a breeze to make. I think it total it took me 5 hours to make and that was while having problems with my machine playing up so it probably could be made even quicker.

This was my first time making button holes and also using silky lining. They were both made super easy because of the great instructions Sarai puts with her patterns. I highly recommend these patterns to anyone who sews.  I am planning on making another one of these in black to wear to work.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dorothy on: October 31, 2009 09:07:52 PM
This is the first year I have ever done Halloween because it is not really big here in Australia.  I decided to go as Dorothy!

I made my dress.  I just did a basic gathered waistband skirt and attached a square bib to the front.  All the other stuff I had already in my wardrobe. 

I also tied blue ribbons in my hair.

This is me and my sister.  She went as a gypsy and used all clothes that she already had in her wardrobe.

And a quick photo of my boyfriends outfit.  He went as Clarke Kent.

Comments and Critcisms welcome!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Birthday Dress on: October 29, 2009 11:25:46 PM

This is the dress that I made to wear to my barbecue for my 22nd birthday last week.  The pattern I used is called the Macaron from Colette Patterns.  If you have never used a Colette pattern I highly recommend you give them a go.  They are so easy to use.  The instructions are perfect and the pattern pieces fit together so easily.  It was the least stressful clothing item I have made.  And that is saying something considering it was my first time doing an invisible zip and it is fully lined.

I love the ties on the dress.  They looked a bit funny tied in a bow so I just tied them in a knot.

Comments and Criticisms welcome!
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