Sometimes you just run out of enthusiasm and other times, you just are too hard on yourself. I am currently a mix of both of these two as my sew-jo has reached an all time low since I began sewing over a year and a half ago. I partly blame the huge amount of stress that I am under at work, and partly blame myself for neglecting my creative side. To put it simply, neglecting my creativity has caused even more stress and a less than ideal person to be around.
Holy doooly guys, I’m leaving Wednesday for my first little overseas adventure. How exciting. I thought this would be a great time to quickly share with you where we are headed and also some super quick and easy packing tricks that I always use!
So first off, we are heading to New Zealand on a cruise due to the fact that it’s excruciatingly expensive for people under 21 to hire a car. I can honestly say I’ve never been so excited and yet also so terrified that I haven’t covered all the bases of our bookings.
Now, onto a few packing tips. I always use these whether I’m heading to a meeting which I’ll be staying overnight for, or whether we’re just doing a drive for a few hours and staying for a couple of nights. Clearly, these are totally changeable and you can do what you wish to make these work for you.
I roll my jackets and jumpers into themselves. It doesn’t do a lot for keeping them non creased, but then again, that it something you can make work by taking materials with you that are travel friendly. It’s a massive space saver and helps when you can pack them around things like makeup bags and ipads.
I scourer the house for little bottles, like an absolute stingy person, I have bought a bottle of baby shampoo, tipped all the shampoo out and filled it with 200ml of my favourite body wash. I use old 100ml Lush squeezy bottles for facewash and shampoo and conditioner. Essentially this helps because I am not lugging 4kg worth of product which now is enough for how long I am going for and only weighs 500g.
Another big tip which I think goes without saying is always launder! Try not to use one shirt which can only be worn with one pair of pants, although they might look amazing, maybe save it for a night out from your house. Take a white cami, a black shirt, because you know you can wear them with your jeans or your skirt. It makes packing lighter a lot easier.
Now, I have to go and zip closed my bags!
Let me know where you’ve been or where you’re planning to go!
It has been a little slow in the sewing area around here with the inspiration running a little thin in places. We went away for my birthday to a city that I nearly moved to two years ago and it was a little nostalgic. I do wonder sometimes whether I should have gone to university, but I am in such a good place with my relationship with M that it doesn’t dwell in my mind for long. We both had agreed we wouldn’t live in a city, but I do crave the pavement of a suburb, the dog parks and the short commute from work and the friends conveniently living around the corner and always ready for a coffee.
**this photo is thanks to a local jetty and someone i work with
When I began sewing, I felt that it didn’t matter what material, colour or pattern I was sewing – I just wanted to make it! As months went on and I noticed myself buying fabric on sale for the sake of buying it. I had developed no real style or sense of what I was trying to achieve for my wardrobe. In those discovery months, I did however buy some material which was luxurious and although I still haven’t sewn with it, I can’t wait to!
My style defines what people think of me and I veer more towards the classic side of things, as this is also how I would like to present myself. I adore stripes and easy comfortable outfits. Over the last three years my style has grown into a more wearable (and presentable) style than my 16 year old self would have imagined. There’s no more pulling at the hems of tight dresses, or exposed midriffs (I eat more now, which makes a huge difference in this factor also).
I love jackets and cardigans a lot more than someone who lives in the hot tropics of Australia should, I have added an army green jacket from Cupcakes & Cashmere to my closet this year which was a total splurge at the time. However I am currently obsessed with neutrals in my wardrobe, including blush pink, white, nudes and some classy gold accessories. If I could wear these all day everyday, I would be one happy little lady.
If I’m buying ready made clothing, I am more shy with exciting styles and I buy a lot of black!!! I have no excuse now that I sew, because black is seemingly the hardest colour to buy fabric online due to the inability to feel the fabric which is the only way I can differentiate one black over the other. So, unconsciously, I have moved away from black and welcomed the colours with open arms.
What I wish I could have told myself a million times over is that no one is judging you for being you, and if they are, their opinion clearly shouldn’t matter. I get told regularly now that I look “put together” which is a bit of a compliment considering half the time it’ll be whatever shirt I haven’t gotten around to putting back on it’s hanger! (That’s true life folks!)
Do you find that your handmade items vary greatly from what you have purchased in the past? Let me know in the comments!
The return of my Janome 8002DX has sparked a surge of “I must make things before it breaks again” so today I finished off the kimono I was making a few weeks ago when it last broke.
I picked up a little snippet of this voile from Spotlight maybe a month ago with the precise plan of making this. I love a good robe, so pampering in the afternoons where I change out of my work uniform and right into my pajamas – yes I do know how lazy that is but I also get home pretty late.
Construction was super simple and went together so quickly, the only thing I really did change was instead of folding the fabric under, which I decided would be too difficult mainly because the laundry isn’t airconditioned, I bias bound it with a picot edge bias tape from Junee & Pop. I love the effect!
The overall effect leaves me with something that does have the effect of a true kimono with the oversized sleeves, and the adorable waist sash. I sent a photo to my mum who immediately replied with ‘konichiwa’. Apologies also for the less than ideal quality images, they’re all thanks to my iPhone due to my SD card breaking. Happy Valentines weekend!
This month, I officially celebrate having a sewing machine for one and adopting my love of creating in another form for one year!! A million thanks and endless appreciation goes out to my Mama who gave me a Brother NS15 last year on my 19th birthday, best present ever.
To aid my love for creation, I purchased a second-hand overlocker off Gumtree, and it turned out to be older than me – but a beast! Bertha and I made a few pairs of Coachella shorts and destroyed some silk and thin poly fabrics before we decided that fate had struck and we had to part ways. I sold my faithful on to another enthusiastic seamstress from the area, and with a very small amount of cash in hand from the sale, ordered a Janome 8002DX from the sewing shop in town.
I nicknamed this one the “Ya-know-me”, because how original can I get? You have to say it in a Kanye West accent, complimenting the hand action which I think I picked up from a past like of being a wanna-be hoodlum. Moving on….
Holy Lord, so much trouble with one machine. I’ve complained before, but I would love to do a formal review, because Janome needs to check the quality of these things. I paid $299 and have since paid $160 in trying to get the damn thing to work.
SO, since it’s currently being operated on again, the third time in two months, I’ve decided with another looming birthday (Hola 20’s, you scare me), M has requested that I decide on a new model and we go overlocker shopping together for my present. He’s seen too many tears shed over the tempraMENTAL machine.
This weekend we’re off to Spotlight in the city, because the sewing shop in our town is closing, and hopefully we’ll haggle down to the price that I’ve seen the machine I want ($170 less than retail!). And for those wanting a hint – it will be Brother machine, because I am continually impressed with how great my sewing machine is.
Wish me luck, beyond just purchasing it! Good overlocker vibes are needed.
Free February is an initiative which follows my attempts to not spend any money online, every damn month. This coming month, I am going to accept the challenge and report back here to make sure I can curb the spending. On top of just ‘online’ shopping which does cover the bulk of my spending, I will be cutting out any impulse purchases. So if I see something I want, I will write it in a list on my phone and then re-visit it when I get home that night or at the end of the week in an effort to take the time to consider where my money is going.
I work a full time job, and get paid the same amount every week but the budgeting hasn’t been simple, so this is my big attempt to make everything I earn count. M and I are in the process of saving for a house deposit, and the area we live is a rather expensive one (for being a country town).
So for this month, I’m going to break it down into three parts.
- No online spending for myself, this is a strict rule!! No PDF purchases *weeps*, no fabric *sobbing*, no clothing sales which I decide I couldn’t make for less than I could buy. Na-da!
- As mentioned previously, I will be keeping a “wants” journal in my phone, to curb unnecessary spending on things like a new makeup item or some shoes on sale. If it comes to the end of the month and I am still desperately lacking that particular item, I will further consider why I need it and go from there – I will be sharing the random items I decide I want during the month also!
- Essentials – I will track where I need money during the week in that little ugly blue book and understand where I can make amendments at the end of the month.
Willing to join me? It’s going to be a looooong month and my bank will probably call to see if I’m still alive. Oh here goes!
Back in September, I purchased a brand spankin’ new Janome 8002dx, simply because I wanted to sew knitted fabrics. And sew she did!
A few days ago, I went to the trouble of making an overlocker cover from the beautifully simple Pattern Emporium Overlocker / Thermomix Cover pattern. In the midst of this project, my overlocker died. The timing was off, it wouldn’t stay threaded no matter what, it was doing my head in!
Off to the shop we went, and boy, am I glad that the machine carried on in such a way that had three brand new needles bent in different directions and so many clunks and shudders that the shop owner had her head in her hands.
Two weeks on, and the machine is back. The service agent for Janome in Queensland said I hadn’t loaded the needle correctly, but funnily enough, the needle had never been changed by me. Always the lady in the shop. The joys of
The outer fabric is from the Art Gallery Fabrics Wanderer collection, and the lining and self-made bias tape from the Art Gallery Fabrics Rapture. Although, it’s worthy of noting, I did not use a bias tape maker so these crazy burnt fingers are proud of the result.