Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bookworm Award

I have been nominated by Christine of and sew it begins... for a bookworm award.

The rules of this award are:
Pass this on to 5 friends.
Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56.
Write out the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that...

The book that is closest to me is The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie by May Gibbs and the 5th sentence on pg 56 is Through the darkness she saw the wicked eyes of a Banksia man looking at her.

I thank Christine very much for passing on this award. If you would like to particiapte please consider yourself nominated.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Witchey-poo Shoes

After seeing that Caity had put up some photos of her great shoe buys , I thought I would put mine up too. Sadly only one pair followed me home, but even my 18 yo son thought they were great!
Two reasons I thought they were great $210 down to $20 and they FIT!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

& we'll try that just one more time...

The Burda wof draw I had last week was won by Leslie in NZ but she has realised she already has that issue so has kindly offered it up for a re-draw. This time the draw was won by Leesa of the Love2Sew blog. Leesa please send me an email with your address and I will post the mag to you. Email me at smkenny *at* tpg *dot* com *dot* au. I hope you enjoy the magazine.

Update for Endless Combinations -

I am still in the process of making the HP top in cream bamboo jersey. I altered the pattern slightly to take into account my sloping shoulders and am up to the stage of putting the sleeves in and sewing side seams and hemming. I am tossing up how to finish the flutter sleeves. Twin -needle hem, rolled hem, or perhaps raw edge? The shirring went well which was the first time I have attempted it so I was very happy with that. Hope to have a photo and full review soon.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Endless Combinations - Item 1

Here is a photo of the first item in the Endless Combinations competition on Excuse the scary face without make-up. I could have cropped it off but I figured headless bodies gets a bit much too. Here is the back view of the skirt - it is actually hemmed straight but it looks crooked in this photo!
My review is here for anyone interested. It has taken me ages to set up the review and contest entry so I don't feel much like talking about this skirt any more. If you want info on it please see the review.

I need to go and trace the pattern for my next item.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ignorance Rules...

I am really saddened to hear that a club I have been very heavily involved with has decided to no longer link to members blogs. I take this as a real insult that they do not wish to be associated with their member's blogs and am horrified at the ignorance that they believe if opinions are stated in personal blogs that by having a link to theirs that people will think it will reflect on them. That only shows how little they understand about blogging. I have now deleted links to their blog and am contemplating deleting all ties with the Club. As I said, I have done heaps for this group and now I wonder why I have wasted all that time to help a Club that has this kind of disregard for it's members.
A big old slap in the face from the Club - perhaps it really is time to move on!

Endless Combinations - post 1

I have joined the endless combinations contest at I haven't actually sewn anything yet (even though the competition started 6 days ago!) but I have done lots of thinking about it (does that count?)
I have at least decided in my head where I will start - my first item will be this
Hot Patterns pencil skirt in this camel- coloured stripe fabric

I hope to tissue fit and start cutting tomorrow.
Then in a cream bamboo jersey this top in the short sleeves -

And then item 3 will be these pants Vogue 1059 in View A.

These will be made in a chocolate brown linen. I recently did a pants fitting workshop where we used the Palmer Pletsch method to tissue fit the pattern. I have found it very helpful so it will be an interesting exercise to now make the pants. I did buy the PP pants fitting book so I think that will help a lot in the making.

What do you think - are the combinations working so far?

Drum roll please...

...and the winner is

Leslie please email me

smkenny at tpg dot com dot au

with your address and I will post your magazine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!