Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Refashioning

Blurry photo of a grey linen dress!! - Boring!
Still a  blurry photo of boring grey linen dress with red velvet circles inserted!! Not so Boring!!

View from behind with some more circles!

Really boring (but very comfy) black slip on shoes!

Not so boring with some flowers (removed from hair clips) glued on!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

......after a long break..

 I am around! Just busy and vowing to spend the holidays working out a much better home/work/life/family balance!!!!!
I have added to my refashioned wardrobe. Another Op Shop skirt - long and boring.
Shortened and jazzed up with these gorgeous hand dyed doilies bought from this clever lady!! 
I love this skirt!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dots and Frills

 $2.00 Skirt that was a bit big at the waist.
 Cut shorter, elastic waist and some red trim sewn randomly around the bottom! 
 Some cushions sewn for my new classroom. I went there today and decided I will need to make more and make some other things to make it nicer - it is awfully old and tired and all painted in my favourite (NOT!!!) insipid pale aqua!! 
Oh and these were my fabric purchases from Thread and Ginger - a patchwork shop I took my two Aunties to. At $8.00 a metre - how could I not buy them. It was after these purchases that Rita saw how much fabric I actually have and banned me from buying more!! The pale blue has been made up already.

Oh and I have a new haircut!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flood Appeal

Like many other people I am sitting in my living room (in Queensland) watching the events of these tragic floods unfold. I am dry and cannot imagine how it must be to lose so much!  Toni from Make it Perfect has organised an auction. Please donate or bid. I think I will do my Christmas shopping here.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Send in the troops!!!

 Over the last two days it has become very much apparent to me that I have a serious problem with fabric!!! Many people do have a fabric addiction - and I am the first to admit that I just adore fabric - but when all your fabric is brought out of the tubs and cupboards and you can see how much there really is - it is very overwhelming!!!  And very confronting when you look at the monetary value just sitting in a plastic tub - in the garage!!!!! Some pieces sitting in plastic tubs for over 12 years!!!!! Still I could tell you where and when I was in my life when I purchased each piece of fabric. I could actually look at my fabric as being souvenir purchases as each really can evoke a memory of time and place. 

Still they were not being appreciated in plastic tubs in a stuffy garage!!

Bring in Aunty Rita!!!!!  She is the first to admit that she loves a challenge that involves sorting and tidying and even more so when it involves fabric.  So with a trestle table set up in the garage each plastic tub was emptied and sorted. Fabrics were sent inside to increase their chances of being used by being closer to scissors and a sewing machine. Other fabrics were sorted into types and two huge tubs were designated as 'school fabric' - either I or my kids can take them to school to use. 

Inside the fabrics were sorted into prints, plains and patchwork and those for quilts were sorted into colours and all very neatly folded. 

So with fabric sorted there was more incentive to actually sew!

Bring in Aunty Annette!!! A whiz with patterns, wedding dresses - in fact all aspects of sewing!! Currently travelling in a caravan around Australia she manages to sew amazing creations from a very tiny space.  

Here they both are sewing garments from fabric I had for ages!!

 A nightiie for me that was expertly drafted from an existing one. 
I like to call this the "Dead Sexy Version!!"  Doesn't need as much ironing as my other one!!!! (Very in joke here that had my Aunties laughing quite a lot!!)

Here is a tunic dress/top expertly sewn and fitted by my clever Aunts - made from patchwork fabric.

Oh and let us not forget about the overlocker that I purchased some three years ago and got it going once but not very well o I put it back in the cupboard! Bring in Aunty Rita and her skills for reading the user manual and getting the overlocker to sew and sew beautifully!!!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

Watch this space!!! The overlocker works and there is fabric everywhere!!! I suddenly feel the urge to sew!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Giveaway - sorry not from me.

Oh my oh my!!!

If I win this devine giveaway - I promise to use these fabrics to make a quilt within 30 days!!!
Check out Retro Mummy's blog to see if I win!!!!!! or to enter if you must - mind you there are already some 400 entries.....what are our chances (question mark key not working!!!)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Refashioning Christmas Cheesiness

 These sacks were very cheap and I think pretty tacky!
 So I personalised three sacks to make sure Santa knows what goes where!! He is getting old after all!!
About 5 fat quarters (thanks Tanya ) - turned into an assortment of Christmas placemats! Not matching and not exactly the same size!!!