This week my WONDERFUL family gave me, as part of my birthday present (which was a new sewing space – eeeek!) granted me with one whole day in the sewing room. I came out periodically to fix tea and put out the odd bush fire that only a mummy can – but all in all, it was ONE WHOLE DAY in the sewing room from mid-morning til midnight!
I commenced a few new projects I have been meaning to get to and I finalised a few that had been parked due to shoe priorities. Firstly I completed a custom order for a multi-coloured pair of soft soled baby shoes for a client to take to a rainbow themed (gay pride) baby shower! I think they turned out well and the client says she and mums-to-be were very happy… what more can I ask!
I also got back to my Colette Pastille Dress which I desperately wanted to wear my first day back to work after the holidays. The fabric is so summery and bright I was certain it would keep the holiday lingering despite my bland office surrounds. Funny thing is I posted my picture on facebook through Instagram and had received some lovely feedback. After work I dashed quickly through my front door and started picking up my son’s toys when I felt a little breeze in the back… I thought “oh, no have I broken the zip?” only to find I had not actually finished the zip from the waist down… oh the horror if my tacking had of come undone to expose my ass to my colleagues! Seems I was so pleased to have finalised my hip fit (which I find challenging because I have only have little hips, so the big curves in the pattern need to be slashed out) I pressed and went on with my day… the holiday could have really come to an abrupt end (pardon the pun) – sewing lesson learnt!
The other little project I finished up was my contribution to the Handmade Cooperative’s Great Pillowcase Challenge for the charity, Pillowcases 4 Oncology Kids. But I think I will add this under a separate post… so watch this space. To be involved you don’t need to know how to sew – you can simply decorate a purchased pillowcase. Submission must be received by the Handmade Cooperative before 10 February 2013 – see their website (linked above) for details.
So the new projects I will post in the very near future (now that I have written it I am committed!!) are my new sewing room curtains (practical and a little boring I know, but wait until you see the fabric… oh, so beautiful). This is a great project for me because even though rod pocket curtains are notoriously easy, I have always allowed mum to take the lead there… well, no longer – I must do them myself. You really should sew your own sewing room curtains or you don’t deserve a sewing room.
My other little fun project is the Portrait Blouse from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing (which I also got for Christmas) – I did roll my eyes a little at the thought of hand-rolled hems but it was surprisingly very therapeutic and the effort is worth the result. So I have one more arm to hem and a zip to FINISH… (remember FINISH, FINISH, FINISH) and I will share the final product… sneak peak below