Friday, 10 April 2015

Tutorial - add easy french seamed side pockets to anything. Yes! Anything!

Remember my blathering excitement last year when I happened upon a vintage skirt pattern with a nifty little drafting feature that allowed me to do easy-as-pie french seamed in-seam pockets? I didn't do a particularly good job of explaining it I'm afraid.  But after finding the same type of pockets in my recent Fujiyama Mama frock I was determined do a quick and dirty step-by-step tutorial for you......

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

C'est La Vie (because disappointment always sounds better in french) and a twice recycled $5 in Paris

How was your Easter long weekend wherever you were in the world? Mine ended up lovely, but the start was rather shitful. As briefly mentioned in my last post my guy had been working hard to get Sunny all jazzed up for our big holiday of the year, a mega road trip up to Byron Bay Blues Fest, an 18 hour drive north of Melbourne. 

We had such high hopes. We were looking forward to a nice slow cruise up north, a few days of camping and awesome music with friends, and an equally slow cruise home. I was determined to tick off a large number Big Things on our road trip (many Australian country towns over the last 4 decades developed a peculiar need to create a large tacky Thing for their town - an exhaustive list can be found here). 

Big Thing 1 - the Big Cherries (Young, New South Wales). 

Big Thing 2 - The Big Golden Guitar (Tamworth, New South Wales). 

Big Thing 3 - The Big Disappointment (Glen Innes, New South Wales).

Monday, 30 March 2015

Finished - just in time - the Vinyl Vacation

Friends I promise you this is the last gaudy man-shirt I will subject you to for a while. I've posted my latest Negroni over at Stitch 56 but wanted to share with you a bit more of the nitty gritty changes I made since my first Negroni, the epic Mindblower creation of 2015.

At the same time as purchasing the most tasteful fabric in the world for my guy I also grabbed this fab retro inspired Vinyl Vacation Alexander Henry print. Is this not the perfect fabric for some Alohawear?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Fujiyama Mama dress

About 4, maybe 5 years ago now I found out I couldn't (or rather, shouldn't) eat apples. Apparently I can't digest certain types of sugars (including fructose or f**ktose as I like to call it) without my abdomen inflating like a non-purple Violet Beauregarde.  So apples being chock full of f**cktose are off my culinary list, which makes me sad. I did so love to bite into a nice crispy Fuji. Anyway, whinge over and in a totally seamless segueway I was delighted a couple of years ago to find the most gorgeous navy seersucker printed with coral and beige apples at Spotlight. I positively squealed when I found this fabric, and for 2 years it has sat, occasionally stroked, waiting for the perfect dress pattern to make a sweet, f**cktose-free, yet appley union.

Friday, 27 February 2015

On stress, knitting and pain.

Lovelies I've had busy, stressful, glum couple of weeks. Nothing dire but just enough pressure to string me out a bit and surprisingly a big part of it seems to be because I've not been able to knit. I've got a chronic painful tendon issue in my arms that I've finally received the correct treatment for and part of that treatment was no repetitive hand or finger action for a couple of weeks. I really didn't realise how much not being able to knit would affect my ability to mentally wind down and it's kind of compounded. Stress, pain, no knitting, new stress, red wine..... Fortunately I've still been able to sew. Holy shit, I can't even begin to imagine how unhinged I'd be if I wasn't able sew or knit....

Many of you will be able to understand just how wonderfully meditative it is to knit, even simply. Anyway, my lovely arm Physio has written me a 'return to knitting' program (based on a musician's return to practice program - how hilarious yet awesome would it be to find a health practitioner who whips out a knitting rehab program specifically for creaky crafters?!) and my arms are definitely getting better which really is such an enormous relief. 

My aunt forwarded me this fascinating article a few weeks ago outlining the enormous positive mental health benefits linked to knitting, and it's well worth a read. Compassion fatigue, pain, stress, anxiety, eating disorders - so many issues helped by such a simple past-time. I imagine it's hard for non knitters to imagine how it can be so but I can believe it - and I've only been doing it a couple of years. 

In the meantime here are a few newly added gorgeous patterns in my Ravelry queue to share. I'm in the middle of number 4, the Annency Cowl, in a divine charcoal cashmere.... Triangles are SO hot right now!


Ravelry links - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

What's on your needles right now? Give me new patterns and designers to ogle and add to my infinite queue!

Happy weekend and happy health and fitness to all. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Finished - A sassy, slinky, stripey Audrey dress

Sometimes when it's stinking hot you just need a little stripey number that covers what needs covering, reveals what is worth revealing and still fits comfortably after an all-you-can-eat night at your favourite (air conditioned) curry house (seriously I had the best meal of my life at this place. Mostly gluten free, a lot of free-range, very cool - if you live in/visit Melbourne I can't recommend it enough)

Monday, 16 February 2015

Finished - a chambray Granville.

I was delighted when Helene from Stitch 56 wanted to know if any of her bloggers wanted to try the new Sewaholic Granville shirt - up went my hand, into the stash I dove and out came 2 options - some lovely lightweight chambray from Darn Cheap Fabrics or my crazy orange Paisley cat Liberty. I shook them in the face of my beloved and he chose the chambray, sensible chap that he is.