My whole life is an experiment . . . sometimes I get surprising results. - C Erdmann

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm back with Our Beautiful World

 Having been missing in action for quite some months, I thought perhaps joining in with a 'play along' might help me to get started back into blogging again.

So I'm joining in with Our Beautiful World blog where we "Take a photo according to the prompt each week (regular photography, photoshopped photos, instagram, lomography, etc all welcome!), come back to this blog and link up with the linking system. Then hop around to see what others have to offer in their part of the world. It's interesting to see what life is about in different corners of the world, so we can't wait to see your photos!" 

This week's word prompt is VEGETABLES which was chosen by Manuela.

I have a few vegetables growing at the moment but they have a little way to go.
Though I've had some nice feeds from the kale....


 ....and rocket!

Had to put up chicken wire to keep out our furry babies, birds and possums...though I don't suppose it would stop the possums if they really wanted to get into the garden!  :)

Roma tomatoes

 ...only tiny yet, but they'll be sooo tasty I'm sure!

 LOVE rocket!! lol

and last but not least is the pumpkin that I grew myself from seeds from a bought pumpkin. Butternut I think it was, from memory....though could be Jap! Either way I'll enjoy it.  :)

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.  ~  Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, November 17, 2013

what not to do when making a simple dress

 I just wanted a simple, comfy and cool dress to wear while working in my studio for when our hot temps start here in Qld. So.... 

I take a simple pattern for a comfy and cool dress cut on the bias, that had been bought many years ago.
...cleverly think I could cut it on the straight using some stretch knit fabric that I've had here for years, and hey why wouldn't that work?! Which it did in the end, really.

I lay out the lovely moss green stretch and then promptly cut out two fronts!!!! Grrr...
so...determined that I'll finish this dress (a change for me!) I take back pattern piece and lay it on one folded over front and merrily cut around it. that apart from the fabric being a wee bit narrower than the front but hey, this won't matter coz I have a narrow back, I'd laid it down the wrong way and had cut it out with the armholes for the neck edge and neck edge for the armholes!!! Which of course is NOT going to work, at all!!!
Now I stop and contemplate how long I've actually been sewing and making clothes for myself, esp using paper patterns!!! Longer than I want to think about. sigh.... my answer to this is to grab an old but very lovely stretch lace top that hasn't fitted around me for quite some time, but that I hadn't the heart to throw out 'just in case', and tell it that it's time in the sun has come! 

Then I cut it apart and use it to create a new shoulder and neck section. Phew!
You can see how much narrower the back is than it's supposed to be in the pic above.
....which should have alerted me to the next error in the line up.
After sewing up side seams and a quick try on just to make sure it fitted ok, I remembered that I had cut this pattern out all those years ago when I was a much smaller 8!!! Do you see where I'm going with this? I'm now a size 10-12, and quite often 12 esp around the bust and waist these days! Double grrr....sigh.....grooaaannn
what to do, what to do!

....of course! Take the sleeves and let them into the side seams! Ingenious, yes?!!  :D the sleeves which are/were peaked down on the inside seam, are duly cut to size and shape to fit nicely enough into side seam to allow a bit more maneuverability for the expanded waistline! You know what I mean Jody!! :)  
Not bad really. Will do for a house dress and anyhoo I quite like 'outside the box a bit'.

I then use the stretch neck frill from the lacey top for the shoulder straps.

The end result

A nice little lot of recycling, re-purposing, up-cycling, altered couture and of course fudging like you wouldn't believe!! ;D
Oh yes last little error, sort of, is the fact that the lace is totally see through and the underwear stands out like a sore thumb! Huh!
I could always line the lace bits, but probably won't bother if I only wear it around the house.

 Me wearing it, but think it looks better on the mannequin! :) I look a tad worried don't you think.
Suppose it's something you either like or think looks odd and wouldn't touch. But I have to say I'm loving the comfort, coolness and lightness of my new dress, and it all turned out ok in the end.

In the end one has to satisfy oneself not the audience hey?

Happy sewing, my lovelies.  ♥♥♥

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