Sunday, February 27, 2011
I am sailing off into unchartered waters with this little skirt. On the outside it looks great, I am super happy with that gorgeous purple fabric...but I am giving this skirt as a gift and I am really, really uncertain about its fit and ease of wearability. I have a deep down gut feeling that its all wrong.
I made it following an internet tutorial and downsized it to smaller dimensions. I was happy with my downsizing calculations but when I actually made it I realised that it was probably going to be too minimal around the waist and subsequently be restrictive around the wearer's legs as its essentially a straight up and down tubular construction through the skirt with the ruffles sewn into it. If you check out the tutorial and you will see what I mean.
I have sat and stared at this itty-bitty skirt and considered picking it apart and re-modelling it, but I'm not sure I can made any really serious improvements for the time and effort it would take.
I am going to pop it in a gift bag on a wing and a prayer, and with my fingers crossed. Maybe two year olds are smaller than what I can remember...
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I can't believe how long it took me to downscale a skirt pattern from size 5/6 measurements to size 2/3 measurements.
Being all scientific I was sure that it could be done with a calculator and my jotter pad. I made a lot of crazy calculations over the space of 12 hours, both in centimeters and inches (go figure why I was doing that, I don't DO inches). Then when I thought I had the answer I used the "phone a friend" option and asked her to measure up her almost two year old. My little model had a waist measurement of 50cm (vs. my 48cm calculation) and a waist to knee measurement of 28cm (I was spot on, yeah baby!).
Enough of this mathematics caper. Tomorrow: fabric!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
And on Saturday I finished painting and moved in. Still some more embroidery hoops to hang on the wall, and I hope to get some shelving installed in the nook on the right hand side...there's all sorts of pattern papers and books that need a home, but the mess of them is conveniently out of shot!
I can't tell you how happy my heart is to see this little space finally coming together. :)
Friday, February 18, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
|Me on the back deck, my sewing space is going to be in the "granny flat" underneath|
January has come and gone and its time I got back to my poor neglected blog. My crafting gear is sitting downstairs also waiting for me to pay it some attention. I feel tomorrow will be the day for plugging in the machine and having a play around in my new space.
January has been a tiring and exciting month filled with cleaning, sorting, chucking, keeping, packing, unpacking, connecting to essential services etc. - our new house is about 90% unpacked, still got tasks like hanging pictures and getting rid of a few last boxes of "stuff". We have plans for a few simple improvements, mainly changing things to our own taste, not because there is anything inherently wrong (except for very dodgy television reception). And we have spent time getting to grips with...gardening. As renters all our lives so far gardening was mostly a hack, chop and mow job around the time of real estate agent inspections. Now we have a beautiful garden that has olive, avocado, grapefruit, lime, lemon and guava trees along with a few herbs so we hope to be able to expand the herbs and grow a few vegetables in the garden beds as well. Bearing the responsibility of looking after the garden from a "not a natural gardener (black thumb)" kind of background has been capturing my attention these last weeks. Gardening over sewing? What ever will I do next?