Thursday, 28 September 2006

Family Photos

Some of the sewing girls were mentioning posting pictures of ourselves. Here is one of Alex, James and I in May. James has grown quite a bit since then.
You can also see our family portraits/baby photos taken by Lisa Barnes recently at

Leah has tagged me, and I will answer those questions when I get a bit more time. Thanks Leah!

Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Melbourne Cup fascinator

For one of our TAFE assignments we had to create a Melbourne Cup fascinator. I had spent a bit of time on my previous hat, so I scrimped a little on the fascinator. I made it on a headband so that I knew it would stay on my head if I ever had to wear it.
After the holidays we will be starting on our straw hat! Mine will be pink!

Sunday, 17 September 2006

My 1st Stretch-Knit project

I am quite proud of myself. I have completed my first ever stretch fabric project. Hmmm, maybe I am lying there, I doubt I could have gotten through HSC Textiles without ever having sewing a knitted fabric, could I?!?!?!

Anyway, this is an achievement for me, because I have been scared of knit fabric in the past. And to add to the fact that it was knitted, it also had lycra in it!!! Scary stuff, isn't it!

These shorts are for James. There will be a matching top....sometime in the future!

Like Cass, I have just found a suitable stretch sewing stitch on my sewing machine (it is amazing what the manual can tell you!) and I am on my way! I also used my twin stretch sewing needle for the first time. I am quite excited by it all. I will try to get a picture of James wearing the pants in the sunny and warm future.

A Challenging Zipper!

Our first EB Sewing Group Challenge was "zippers", and what a challenge it was.

I have put in zippers in the past, but not for a long time. I decided to go with a fairly plain open zipper, and incorporate my fabric from Reprodepot and my iron-on clear vinyl. I made a little cosmetics case. Just what I needed!

Next time I will have to re-think the design though. The vinyl got creased when I was trying to turn it inside out - that is OK though, I don't mind the look. And next time, I will not cut the end off the zipper (the stopper) and then proceed to unzip the zipper completely!!! The zipper in the picture was acutally the 2nd zipper I used! Learn from my mistakes girls!!

Wednesday, 13 September 2006

A present for Christian

One of the girls from our Mothers Group is moving to Perth with her partner and their 'baby' Christian. So all the parents are going out for dinner tomorrow night to say goodbye. I thought I should make a little going away present for Christian.
I used my goldfish fabric!! I love it.
Don't look at the stitching! Does everyone who sews say that? Or is it just be being paranoid?

Sunday, 10 September 2006

I've been tagged!

Ok I've been tagged - thanks Cass

These are the rules of the tag are:
List 5 weird things about yourself or your pets.
Tag 5 friends and list them.
Then, those people need to write on their blogs about 5 weird things, and state the rules, and tag 5 more people. Dont forget to let the people you tag know by posting a comment on their blog!

Ok I am tagging Natalie Molly Candi Angel Leah

1. I have only lived in 2 houses in my 29 years! My parents home (which they still live in), and the house we live in now - owned by my Mother-in-Law!!

2. I now live with my Husband, Son, and my Husbands brother and sister, while my Mother-in-Law lives next door on her own. It is a LONG story....

3. I had a dream the other night that one of James' daycarers told me that she was leaving the daycare centre. The next day she actually told me that she was leaving....spooky!

4. Some people may find this weird. I have told my son (who is almost 15 months) repeatedly that I am going to marry him when he grows up, cause I love him so much.

5. Since being pregnant with James, I am a bit scared of our cat. Now when we get up in the morning I make sure that my husband puts her out of the house. I just don't like having to get her out of the house later in the day, cause I am scared she will scratch me.

My Latest "Creation"

I made this hat for my TAFE Millinery course. I am loving the course, but I just need to be a bit more adventurous with my 'creations'. My teacher suggested that I frayed the edges to rough it up a I frayed them very neatly and evenly. Probably not what she was after!

But I have to say, I am really happy with the end result. If I am game enough one day, I will get a photo taken with it on. The angles of these photos might make it a bit difficult to see it properly.