Life Swap Package

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After I had organised the sewing surprises swap I had realised I was so focused on making sure everyone else had a partner and knew what they were doing I forgot to include myself in it all…

Tweeting about my silly mistake Leila from the three dresses project http://threedresses.org/ was so sweet and offered to send me a package! I graciously accepted and offered to send her something in return. (As well as receiving packages I also enjoy sending happy mail too.)

We basically did the same formula as the sewing surprises swap but opted to change it to a life package instead of a sewing bases package, random things we think the other would love which we could include anything…..and this is the wonderful package she sent me.

Lots of sewing goodies

Well this is how our friendship started with a love of sewing goodness, I’ve mentioned time and again my love of the friendly sewing community I’ve found myself apart of and being able to participate in swaps like this just makes it even better.

A cute purse from Columbia

I seriously needed a small bag in my life I think I was just in denial but now I have one which will do perfectly for my trip to Ireland in July, I’m on holiday – there’s no need to carry a massive bag full of the crap I usually hump around with me…right?

Red cups

Anyone who follows me on twitter (@sparklysupanova) will know of my serious obsession with all things America! Growing up watching American teen based shows and movies like One Tree Hill I always saw these red cups when they had parties (I never thought about the fact that you have to be 21 to drink in the states but they were getting drunk every other weekend whilst still at school… oh the shame ha ha) I just thought these cups were cool!

White M+M’s

Obviously being obsessed with all things American my love of ‘candy’ is certainly apart of that! So being sent some M+M’s I hadn’t tried before was cool! (I’m obsessed with the peanut butter ones! – seriously you US peeps don’t know how lucky you are ha ha) I’m slowly working my way through the bag.

I loved the package I received and I cant wait to be apart of more swaps! thank you Leila!

Sewing Surprises!!!

(this isnt my image - ive stolen it from the internet)

(this isn’t my image – ive stolen it from the internet)

Some of my 2013 goals – to send more happy mail, to sew more, to blog more and make more sewing friends…. then ping I had an idea!!!!

Why don’t I organise a little swap group for my fellow sewscialists?

I give you your partner (randomly selected) for the swap, you send your partner an email asking any questions, asking them what they like about sewing, ask what they would love to improve on, something they may like to try in their sewing adventures etc then you go away and create a package to send them which you they think they’d love!

Then on a selected date we all post blogs about our partners and the package of happy they sent to us! (if you don’t have a blog don’t worry if you would like to write about what you receive I’m sure either your given partner or another one of the lovely sewing community would love to have you as a guest blogger! – they seriously are a lovely bunch!)

I think this would allow us to get to know our little community more… make sewing friends and receive beautiful happy mail in the process!!

There are a few things i’ll have to iron out i.e. I know we all live in different countries so postage needs to be investigated, cost is always an issue so I’m very mindful of that! and a few other things I can imagine would throw a spanner in the works!! There will be rules and some kind of structure to the whole thing so hopefully no one gets let down.

Please stay tuned for further info…. Id love to hear your thoughts on my idea!

 

‘ta-da’ my sparkly new pencil skirt…

My first ever pencil skirt…

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So finishing this garment had its good and bad points.

I succeeded in my first ever buttonhole attempt…then I got carried away with the lethal seam ripper and took half my waistband off opps!This was my second waistband as I thought the pattern size i had cut wouldn’t fasten around my waist. i have no idea why as the rest of the pattern fit me???

I ‘fixed’ it by cutting a small piece and sewing it onto the waistband, not ideal but it was my only idea other than to cut a whole new waistband.

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My lack of seam allowance knowledge lead me to have a light patch of fabric going down the back of the zip and skirt but I turned it into a it was ‘totally supposed to be there’ feature!

Cost of fabric – £1.50 from a remnant stall at the local market

Zipper – around 80p

Time – this was my first attempt at proper clothing so I would say longer than it should have, major time was spent not knowing what the pattern was talking about (see previous post about basing…)

Will I wear it – maybe to a dinner with the girls… if I wore skirts to work it would be a good office skirt.

Id love to have pretty ‘bloggy’ photos of me wearing said item but for now my beautiful assistant dolly volunteered.

What I think I will do to make it more me is maybe take it up a little maybe to stop it looking a little boxy ill take it in towards the bottom and in a perfect world maybe I wouldn’t have the light grey stripe going down the back of it… but its all a learning curve

Seriously I thought basting was something you did to a turkey…

My first clothing attempt … Burda (8155) skirt.

Falling lucky with the fabric which was found on a remnant stall and purchased for £1 I decided I was feeling brave and I was going to attempt and conquer the pencil skirt pattern which was recommended to me by someone on twitter.

I’m seriously loving the encouragement I get from social networking – I wish these lovely ladies where my neighbours! I would bake them cakes and everything!

So the beginning part…

I decided to trace the pattern, thinking in the future when I am a sewing goddess I could make different sizes for friends and relatives. Tracing the pattern was easier than I expected – some greaseproof paper, weights (house ornaments) a pencil and 30 minutes later I had my pattern pieces.

I started out with good intentions reading the instructions and following them with military precision….then I got to the zip and it may as well have been written in French – as I mention in the blog title I had to baste the zip (cue googling until I found the sewing meaning of the word!) but by this point the damage was done and my oh this is going well I am a sewing genius attitude took a knock! So I made up my own instructions on how to sew a zip! AND it actually looks ok, whoop!

So now I’m onto the final part which is the waistband, I swapped the order of sewing as I felt more comfortable doing something’s first then got around to the others. I discovered a possible problem…the waistband didn’t fit my waist even though I cut it to exact pattern size!!! So I’ve decided to re-cut it to fit me and ‘make it work’ with the rest of the skirt as the skirt fits just fine….for now!

I’m hoping after a little buttonhole googling the skirt will be finished for this weekend!

So fingers crossed the next post is titled – ‘ta-da’ my sparkly new pencil skirt (that I’m actually going to wear) and there is a million pretty pictures to show you all my efforts.

But for now here’s a sneaky peak of ‘work in progress’…

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Thank you for reading and for all of your lovely comments… I can’t believe I’m on the verge of completing my first piece of clothing when last year I doubted if I could even sew a straight line!

Sewing and other things…

p class=”mceTemp mceIEcenter”>This blog will not only be about my sewing attempts but it will also be about my other loves beauty, food, life, love…. why just limit myself to one thing right? So welcome to my very random world…

Let me introduce you to Dolly.

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Now I’m at the very beginning of beginners. Seriously the zig zag stitch seems to hate me.

Although I’ve attempted sewing classes at a local college as a fun course. It wasn’t very fun. Sometimes I hate doing things on my own and the class was over booked…. Also no one told me it was 'advised' you had your own sewing machine. I just wanted to give sewing a go to see if I was any good – not spend £100s on a piece of equipment which would be left to collect dust….I lasted 2 lessons – the stress of being at work all day and a very over booked class just wasn’t a good mix. So I quit.

I’ve decided to try to become a self-taught sewer..