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    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a UFO!!

    “Oh… hey, remember this dress?”

    Little Green UFO

    “Yeah! Wasn’t that the dress you finished month’s ago Amy?

    “Kind of. It was the one I rushed through like a demon just to get done only to see it start fraying before I’d even hemmed it.”

    “Bummer.”

    “Yeah but all is well now…. cos I unpicked it all and used Sergei the serger to redo all the seams and stop the fraying.”

    “Woooohoooo! Bitchin.”

    “You knows it.”*

    *Disclaimer…. this is only how I talk to myself in my head. Not in the office. Well not often.

    Ta Daaaaaaaa!!!! (*smug*)

    I LOVE this dress. Thank goodness I repaired it and didn’t cast it forever into the scrap pile.

    One teeny downside is the fact it blew up round my ears when a big gust of wind struck up and I flashed an older male colleague who was walking behind me up the hill to work.

    Ahem. I gotta ask…

    Is it worse to flash your rear or your front?

    I’m thinking my rear as at least I didn’t see his face as I flashed him. Basically I didn’t dare turn around hehehe.

    Oh well it has a lovely swishy skirt and is such a bright colour. Still a thumbs up from me!

    Other things to blog / brag about is how pleased I am that I figured out sewing zip-up pouches.  Please don’t roll your eyes and say “they’re sooo easy”. I was really struggling for a while.

    I used Sew Kate Sew’s fab post. She spells it out so simply! I made myself a new make up bag.

    Dotty goodness
    Everything neatly fits inside

    Totally recommend you try this too! I’m going to make plenty more.

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    Three reasons to smile this week…..

    It’s been a looooong week. Feels like a month! I’ve been so busy at work that I’ve been getting home late and sleepy most days. And then being all run down lead to another cold! Very unfair if you ask me.

    There have been some highlights though….

    Easy as ett, två, tre…. (1, 2, 3…)

    High on the list is getting some awesome fabric from Ikea courtesy of my little bro (aka little fro due to his awesomely big hair).

    Leeds wasn’t stocking it but WAHEY Manchester was!!

    And I love how bargainous the cotton is. Very good prices for quirky prints and hard-wearing.

    Not sure what to make with it. I’m going to hold onto it until the perfect project comes along. I saw on one blog a girl planned to use her metre of this fabric to line a Minora jacket.

    “I thought she was the most gorgeous creature I ever met. . . . She was so entirely unaffected, completely without vanity.”

    Secondly, I’ve just finished reading High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly. I was watching the Monaco Grand-Prix with Jimi and realised I’d love to learn more about Grace Kelly’s life. I have a lot of old Hollywood movie star biographies on my shelves so picked this one up off eBay for a surprising £1.25.

    I read it in only FOUR days! Gosh it was good. She was so lovely and had amazing patience and decorum. She always tried to bite her tongue and not let anger or frustration take over.

    Her life wasn’t the fairy tale everyone imagined it was and she struggled having to give up acting and move so far away when she became a princess.

    Spato is a little bit too eager to flaunt how Grace loved him and wanted him to tell her story. But I can sort of believe him as he treats her with lots of respect even when handling the more unseemly parts of her life. He’s reverent of her memory but still tells what seems to be the truth.

    CoLette not CoLLette silly.

    Also making me happy this week is finally getting The Colette Sewing Handbook.

    (I always have to fight the urge to put two Ls in Colette!)

    I know I’m like the last person to buy this book. I feel like I’ll be in a better position now as I can look at everyone’s blogs for help on the patterns and sizing.

    I’m super eager to try the scallops though I doubt my skirt will look like the one in the book.

    Reading the part about patience and inner calm in sewing struck a chord with me. I’m always desperate to finish and rush things.

    I’m going to try taking things slower, having a plan and hopefully ending up with finished garments I love and will last.

    That’s all for now. I need sleep and I’ve spent the past few hours finishing a muslin for a new dress and pinning and cutting the real fabric. I’m seeing stars!! No, really, it’s the green star print fabric I bought ho ho ho.

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    Got to be sewing something….

    In sewing related news, I have yet to  finish my red polka dot skirt. I had to try finishing by carrying the machine through to the bedroom with a little table to work on while Jimi had his friend’s round for boy’s night but failed.

    Beryl loves it!

    I have also figured out why my Ikea scribbly dot print dress just doesn’t seem right.

    1) The neckline was way too high… hitting my throat high! I’m lowering it with crafty tactics to what you see on the mannequin. Much more flattering!

    2) I need a haircut. Can’t look nice in a prim dress if you have scraggly ratty hair.

    3) I have a stinking cold. Trying the dress on highlights how pasty and tired I am which is never going to help me like the dress.

    So there you have it! THREE legitimate reasons to leave the dress alone in order to like it more.

    By the way I’ve got a new addiction… in addition to sewing, I am also now addicted to singing songs where I change the lyrics to be about sewing. I may be turning a little deranged.

    Terrible, I know, but super fun! You should try it. Adam and Joe call it “A-pop-riation” (instead of Appropriation) on their radio show, where you sing the menial tasks of the day.

    You may remember I posted about changing the Prince song to “Little Red Lace Dress”. Lately I’ve been altering Michael Jackson’s “Got to be starting something” to “Got to be sewing something” as that pretty much is my default state lately.

    I’ve also been shouting in the style of Basement Jaxx when things are missing “WHERE’S MY PIN’S AT, AT, AT….”  which is more fun than saying “Where’s your head at”.

    And finally singing “Hold me closer tiny serger” when using my baby Singer overlocker. Sure Elton wouldn’t mind.

    Oh and I’ve nicknamed the overlocker “Sergei”… Let’s not worry too much about that.

    That means my mannequin has a name: Beryl, Sergei the Singer is taken care of, but my machine is yet to be named! Sure I’ll come up with something.

    I’ve also been spending a lot of time day dreaming/planning…

    She sells sea shells by the sea shore….
    Fake lace georgette! Love it
    Simple and sweet
    Stars in their eyes… Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be B4443!
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    What happened to all the dresses?

    hmmmm…

    When I first started sewing I thought it would be the perfect way to indulge my addiction to dresses. Somewhere along the way I ended up making a lot of tops, a few dresses and not much else! So where did all the dresses go? And all the other plans I had?!

    This revelation struck me as I was ironing my nice white fabric with red polka dots ready to make another top. Firstly, I stopped because it seemed the washing machine hadn’t gotten it very clean… hmm where are these dirty marks from?! And secondly, once I had stopped I did some thinking about skirts.

    It’s nearly summer and I don’t have many skirts. Very few for work especially. So how about a polka dot skirt? I have a prima pattern for an A-line skirt saved up for the task and from what I hear they’re simple enough to make. So I’ve re-washed my fabric ready to start this very soon.

    I also made a promise to myself to figure out why I have a lot of fabric, and a lot of dress patterns, but very few FINISHED dresses! “Finished” is the core issue as I have FOUR partially completed lying in my sewing corner and plenty more that I’ve plotted but not started.

    One of my UFOs (Unfinished Objects) is a lovely pale green dress using a quilting fabric from The Skep – Knitting and Quilting shop in Farsley and a pattern from the book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt.

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dress

    I’m so close with this dress. I just need to power on. The pockets need refitting before I can sew the skirt to the top. Then I can wear it to work!

    Anna Maria Horner, innocent crush voile in “Shattered”

    Another is made from Anna Maria Horner fabric, the “Shattered” voile from the Innocent Crush line.

    I bought the fabric very early on in my sewing career and immediately started sewing a Butterick 4443. WHY?! I should have held onto this fabric until I knew what I was doing and made something better than 4443 out of it?! Chuh. Now I look at it and think is there a way to turn this into a different dress?! I don’t think there is but I keep looking.

    I should just finish it and hope I like the outcome.

    The “why haven’t I finished you?” green striped dress

    Third there is a green striped number which I finished poorly and it started to unravel before I’d even worn it! So I unpicked it to redo the waist seam using my overlocker. But then I never actually rebuilt it!

    The reason is that it has an elastic waist casing and I doing HATE elastic casings even though they fit me great. I always make them about 1mm too small and work up a sweat trying to thread the stupid safety pin through. But I do love this fabric and the dress would be so easy to wear to work or during relaxing times so I should get my butt into gear and finish it!

    Finally I have my Vogue 8723 Ikea dress to finish. It’s mocking me even now while pinned to my mannequin. But something is throwing me off. I can’t tell if the fit is off or is it the slightly too dark lining fabric or possibly the fact I didn’t understitch the seams properly? Well whatever it is I want to get back into this dress soon!!

    All very shameful I know. I need to remedy this problem asap. I have so many other things I want to sew I’m getting so tormented about what to work on!! I need some organisation in my sewing life and to stop being seduced by new projects.

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    My Mum is awesome!

    Here’s why….

    I went over for our weekly (usually ends up being a-lot-less-than-weekly) swimming session and she said, “I’ve got something for you!”. She passed me this little brown bag…

    As you can see it’s well padded and you can already get the feeling the contents are sewing related!

    Well I opened it up and it was JAM PACKED with thread and zips.

    Mum and Dad had gone to a car boot on Sunday and a woman had a stall selling loads of sewing items. She explained that she was closing down her haberdashery and thought this was the best way to get rid of her stock!

    Mum didn’t really know what to get me so she picked a variety of colours and variety of zips. Like I said she’s awesome!

    I love the variety of colours in the threads. Nice silvery colours and a range of spool sizes. I love that pinky colour but they all look lovely and shiny.

    They’re all polyester threads. Some say “stretch polyester” which I’d never heard of but must mean they can take a bit of strain, right?

    And you can never have enough zips.

    Some of these are rather small but I’ll find a use for them. Maybe some zip pockets or little purses. Or for a little help getting into a tank top.

    There’s only one invisible zip but that’s okay. I’m grateful for anything I get! Mmmm lovely red zip!

    And now for my final point on why my Mum is awesome. She got me all this for £2.60!!! OMG can you believe it!?! 10p per thread! And it was roughly 10p a zip! PLUS the woman said she’d be returning until the stock was all gone and bringing different things each week (She told Mum she has lots of ribbon and bias binding to bring another week). So my Mum has promised to keep buying me stuff every time she sees the lady! Woop!

    If you’re curious and in Yorkshire, this is the Rufforth Car Boot I’m talking about. Go along and see if you can find her tomorrow, Sunday 27th. And if you see a lady piling a bag high with things it’s probably my Mum! 🙂