Friday, January 25, 2013

Sewing with a (half baked) plan!


I was lucky enough to win a fashionary sketchbook in a giveaway on Beajays blog lately. I decided to use it for working out an autumn wardrobe in an attempt to be more organised than usual (Coincidently, Handmade by Carolyn has been drawing what she's been wearing in hers which I've been really enjoying reading about)


It is seriously easy to use, I am a terrible artist but the dot figures make a huge difference and it's so much fun!


All the patterns and fabric will be from my stash and it was nice thinking about what will go with what, and what I need to round out my wardrobe. I found it easier to assess with the drawings than written notes.


Thankyou Beajay!


A quick update in my stash busting...apparently I'm terrible at resisting because I went to a garage sale and bought a few pieces of material, purple and black lace, teal sateen, mint stretch drill and a couple knits. The lady gave me a 1958 Singer 319K....yep she GAVE it to me, as if I'd say no!! Its scrubbed up a treat and lots of oil means it turning over nicely now, just needs a powercord/foot pedal (and my Dad to lathe up a new bobbin spindle). It was one of the first zig zag machines and has cool typewriter like keys on the top for the 'design stitches'!

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  1. I'm feeling very inspired to try it, I normal relay on my memory of what I want to make

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    1. I'm surprised how helpful it is, I usually just rely on memory as well or whatever sparks my interest at the time so this is a lot more organised for me!

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  2. That does look like fun, may need to dust off my colored pencils. And you lucky lady!!

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    1. Thankyou, its so much fun drawing, I had to raid my daughters pencil case for my pencils, lol!

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  3. Wow - those drawings are great. So glad you are enjoying it and putting it to good use. Look forward to seeing the plans in action.

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    1. Thankyou so much for the diary, its been so much fun drawing in it!

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  4. And wow = what a sewing machine.. you have been lucky

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  5. Oh how I'm lovin that cute machine!

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  6. Lucky lucky girl! beautiful machine!

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  7. It's a great idea! And so much fun to plan the future sewing. Those outlines look so much nicer than my croquis! I've downloaded the PDFs for them too (fashionary.org), just to see how they'd work! Having it in book form would be fantastic.

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    1. They are really nice to draw on, I had a go at drawing a croquis as well but these are a lot easier!

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  8. Lovely sketches. I'm looking forward to seeing some of these creations made up now. I have a fashionary journal as well. Maybe this weekend I'll sit down and draw my new summer wardrobe.

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    1. Thanks, and definitely get it out to draw in, I really enjoyed it!

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  9. I love those sketches I so enjoy planning outfits. Some good ideas too.

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  10. Super sketches and a great machine too. How come you are are so lucky?

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    1. Isn't the Singer gorgeous! I had a really good feeling about this garage sale, I actually left work to go to it when it started (good thing my boss doesn't read my blog, I picked up the mail at the same time though!)

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  11. Thats a gorgeous machine... and I'm with everyone else - great sketches too!

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    1. Its so pretty, I haven't had it running yet but I've read that they do a beautiful stitch.

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  12. Wow! I'm astounded that you found not only fabric at a yard sale but you also got that wonderful sewing machine, too! Amazing!

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  13. I learned to sew on my mother's 1952 Singer Sewing machine. Later when I became a good seamstress, she bought me a second hand Singers Golden Touch and Sew. As a teenager, I loved the zigzag features for knits; as an adult I love the wind in place bobbin feature. Makes fast sewing possible without having to put the bobbin on top of the sewing machine and wind it up, then place it in the bobbin well in order to sew. Seeing the picture of the sewing machine brought back many memories...as my mother passed on and now I own that sewing machine. Take good care of it, few sewing machines are cast out of solid metal anymore.

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