Jump to content

Sewing BG #93


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
202 replies to this topic

#151 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:24 AM

Hi everyone  waves.gif

I have been off line for a while because we went away for Xmas and then as soon as we got back, we shifted house and then had a birthday party for a 3 yo. (DD2).  It's been hectic.  Still waiting on a phone connection at home, so internet access is limited (except when I'm at work).

To be honest, I haven't done any sewing since before Christmas.   cry1.gif   But, I am starting to plan a quilt and I need to sew a few dresses for the girls before summer ends, so I will try to get them started soon.  tthumbs.gif

Off to check out a few of your blogs and to catch up on the thread.  Hope you are all doing well.  original.gif


#152 iykwim

Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:07 AM

Morning...anybody  unsure.gif Lol

So I have been working on a quilt for my bed, king size  oomg.gif S it's taking a while. I think I want to quilt it myself but it's a bit daunting. I'm even thinking of entering it in the local show, I really love it so far original.gif I am also planning a space invaders quilt for DS, one for DD1 and I spose I should start thinking about one for DD2 for when she goes into a big bed.

Question - when do you sew? I all of a sudden have a toddler, lol, so am finding it difficult to find as much time as I used to. I have her nap time which is usually pretty long, but I have so many other things to do then too. I have been thinking about sewing at night but that is the only time DH and I have together without the kids original.gif oh well, will have to wait out the toddler years I suppose...

Yoda - hope things are settling down for you original.gif



#153 hungryhippo

Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:24 PM

Can I join this thread?

I got a sewing machine for Christmas and have sewn a few things since. I made a dress over the weekend and am so chuffed with the results!

#154 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:54 AM

QUOTE (hungryhippo @ 13/02/2012, 03:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can I join this thread?

I got a sewing machine for Christmas and have sewn a few things since. I made a dress over the weekend and am so chuffed with the results!

come on in.   waves.gif

And show us your pics of your sewing!   tthumbs.gif We love to see everyone's sewing.

#155 iykwim

Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:32 AM

Hello hungryhippo original.gif I agree with yoda, show us pics original.gif

#156 becanne

Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:33 AM

Hi Yoda - nice to see you.

Welcome hungryhippo. Photos please  original.gif

3bubs - good luck with the quilt, love to see a photo of that too!

#157 hungryhippo

Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:20 PM

Hey all,

Just coming back with pictures. I am at work and they have blocked all image sites, so I will link you to my blog.

This dress - Vogue 1236

This top

Edited by hungryhippo, 14 February 2012 - 12:25 PM.


#158 ruthlet

Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:15 PM

Hi all, not much sewing going on here. I'm trying to get into a housework rhythm so have been sewing less. I'm hoping that once I get on top of a routine I'll have more time! Either that, or I'll just get sick of housework and sew instead...

Just before Christmas I made my 6 month old DD a little dress:

">


I've also just finished a crochet cardigan for her, and am halfway through a red crochet dress for her (of course). I'm also muddling through my first ever quilt block quilt for some friends who are having a bub. I've also planned a quilt for another bub (waiting on fabric from the US), some MCNs for a friend and a quilt for my DD, as well as some more dresses for her (I just bought a bobbin work kit for my Brother). I'm tired just reading that!

Hungryhippo - your top and dress look great!!  original.gif

#159 iykwim

Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:52 PM

Just a quick one to let you know I have put pics of my almost quilt up on my blog...

Cute dress ruthlet, and hungryhippo the dress looks great!

#160 nayjay

Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:19 AM

Hiya.  Just quickly popping in to let you know that our DS has arrived.  He was born via emergency c/s on 24th January.  So no sewing has been happening here..I did crochet a few little beanies while in hospital though biggrin.gif .

#161 iykwim

Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:22 AM

Congratulations Nayjay! That's exciting news original.gif enjoy those newborn cuddles...

#162 SuezS

Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:08 PM

Congratulations Naomi.  I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how it was going.

Bec - K loves prep Very tired but is settling in well.  It helps that one of his best friends is in his class and he has already seen his other best friend from across the road go to school for a year.  J is funny, he calls his kindy "little school".  Like your comment on my blog - he is growing up quickly!  Even more so that what I remember with K.  I guess having a big brother as a role model....

Nice sewing - I love seeing the creations.  Thanks for sharing everyone.   wink.gif

Busy with work, full time sucks out alot of time and then I've also been exercising early mornings so tired by the end of the day.  Have finished a Colette Parfait dress though and hope to take pics on Sunday.

Have a nice weekend.

Susan

#163 becanne

Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:56 PM

Congratulations Nayjay - I rember you saying you were expecting him to come early, hope all is well and that the other kids are looking after both of you.

Susan - the dress looks fantastic, hope you wear it lots. I'm volunteering in J's classroom for a few hours every Thursday, and learning a lot. Phonics has me a bit stumped but J and the other kids seem to love it.I take my hat off to anyone who can spend all day in a room with 25 preppies day in and day out and still retain their sanity!

3 bubbs - well done on the quilt. It looks really good, it will be a challenge to quilt it but worth the effort.

Finished knitting a scarf this week and have been busy playing with fabric piles here. Dumping a pile of craft magazines at the P&C craft group next week, which will free up a bit of space in the sewing room. Hoping to get a quilt basted and ready to quilt during the week, have a mini-quilt to design and make, and a layer-cake and some homespun to turn into a quilt top.

Spent the morning in the vegie patch planting snow peas, honey snap peas and cherry tomatos, then picked a pile of carrots, spring onions and beetroots.
Gave DH a native stingless beehive for our anniversay and we have been watching them pollinate the crops! We already had a few of those bees hanging around, but the hive is meant to have a few thousand, so we should get some rockmelons happening if we are lucky!

#164 SuezS

Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:55 AM

Thanks Bec.  I think I will get lots of weekend wear out of it.  I'm thinking about making a winter version out of it.  Are you also going to get some honey from your hive?  DH is volunteering in a couple of weeks - he might do a day now and then.  He also does some repair work at the C&K centre to help them out.  They only get a maintenance man for one day a month and that isn't enough.  

For everyone else - I finally finished and have blogged my Parfait dress. It's nice to have made something for me and have a good fit.  

I still have a finished skirt to blog but I'm making a top to go with it and have only fitted the pattern for that so far.

Edited by SuezS, 20 February 2012 - 05:58 AM.


#165 becanne

Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:33 PM

Susan - we will be able to start collecting a little bit of honey in about six months. The hive comes with two tiny little jars that you stick in the top - you take one out and swap it with the other, but you will get less than a kg of honey per year, just for tasting really.

#166 melajoe

Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

Hello.  Haven't posted or blogged in ages but I've been lurking and trying to stay caught up with everyone else's sewing.  I can't even remember if I have posted since the move - I think I may have...?  Anyway, we are back in QLD now and I'm loving being back here near family, and enjoying the lovely weather (even if we have had a tonne of rain).  I never really warmed to living in Sydney.

Congrats Nayjay on your new arrival original.gif  Hope the first few weeks have gone smoothly with the new addition to the household.

SuezS, I really like that dress you have made yourself.  I recently made a dress for my sister and it looks really good on her, but I am always too scared to make things for myself.  I think it's a combination of the increased cost of fabric for a garment my size (compared to my girls) and being daunted by having the adjust the pattern for all my lumps and bumps!  My sister is a straight up size 6 so much easier to sew for  biggrin.gif  Your dress is gorgeous though, you've done a fantastic job.  Are you making another one?

ruthlet - that spotty dress is very cute!  

hungryhippo - love the dress you've made yourself too.  I've considered buying that pattern but wasn't sure how it would end up looking, so it's good to see a real "finished product."  You've done a great job with it and I love the fabric!

I've been sewing a fair bit, which is surprising really as we've been settling into our new place, dealing with Christmas, DD1's birthday, and me going back to work three days a week.  I've made a couple of dresses for the girls, and a really nice top for DD1 that I've yet to blog (using this pattern).  I love this pattern and want to find something in a similar style for myself actually.  Don't suppose anyone has seen anything like this around?

I've also started on some crayon rolls for Easter gifts - 4 down, 2 to go.  They are for my girls and their cousins for Easter, I'm going to do up little packs with some crayons, Easter colouring in and of course the obligatory choccy eggs.  And I have also started making my mum a table setting with placemats and a table runner, possibly napkins too if I have enough fabric left over.  She's just recently put in a new kitchen so I've chosen some nice fabric that co-ordinates.  I want to get into giving more handmade gifts this year so I've tried to be organised ahead of time.  I also bought up big in some fabric sales recently  cool.gif

I'm home today as DD2 has a tummy bug.  She's just gone down for a nap so I thought I'd post here and then rush off to disinfect the house while she sleeps.  Bit of a messy night last night!

Happy sewing.

#167 SuezS

Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:45 PM

Thanks Mel.  I didn't really have to adjust the pattern by much, just a little bit here and there.  Overall it was pretty good.   biggrin.gif  My plan is to make a blue one next with piping trims.  I'm also contemplating making one for winter to wear like a pinafore but wondering how much bigger I need to make it to fit a tee underneath.  DH and I had the tummy bug a couple of weeks ago. Not fun. Especially when you are both hit at the same time.   mad.gif

Bec - The bees sounds like lots of fun. Are you planning to go to Sew It Up this year in Canberra?  



#168 becanne

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:16 PM

Suez - I want to go, but have my final teaching placement in May and June, so it depends on the dates.
Have they announced them yet? I added the blog to my reading list, and applied to join the facebook group, but haven't seen anything posted anywhere.
Do you think you will go?

Mel - you have been very busy! How are you finding being back at work?

#169 iykwim

Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:44 PM

Hi original.gif

Suez - what is sew it up?

Mel - wow you have been busy! I like making crayon rolls as gifts too. Hope your DD is feeling better.

Becanne - the bees sound like fun. I've just finished a cathedral window mini for a contest on elisonlane.blogpspot.com. It was so much fun! What mini are you working on?

AFM - DD1 turned 9 this week ohmy.gif DD2 had a few bad days with teething, and then I think she had an upset tummy from the nurofen we gave her for the teeth   rolleyes.gif I bought an amber teething necklace on Friday so hopefully that helps with the next teeth. I'm not sure if I mentioned I got a casual position in the local library? Well anyway I have been working a day here and there, which really makes the weeks fly! I am working again on Monday. It also cuts out some sewing time  sad.gif

I have blogged the mini I finished. Next up for me is some bibs, rattles and softies for some gifts original.gif

Happy sewing...

#170 hungryhippo

Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hi all,

I haven't been sewing recently as I had uni exams yesterday and have just been really busy. I did however wear the dress I made out on Saturday and got lots of compliments. I didn't get any photos in it though because we were in a rush.

Does anyone have any recommendations of patterns I can use to make a nice floral summer dress? I've had a search and can't find anything I love..

#171 SuezS

Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:18 PM

Threebubs - Sew it up is like a gathering for sewing, chatting, shopping, eating (all sewing related of course).  This year it is in Canberra - There is a blog for it.  Time flies when you work.  Our DS had an amber necklace.  It looked really cool until he pulled it off the other month. I was a bit sad when that happened.  

Bec - I haven't heard anything.  I was thinking of going. Depends if anyone else I know is going from Brisbane.  Also depends on cost.  Would be nice to get away for a girls weekend.  Though I couldn't take my sewing machine so it really would be shopping, workshops and maybe cutting/tracing or knitting.  

I spent some time on the weekend working on a blouse but even though I made a muslin the fit isn't right.  I think partly sizing and partly the style.  Will try to do some more work on it maybe this weekend.  Or maybe start something new  closedeyes.gif

#172 becanne

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

Suez-June long weekend http://sewittogether.wordpress.com/

I really want to go, but worried it would be too much on top of placement - I'll have lessons to plan etc...
My sensible side says 'give it a miss, there is always next year', my inner 14-year-old is saying 'but everyone else gets to go, it's not fair!'

Hmmm - I'll ponder it a while...

#173 nayjay

Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:16 AM

Hi all.  I never seem to get in here lately and I haven't been sewing other than boring old mending.  I do want to start sewing winter clothes for DD.  She has gone from my little girl who loves dancing dresses and twirly skirts to my "unprincess" who will only wear leggings and a tee finished with a pair of thongs ohmy.gif . So I am trying to think of a creative way to ensure she is comfortable but also to make her wardrobe a little more funky...not necessarily feminine and girly because she obviously has her own style biggrin.gif

I found this gorgeous idea...
Skirt leggings
Does anyone else have some suggestions???????

#174 melajoe

Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:33 PM

Hello everyone.  

Nayjay, that skirt is adorable - a good way to get some girly-ness back into your daughters wardrobe while being pretty funky too I think.  I've been thinking about winter clothes for my two as well, plus I have two nieces with birthdays in winter so I am trying to think of something I can make them as well.  

I've made a few things this week but haven't blogged any of it - a pair of pjs for DD2 (found a bunch of knits on clearance at Spotlight for $2 a metre - bargain!), a couple of skirts for my nieces out of some fabric I had left over from a dress I made my sister a while back, and also a skirt and a vest for DD1.  

I also dyed some fabric - my very first attempt - to try and make a lace dress like this one here:

http://kittykatescloset.blogspot.com.au/20...-continued.html

Sorry I can't remember whose blog this is - or even if you are in the Sewing BG thread!  But I found the blog on a recent thread here about blogs and thought "what a great idea!"  So you have inspired me.

Edited by melajoe, 27 March 2012 - 07:34 PM.


#175 kattrel

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

Hi all,
I've been missing for a while but it looks like I'm not the only one. This thread has been rather quiet. I hope that means there is lots of sewing happening.

I have been doing quite a bit of sewing but not much blogging. I have put a couple of up cycled outfits on my blog but not much else. I'm trying to spend less time on the computer and more time sewing. I don't get much of a chance to sew during the day now so if I'm on the computer at night then I get nothing else done.  I'm not sewing tonight though so I'm off to browse some blogs.

I hope everyone else is well and keeping busy.

Nayjay - I hope everything is going well and you're family are all settling into having a new baby.

Melajoe - thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm very impressed with your dying and up cycling.  Great job as always.




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Five-year-old shoots nine-month-old brother dead

A nine-month-old baby boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's home.

'Is that baby yours?'

She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn't have any of my genes.

Episiotomy in childbirth: not just 'a little snip'

Episiotomies have a place in maternity care – and can occasionally save lives – but should not be performed routinely.

Toddler aggression not caused by language delays after all: study

The logic was that children who don’t have the language to fully express themselves will lash out when they’re misunderstood. Not anymore.

Why we chose to adopt a child with Down sydrome

Everyone in foster care (and really in life) has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.

Object of desire

Curvy mums make clever babies

Scientists appear to have discovered why women have evolved to have more curves than men – shapely thighs and bottoms lead to healthier babies.

'We'll make sure they know how much she loved them'

A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.

The baby names NZ knocked back in 2014

A New Zealander has tried to name their baby Senior Constable but didn't get away with it - and numbering children is also a no-no.

How can you go into labour without knowing you're pregnant?

For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.

Will you get to the hospital in time?

Worrying your baby will be delivered by the roadside is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. So how likely are you to be caught short?

Video: Funny 'Lips Are Moving' parody just for mums

Meghan Trainor's song 'Lips Are Moving' was already a hit, but now it's been turned into a hilarious parody that is set to be very popular with frustrated mums everywhere.

Out with the clutter

Decluttering by the numbers: take the 30-day challenge

Forget the 5:2 diet - Twitter's 30-day declutter challenge will have your house back in shape in no time (well, a month).

Parents, don't be too hard on yourselves

We need to stop damning parents of today, and embrace their appetite for knowledge instead.

Is my baby normal?

There are chubby Buddha babies and there are thin, smaller babies. Neither are right or wrong, they are all 'normal'.

When an older sibling starts school

When one child goes to ‘big school’ and leaves the other behind, it can cause deep upset. Here's how to make the transition easier.

Stray cat saves abandoned baby

They say dogs are man's best friend, but one cat has proven felines can be just as devoted to their human companions.

How strangers are helping a mum's wish come true after her death

A mum of five, Liz Marquez wanted to breastfeed her premmie son for a year. So when she passed away suddenly, her friends - and strangers - stepped in to help.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

Win with The Boxtrolls

To celebrate the release of The Boxtrolls on 3D Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet, we're giving you the chance to win a Boxtroll stationary package and DVD.

 

School Term 1

Get after-school care sorted

Wait lists too long at OSHC? Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.