Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Dream of Genie

My Mum called me the other day - she asked if I could go over and thread the needle to her sewing machine as she couldn't see well enough to do it.







This is Mum's 'modern' machine - she used to sew all our clothes when we were young on a Singer treadle machine like the one I bought last year. - and just to add some context to this; I have 4 sisters! Also, without patterns, just like she learned in Cyprus where she grew up. 

Don't you love the '70's floral decal on the machine. Notice on the instruction booklet "Now with NEW elastic stretch stitch"! It kept breaking the thread when Mum was trying to sew but she had the stitch length and tension set wrongly and the thread was probably 20 years old. I sewed up the curtains for her to save her the grief! It ran like a dream. 

While I was cleaning it up before I used it a younger sister said  "are you cleaning it because you think you're going to get it???"... doh!.. none of my sisters sew so I presume it will be mine eventually..but that's not what I told her!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Kitchen of the Med!

That's a funny title! My girlfriend likened the colour of my kitchen to the colour of the Mediterranean sea and the Greek flag. I am Greek so it's kind of fits! The kitchen isn't finished yet - the windows need a final coat of gloss, I intend to buy a few wall cupboards and hopefully a rangehood and cupboard plus I have a roller door cupboard that is awaiting help to bring it upstairs. However, it has been the most atrocious weather since finishing the painting last Sunday (and my son was home)and the paint wouldn't dry and besides we have been busy with the last days of school holidays. Sun comes out on Tuesday apparently, just in time for school. So here is where I am up to:


BEFORE

AFTER

What do you think? The cupboards won't stay that colour but will go a stainless colour. I do love my 50's kitchen and I think with some wall cupboards it will be much better with more storage space - the cupboards nowadays are 600mm wide but when this house was built, the cupboards are 450mm wide (or narrow, should I say). There is my new red kettle and toaster too ... the old ones still worked but I hated the toaster and the kettle was ok still but ... anyway these were only $19 bucks each at Kmart! Bargain.. and it matches my cast iron cooking pot (also from Kmart years ago).  And what did we have for dinner out of that pot???




Mushroom and puy lentil soup or "whatever we have" soup!

It was pretty good and so easy.. slice and cook mushrooms in some olive oil with garlic, add washed puy lentils and vege stock; cook until soft then puree (as much as you can anyway). Not bad! What do you think of my kitchen and soup?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Vogue Pattern Sale US$4.99.

Image from www.sewingpatterns.com


I buy lots of my patterns at www.sewingpatterns.com in the U.S. Currently they have Vogue at US$4.99, Kwik Sew US$5.99, Simplicity at US$4.99 and you can also get Lekala Patterns here too. The postage can be expensive (exorbitant more like it) but when you break it down per pattern for us suckers in Australia, it still works out very cheap (especially when you consider how much some Vogues go for). 

I don't get anything from them I've just used them and passing on the sale. I have had one pattern from two different orders come incorrectly, but an email is all that is required to get it fixed and usually they don't ask for the wrong one to be sent. One I had on backorder (it showed available and then then didn't have it) and they sent it F.O.C (free of charge) when it did come.

Pretty good service overall. They have these sales all the time for all the major pattern companies and they have lots of independent pattern companies also; they even have downloadable if you can't wait - for some reason these tend to be more expensive???

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Introducing Em.

I wanted to name this post "Hi, my name is Sofie and I'm a sewing machine addict." but I thought it was a bit long; but seemingly not untrue!






Won't have time to play but will let you know when I do! Oh, it's missing a throat plate but not bad for $5!

Oh, and the reason she's called Em? Well her serial number starts with this and Em is a machine of 1957!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Not a lizard drinking....

Remember when I said I was flat out like a lizard drinking.. well now I feel like a cat in a tree... ha.. not really. This is my new neighbour's cat. I came up my front stairs and here he was.. he lives in the unit behind this one. That is my tree that is getting cut in about 2 weeks (when I finish the kitchen) as it has grown madly in the last 6 months right over the neighbours lower roof and clothes line. I have good patient neighbours!

 Just to give you an idea how high it is.. that tree top is sitting above the 6 foot fence! At first I thought maybe kitty is stuck, but then I corrected my thoughts as I figured if he was stuck, he'd be crying and he just looked bothered that I'd noticed him. When I spoke to his owner, I was told that he stares down the big possums (brush tail as opposed to smaller ring tail)and that is a good thing! They poo and wee mark their territory all over my deck and large outdoor table (must get around to making that cover! note to self).




This is how my kitchen looks mid way through the preparation for painting. It's an old house and not much done to it with it's 50's kitchen. I can't afford a new kitchen but I will paint it a bright aqua colour today (ceiling done yesterday - what a killer on my bad neck!)and the cupboards will be painted a stainless colour. I will rearrange it (not much room for that really) and add some wall cupboards or shelves or both which you will notice I have none of.. so this will add to my storage. I'm so used to the look of not having them (been here 22 years!) I hope I won't feel overwhelmed by them.. I'm sure more storage will negate that feeling..Ha!

Notice the sewing machine and overlocker are on the table.. well they've moved into the sewing/study room which is a pit with all the other stuff in there and that will be  next for a paint job. Hope it's before uni starts so I can feel refreshed and new. I hope I get time to sew soon too! I have my boy back on Sunday night so I'd like to have the kitchen finished and the rest will be done when school starts the week after...how does 6 weeks go so quickly. I only get 3 weeks with my boy so that limits it even more.I've heard some mothers counting down till they can send their kids back to school.. but that's not me.. I love my son's company and doing things together. We might paint the front fence! Back to the painting... do you renovate?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Flat out...

Like the old saying goes.. "flat out like a lizard drinking". Well I'm not drinking.. anything but water and fruit teas cooled, but it is so hot here that it is hard to sit and sew or do anything really. I've been to my sister's place a few times this week.. she has a pool. I have had my week with my son so we've been doing catch ups, shopping and a 9 year old's party at Kingston Park Raceway. Normally it is for go karts but due to the age of the boys, they were 'racing' on dodgem looking go karts. 

This week, my son is at his Dad's and I will finish washing down and then painting the kitchen. We then have one week left of school holidays and I'd like to go away for a few days. Then when school has started I hope I have the energy to also paint and organise my sewing/study. I'd like this all done before my last semester at uni. I work so much better when the space is organised and fresh - not two words I'd use when describing my kitchen and sewing room.

I wore this (above)dress out the other day to Spotlight and the Sewco quilting fabric shop, and one of the women commented ver positively about it. I was chuffed as it isn't really great fabric, I just made it up to see what the vintage pattern looked like.. it is very cool to wear though. The skirt in the last post is still unfinished as I only got the gross grain ribbon during the week. As I said earlier, it is so hot here and so very draining, but I do love the summer!

On another note, does anyone have any idea where to get Elingeria, Danglez or Merckwaerdigh bra patterns in Australia?? I went through to the check out of the Elingeria site but the postage was 33 euros...that was about double what the pattern is and I can't justify it at this stage. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Forgotten pieces.


This dress I made last summer from an old pattern that my friend has at the moment. I'd forgotten about it until the other day. She dropped it off and I remembered it needs to be taken in under the arms as it is too wide as usual. It was a very fast make and made with some fabric I liked enough to buy as a remnant but not enough to make something truly serious. I do love this dress because it is cool looks different and is interesting. The white collar has ties and wraps around your waist.


This Lisette skirt and shirt pattern I cut out last summer also and made the skirt up on Saturday but had no grosgrain ribbon to finish it. I completely forgot to get some at Spotlight the other day in the excitement of getting red sparkles! It is linen I bought at the fabric sale I go to about 15 years ago (have I written this before? - I've got a bit of deja vu). The paisley I got at a Sewing Guild meeting where they brought fabric they didn't want (including the silk floral I spoke of for the Burda jumpsuit a few posts ago - you know the clown look one) and it was just this small panel. I didn't have enough of the linen to make anything and I thought they went well together - the paisley lifts the slightly nanna-ishness of the lilac in my opinion. I made a 14 and this is the first pattern that has just fit me straight out of the pack and I know it's a simple draft but it went together beautifully. You can just see the tab placed on the LHS of the skirt for show but I have three others made of course and I will finish this tomorrow. 



This is the fabric that the little shirt is cut out from  - it's a bit more green than this and I think a poly cotton that was also a remnant. Both are sort of wearable muslins and I hope the top is  as easy and  well drafted as the skirt. I think a nice easy pattern would be nice to have - one that just fits! I have more on the drawing board but think the painting needs some attention in the next few days.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013.

I hope your introduction to 2013 was safe and happy. I had a wonderful night with one of my younger sisters and my girlfriend neighbour.  

Firstly we had a small bubbly, goat's cheese and crackers at my neighbour's home. We caught the ferry, went to a nice bar in town just by the City Cat Ferry that leaves from near our homes. We met some lovely people had some bubbly, got a taxi when we needed one and made it home at 3.30am!




We made some new friends who were lovely gentlemen and good fun for the evening. 

I was thrilled that I got many unsolicited comments re my dress. Many young girls old me they loved it and were disbelieving that I made it. I saw a girl with a gold sparkly mini and I told her I thought it was lovely and she said "oh I really like your dress!"
A great start for 2013.

I don't make resolutions or plans for my life generally (fail to plan, plan to fail?) and as I have my last semester of uni coming and needing to prepare for a trial I am self litigating, this year isn't the one to start. However, if I get the chance I'd like to get (and sew) some Sewaholic patterns (if anyone wants to sell some  for reasonable price let me know). I'd also like to try a Lekala pattern too. Other than that I'd like to get some 7's for uni (that equates to High Distinction) to try and graduate with distinction. Of course it goes without saying that I'd hope my family and I are all healthy and safe for 2013 and I wish the same for you and yours.