Monday, March 30, 2015

Brisbane Spoolette's meet up

Alice and Lizzie

Alice and Lizzy again (yes I know, it's nearly the same photo, sorry!)

Bianca and Rosie - both are more gorgeous in real life!

Another bad photo but it shows Lizzie's beautifully fitting dress and Rosie's gorgeous outfit.

Saturday 28th March was the Brisbane Spoolette's 2nd high tea meet up. It was also my birthday so double bonus.... I get to celebrate and have fun and I don't have to do anything! (I also had a 50th birthday party immediately after which was great fun also). I wore my Style Arc Alisha dress and got many lovely compliments... thanks ladies! I was RACKED with indecision about what to make... even at 10am I was thinking I could make something simple but still could not cut into anything. (It's been a busy time around here and it's slowed down from yesterday thank goodness).



I took 4 photos, with only two really worth it, but I got so caught up with talking and catching up with everyone that I forgot to take more. It was another great afternoon. I took many patterns a 4 or 5 pieces of fabric, but came home only with 1 piece of lovely silk and 5 patterns. One is an infinity dress, a shirt and shirtdress and this next one...


Isn't it hilarious! I want to know why the dog's face is whited out... to save face in the dog modelling world maybe! In a moment of madness serendipity, my mother asked me last week if I could make a raincoat for Hercules the family dog. I even have some high viz ripstop or some orange umbrella type fabric and reflective tape. Anyone have any experience with this type of project.... this looks like it is made for stretch... can I increase the size and make it out of ripstop? Do I line it with something soft? It rains here in the summer so it's hot and rainy not cold. Someone asked me if I'd put the spikes on... why not me thinks... if the dog is looking stupid with a raincoat why shouldn't he go all out with spikes too. This isn't next in line... I'm making some pyjamas for my niece for her birthday that was a week before mine... she's hard to buy for and doesn't need anything but always appreciates me making something for her and you can never have too many pjs can you? I'll use the same Burda pattern I used for mine as I'm really happy with them. It will be stash fabric but which one? I have two in mind but one will win over as I'm not sure if she likes the colours of the other one. 

On another note, I have come into some (a little) money and I'm thinking to buy a new machine (maybe after I sell 3 or 4 of the 7 machines I have). I'm looking at a Pfaff but I have no experience with them nor do I know anyone who has one. I'll make time this week to go and test one and the shop I'll go to has Bernina too... but boy are they expensive. To compare the two, the Pfaff I was looking at is about $800 and the Bernina is about $3000! Any advice or comments are very welcome. 

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dress Sophie, and belated happy birthday! That pattern is so funny, I hope you can get a picture of the family dog in your creation ;o)

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    1. Thanks Alice! Of course I will get a photo of the dog.. how funny will that be.

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  2. Looks like a lot of fun was had according to the huge smiles there. Love your dress. Good choice for the meet up. Sorry - don't have a Pfaff.

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  3. It was a great day! That pattern photo is so random.

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  4. I have never heard of the Brisbane Spoolettes, but I wish I had! It looks like a great gathering, and the fashions are beautiful. I love Rosie's outfit and your Style Arc dress is stunning (love the silver accessories). Congratulations on your milestone birthday, and on a great blog. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have joined yours so I can follow your stitching journey.

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  5. What a lovely day - wish there were more bloggers meets around. I think your dress (and yourself) is gorgeous - just right, and it suits you (especially the colour) perfectly. Enjoy the next decade - believe you me, it goes quickly.

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  6. Such a great day! You looked fantastic in your dress!

    I LOVE my Bernina (QE550) but it was expensive. The Bernina accessories are expensive too so keep this in mind if you need to get extra presser feet. Bernina usually have sales before Mother's Day if you can wait a little while. I haven't used a Pfaff.

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    1. Thanks Bianca, that's great to know. It was such fun wasn't it... so indulgent!

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  7. Happy Birthday. Your dress suits you beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Karen, we missed you though!

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  8. Happy Birthday! Your dress looks great and I love the silver shoes!
    That is a riot about the dog model. How odd!!
    I don't have either of those brands of machines. Enjoy shopping for your new machine!

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  9. Happy Birthday! Sorry I missed the High Tea ~ will def's make the next one! Your dress looks great! Can't help with the machine as I am a Janome gal through and through ... J

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  10. Happy Birthday - it was great to catch up that day. Your dress did look fab!

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  11. Lovely post & lovely to see you! My dog has a raincoat, that he refuses to wear, it's waterproof fabric that is lined with fleece & the edges bound with bias. It doesn't have leg/sleeves. Instead his head pokes through the neck hole & a panel covers his chest & wraps up onto his back with velco. We got it from a website called Whippet Wear. Yes, really!

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