Skip to main content

Frenchification (Week 1) - Blogtoberfest (14) - Not really KCWC (6)

There must be something about Sundays that makes me all musey and introspective :)



It has been a week since I wrote my lofty ramblings about Frenchifying my life, so I thought I should report back on any progress to date.  I have to say it has been slow going, mostly due to KCWC sewing...but I have done the following:

  • Sewn the hem on my trousers which had fallen down and which I was still wearing under the theory that no-one would notice.  I wore them to work yesterday, and while no-one commented on my fin hemming job, I did feel more finished!
  • Ditto for the above for Issy's school dress.  That's enough hand sewing hems for a lifetime!
  • I bought Marcus some new trousers as many of his have holes in them and I have just been dressing him in them anyway (my poor children).  
  • I am nearly finished (as part of KCWC) the two pairs of trousers for Marcus and one for Issy for school that have been on the go for a while due to more exciting sewing getting in the way.
I also invested a bit in a couple of things that have been bothering me.  Not quite frenchification but seems somehow related in my mind (stop not doing things and then fretting about them - instead, just do them!).  Our Brown Owls group has been dwindling and we were considering just chucking it in and meeting up as a group of friends.  I didn't really want to let it go, so my friend and I have cooked up some ways to (hopefully) engage others a bit more.  It means I have to put some time into organisation of it, but under the theory that you get out what you put in...we are giving it one last kick to see if we can keep in going.  I also bought several fruits we don't normally eat and made Issy try them.  Recently she has been attempting to abandon things like that, presumably so she can just eat random crap from packets.  NOT going to happen :)  Neither of these are frenchification per se, but they fit in with the desire to spend more time on the things that matter, to live more simply, eat and dress well with less but higher quality etc.  I think...

In KCWC news, I also got a lovely complement from my sister that her son only wants to wear the pyjama pants I made him for Christmas last year.  She requested some more appear with my mum who is going over there in FOUR DAYS TIME.  Not sure how long she thinks these things take, but suffice to say my KCWC for yesterday was mostly cutting out pyjama pants...

See you tomorrow for the final of KCWC!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Top 5 - Hits of 2017!

Joining in with Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow to post a couple of reflective posts for 2017.

2017 was a funny sewing year for me - I pretty much didn't blog at all, and what I made was mostly pattern tests.  I think that reflects what felt like the busiest year yet and am trying not to beat myself up about all the stuff I didn't make that I wanted to!

2018 is hopefully going to be more considered making, especially as I have signed up for the Goodbye Valentino RTW Fast!  No clothes shopping for me...argh!

Without further ado - here are the garments I think were my five "hits" of 2017:

1.  Reece Shift Dress (Sinclair Patterns)


I LOVE this dress.  I don't like wearing dresses but wear this to work all the time.  It makes me feel smart and professional (even though it needs a press in the second picture!) and is really well suited to the Sydney climate.

As someone who recently swore off making dresses to try and find myself a true TNT, I might sneak in another versi…

Dumb and Dumber - or how not to make a Washi Dress...

[Note that I believe all the dumbness in this post is to do with my newbie status as pattern adjuster, some carelessness, some overconfidence and some just plain idiotic moves - not the Washi pattern!  I found the pattern itself really easy to follow and sew; and if you don't totally screw it up then it's quick to sew too!]

So like everyone else that moves, I really liked the look of the Washi dress / tunic.  I bought the pattern and then ummed and ahhed about the FBA part.

Dumbness #1:
Clearly, I have to accept that I always require an FBA.  Why would I think otherwise?  I guess partly it was the measurements on the pattern; but the advice was clear and for my circumstances, an FBA was needed.  So here is attempt 1 - it was supposed to be a muslin and then I started loving the fabric was gutted when it didn't fit.

Dumbness #2:
Making a muslin out of a fabric I liked, then being crapped off when it didn't fit.


Mmmmm squeezy!

Happily my friend Danika selflessly stepped…

Cashmerette Sewing Workshop Review

Hi All!

I am finally ready to post my review of the Cashmerette Sewing Workshop that I "recently" attended.  Yes, the workshop was nigh on three months ago BUT I have only recently finished the items that I started working on that weekend.  I figure I can't fully review the thing until I have sewn up the clothes and discovered how they turned out...

Before I get into how the workshop was structured and what I liked / didn't like, I have to say the most amazing thing about this workshop was the people.  Jenny and Carrie created an open environment with a genuine approach of body positivity.  This is so rare in our usual world that there were people in tears of relief that they were allowed to just make themselves something that fit without judgement. 


The workshop appealed when I saw it advertised for a range of reasons.  There were small numbers (I think 7-8 of us, plus Jenny and Carrie) and one of the main drawcards for me is that there was NO set agenda!   You coul…