Monday, 20 April 2015

Super Crafters of the Week: Gabby & Sahar!

This weeks superstars are in fact crafty cats who instead of sewing just simply knotted their fabric together to make their amazing masterpiece. Gabby & Sahar two friends who came into Sew Love late one evening (we are open till 6 for anyone seeking an afterwork craft). The premise: Making an amazing photobooth for a 30th birthday! Such a clever idea!

Name: Gabby & Sahar

Project: Framing the Mighty Waitemata Harbour for a 30th 

Materials sourced from: Gabby’s folding clothes rack (spray painted a thematic sea foam green) and scraps from Sew Love 

How long have you been crafting for: G: Crafty for a wee while now - I try to have a solid Halloween and Splore costume every year.  I have sewn once in my life and am hoping to remedy that. S: I am not very crafty (with fabric I mean) but I appreciate the sentiment of the whole thing.  I have always wanted to learn growing up as I watched my gran pull tricks on her industrial machine. 

What do you enjoy most about crafting: G: Repetition and Meditation!  also gossip with Sahar. S:Seeing the finished product.
Did you learn anything extra at Sew Love?  G: No waste ethos - I would have ordinarily thrown all those scraps away but now my furniture and bike are better off for them. S: About a women’s circle someone was rushing off to. I heard Maya Angelou talk about one she’s part of and am pleased to hear they exist. Girl power!

and here it is sitting darn pretty at the birthday soiree!
nb: ...30 turns to 31 with one quick little breath of air.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Open Streets Pop Up

Sunday was an epic fun day down on the waterfront of Auckland. We took oodles of fabric scraps and teamed up with our ol' neighbours and eco-warrior friends Gen Zero to host the bike decorating workshop space... Sew Love Your Bike!  It was sew lovely to see friends, kiddies, families all getting together to pimp their bikes, scooters and even a dog leash! We also were spreading the word about the Bike Rave coming up in May. A giant group night ride from Mission Bay to Silo Park with lights lights lights and brights. And music. Its gonna be fun!
 Thanks to all who came by and got creative in our space it was overwhelmingly awesome to see so many people wheeling and walking around in that space. How great would it be if that strip was a shared zone all the time! Looking forward to more scraptastic pop ups. #sewlove #zerowaste #bikeraveAKL #openstreets 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Superstar Sewer of the week: Laura!

Laura, or as I have taken to calling this superstar: Giddey! Has become a dear friend over the last year since we met, and I look forward to our weekly cake dates at Sew Love where we usually eat cake and talk boys then she empties a bag of new old dresses and proceeds to hack off sleeves and hems, and smiles in protest to my encouragement to neaten all the edges thoroughly. However, this last dress I am SO SO proud of her for doing such an extra awesomely amazing job! A plain-ish vintage frock no more, Giddey said it needed 'something else' and set to work after we brainstormed a few options. Extra points here for minimising waste by using the hem offcut to add features... Bows to the shoulder straps, a detachable tie and a new hem& amazing what a little scalloped lace trim can do!

Name: Laura Giddey 
Project: Upcycled dress. 
Material sourced from: The dress was my old flatmate's nanna's which I was given in a bag of clothes to rifle through. I liked the print, the pockets, and the neck detail, but the length wasn't great and it needed something else.
How long have you been sewing for: I've only been sewing for a year or so properly at Sew Love but I remember making some terrible boxer shorts at Sewing Tech at school. 
What do you enjoy most about sewing: I enjoy looking for bargains that can be refashioned and I enjoy the satisfaction of learning a new skill in sewing! 
Did you learn anything extra at sew love? Sarah is a great brainstorm partner at Sew Love. We had a few ideas before settling on this one. She explains things well and then just let's you try it.

Go Giddey! Your finest work out me thinks! xx

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Mit Makeover!

I've been staring at our super old ugly hori as looking oven mit for too many nights now. 
It was time for a remake. & instead of buying new, AND instead of making new and throwing this one away. 
I washed him up ready for some fresh new clothes. Swish! #zerowaste .. A little baking motivation for me maybe?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ecowest Festival: Mend & Make Do

Isn't this one of the most BEAUTIFUL sewing machines you ever did see??!!?? An old school Brother, shining in all it's glory. 

We had a fun fabulous time at Ecomatters for our Mend & Make Do night. The room was full to the brim with old clothes desperate for patching, smiles, good chat, pizza and whirring of machines. We had been given some boxes of sample clothing which all have holes cut in them on the backsides mainly so they can't be on-sold. But heck, lets not throw these in the trash, with a few re-hems, and contrasting patches found we saved a whole bunch of useful clothing from being buried in our earth! ahh feels so good! 

I had 2 blouses with crazy big sleeve rips so twas a simple unpick and re-sew around the armholes TOO EASY! Charlotte turned a baggy jumper into a cropped one with simple handstitching, and Lina took to 2 pairs of pants and now has snazzy shorts. Jersey holes were covered up, curtains were even sewn, a blazer has some retro new features, and a silk blouse had some very attentive love and care.

We hope to do this evening again at Ecomatters so keep an eye on their facebook page for upcoming events. There is also an array of radsticks events as part of Ecowest festival happening so have squizz over there for more. Until then, lets opt to #rethink #remake.

And just remember those trims and offcuts can all be re-used too.
Patch other garments, fabric flowers, or use as stuffing in draught excluders, pet beds, or mix in with stuffing a soft toy.

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