Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Hump-day Hoo-ray!

Ok well its obvs (apparently a new slang..since when?) I like a little alliteration (see what I did there?). So 'hump-day'  (the camels hump of the middle of the week) is today, Wednesday. It is a day we often need a lil boost to get us through to the w/e. So I thought what better than to find something awesomely good and inspiring and say hoo-ray! Today I thought what better place to start than my go to good pages of Peppermint magazine. I came across this magazine a few years back on a creative exploratory wander along Ponsonby rd, & I ducked inside Magnation. 

Since then, I don't think anything has ever compared to bring me such joy, such love for good things and good people, such motivation to own my own lifetime. It has been a real kick up the butt to really believe dreams can be a reality. Not only is this mag printed on awesome "pagey" crisp matte pages, its carben neutral so its guilt free magazine-ing, and they always donate a portion of their sales to a good cause. Covered inch by inch with little pockets of good tips. good products, good people making things/fair trading things. Inspiring stories from all over the globe, like the 'super role models' - hot ppl who do blimmen hot things for our earth! I make sure I read every single bit.
I actually feel full sometimes reading it. So much to absorb. I am like a sponge with this thing, dog earing pages to refer back to later with the lappy, making notes, brainstorming as I go along. Ensuring to take stock of what i'm actually learning and including a few pensive moments staring out the window. Its bliss really. Pretty fashion spreads, eco design, tear jerking stories, recycling ideas the lot! (even a naughty corner too)
They also have a sewing school section where you can download free patterns. This issue's jacket with a tassle is mucho my cup of tea. Im hoping to make it soon. I think I will use another blanket (surely you can never have too many blanket jackets they're just so warm & cosy, not to mention colourful and fun). Perhaps you might like to make one too? Get in touch if you do, I would happily arrange a social sewing day!
So hoo-ray to Peppermint - thank you for existing! and thank you for the last few years of endless humungus inspiration. I cannot recommend enough, go get your paws on the latest issue asap! Have you read a peppermint or two? What did you think? Do you find it as inspiring as I? Have you made any of their sewing school patterns yet? ...questions galore I know, it just would be nice to see if their is anyone on the other side... So, woop! Here's to the first hoo-ray & getting things a tad more organised with some regular re-occuring themed posts, do readers like that sort of thing? I do anyway on the blogs that I follow...who's gonna be worthy of a hoo-ray next week hmm? Stay tuned...& use your bloglovin'

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Pendrell Blouse V1

Whatta hoot! Inspired to get further indie this month I completed my first indie pattern, as June is Indie Pattern Month had you heard? Now my first indie pattern (of many) from Sewaholic..introducing the Pendrell Blouse. I got all ready about 4pm to spike off the pattern, ended up spiking, cutting, labelling, cutting fabric, sewing, unpicking, sewing, eating, x-factoring, sewing - done! Bed at 10pm.
As I mentioned here, I have always bought vintage patters, or drafted my own, so am an excited wee lass to support some local independant pattern businesses. I bought this pattern as my first pick because ...

A) Thinking long term, thinking sustainable style and longevity. This blouse is def a style I could wear now, and could grow with over seasons/years (am going to make my mother one next)
B) It looked versatile to wear to office (should I ever work in such a place again) or other such places that require 'blousey' attire. It's also a relaxed enough fit to wear in the w/e should it be made in a more casual fabrics perhaps a light weight denim, or i'm even envisioning floral sheets!
C) It appeared a relatively simple sew. And it was! I could take this one to the classroom and share its greatness about. Ive added it to the 'spring working wardrobe workshop' list.
D) really "D" should come as "A" for me because its probably the FIRST thing I look for in patterns...lots of panels...so I can mash different colours, patterns and textures together. This is why I love sewing and making my own creations, why not add that horendous thing with that dotty thing with that furry thing? haha! I'm not really a plain single colour kinda gal... In saying that, this green top does feel a little plain to me, hence the last min decision to cut the textured gold overlay.

So the fabric breakdown:
Body: Offcuts from a designer, end of run, (FREE!, and there's about 3m left too)
Frills: Vintage silk scarf from our local recycle centre ($1 for a bag, I got about 10sscarves in the bag)
Centre Front Overlay: Gold netting from local Salvation Army store ($1, and there's about 2m left too)
Total recycled: 100%
Total cost: $2

You will be seeing more of this colour mixing in much brighter form in zee next project: the 'Peter and the wolf pants' from Papercut Patterns ... Just arrived in the post today - hoorah!

I hope to get some more sewing done this week but it is the Auckland Art & Craft Fair this w/e and I have a stall there selling my Trinity St Loft cards & stationary, time to refocus on preparations for that.

...or perhaps I might just spike of my wolf pants, I cannot wait!

xx Sarah xx


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Super Sweet Blogging

Wow today I received the most lovely message from Penelope of Dresses and Me (some call her Pen or Penny, but with a luscious name like Penelope, I would never shorten it). So Penelope, nominated me for a Super Sweet Bloggers Award. Crumbs! Gawsh! I am so suprised and ever so happy...I have been blogging for 2 & a bit years over here and only just launched Sew Love so I am overwhelmed to have such a fan so soon - THANK YOU Penelope! Feeling the AROHA xx



The Rules
  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.
  5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.
The 5 Super Sweet Questions
  1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies, because they go best with TEA! 
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate hands down!
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat?  My man's homemade choc chip cookies (with TEA of course)
  4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? After dinner is a dangerous time for me and the sweets cupboard.
  5. Sweet Nickname?  Sezzle ...a name that has stuck with my uni gal pals
My nominees are….and I just thought i'd do some snazzy categories...
These stylish sassy's: Clazzerati, A little bird told meSabo Skirt
xxx sending mucho aroha to you all xxx

Friday, 14 June 2013

Indie Pattern Month

Happy Friday ya'all! Sew as a vintage pattern lover, and a (trained but no pro) pattern maker myself I never really thought about buying patterns of today. Until, via a train of great sewing bloggers like this beauty, this beauty and this beauty... I had a thought, well quite frankly it is just my cup of tea to support small independent businesses! And sew be it, I have ordered my first indie patterns and will be joining up with Kat's sew along through June...now to excitedly watch the post box. On my make list courtesy of Sewaholic patterns are:
The sew along is a global thing, but here's a massive WOOT WOOT for NZ Papercut patterns! AND the wonderful Penny from Dresses and Me supplies a few of my fav indie patterns that I have seen gracing the blogosphere of late. Penny currently has Sewaholic patterns but there are a few more on their way down under, sew it's all very easy to get our sewwy mits amongst it all - yahoo!
It's not too late to join in the fun. There's a fab list of Indie pattern designers over here, and here too!
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