Monday, 31 March 2014

The Wellington Sewing Bloggers Rocket

As I sat in the park by Katherine Mansfield statue as I was told to. Intensley studying a little pocket 'good shit' map I was recently handed. I excitedly (actually anxiously) waited for a sew-y lunch date with some famous ladies. How on earth will I know them when I see them? I've been slack in blogland lately so their faces not totally fresh in my mind...this place is full of people. Feels like EVERYONE on Lambton Quay has lunch in this park. I hope they might recognise me. I shuffle my highlighter yellow shoes. Noting the person across the park bench is staring at my socks. Perhaps I will text them. Im wearing yellow shoes and blue pants!
Thanks for the photo Sandra xx
Punctual, and energetic four smiling chirpy hello's bound right up to me in gorgeous colourful frocks of all patterns and style. Are you Sarah?? they ask. My lunch dates. Have. Arrived! We bid farewell to the grey suits white shirts and the person staring at my sock & shoe combo. 
We headed for a place where the girls were on first named basis and we got extra toast dosage. 
Sewing patterns were passed around and we ooed and ahhd at Kats new blue 'do'. 
I was completely blown away by the pace as to which these ladies sew, and talk about sewing. Sew freaking exciting. They knew nearly every indie pattern off by heart as they rattled of recommendations for a speedy post work - pre husbano home sewing sesh. And I was spoilt with a lengthy list of must see crafty destinations around Wellington. Inspiring is not a cool enough word for this. 
A rocket up my butt in the sewing department is definitely what they gave me. 
Mel, Nikki, SandraKat are more formerly known as 4 from the larger Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network .. But what I saw and was so lucky to experience is 4 friendly friends who work near each other, and all love to sew, sew very much and all love to have a great laugh together over lunch (or breakfast at 7.30am sorry i didnt make it gals xx). What a beautiful thing. I wish there was something like this further up the island. 
I was ALSO so lucky to indulge in some photo taking - back out amongst the grey charcoals in the park. Boy was this so much more fun with friends than on ones own. Sandra had her new dress on. & I had made pants especially for the welly trip 'capri's in 3' I have called them, they're self drafted and in need of a re-draft I must say. 100% rescued fabric - the blue is covered in black sketchy roses.
 Thank you so much for a great meet up ladies xxxxx until next time ... 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Back in the s(e)wing! of things

 It's been a long time since I shared some sewing projects. Slash... Since I started and completed some sewing projects to share! Sorry! I feel it's important to share examples of up-cycling textiles and I have made it my goal to set aside some time away from 'admin' and back into the sewing room. I have been meaning to get back onto some of the great Indie Patterns that we are so lucky to grace this universe. I have had my eye on the sweet sweet Laurel for a while amongst some others from Colette Patterns. Check out the pinterest collection its big bright and beautiful.
In my first Laurel I used a nice thin cotton for the body which was donated by Debbi of Vesta Clothing. I lined it with a white sheet (the remainder of another project). The sleeves are cut from pillow slips, or actually the scraps of pillow slips from a tote bag project. At one point the sleeve got mysteriously caught up in my overlocker and of course cut a big slit across the I see some mending is needed before I even get to wear it! Essentially the materials for this project were 100% free, and 100% recycled.
So I went back for more. I cut 3 Laurels out this morning, and aimed to finish a dress and the top. I really enjoy button up backs (that and I didn't have another zip handy) so I added on a little facing to each side to sew in the buttons and holes. I love these buttons they're navy and gold with little shields. I like what they add to the nautical stripes of the fabric. This fabric was a bit thicker so no need to line it. The blue contrasting cuffs were leftovers from another project. Just the perfect amount square to cut these out too. I love it when that happens! What do you think tucked in? or left out? Its nice to wear something a bit looser fitted. I feel like there is room to eat in this one :) 100% recycled, $2 for fabrics.
Sister Elna had a good day today bless her. 
Stay tuned for Laurel Numero TRES! A yummy floral sheet re-make.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

EcoWest Festival: Op Shop Tour

Coming up at the end of this month I am taking an OP SHOP TOUR around New Lynn, Auckland.
I am really looking forward to taking a crew around a walking tour of my favourite op shopping haunt. 
Sharing some tips on hunting, styling, combining retro with classics, and potential up-cycling ideas.
New Lynn is full of great op shops, and all different styles so surely something for everyone. 
Saturday 29th March
Meet at New Lynn Train Station at 10am (plenty of bike parks too)
Tour runs till approx 12noon
~ Lunch break ~
Sewing Sessions & upcycling brainstorming at Sustainable Living Centre till 3pm
$50 per person 
BRING: Water bottle, shoes to walk in all day, notebook for tips & designing, tote bag for shopping

Book your spot in this fun day out via 
Share the facebook event page with your friends too :)

Check out the rest of the Eco West Festival over here

xx Sarah xx

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