Tuesday, 10 August 2010

I might be a little bit crazy

Let's consider the evidence shall we?

Exhibit A:

I made Anna a little denim mini skirt, out of the same denim and topstitching thread as my skirt in the previous post.



No pattern for this one, it's just two rectangles with an elastic waist and the front pockets and fly are actually just decorative stitching so this took me only about an hour to sew. I'm not a fan of matching mummy and me outfits, so I swear we won't be wearing these at the same time! In fact Anna was so against the idea she wouldn't even let me take her photo wearing it, so just imagine a funky outfit comprising red and white stripe tights and a grey tee.

Exhibit B:

I'm doing some alterations for a friend, taking in a dress she bought that is a size too big. It's a beautiful dress, made from white silk lace over a black silk underlay in a simple sheath style dress. She needs it by this Sunday. The dress is the last one available for sale in Australia apparently. It's all constructed using french seams. And it cost her $700. Eek! I asked her why she didn't take it to a tailor to have it altered, and her answer is that she doesn't trust anyone else! Oh the pressure........

Exhibit C:
I am thinking about entering the Tessuti Awards competition. I have a lovely piece of black wool crepe purchased from there quite some time ago that has spent enough time in the stash, and what better motivation to make something from it than this competition? I mean, the prize is a trip to New York!

The quality of entries is always very high, and I've always been too intimidated to even try. But hopefully I can get myself organised in time to submit an entry. Entries close 7 September so I need to get my skates on. And just to make it even more challenging I am making it for the same friend I'm altering the dress for, because she is beautiful, very shapely and will love swanning around in a dress in front of critical eyes showing it off for me, whereas I would not! Oh and in the final piece of madness, I'm going to make it from a vintage pattern that I've tried previously and failed to fit properly, so this time I'm going to use a basic block pattern and draft from scratch......

Yep, that pretty much sums up the current state of affairs around here!

14 comments:

  1. Her skirt is so cute! Too bad she wouldn't cooperate with a picture. But I know toddlerhood well unfortunately.

    I'm very excited about you entering the Tessuti competition. I think you'll do fabulously and that pattern is gorgeous. Good luck!!!

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  2. Yes, but a challenge always elevates our sewing. I know you can do this. I know that it will work out! Go Kristy!!!

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  3. Ohhhh Anna, you are taking on a few challanges! Good for you! I think it's good for the heart! Way to go! A challanges really is a good thing, and the fact that one; your friend trusts you, and two; you feel you can do this is wonderful! I'm assuming that "if" you thought that you couldn't do it you would just say no! I think that these kinds of things kick us into doing all sorts of growing.
    And the other challange, the contest... good for you! WoW... hope you do well.... I would love to see your pictures when you win!

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  4. Oh, p.s. just think.... even if you don't win; you will have learned so much from the experience!

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  5. Okay, I have to admit, if I was trying to tackle that dress again, I would for sure want it made to my figure because 1) it's gorgeous! and 2) will you really want to make it AGAIN for yourself after having made it twice (not counting the new muslin)?

    Again, it is gorgeous!

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  6. I am sure you will conquer the dress!

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  7. Good luck with both the alteration and the black dress. Would be fabulous to see you win!!

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  8. I'm keen to see that dress in black. It will look great on you. I have a vintage pattern and fabric waiting for summer weather that I am a little nervous about. I love Anna's skirt and yes I can see it with striped tights.

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  9. I thought about the T awards too, but it has to be made to a standard size 10. I'm 14-16 and my daughters are 6-8.

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  10. Cute skirt and lovely pattern for the Tessuti awards. You certainly should enter. I am trying to peer at the edges of the lace dress photo to see what the rest of it looks like. Any change it's owner might agree for a peek?

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  11. especially if I correct my punctuation ie its :)

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  12. oooh thanks for the tip on the tessuti competition, I'll be entering that one for sure! Good luck!

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  13. Oh, the vintage Vogue pattern is dreamy! Good luck with the contest, and your friend's alteration. The dress fabric is intimidating, but if she trusts you she must be on to something.

    Nice to find your blog, I'm looking forward to your updates!

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  14. A friend asked me to alter a $200 dress and I declined out of fear of failure. $700! yikes! I am sure you will do a great job on the dress for the Tessuti competition. I can't wait to see it.

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