A Brand New Year. Well, Almost.

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Hello there sewists, and welcome to 2014! So far, 2014 is a completely different animal than it’s older sibling 2013. I started a new job at the beginning of the year, and have been going full-steam with training. So, while I’ve been sewing a fair bit, my blogging has fallen by the wayside a bit. Hopefully once I get used to the work and my new schedule, I can get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise. Also, I’m hoping to buy a dress form in the not-too-distant future, which I’m totes going to use for dress shoots.

Sorry folks, but a model I ain’t. Also, it’s far easier to shoot another body, especially one that’s really good at standing still :).

I had a wee break between finishing my old job and starting training for the new one, so  the Gentleman and I managed to have a nice weekend in Franschhoek. We tasted wine and browsed the main street, and even managed to find a cool little used bookstore hidden down a side street. It’s fun when you turn left instead of right and find something you would never have discovered otherwise.  Continue reading

Wiggle Dress Mania!

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Gertie wiggle 2I only realised when I was editing the photos that the neckline had “peeped up” a bit, sorry.

A while ago I bought my first ever proper sewing book! Having followed Gertie’s blog for a while, I decided to get her New Book for Better Sewing, because a) lots of sewing advice and techniques and b) a veritable treasure-trove, nay, a buttload of patterns based on her favourites. I managed to find it on Takealot, which meant I could chip in some ebucks, so it was pretty affordable! Continue reading

Stripe Dress- New Look 6723

IMG_3140Why yes, I did pose self-consciously in the garden at work as a bemused construction- person stared bemusedly.

I finished this dress a while ago, when I was on leave, but I wore it yesterday, which was a good opportunity to photograph it. It was a lot of work and involved a fair deal of new skills (and some cursing), but it turned out pretty well! Continue reading