Monthly Archives: February 2012

i want to do these things.

Not one, but TWO new dresses have been finished in the past couple of weeks, but no photography phairies have been visiting them, so instead I’ll just talk about doing things rather than showing evidence of things actually done…

So below are links to some of the DIY projects that I would like to actually make, rather than just admire. I’m not crazy on the “oh look, you can make fake flower wallhangings out of recycled magazines” type projects, but I’m quite fond of stuff that you’ll actually use/wear, and will last. There are some piccis on my DIY Pinterest board, I think I might pull one of these out for next Make + Do.

#1 – Leather lunch tote at Design Sponge – I’m a sucker for attractive ways to carry my lunch. I swear it motivates me to take my lunch rather than buy it out. I have this awesome compartmentalised white and orange bento box thing, but I’m pretty sure some more options wouldn’t go astray,

#2 Tripod camping stool, also at Design Sponge – There are definite plans in place for making some of these – I’ve ordered some heavy canvas which is on its way to Brad and I as we speak. Excitement.

#3 Tote bag, *also* at Design Sponge – I’ve not made any bags before, I think this would be a fabulous place to start…

#4 Latch hook rug, from xoelle – This is a “how can I use up my sewing scraps” thing. I’m planning to make a big cushion for the dog, but I thought it would be fun to make some of the sewing remnants I really dig into a massive multicoloured shaggy rug. Mmmm, shaggy rug.

#5 Friendship bracelets! at honestlywtf – Mostly a nostalgia trip, I had the best book on making these when I was a kid. And I think they’re cute :o)

#6 Not a project as such, but I want to learn to crochet, and I think that this Craftzine tutorial would be a good place to start.

no photos! I’m lazy. Go look at my DIY Pinterest board  instead.


sunday park times

we did what lots of brisbanites seem to do on a Sunday afternoon, and collapsed on the grass at New Farm park, dog in tow. I finished a simple singlet top earlier in the day, so you can see me giving it a trial run this afternoon whilst attempting to wear out the dog… seriously. look at him go!

It’s not from a pattern, I copied a singlet top I already owned, and the fabric is a medium weight Ikea cotton (yes, more Ikea fabric). It’s super-simple: just a front and back piece, with six 1-inch pleats in the front. The main fabric pieces are finished and then joined by bias binding straps, which I made from leftover fabric.  I’ll definitely make up a few more of these. They’re so easy to put together, and if there’s one thing you need in Brisbane, it’s cool cotton tops.

Anyway, the park was lovely, and we got to watch some helium balloons disappear in to the sky…

Hope you had a cracker of a weekend!


More make n do, more funtimes…

This afternoon I managed to finish some stuff (WEEEEOWWWW). I mended like, 3 things, and they each took less than 10 minutes to fix. I officially have no reason for having put them off for the last 6 months.

I was not alone in my mending endeavours – look! that is some serious pant-hemming happening.

In other “ohmygodthingsactuallygotfinished” news, I put the final touches on a ring that I promised would be done, well, a long time ago. It’s been awhile, but I finally got there…

…and just so you know you’re getting the genuine article…

…if something’s made from a precious metal it’s stamped (usually somewhere discreet, like on the inside of a ring) to identify its content. For sterling silver that’s “925” or “SSIL”. Look at that sneaky lil 925 hiding on the inside…

Even better, hopefully this ring helped with some super-mad illustration skills, because it was later seen assisting in the drawing of this…

Brad also got some time to get his workbench a joint or two closer to completion…

Personally, I’m impressed with the ability to hit a chisel with a hammer rather than one’s hand, but the square-ness of that square is equally astounding.

OH! and ball of dog.

He made a new friend, and had lots of happy sleeping times.

mo’ clothes

This year, amongst other, incredibly vague resolutions to be More Capable At Life (see hyperbole and a half for a summary of my current ability), I managed to set one identifiable goal, which is to buy no more than five new items of clothing for the year (not including things that are home-sewn, second hand, or shoes and underwear).

This is for a few reasons:

1. It might save me some cash

2. I want to stop mindlessly buying clothing items that I don’t absolutely love, and probably won’t wear much

3. I think it will encourage me to make more things (which I enjoy), or at least buy more second hand items (thus introducing less crap in the the world… blah blah blah)

I figure five items is an ok compromise for me. I like clothes. I have a lot of them, and I’m a child who likes shiny new things. If I was really committed I’d go for zero new things, but I really just want to think more carefully about my purchasing choices.

So far, I haven’t used any of my five ‘new item’ wildcards, but I have finished making a top. The pattern is Colette Patterns’ Jasmine, and the fabric a swiss dot cotton. This pattern is easy to put together and super pretty (and cut on the bias, so no zip-installation in sight), but I had to make a few fit adjustments at the back and bust.

For the sewing-interested:

I didn’t think about the fact that using facings with a reasonably sheer fabric is a bad idea, so the neckline facing initially showed through the front, and it looked terrible. I had a sulk about this, but eventually internet-problem-solved and replaced the facing with bias binding – great tutorial here. I’ll definitely remember to do this from now on when I’m using sheer fabric. Also, it looks soooo neat! Here’s what the the inside of the back collar looks like…


Make + Do III is definitely happening next weekend, Saturday February 11th – 2pm. Not sure what I’ll be up to, but Brad would love some company in the garage, so if you have something messy to do, bring it!