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Make a Garment a Month, November 30, more finished garments...

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Hello everyone. I can't believe another month has gone by so quickly - I didn't realise it was the 30th November today until I looked at the calender. Many of you have already finished your garments and I posted them last week .  I have also posted any finished garments  in the November Gallery . This week a few more of you have finished and I dare say one or two more garments will be posted over the next few days. Here then are this weeks finishers: Gmarie: gmariesews.blogspot.com Anna Dress made into a top. GMarie intended to make the Anna dress, but instead made a top - read all about it at gmarie's blog. Coco: cocosloft.blogspot.com Vogue 1306 - little knit top Coco altered some of the features of original pattern to come up with her adorable version.  Go and find out what she did here... Chris: https://sewtypical.blogspot.com T-Gardens t-shirt  Chris had a wadder with this little t-shirt - go and see what happened  here .  Wishing you

The Trouble with Knitting, Part Two

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A few weeks ago I told you all about the problems I was having with getting the correct tension for a knitting project.  In short I had multiple attempts at making a jumper, undoing it, and redoing new tensions squares.  The full story can be found here . At the  moment, I am not sure if knitting is fun at all.  Why?  Because after all my tension checking, I started knitting the garment. I did check measure, and thought the measurements were a little snug - but then I thought maybe as this was an Italian cardigan blazer, that it might just be a little more form fitting than some cardigan jackets.  So I kept going.  I completed the back.  I remeasured.  It seemed snug. Then the light bulbs went on.  It seemed snug because IT WAS SNUG.  TOO SNUG. FAR FAR TOO SNUG. And the reason was simple. The reason was ME.  I had forgotten to change the needles to the larger size once I had finished the hem portion. Such a simple thing.  I can only put it down to having a lot on my min

Mid week madness...

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Hello sewing friends, Do you have those sort of weeks where events conspire against your sewing time?  I've had one of those sort of weeks - my day off on Tuesday - sort of disappeared.  That's what happens when you work for your husband.  You feel obliged to sort out problems.  And the problem was our phone line was out - and for those of you fellow Aussies, you know what that means.  Yes, hours on the phone, problem not resolved.  Still not resolved today.  Won't be resolved til late next week.  Well, I had to get a little forceful (yes, little Sarah Liz).  We are a medical practice, and that is not good enough.  So, tomorrow, a satellite phone will be delivered.  This is a new experience for me - I have never used one of those, so I better get to the practice early for instructions and to help the receptionist. And our security system was taken out be lightening in the last storm. Been doing battle with insurance company and organising repairers report and quotes

Sunday Chat and Welcome to my New Followers.

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This week I would like to welcome 4 new followers who are following SarahLizSewStyle via Bloglovin - Jell, Helga, G and Brianna. A warm welcome as well to Patricia, who is following via this blog.  Patricia is at http://redbird-patricia.blogspot.com.au/ ***** I do love all your comments that you placed this week.  My main posts were about stashing , Vogue 1247 skirt and blouse , and my November garment of the month,  a very basic garment, my New Look 6129 run - around skirt . With stashing, I do love to organise what I have - that gives me a sense of control I think.  One commenter said her stash made her happy.  I thought it would be fun to have a chat about what stash habits reveal about the person.  As you can see, a slight tendency to compulsive order.  I think half the pleasure of stashing for me is making sure I always have what I need to hand - a good supply of basics.  I hate not having fabrics that mix and match.   I also find that stashing with me is du

Make a Garment a Month - November 23 - First lot of completed garments...

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Hi everyone, What an amazing group - some of you have already finished your November garment - and some of you have made more than one garment for posting in this challenge. And some of you have made other garments outside this blog - which is why I also encourage you to visit each other's blogs and see what it going on - there are so many ideas and talented sewers in the blogosphere. Well, I won't blah, blah too much today - I'll post the pictures, along with a link to the challengee's blog, and a link to the post for the challenge garment. I'll let the pictures do the talking, and your fingers to do the walking - to check out each other's posts... In the meantime, those of you who are still sewing your garments - don't be put off by the completers.  We all go at our own pace. Judith:  www.doobee64.blogspot.com Judith is wearing this in one of her posts: http://doobee64.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/valedictory.html ***** Mina: http://iamsose

Make a Garment a Month, my November garment.

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I've finally finished and photographed my chosen garment for this month   I deliberately chose a very simple project as I had a lot of energy directed elsewhere this month. I chose New Look 6129: This is a simple little skirt with an elastic waist and pockets at the side ( if you want this variation - you can make the skirt without pockets as well).  The pattern included a drawstring, but I decided not to add that. Here is a picture of me in the skirt - I'm afraid it is rather unflattering - I am wearing a little tank top only for the purposes of the photo - it is something I would never wear in real life in this way (maybe under a shirt).  But I wanted to show you the top of the skirt.  There is also a white spot showing - not sure why, because it does not exist - so I think it is a photo problem:  I made the skirt out of a polished cotton poplin.  The fabric is pre-loved - I  had a box pleated skirt made in this fabric, and then decided the box pleats were

Is Sarah Liz really going to make Vogue 1247?

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Vogue 1247.  By now everyone else in the sewing world has made it and loved it.  I don't even know if I like it, but this pattern almost seems like a rite of passage pattern So I am going to make a test version.  Out of very ordinary material.  Just in case I don't like it much. I have the skirt already started.  As I am using scraps of black calico, I thought I might as well make this my muslin.  If it works, I have a bonus skirt. I have the skirt made up and  pinned up to approximately the right hem length.  Not levelled of course.  I also forgot I was wearing my wrist bandage (often worn sewing - I have a rheumatic condition that affects joints sometimes).  I don't follow the old 1950's adage that you should look your best when fitting garments, complete with makeup (seems silly, it may go on the clothes...).  I just wear an old t-shirt and trousers that can be pulled on and off easily. I've folded my t-shirt up so that I can view the pocket