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Here's to a Happy New Year ...and a Retrospective glance at 2014.

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Jacket, Marcy Tilton - Vogue 8982, Pants, Burda 6895 The first two years of my blog have been fairly ordinary as far as sewing and style are concerned.  I've very much concentrated on building a wardrobe of  very casual clothes and also some basics.  The jacket above was a break from that routine, and I love it. I also love my casual clothes, especially my summer dresses.  This one of course was an unexpected surprise winner, made out of blue linen (only I didn't realise that at the time, I thought it was just a cheap Op Shop cotton): New Look 6080. The other two winners that come out on a regular basis (like yesterday for instance - basically a home day with a visit to the optician as well - so something that would work for both parameters was needed): Burda 7066 Burda 7066. I even wore these dresses when I went to Adelaide - and Adelaide can get quite cool during November evenings, so I even wore them with leggings - and I vowed never to wear leggings! 

Make A Garment a Month now on Facebook.

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Most of you probably already know that I was facilitating the Make a Garment a Month Challenge Blog  from late 2013 and all of 2014. Some of you that follow my blog may not know about the Make a Garment a Month Challenge and may want to be part of it next year.   Next year we are moving to Facebook.  We will be a closed group.  If you want to be part of this group, either friend me on my facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/sarah.liz.104   or email me - stylishsarah251@gmail.com. To those of you who already know this news and are members, my apologies for boring you, and for those that are not members and want to join - you are more than welcome. Sarah Liz

The Navy Cotton Dress became a Linen Xmas Dress...

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Last week I posted the start of my sewing plans for 2015.    I was going to make New Look 6080 up in a navy blue cotton: I had planned to make a new dress for Christmas,  but was busy right up to Christmas Eve, so decided that the new dress wouldn't happen. Due to sewing withdrawal (it's my creative outlet, and also my anxiety reducer) I was getting quite irritable on Christmas Eve.  I told DH that I as I had done most things, I would spend some time quietly sewing. So I rummaged in the stash and found a piece of what I thought was blue chambray in my stash.  It came from an Op Shop year ago. Fortuitously, I had already pre-shrunk it.  It was a bit wrinkly, and a bit hard, but I was only making a  may- be or may-be not wearable muslin at this stage.   I decided to just use it and get it out of the stash. This was a simple dress as the line drawings show: I zoomed through the dress with gay abandon, thinking to myself this is just a cheap op shop cotton, and

Merry Christmas...

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  Another year has flown by and it's time for me to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy Christmas. Christmas can be a time of cheer, but also a time of stress for some of us.  Do make sure you don't overdo things, take your time, and enjoy yourself too.  Keep up with some relaxation and exercise, and if sewing is a stress buster, make sure you do a little bit when you can.  You are important too :). The little decoration in the photo is one I made some years ago.  It is a foam cone covered with buttons, beads and beads - sparkly things I was never going to use.  It's now sat on our mantelpiece every Xmas for nearly ten years. It's getting a bit careworn (like me) but with a few repairs now and again, will probably last another ten years.  The base is a wooden bangle, found in an Op Shop (thrift shop). A close up shows what I did - it took hours to glue these bits and pieces on: That's it from me for the next few days - take care everyone, Sarah Liz

Getting Ready for 2015

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This week has not been a good week for sewing, and next week doesn't look much better. Still, some weeks are like that. I don't like it when weeks go like that but I try and make the most of it.  So in between the distractions of life I have been pulling out ideas for my 2015 sewing sessions. I need a cotton dress, and think I will use this pattern: New Look 6080 I want to make it in a navy cotton that lives in my stash.  It's been pre-shrunk this week.  Next week the muslin will be done. And in no particular order, but on the list of essentials are a pair of cool pants for summer, and thicker pants for winter.  This pattern has wider leg pants which are great for summer, and more tapered pants which will work for winter: I don't feel inclined to rush this project - and I am not sure when I will start. Sometime in January I think.  The fabrics are stashed and already shrunk. While I was going through patterns and stash, I found some bits of popli

Is it a New Duster Coat?

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 Is this a New Duster Coat? No, it's a Christmas gift for DH - a Nightshirt made my me :).  I noticed that DH's nightshirts were looking a little old and tired.  I was also trying to find a present for him.  Now, he is at the age and stage (as am I) where he does not need anything more - we really need to start getting rid of stuff. So I thought that making him a new nightshirt would solve two problems - no more unneeded junk coming into the house, and a useful present to boot. Luckily DH is doing the medical cover this weekend - he doesnt think he is so lucky, but I am, because I could get busy sewing all weekend to finish the Nightshirt Job:). The fabric used was one of the Spots and Stripes range of cotton poplin that Spotlight sells. I used Simplicity pattern 2317:  I found one of DH's old nightshirts and measured that and decided to use XL as my size.  It's always better to have larger rather than smaller, tighter nightshirts - more comfortable.  I ad

A few days away...

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I go to Adelaide once a year for business and personal reasons.  DH sometimes comes, but sometimes doesn't, depending on his responsibilities, obligations and demands.  This year he could.  I suggested we call into Melbourne for a day or so, on the way, so I could buy some stash and look at the Gaultier exhibition. This trip was spontaneously planned, so apologies to anyone in Melbourne - I did not have time to let anyone know, and not much time there in any case to meet you.  Next time - Melbourne is only a short flight away from Newcastle :).  It takes longer to get into Melbourne from the Tullamarine Airport than it does to fly there :). Stash was purchased from three discount shops on Sydney Road, Brunswick.  These were Anne's Discount Fabrics @ 363 Sydney Road, Brunswick Fabrics @ 383 Sydney Road, and  Unique Fabrics @ 396 Sydney Road. I purchased viscose  knits in colours that suited me : Thick plain cotton  knits (some with lycra)  for winter: And so