Friday, April 3, 2009

Burda 02-2008-117 and other ramblings.

Thankyou ladies for all your suggestions. You had some great ideas. I love Belinda's suggestion to add a band and topstitch that. And I hear you when you say that the topstitching will be lost in the check. I was thinking I needed the topstitching to give the same silhouette and body to the style. Perhaps I may not need that either as my fabric does have a fair amount of body and may stick out on its own accord.

Tonight I have been tracing out the pattern but have run out of tracing paper! So when I get some more tomorrow, I will see if I can straighten the hem to line up with the checks and then ponder from there. Hopefully I can get as far as cutting out tomorrow. I am sure it will take my most of the day to work out what I am doing and to place and cut carefully - lots of matching to do. Then I may even thread trace. No plans for a muslin at this stage. I will compare the shoulders and lengths with my sloper. The width I think will be forgiving.

This is my first sewing project for the year. I have not been sewing. We put our house on the market and after much cleaning and preparation it was sold the third week on the market. The girls and I have also bought a new townhouse that is just 2 klms down the road. We move in early July. Unfortunately the new home does not have a spare room for me to use for sewing but there is a small sitting area at the top of the stairs that I have called mine!


Other news is that Ellen has started a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University. Miss smarty pants won a scholarship and will have all her tuition paid!!

Sofie is in year 10 at school and is studying (amongst other subjects) VCE Studio Arts/Textiles. So far she has done felting, screen printing, silk dying, transfer printing, solvent transfers, shibori, tie dye, lino printing and mono printing! She is really enjoying it. She also has made a couple of bags for friends for birthday presents.

Here they are sitting in front of their gift bags. She used fabric remnants.
Inside view. She made the label from fabric and embroidered on the words. She did have sewing help from me but the choice of fabrics and trims and the design of the bag were all hers. (I had better keep an eye on my stash..lol)

Finally I want to thank Paco and LindsayT for nominating me for for the sisterhood award. It is greatly appreciated and made me feel special when I have been so stressed and completely unable to sew or be motivated in general..sigh.


26 comments:

cidell said...

Congrats to your daughter and I'm excited you sold your house! I'm assuming this is a downsize? If so, good luck sorting through everything :)

Elaray said...

Congratulations to your daughter! I know you are relived to have her tuition covered. Is there anything as stressful as moving? I don't think so. But, it's a new start and that can be a good thing. Congrats on selling you house, also.

Shannon said...

House sold, moving, child starting university - I can't understand why you would be stressed! Be sure to take care of yourself.

Lindsay T said...

Like the others said, you have a lot going on in your life right now, so just take things easy and be good to yourself.

And what smart daughters you have!

Birgitte said...

So much good news, and congrats on it all! Those bags are beautiful.

Tany said...

It sounds like you were busy, not sewing but busy with life. I hope all goes for the best and I'm glad you are taking some time to sew!

The bags look wonderful!
Congrats to DD!

gwensews said...

Congratulations on all three levels. It sounds like life is going in the right direction for you. Good luck and continued happy things to you!

Sigrid said...

Congratulations on selling the house so quickly! And your daughters are doing great. Sewing will be back when all is more settled, I'm sure.

Sew4Fun said...

Sold the house and found a new place to live. That's two things you can cross off your list that no doubt have been causing you stress. It's all heading in the right direction. One day at a time.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

We're in the process of selling our house, and that can be very stressful, so congratulations on selling your house.
Great news about your daughters :)
The bags are beautiful. She is heading in the right direction for sure :)

AllisonC said...

Congratulations on all your good news (well except losing a sewing room which is never good news!).

Sew Passionista said...

Vicki, I'm glad you're back to sewing and congratulations on selling your house!
I was thinking about you last night as I was watching 'Australia" with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. I enjoyed it so much and the scenery was beyond beautiful.
I really must learn more about your country.This movie has really inspired me.
Good luck with your coat. I will be pretty in that check.

Summerset said...

You have been very busy! Congrats to all of you - you for being such a great mom, your daughter for winning a scholarship and your other daughter for such cute bags!

mem said...

I love that fabric . I saw it in Arttextiles and wondered about it but it is too girly for me . You will look lovely in it though.I like the idea of the band as well . I think that you are right about the stiffness neede in the hem to make it stick out . The other option might be to face it on the inside with a curved and stitched band . This way you can hev the coat you want without the stiching getting lost and the stiffness.
Selling a house is very stressful . Good luck with the new one !!

j.kaori said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful news about your girls --- you must be so proud. Regarding the Burda 02-2008-117 pattern, I made it in an embroidered linen without the topstitching. I used a sew-in interfacing (silk/linen fabric) which gave it just the right amount of body along the bottom.

a little sewing on the side said...

Hi Vicki, thinking of you - and sending positive vibes. Congratulations to your daughter. They are always up to such exciting adventures. A sign of good parenting (of course!)

ClaireOKC said...

Thanks for posting on my blog....yeah I do love to sew too. Glad you like the Burda 2/2009-127. Stay tuned, I just did it again - it's in the cue to be posted this week or next. It's turning into one of my TNT's!

Imogen Lamport, AICI CIP said...

Hi Vicki, love you to email me to talk about you being a model for a colour training I'm having in a few weeks - given that you've had such a hard time before - let me know.
Imogen

Claire said...

Vicki,
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving me a message. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday and hopefully we'll both be back to sewing in 2010. ;o)

Claire

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Vicki I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas.

Tany said...

Happy New Year, Vicki!

RubinVoelker said...

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寶貝別哭 said...

以簡單的行為愉悅他人的心靈,勝過千人低頭禱告........................................

Gina said...

Hi Vicki! I appreciated your comment on my blog today. I did want to tell you that broccoli doesn't give me any problems because I take BEANO! It helps digest the galactans in the broccoli, and 2 BEANO usually works for about 1/2 cup broccoli. I would really suggest trying some.

Sew Passionista said...

Hi Vicki, I wanted to say thank you for all the comments you leave on my blog. It's always so nice to see you in the comments section.
I hope you make some thing awesome,be it out of houndstooth or some other fabric and that you share it with us here.
Diana

Faye Lewis said...

Hey Vicki! Thanks for joining the Spring Month of Tops! I need your email address to sign you up. Thanks