Friday, January 7, 2011

Sewing endeavors I'm going to start come February

The sewing world seems (I tried to type "seams" first... ah, sewing puns...) all atwitter with plans for the new year and wonderful sew-alongs. Gertie's Crêpe, Cupcake Goddess's Trousers, Peter's Negroni, Casey's Swing Dress... Not to mention the challenges that have popped up. I'm still travelling and will be for the next week, and then I'm visiting my parents for a 55th birthday party, but come February I have lots of plans myself!

My sewing year 2010 started late and was cut a little short, so I didn't actually have a list of plans for the year, but with everybody's reviews and resolutions that I've only just caught up with, I can think of a few things I'd like to manage during 2011.

1. Taking more time and an eye for the detail with my garments. In other words, keeping quick&dirty to a minimum, finishing and pressing all my seams, probably learning a few new techniques, making my first muslin...

2. Spring cleaning! In other words, cleaning up my wardrobe, only keeping the garments I really love and wear, getting some order into my fabrics and notions and making a list of garments I'd like to make this year, which brings me to...

3. Making a Wardrobe Capsule. I've seen a few of these around, most notably at Ali's and Sarah's blog, and they seem like a wonderful way to stay focused on and find out a bit more about my style. Which should hopefully make it easier to...

4. Begin creating a balanced wardrobe of handmade garments I love to wear and RTW garment I already have and love or which I can't make myself. Also, since I've spent quite a bit of my pocket money the last few months on new fabrics, I'd like to...

5. Make at least every second garment from existing fabric.

Those are the "big sewing goals" for now, although there are quite a few little ones I've already planned on, like joining a couple of the challenges and sew-alongs (more about that when I'm back home), being a bit more active in the blogging world (both here and in commenting on other's blogs instead of lurking, like I usually do), joining Me-Made-March (if there is going to be one this year)...

I'm also planning on making a bit of jewellery and accessoirs, getting together some friends and taking our old stuff, handmade stuff and ill-fitting-but-still-good clothing to the flea markets. Should be fun!

So, Happy Sewing everyone, and greetings from (at the moment) Hong Kong!

PS: By now, this post is actually several days old, because Blogger has been giving me a bit of a hard time and didn't want to post this. No matter, it seems to be working now...

Giveaway at The Long & Winding Bobbin

We take a break from our usual broadcast to bring you a special: The Long And Winding Bobbin is giving away two lovely patterns and a Vogue pattern necklace! All you have to do is follow her blog and comment on her post! See the lovelies that could be yours:

A lovely skirt!

The cutest petticoat pattern!

And this lovely, lovely Vogue pattern necklace!

But be quick, the giveaway ends at 12 midnight on Jan 8th, Australian Eastern Standard Time!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

greetings from australia

First of all, Happy New Year to you! I hope you all had a nice Holiday season (I have no idea, since I still have over 200 unread blogposts in my reader, partly dating from before Christmas) and enjoyed the turning of the year.

I have made my way over to Australia by now. The rest of my trip in NZ was really nice, I enjoyed artsy, laid-back Wellington, wandered around Cuba St. and bought way too many pairs of earrings (e.g. 3)...

I cycled along the Wine Trail in Blenheim on the South Island and tried quite a few very yummy Sauvignon Blancs (probably one of my favorite whites, at least from this part of the world)...

I went on a guided Kayak tour to visit a seal colony in Kaikoura, bought a nice pair of sandals in Christchurch and took a seemingly never-ending but mind-numbingly beautiful road-trip to Queenstown, where I bought another really nice pair of (handmade) earrings.

I also visited Milford sound and saw some more seals and also dolphins!

And the market in Queenstown, apart from the handmade jewellery there was soap looking like the most delicious cupcakes!

Then, I had a nice 4 days in Melbourne, visiting the numerous Museums and Art Galleries when it rained and checking out some cute shops in St. Kilda and Fitzroy when it didn't. I picked up some cute bits of jewellery and some nice ideas for "stuff to make" or things I'd like to have, but didn't find any fabric or clothes that wowed me enough to buy (and I was still carrying around my NZ-bought fabric with me)...

Like this cute shop called "Inspirasia" in Fitzroy, that had beautiful handmady clothing that I'm sure Carolyn would like, purses and also housewares (such a cute tea set! want!)...

And a vintage shop in St. Kilda...


Then I met up with my boyfriend in Sydney for Christmas and we have spent the last few days visiting the markets (more jewellery! and books! and a cute polka-dot shirt-dress that sadly didn't fit very well but which construction I had a good look at and which I'm planning to copy!), lounging on the beach, visiting the second hand shops in Newtown (if you ever get to Sydney, take a trip there, it's wonderful!)...

Oh look, cupcake houseware, I bet Sarah would like those!

And a shop full of pretty buttons! Sadly, it was closed for the Holidays, but we're going back in a couple of days...

And a knitting café! Sounds like a nifty idea, they seemed to have lots of nice knitting books...

We're staying a little longer and we're having a wonderful time! I hope you all have a great time, too! :)