Thursday, 20 October 2011

Sew much to do!

As well as so much to do!

Firstly I'd like to tell you mum moved to a rehab ward today, so far she's only walked 6 steps with her new hip but considering what she went through I'm not worried, onwards and upwards now!

So I really have had so much to do. As you know I'm self employed and if I don't work, I don't earn, I already missed 2 weeks of work at the beginning of the month, then it took me a few days to set up my new laptop, god I hate technology sometimes! So now I'm trying desperately to catch up on work without driving myself into the ground, this is hard, I need the money but I think that I will just have to accept I will work much less hours this month and budget accordingly :o(

However onto the subject of Sew much to do!

I'm off to the Rhythm Riot in November as usual and if you follow that link to the site you'll see it's only 29 days away!!

When I started my exercising and cut back I really really wanted to get into certain dresses by then but life doesn't always go to plan. My size has gone down a bit but I haven't lost a pound in weight, then when I went to see Mum, dieting and exercise did not happen at all!! But the biggest aggravating factor now is that I've hurt my knee, I have been told by the gym they think I have runners knee and to avoid the gym until it starts getting better, well I went back swimming yesterday and I limped out of the pool, damn! So I'm off to the docs on Monday about it, so no exercise and the aim of getting into those dresses in reality is not going to happen, so my back up plan is sewing! In fact my house may end up looking like this!

This is the first Rhythm Riot I've been to for 4 years that I'm just going to enjoy myself, so I'm not thinking about clothes I can work on the stall in, I can wear what I damn well please and I damn well please to dress up, but what I had wanted to wear doesn't quite fit and won't even if I starved myself in this short time - which I won't do, I do have a birthday next weekend, no starving on Birthdays!

Now I have been intended to run up a couple of pairs of trousers for a while now and whilst that should not take too long - apart from getting the fit right - I would really like a couple of new dresses, I'm so blumming pie in the sky, I won't have time but I can hope that I might!!

So I was looking through my patterns and I like the following 3 although I would be making them for evening wear so not in day wear cloth as they are illustrated.
I like the bodice of this dress and the fit.

I've made this pattern before with the shorter sleeves and I put a straighter skirt on it, I really liked it!

I've been thinking about making this for a long time, however I don't think the neckline will be very complimentary to me, however I like the style, so we'll see.

Fabric wise I have a few ideas. Ages ago I bought the following fabric, it's a beautiful heavy satin but I also bought a matching organza type material to go with it, perhaps as an overskirt or part of a bodice, you can't really get an idea, but you can see the colour here! I have had it so long I need to use it but it's that age old problem of not want to mess up good fabric!

I've also got some lovely black velvet although I'm not sure I have enough for a dress, though I have to say I've always wanted a black velvet dress!!

I've got this fabulous lace type material which might go well either with the velvet or for something different.

I think I'm going to run out of time but I don't want to! I haven't got the cash to buy new, I just need the time to make new.

Don't worry I haven't forgotten about my Mexican Tourist Jacket, I got the sample of material I thought might be suitable and it was so desperately unsuitable, so I'm back on the search for the right shade of the right fabric, it could take me a while!


Ivy Black said...

Ooooh I'm looking forward to seeing this little lot, Fiona! Just beautiful dresses.

LandGirl1980 said...

Loving the blue!

Helga! said...

Good to hear you're Mama has taken her first steps! yep,onwards and upwards!!
O,MY I love those 3 patterns!!Especially the first two!I'm also in a make new,don't buy it at the moment!I'm feeling quite inspired,and seeing what you're going to get up to has me more inspired!That lace stuff looks yummy,would be divine over a bright lining!I've got shitloads of fabric that needs to be used!
Go hard,darl,but bugger about the knee!Swimming is good for rehab on tricky limbs/joints! XXXXXXX

DearHelenHartman said...

Go Mum, Go! A new hip actually improved my mom's life so much she got another one! As for the sewing - am so jealous and can't wait to be even more jealous of the finished products.

Miss Rayne said...

Thats a great selction, just the sort of dresses I like to make. I've just got a pattern with a cowl neck too which I'm eager to try but I haven't found the right fabric yet.

Vix said...

6 steps is brilliant, she'll be up and about properly in no time. A new hip made a new woman out of me!
Those patterns are fab, particularly the MacCalls one. x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...


Alix said...

Gorgeous patterns - I especially like the first one. I bet the dress will be fab! I once made a dress with a black velvet bodice and royal blue skirt (which had a flock-y design on it in darker blue) - it was a great combination! I'm sure your Mum will make even faster progress now she's on the rehab ward - you'll need to get your knee better to keep up with her!

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Glad to hear your mum is getting better :) Can't wait to see what you make from your patterns for the Riot!

iLiveinmyLab said...

Oh I love all of your sewing plans! Also, I'm so glad to hear your mum is doing better!

dina vanessa mercado said...

i hope your mom will do fine.. don't worry i believe you will get through all of that, you can do it dear am sure of it... you really have great sewing plans.. were you the one who made the dress sketch? love it!!! enjoyed your blog.. following you now.. hope you could visit my blog too.. kissess!!!!


Lady Cherry said...

Wow those patterns look amazing!

Snap on the knee front, I have been ignoring it though, naughty me....!

La Dama said...

So glad your mama is doing better.
Those patterns and blue fabric is stunning.
Good luck with everything amor.

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