2014-06-11

Mend and make do



This is the mountain of cloth and clothes that has been growing by the side
of my sewing machine over the last few months. I also had a strange week
maybe a month ago when every dress I put on seemed to snap a strap,
and it steered me down an all black path that I'm now growing tired of.




Considering my past as a dress hoarder I just shouldn't have
'I-have-nothing-to-wear' days. So a few days ago when Cinnamon man
was visiting friends I started catching up, mending 3 dresses while listening
to loud 90's music - and drinking wine :) And today I finally got around
to making a cover for Cinnamon man's foot (and computer) rest,
which until now has been two old sofa cushions on top of each other.





My next project is sewing and/or up-cycling a dress or two.
I'm thinking one in black mori style, maybe something patch-worky
with a lace raglan sleeve. And I have been wanting to try out a simple
shift dress for quite a while now. For that project I'm thinking of using
the brown jersey with flowers that can be spotted in the first picture.


Ps. My dad's doing well and is actually back at work today
(even thought he is a couple of years past retirement age...)




 




27 kommentarer:

  1. Seems you're very good at it too ;-)

    SvaraRadera
  2. That sure is a fabulous cover you made for a foot rest of two cushions. Looks like sewing is a natural for you. Would love to see what you come up with for a simple shift dress.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. My biggest problem is clearing enough space to actually take on a proper, complex sewing project. Cleaning is not my forté...

      Radera
  3. Yea Dad!! :) Lovely cushion. My favorite patterns are Walking Skirt & a Shirtdress.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Trying to google" Walking shirt" just gave me lots of hits on Walking Dead t-shirts... :)

      Radera
  4. I had to laugh when I read you were growing tired of all black... I can't even imagine that happening to me. ;D Your mending, music and wine session actually sounds like a lot of fun! I love what you've done with the foot stool. The fabric is gorgeous!

    I must have missed some news about your dad. Whatever was wrong, I'm glad to hear that he's doing well now. ❤

    SvaraRadera
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    1. During the rest of the year I'm all for all black, but during the high summer months I want to mix it up a bit.

      Radera
  5. Love the colour and texture of the foot stool...So glad your Dad is coming along well
    ...:)...
    blessings

    SvaraRadera
  6. Vilken fin fotpall! Den ser ut att ha perfekt höjd. Dark mori klänningen låter toppen tycker jag, den får du gärna visa när den blir klar :). Så här års vill man plutta in lite färg i garderoben så jag går gärna i färg nu :)
    Åh din pappa måste vara rädd om sig och kanske fundera på att trappa av, men jag kan förstå om han tycker jobbet är kul. Min pappa tar pension nästa år och han har faktiskt börjat längta till den. Ha en fin helg!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag håller precis med dig, vill ha lite mer färg under sommarmånaderna.

      Jag lovar att visa klänningen när den är färdig, OM jag någonsin blir färdig...

      Radera
  7. Glad to hear you're getting through your mending pile and I love the foot rest, such pretty fabric :)

    Happy to hear your dad's doing well :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I think I've had that fabric lying around for 7 years waiting for the right project.

      Radera
  8. I am in complete lust with that cushion cover...

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I wish I had some cloth left over, then I would make you a pillow case or something.

      Radera
  9. I love the colours in that pile of clothes! The footstool looks lovely! Glad your dad is doing ok!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you on all accounts, Laura :)

      Radera
  10. As someone who can't sew worth crap, I'd have a panic attack if everything I put on started breaking straps or getting tears in it. I have this gypsy dress I got from a street market in Galway when I was 16 that ripped every time I put it on. As a fellow Buffy fan I have to say: "Shoddy gypsy craftsmanship" ;)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Love the Buffy parallel :)

      I started dabbling with the sewing machine already as a kid, but I have always been more on the mending, altering and experimenting side of sewing, than on the seamstress and patterns side.

      Radera
  11. Really glad to hear that your Dad is doing well! That's great news! All that mending and sewing looks like fun. Skoora spoiled me at Yule this past year and bought me a sewing machine because mine quit working. Unfortunately, I haven't really had a lot of time to use it. I am hoping to get some time very soon though. We have things that need mending and made too. Can't wait to see what you make!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I think the first step is to make yourself a good sewing corner. I have a great setup in our spare room, but unfortunately the spare room is always also used as a storage space in our overcrowded house...

      Radera
    2. That's a great idea! I will have to see if I can't designate a space in the craft/dinning room. :)

      Radera
  12. Cinnamon Man is so lucky - that foot stool cover you made is gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing your black mori style dress, and the shift :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words and the encouragement :)

      Radera
  13. Everyone has "I have nothing to wear" days, even the Queen. I love that you had a catch up day though, and got some pieces repaired and conjured that beautiful scarlet footrest for the Cinnamon Man. Lucky him! Can't wait to see what you create from your up cycling projects.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, Sarah. That makes me feel better about my silliness :)

      Unfortunately my upcycling was stumped when I realized I had thrown out some of the cloth I planned to use. I'll have to rethink the whole thing now.

      Radera

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