Friday, 21 July 2017

I'm closing down my blog

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a long time. It's not that I haven't been sewing. I have. Lots of basics, TNT's and a foray into bag making that finally worked out.

Here are some pictures for old time's sake. Bag from by own pattern with construction tips from OOP Vogue 7328 purse pattern. Remember when everyone was knocking off the Fendi 'Bagette'?
I do and my DD was with me when I walked into the Fendi store and held up an exquisite clutch and asked how much it was. Four figures. We managed to get outside and fall over each other shrieking at the price only to turn around and see the young sales assistant through the window helplessly laughing at our reaction.

Well this is no Fendi, but it is DD's messenger bag made-to-order from some fake suede and velvet that she saw lying on my sewing table.

The zip had been scavenged from an old bag. Cotton lining from the stash.
I used Vlieseline interfacing from Spotlight for the first time. It's expensive but worth it and gives the bag body without being stiff. During construction I used the walking foot on the body and the zipper foot for the zip and tight corners of the zip/bag facing.

Now for the reason for this post. After much deliberation I am wrapping up this blog. I'll leave it up for a while then I'll delete it, not just leave it unattended in the hope of resuscitating it later, just hanging there.

I am not one of those running around saying saying 'blogging is dead'. Not getting into that debate. It's just that I don't feel enthused any more. I am not the sort of blogger that slots easily into any particular demographic. I feel uneasy promoting myself and I don't wish to trial patterns. I don't want to do beginner tutorials although that is a very real market. I am thankful for the natural teachers out there either blogging or on you tube and all those that continue to share their expertise along the way. Ironically my most popular post is a tutorial I did on Making Eyelet Curtains which has had 42,389 hits! The next most popular post is the Clip and Swivel Hem. Those two posts get constant hits. Garment posts have come and gone in popularity, statistically. At the moment my most popular garment is the Burda 7659 dress. It got very few comments at the time but burst into popularity later. What the? Another surprise in the statistics is a post on making a Hybrid T-Shirt. Inexplicable, really. Then over time, somewhere along the line this blog became hard to go on with and the truth is my heart isn't in it any more. I will still follow lots of sewing bloggers and I thank you all for all your efforts and ideas and support over the years.

I post the occasional sewing project on instagram, where you can find me  @valerielebedevas

Thanks for everything,
Happy sewing always!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Me made May 2017 Weekly wrap 3

Hi there. Here we are at the end of week three and almost at the end of May. Oh dear, I am a bad diarist. I had some very early starts for work this week so these were taken this morning. I'm enjoying finding new ways to wear my stuff and even rediscovering boots I have not worn in ages.
One new item made this month is this black and white knit skirt. It's already a favourite. The pattern is New Look 6107 a simple straight skirt with back vent. I actually bought the pattern for the blouse which I want to make later. The skirt material is a thick loose weave knit from Spotlight. I used elastic in the waistband instead of a zip which would have unsuitable for this material. 

During the week I tried out B6024 as a winter outfit. I also made the scarf.

I also rediscovered my velvet version of Butterick 5958 jacket. I'd forgotten how warm it was.

That's all folks..all I had time to photograph anyway!

p.s. I am going to Melbourne for a short break next weekend and to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the NGV. Looking forward to it but what are other Melbourne must sees? 

Have a good week,

Friday, 12 May 2017

Me made May 2017 Weekly wrap 2

I've been following a few of my favourite people on instagram and they are posting wonderful things for me made may.

I don't have much to report this week as I am trying not to post repeats of outfits but I did manage to get out a dress that's been languishing in my wardrobe since I got back to Australia after working in England. I made this in 2011  :0   I bought the material over there and made the dress on a very basic second hand sewing machine using just straight and a zig zag stitches. Hard to get more basic than that but in reality, for a stable knit, that's all you need.

Knit dress, pattern M1163 made from winter 2011/2012 My Image magazine  My Image 

Then there's two un blogged tops, both very basic basics from my two current favourite TNT's.

Simplicity 1366 above and New Look 6735 below

Even the same pose... grab and go stuff

I know they fit and I can alter them to get the looks I need. I'm planning to be a bit more creative with the looks next week and here are a few projects in the pipeline. 

Thanks for visiting,
Happy sewing,