The Super Stylin Purple Mash-Up
Kazz | Melbourne Australia.
How long have you been sewing: When the chain stitch on the Holly Hobbie sewing machine just wasn’t cutting it I purchased my first sewing machine with my own money at the age of 17. The first thing I made was from a lace curtain sewn straight up the sides with holes cut out for my head and arms to slip through, I remember the reaction I received and from that point I never stopped. Oh! and I should point out that I did wear a slip and tights under that lace curtain.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I had gotten myself into a clothing rut, having a break from sewing I would wander the shops for something different to wear and quickly realised my frustration, either the item was too expensive —listening to my internal monologue whispering “you -can- make- that”, and or the thought of someone else wearing the same thing sent quivers to my sciatica. The Sew Weekly has set me back on the right path, the only aisles I’m frequenting are Spotlight, and thrift shops. Sewing! she makes me happy.
What do you love most about sewing garments: The whole creative process: that flashing idea, picking the pattern, then the fabric, —I’m pretty sure I have dribbled a little stroking fabric. Do you dribble? or is that just me? I love wearing and feeling fabulous in my own handmade creations and hearing those words.. ‘Where did you get that from?’ LOVE IT!
What do you hate most about sewing garments: I really dislike the cutting stage, paper patterns and fabric. I often curse when the bobbin runs out.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to challenge myself personally, learn new techniques, and become more fabric savvy.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I really want to become a better writer; for my blog posts that is. I really admire people who can just spew out words and it sounds so fancy. Reading, I love reading, so very time poor though… yes I want to read more.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: At the moment Veronica Darling, Urbandon, Verypurpleperson and Handmade by Carolyn. Fashion blogs: Style Bubble, Kingdom of Style, Garbage Dress. I really really wish with all my stars Tomoko Nakamichi from the Pattern Magic books had a blog with online sewing tutorials, I’d sign up for sure. Pure genius. That’s what I want to learn, yes those kooky designs would tickle my internal tom tom just nicely.
Fabric: Grey Thrifted Cotton Skirt $5 that I pulled apart, Purple Printed Cotton $6 and check fabric $8.99 for the harem pants.
Pattern: Vogue 1248 & Burda 7677
Notions: Metal snap fastners
Time to complete: Approx 6hrs
First worn: December 11th 2011
Wear again? I have numerous times.
Total price: Approx $30
I had a couple of favourites from my 2011 Sew Weekly challenges that I was cuffed with but I thought I would bring the Purple challenge out for her encore, I adore the three collars made from the various patterned fabric found on the $5 thrifted skirt. I loved mish mashing the fabrics, the waistband from the skirt was fashioned into a belt, LOVE! I loved how the entire outfit came together from head to toe. So please, give a round of applause to the 2011, Superstylin Purple Mash-Up. Hoorah!