Refashion, redesign, restart

I am acutely aware that there are likely more posts on this blog about my sewing space and tools than actual sewing posts. And the fact is, not much sewing has been done since before Christmas. But things are back to normal now. I have a new desk, a perfect space, and I plugged in the sewing machine again!

And instead of just admiring my sewing equipment, I used it last weekend!

I started with a refashion / mending job that has been sitting in my wardrobe for 3-4 years. This dress looks perfectly fine, even if a bit more ‘in’ 4 years ago. But it hides a dark and embarrassing secret. That strong and powerful zipper? Completely useless and likely to slide open in the middle of Melbourne Casino. Luckily I was wearing a jacket.

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(sorry for the poor pics)

Considering the size of the zip, and my lack of patience for zippers, I decided not to replace it. Instead, I unpicked and removed the zip, closed the gap up to the top of the thick elastic waist of the dress, closed the raw edge of the soft top of the dress, and then fitted some buttons and loops!

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It took a few goes to get the loops the right length but I am very happy with the end result. Sorry there are no pics of the dress on me. I didn’t want to harass the boyfriend, busy writing his final year project. πŸ™‚ But rest assured it looks cute on…all these years later!

Confidence boosted, I then tackled my first project in months, a simple library bag for my cousins daughter Mia. I made this up as I went, no pattern needed!

20130326_152155Β This is my first ever attempt at applique, which is rather wonky, and the corduroy fabric stretched on the corner of the pocket, but over all I was very happy. My sewjo is back! πŸ˜€

My sewing room / study is also now at optimum perfection, because boyfriend and I visited Sydney this weekend, first seeing the Royal Easter Show (huge and amazing) and then trying Ikea for the first time! After a full day of walking the show, Ikea the next day was painful, however I had planned ahead thoroughly online and therefore we were in and out in 3 hours, not even having to pay for parking. I picked up a new cube (expedit) shelf and desk as well as drawer and display shelf inserts for the cubes. All for under $400! I did look at the desk chairs but none were as comfy as mine. Mine is a gross green colour so I have decided to attempt to recover it sometime soon πŸ™‚ All I need now is a lamp, and I may return to Ikea later and replace my brown skinny display shelves with narrow expedit ones. We’ll see πŸ™‚

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In final news, I bounced on over to the hairdressers and got myself a fringe (bangs).

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Change is exciting! xo

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3 thoughts on “Refashion, redesign, restart

  1. I’m sooo jealous of your workspace!!! It looks fantastic and homey and perfect to work in. I love the NERD letters on top of the shelves. (Ikea is such a dangerous place to wander!)

    • Thank you! The NERD letters were actually a gift from a friend quite a while ago now. This is the first time I’ve been able to really show them off πŸ™‚

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