Category Archives: SEWING

Sewing Dump : 1

Bad name I know!  So despite my lack of blogging action over the last 6 months or so I actually had quite a productive second half of 2012 in sewing terms.  I have just been too lazy/busy to write about it.  Over the next little while I hope to catch up and get back into the habit of blogging when things are fresh!  So to start me off I am going to do this ‘Sewing Dump’ a dump of images with brief descriptions of what I have been up to.  A couple of these projects I hope to re-blog in more detail later.  For now enjoy this dump!

{ and I apologise some of the photos are very average and taken in a hurry }

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Screen printed Ipad Cover/Clutch.  This one was made for my dear friend Bex however I have since gone on to make numerous more.  Hopefully in the coming weeks I will have some more available on my ETSY store. I was so happy with this project especially since this was my first one and there were no stuff ups – YAY!

Backpacks

Duffle style backpacks made for my twin nephews. These were so easy to make and turned out so cute!

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Wiksten Tank Plus Sleeves – I added cap sleeves to the Original Wiksten Tank pattern – sans pocket.  I was pretty happy with the result.  See my other Wiksten tanks here

 { Japanese cotton }

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New Cushions – it was time for an update! The adorable bunny at the front is from Karen Walkers new home wares collection available exclusively at Myer. The front right and far left are Ikea fabrics and the mottled grey in the middle is made out of a recycled drop sheet. My lovely sister-in-law who claims to be very uncreative saw this crazy drop sheet made from all sorts of recycled goodies and thought I might have some inspiration to make it into something fab.  Well she was right, I love it – this is probably just one of many creations I will be making from the drop sheet .  Uncreative … Pfft anyone who sees a mundane object like this and envisions a crafting opportunity must have some creativity!  { sorry for the grainy photo – iPhone at night }

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A Plethora of itsy bitys bags to place my Machine and a Dream products in. If you purchase something from my ETSY store you will be sure to have your item arrive in one of these!  Really this was just an excuse to use up all those bits of scrap fabric that are too small to be useful but too cute to throw out … turns out they are useful after all!

And so ends Sewing Dump : 1 – There will be more!

Photo a Day : February 2 : Pattern

Shorts

My Pattern photo is of the new Pyjama shorts I made. The back story?  Well these shorts were a skirt. A skirt that has hung in my wardrobe for exactly 10 years. I know this because I bought this skirt specifically to take on my around the world trip in 2003. I loved the print on this skirt, unfortunately I never much liked the style of the skirt. The style did nothing for me and it was always on of those pieces that you put on in the hope of it looking amazing but end up going out wearing something else. So it hung there … for 10 years!

As some of my Instagram followers already know I have vowed in 2013 to not buy any new clothes … gasp! I know right what am I thinking? Well for those who know me personally they can testify that my wardrobe hoarding is abominable. I also need to save some money this year as I hope to go to South America. So alas here we are. I am also a sewer with enough fabric to sew a quilt the size of Africa and so I decided if I can’t sew it I can’t have it! Anyway back to the skirt …

The Skirt. The pattern.  So like I said I have always loved the print on this skirt. On a major wardrobe purge last week I decided it was time for this one to go, I never wore it, and frankly never will. But that print! I just couldn’t let it go! This skirt was pin-tucked the entire way around the top, so I painstakingly undid all the pin-tucks, the side seams and the hem and ended up with about 1.2 metres of fabric. I am also in desperate need of some new pyjama shorts so I decided that this heavenly soft cotton voile would do just the trick. Ta-Da these little beauties  were born! I am now completely in love with these pj shorts and posed the question on Instagram … to cute for pyjamas? NEVER. I love cute pj’s and these make me smile when I go to bed. Totally worth the work and now I get to continue to enjoy this pretty boho print.

And the Winner is … Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

We have a winner! Congratulations to Cynthia ‘The Sewing Dork’!

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For the record I don’t think you are a dork at all, but congrats you were the 78th comment on the post and the winner as chosen by the random number generator.

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Check out your inbox for an email from me so that I can post the necklace to you!

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments and sorry I couldn’t have sent you all one. But if you love it don’t forget to stop by the Machine and a Dream Etsy store to check out the full range of colours.

Have a blessed and safe Holiday everybody!

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Hello,
For my participation in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (week) I am giving away one of my handcrafted polymer beaded necklaces on a silver plated chain.
Since it’s a scorcher today here in Perth, Western Australia I couldn’t go past ‘Summer Days’ for the giveaway!

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To enter simply comment on the post and tell me if you win will you be keeping this one for yourself or gifting it over the festive season?
Can’t wait to hear form you and good luck!

Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous giveaways at Sew Mama Sew

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Also check THIS GIVEAWAY out … from someone I might know.

Winner will be randomly drawn at 5pm PST on December 7 . Thats 9am on December 8 here in Perth Western Australia!

HAPPY TO SEND INTERNATIONALLY

Keepers

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Wow it seems we all like to spoil ourselves as much as others over the Festive season …  a quick look over the comments would seem that the ‘Keepers’ are beating the ‘givers’ however there are certainly a lot of you who seem willing to share the love!

Not long till the competition closes so be sure to keep an eye out for the winner posted this Friday PST and Saturday here in Australia.

I will be assigning each comment a number from 1 to …, first comment is 1, 2nd comment 2 etc. I will then use a random number picker to pick the winner.

In the mean time feel free to check out my other items on the Machine and a Dream Etsy Store x

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day – Necklace!

Hello,
For my participation in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (week) I am giving away one of my handcrafted polymer beaded necklaces on a silver plated chain.
Since it’s a scorcher today here in Perth, Western Australia I couldn’t go past ‘Summer Days’ for the giveaway!

Summer Days1

Summer Days2

To enter simply comment on the post and tell me if you win will you be keeping this one for yourself or gifting it over the festive season?
Can’t wait to hear form you and good luck!

Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous giveaways at Sew Mama Sew

giveawayday2012

Also check THIS GIVEAWAY out … from someone I might know.

Winner will be randomly drawn at 5pm PST on December 7 . Thats 9am on December 8 here in Perth Western Australia!

HAPPY TO SEND INTERNATIONALLY