Sunday, 13 May 2012

Bits and Bobs

I have been a bit blue- no reason, just one of those inexplicable things- this week.   I have a lot of work on in my day job so that must be contributing.   It has lifted a bit towards the end of the week but it has been hard to get stuff done.  I have too many bee blocks outstanding but not the head for doing them.  Apologies to those waiting for them, they will appear soon!    For a quick fix I turned to Zakka Style and decided to make the little sewing case for the FQ retreat
 It stitches up really quickly and would be easy to adapt to make a book cover instead.  I made bias ties and placed them on either sides- slightly different from the pattern but more logical in my head but they work either way.

 Katy wrote instructions on her blog for ties like these if you wanted to make them.  I squeezed a tiny pinnie and needle case in side the big pocket.
Fabrics:  Suzuko Koseki sewing print on linen, Kei Dots for binding and Kaufman Vintage Couturier for the lining.  And I am a glutton for punishment, I thought I would sew a dress for the retreat too.  I am part way and have made a irreversible mistake that I am hoping to get away with.  Apart from that it is coming together pretty well.  The instructions are not the best I have ever read but there are some lovely details.  The handy thing with online sewing is that there is always someone else which has made something the same or similar so I turned to Amy and Carmen for their experiences with the Theresa dress, very helpful!  The fabric is a Liberty print I bought a couple of years ago, the print is by Grayson Perry, one of my favourite artists.  
Work beckons, even today- an extra event to do but the sun is shining :)
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19 comments:

  1. Sorry you have a slight case of the blues. Your dress and sewing kits are lovely. Hugs!

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  2. I am so there with you, I should be sewing bee blocks but all I can think is I want to sew a dress! Love your sewing case...one more thing on my 'to sew for FQ retreat list' ;)

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  3. Ugh, hate when everything catches up with you, but love the sewing case, and looking forward to seeing the dress

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  4. Your sewing case is lovely - you have such a great eye for fabric combinations.

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  5. love these projects! looking forward to seeing the dress on you.

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  6. I know the 'bit blue' part ~ I've been that way too.
    I love what you've done with the little sewing case. I made a bunch of them for my sewing friends at Christmas time and the little ties just didn't make sense to me either.
    Hope you're feeling better now.

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    1. I hope it passes quickly for you Elsa. I worked out the riddle of the ties looking at Katy (Monkey Do) version, it was an aha! Moment

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  7. Hope your blues lift soon...that's never fun. Your sewing case is the cutest one I've seen yet...LOVE that fabric!!

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  8. What beautiful fabric for your sewing case!!

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  9. Love your version of the sewing case and you are spot on - the technique converts beautifully into a book cover, just made one this week.

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  10. Sorry about the blues but I know how you feel... Life is tough sometimes for a reason and sometimes for no reason. You still are a wonderful inspiration to loads of us!

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  11. Oh my, a Grayson Perry frock - 'Claire' will be commissioning you!

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  12. I am wishing you a funk-clearing, creative breeze! I feel similar lately and while I know it's not permanent, it's still a little like rain on a perfectly good picnic.

    Your case is absolutely lovely.

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  13. Yay! for the sewing etui. Sorry about the dress. Hopefully, you'll pull it together. ;p

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  14. The sewing case is gorgeous and I hope you have fun with the dress :) Also hope this week is cheerier for you!

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  15. this is so cute!!
    ~love the fabrics you've chosen-perfect :)

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  16. Oh Kerry! I have been in the same blue-non-inspired mood lately. Sending you some feel-better-soon hugs! I think making something beautiful for yourself is a great way to get out of the slump. Your sewing case is very zakka and super cute! Don't feel too pressured with the Teacup pattern! Hugs, L

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  17. I hope this week has been better for you, Kerry! I had not been feeling like sewing just until your lovely scale block for me came in the mail! Now I am back to a sewing mode! The sewing case is so cute! The gentle stitching in the middle is such a lovely addition!

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