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Hand stitched Netbook sleeve March 14, 2011

Posted by Sarah in backstitch, bag, buttons, cosy, cotton, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Letters, Pattern, recycle, reuse, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, wool.
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Finally – I’ve actually managed to take a photo of something I’ve made and post it on here!

This little Netbook sleeve was made by me last night while sitting on the couch watching television.  I stitched the entire thing by hand, as we’re in the process of packing up our house for a move and I can’t find the sewing machine.  Even if I could find the machine, finding a flat surface to use it on that’s not covered in curing soap for my business would prove to be quite the challenge!

I’ve held on to this piece of fabric for about 4 years, waiting for the right project for it.  It is a sample piece by Kvadart, called Letters.  It’s quite thick and strong – made from a blend of 50% cotton, 42% new wool and 8% nylon.  Perfect for keeping our tiny new Netbook safe from scratches and bumps.

I pinned the fabric right sides together with the Netbook inside, and then backstitched up the sides with embroidery floss.  I then used my pinking shares to cut off the excess fabric, turned it right side out and slid the computer into it’s new sleeve.  I added the button and tie to prevent any unfortunate accidents of the laptop-sliding-out-of-pretty-new-case-and-heavily-hitting-the-ground variety.

Fabric – gifted
Button – gifted
Embroidery thread – $0.15
Yarn tie – $0.01
Total cost for this project – $0.16!

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Frocktober (day 31) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Thrifting.
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Today is the final day of Frocktober 2010.  I have successfully completed my challenge!

Would you believe that I actually have more frocks than the 31 required for Frocktober?  Off the top of my head I can count another 5 that have not been worn for this month’s challenge.  Most of them need some alterations, or just a little TLC.  I’ll be fixing them up for summer over the coming weeks, and hopefully I’ll get around to posting before and after shots for the world to see.  If not expect to see them next year for another round of Frocktober fundraising!

Frocktober may be over for another year, but you can still donate online for another couple of weeks.  I’ll be doing a round-up post in the coming weeks with my final fundraising total.  If you haven’t donated yet there is still time!

Dress:  This is an oldie but a goodie.  I picked it up from a local Salvos store a few years back for the grand total of about $6.  It’s about two sizes too big, but the roominess is what makes it such a great summer dress.  It’s quite nice to have a dress that’s cotton, and loose under the arms for sweltering summer Sydney days.  I’ve been meaning to take it in for ages, but the more I wear it, the more I realise that it’s just fine as is.  All it needs is a securely fastened belt and it’s perfect.  I am going to change the buttons though.  That’s the least I can do.  Goodness knows what possessed the designers to put ugly desert brown buttons on such a colourful, fun frock.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

 

Frocktober (day 28) October 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Oops!  I woke up this morning and realised that I had forgotten to update yesterday’s frock.  Bad blogger!

I love this dress so much.  It was one of those finds where you can’t quite believe that you’ve found something so cool, so you cling to it possessively until you get to the changing room.  That’s how it is with vintage clothing shopping.  There’s not going to be another one in the back room somewhere, so you have to guard your precious very closely.

Dress:  Bought from the wonderful Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.  One of my more expensive pieces – I think this may have cost about $65 at the time.  It’s beautifully cut, and I’ve always loved the way the dress is designed with the great collar.  It’s a little creased in this photo, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered getting out the iron.  Just imagine it perfectly pressed.

 

 

So far I’ve raised $400 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation this year, which is just wonderful!  I’ll be rattling the donation bucket at the Mr’s birthday picnic this weekend so hopefully that will increase the overall total.  Yay!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 27) October 27, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today’s frock is another of my Muumuu’s!  It’s a recent acquisition, one I picked up from an estate sale a few months back.  I think I paid $15 for it.  At the time I thought it was just beautiful fabric, but when I got home I realised that it was actually a Muumuu.  Much hilarity ensued.

My plan was to shorten it, but my girlfriends all want me to keep it as is.  I guess it’s hippy chic for me this summer!

Dress:  Vintage Muumuu, made from what I think is a cotton/linen blend.  It’s perfectly roomy, without the dreaded tent look that some other Muumuu’s have.  Love it!

 

Here’s a close up of the fabric – isn’t it incredible!

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

Frocktober (day 23) October 23, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dining in, dress, fabric, food, friends, friendship, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today I hosted an afternoon tea and frock swap to raise some funds for Frocktober.  I’ve just looked in the collection tin and there’s $170 in there!  Fantastic!

We all had a lovely time eating cakes, drinking bubbles, and swapping our pre-loved threads.  It poured down right in the middle of our afternoon tea so we all had to move inside quick smart.  This photo was taken right in the middle of the hardest downpour of the day.  The things we do!

Dress:  This one is the perfect picnic dress, a breezy cotton Gorman sundress with silk ties.  Love it.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 21) October 21, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Another day, another foray into awkward self portraits.  This one was taken in a teeny tiny park around the corner from my house.  You could perhaps have a picnic for 4 in it, if you were really good friends.  Although I didn’t actually see anyone watching me it’s quite likely there was someone in one of the town houses wondering what on earth I was doing taking multiple photos of myself.  Poser.

Dress:  Vintage Muumuu!  I believe that this came from my favourite vintage store – Zoo Clothing.  It’s lovely and breezy to wear, and kinda cute I think.  Much more flattering than my other two muumuu’s (both of which you’ll see before the month is out).

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 20) October 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, me.
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Today I rode in to the city to drop off the Mr’s lunch for him.  It’s really great that I can just take a 10 minutes bike ride and be at his work.  So handy!

Today’s dress was a slightly silly choice for a bike ride unfortunately.  The split in the front of the dress makes it easy for my to walk, so it’s a necessary part of the dresses construction.  Unfortunately, when I ride my bike that split ends up at a most unladylike height.  I didn’t realise this before I left the house today.  If you noticed a girl riding her bike along William St today holding the handle bars with one hand, while the other hand was trying to conceal her modesty, it was me.  I’m thinking I may need to invest in some wonderfully 80’s bike shorts for these kinds of dresses.

Dress:  Tailor made for me in Vietnam a couple of years ago.  It’s cotton, and comfortable, and of course fits perfectly.  Made for me even.
Belt:  I picked this belt up from Zoo Clothing a few years back in their moving sale. I think I paid $4 for it.

In other news, I’m hosting a Frocktober Afternoon Tea and Frock Swap at my house this Saturday afternoon.  I’ve asked everyone attending to donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.  It should be a fun afternoon, and a great way to raise some much needed funds for the charity.  Yay!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

Frocktober (day 12) October 12, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising.
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Today’s photos aren’t great really.  It’s quite hard to get a good photo of oneself while trying to be discrete at a main intersection.

Needless to say I didn’t hang around for too long trying for the perfect shot.

Dress:  Tamea Rice, from the Paddington Markets about 4 years ago.  This is a lovely light cotton dress – great for the sweltering summer days Sydney is famous for.
Cardigan:  Gorman

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 9) October 10, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Yesterday we headed to a friend’s 30th birthday party on their families farm in south west Sydney.  It was beautiful being out of the city for the day – we had such a great time relaxing and hanging out.

Dress:  Vintage, found at Zoo Emporium in Surry Hills.  This is hands down my favourite dress.  I love the pattern on the fabric, the cut of the dress, and the length.  It’s got pockets too – a necessary requirement for any perfect summer dress I think.
Cardigan:  Hand-me-down from my friend Rosa-may.  It was handed-down to her from a friend too.  It’s my new go-to cardigan.  Big and slouchy and a perfect shade of red.  I love it!

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 6) October 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in apron, business, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, home made, me, recycle, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today I’m wearing a little stretch cotton dress that I made last year.  Super comfortable, but quite short!  It’s a wear-with-shorts-or-leggings kind of number.

You can see right behind my behind there’s a couple of my handmade soaps.  I’m just setting up to take some product shots so they can go into the shop this afternoon.

Dress:  Handmade by me with fabric found in my Mum’s stash
Apron:  Most probably made by my Nana, given to me by Mum last time I visited home.  It’s awesome fabric, I love it!  It’s fraying on the tie at the back and is badly in need of some repairs, but I that’s part of what I love about it.  The wide waist band makes this apron so comfortable to wear.  It’s great when I’m photographing my products as it stops me getting tiny pieces of soap all over my dress.

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999