Sunday, 8 July 2012

Gingham, Sewing and FABULOUS fabric!

So it's been another few weeks since I posted, sorry!

Anyway I've been busy, still getting used to full time work, doing lots of stuff I wanted to get done before my knee op (which is this coming Friday eek!) and I've been sewing - as well as continuing to exercise and lose weight :o)

As you know I'm losing weight - over 1 1/2 stone right now, a scrape under 22lbs to be exact! - and my clothes are getting bigger so I needed to make a new blouse for work. I have loads of green gingham sitting around in my stash so thought I would use that. It's so nice to be wearing something that fits rather than too big, I'm also 2 vintage jeans sizes down, just got back into these jeans for the first time in years!!



I also made myself something I've been promising myself for a long while, not an essential piece of clothing but a make up coverall! I am one of those people who is forever dropping make up on myself, it drives me crazy. I know some people are great at this kind of thing, me, not so much. So I made up a 50s apron and I've had no make up down the front of my clothes for over a week now YAY!


I've also scored big time on fabric lately, at some great great prices too! All great prints, pretty much all tropical/hawaiian and I can't wait to make them up, but I'm going to wait until I get to a weight I'm happier with so it make be a little while til you see the final product!

The first 3 I bought from the same seller in the US, I think it's repro as it's in such good condition, but it arrived and it's 36 inches wide and feels vintage, I'm really not sure now. Anyway I don't care cos it's AWESOME!!





I got this really cute fabric from a US seller to for next to nothing, it does however smell a little - only of old peoples houses, like moth balls or something - so I'll be washing it before I use it, but very carefully!


This fabric I bought from a UK seller and I have lots of it, enough to make a dress. It is far better in the flesh, for some reason photographs don't do it justice, even in on ebay it didn't look as good as it is but I thought it might be, so again I got it for a song!!


Last weekend I swapped my old office and sewing room round, I put Paul and all his art and painting paraphernalia in my office and I went into his old art room which is now my sewing room. Once I've sorted it fully I'll take photos. When I was moving my stuff I found a stash of UFOs (unfinished objects for all you non-sewing types), this gorgeous blouse was amongst them. I remember starting this several years ago before a holiday but then just didn't have time to finish it, I think it went wrong and I abandoned it. Anyway I have dug it out, it's still too small right now but I will finish it up, it's stunning fabric, and I will fit it soon :o)



And last but not least, please don't be scared he he! I have a bigger bust it's no secret and every time I try to fit something to my tailors dummy it just doesn't hang right as all my measurement is at the front, not round the back. So I decided to get a bra out, fix it to my dummy and stuff it, it's not glamorous, but boy what a difference it's made! Sadly my waist isn't quite that small yet, but that's as big as this dummy goes, but it will be soon, they are however my hip measurements :o) I wanted to show you this as this is a good idea for those with a larger bust who are trying to fit clothes better!



So as you see I've been up to a lot. As I said I'm in for my op on Friday, so you'll probably hear a lot more from me during that week cos I'll be off work.

Hope you're all well, sorry I haven't been able to keep up with my blog reading but I mostly caught up today.


20 comments:

Alix said...

Good luck for the op - it will make a huge difference not to have the pain any more, I'm sure. Great fabrics, fab weight loss, and love the bespoke dummy - teehee! Will be thinking of you.
x

SlutbagsMcGee said...

Oh wow, you look great :)
Fab idea about the bra, some are so padded or thick that they can make you a different size anyway :/ loving the material! xXx

Ivy Black said...

Gorgeous fabrics...can't wait to see them nade up.
Best of luck with the op.xxxxx

Kitty said...

Good to see you're going so well with the weight loss! Having lost 17kg (over 3 stone) last year myself I know it's bloody hard once we're over 40!! keep up the good work, I'm always reading your blog.xx.

Miss Magpie said...

Wow you have done well with your fabric lately. I especially like the last three.

I hope the op goes well and you have a speedy recovery. x

Trina44 said...

Great job on your weight loss. I love the bra idea, you always have the best ideas, I still love the sponges rollers with rags idea.

From Trina at http://retrofashionismypassion.blogspot.com

Vintage Coconut said...

*Congratulations* on your weight loss, you are looking GREAT!
I love the blouse and makeup cover-up you made. And the fabric you purchased is all AWESOME my fave is the aqua fabric with the palm tree's huts and the dancing lady.

Tara said...

Congratulations on your weight loss, Fiona! I adore your fabrics and that apron is fabulous!! I so want to steal those Hawaiian prints!

Zootsuitmama said...

You're Beautious! Love gingham, and it looks so Summery!

delia hornbook said...

Good to see you, your looking amazing ;-) Well done with the weight loss. Your fabrics are wonderful such gorgeous patterns and colours. Good luck with the operation hope it all goes well, dee x

1950s Atomic Ranch House said...

Love the fabrics!

As good as I consider myself to identify vintage, there are times when you just cannot tell! It looks vintage, maybe it's been stored away in great conditions. At any rate, you look fantastic and great idea for the dress mold!

Vix said...

You are looking gorgeous! Love those jeans on you, you fox!! The fabric is fantastic and the bra on the mannequin idea is nothing short of genius!
I'll be thinking of you on Friday and remembering how wonderful it was to come out of surgery 6-and-a-half years ago and be instantly pain-free! xxxxxx

Jennie DeSoto said...

OMG 22 lbs! You go girl! I have no will-power. I need to get movitated. What is your secret?

Maureen said...

Think Monday - then it will be over! Good for you about the weight.

Lovely fabrics by the way, just off to look at ebay!

Rocket Originals said...

Well done on your weight loss. You've got some brilliant fabrics there, look forward to seeing what you make with them. I've got sooo many UFO's! Hope your op goes well on Friday. Kaye xx

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

Just found your blog today and am enjoying!

Ange said...

Great fabric stash and well done on the weight loss hon!
Hope the op goes well and is a great success xXx

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Wow! You have been busy - great to see your creative mojo is back! LOVE all the fabric syou got, especially the bright red one, can't wait to see what you do with that. Best of luck for your op :)

Bella Q said...

Hello! I find you via Curtise's blog roll on her sidebar. I don't sew but my mama did, and I wish I had the skills and talent! Your fabric finds are gorgeous- and I bet some great garments are forthcoming.

Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery. Take care! -Bella Q

Kim said...

Wow, some gorgeous fabric there. I love the coverall. I'm the kind of person that is dropping, well, everything on myself. It is often said of me that I could do with a bib of some sort!

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