For all those who suffer the trials and tribulations of sourcing gluten-free food, I am sorry to add to your woes. Behold, and gnash your teeth! Or gasp in disbelief, whichever works for you. I did the "gasp, wtF??" version myself...
Now, is it just me, or is expecting cornflour to be made from corn just unreasonable?
Have you discovered any previously-safe GF food now frankensteined?
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Well, I'm STILL stuck on my February Challenge: Pants, and it's time to get my March Challenge on the board. Does anybody else see anything wrong with this picture? Gaaaaaaaaaaah!
Anyway, March is Miss Bossy Patterns. We have to choose three patterns from our pattern stash and post for folks to choose which one we are to make. Posting a photo of the suggested fabric is an optional extra. We can use tissue patterns, or books or magazines. I have an astounding selection of BurdaStyle magazines for somebody who can't sew, so it's about time I went for one of them. LOL.
In true Toni style, however, I've gone with a slight twist. Yeah!
Below, please find my pattern selections.
Option 1: The BurdaStyle Folded Yoke Blouse 10/2012
If you have a look at the web page here and scroll down to the bottom under "Completed Projects" you will see a couple of very nice examples in a printed version. The white version in the magazine is lovely, but I especially like Maska's version, and think Merche's is pretty too. I shall shorten the sleeves, it will be more useful to me that way. I'm also considering something different with the buttons, but haven't decided yet.
Option 2: The BurdaStyle Wrapped Blouse 04/2013
The web page is here for your viewing pleasure. No changes in mind, this is just so pretty as it is.
Option 3: McCall's M6354
While I have the tissue copy of this pattern, for ease of reference of viewers, I found McCall's online page here for your perusal. Now on this one, I'd like to add sleeves, but I don't know if the style would support it. I'm hoping to wear this blouse to work, so sleeves is a must. Our office had the polar vortex LONG before it made it Stateside!
As you can see, I'm all about tops this month. It's something I'm sorely lacking in my wardrobe, so I've decided to focus on creating a larger selection this year.
Now, here's my twist.
Instead of finding fabric to match each pattern, I'm planning to use one particular fabric for whichever pattern wins. Purchased from Nancy's Notions, but Nancy is uncooperative enough to not have it on her website any more, requiring me to do the entire photograph-download-cut-and-paste thing (are you reading this Nancy? Very unhelpful of you!) to get it up here for you, my dear voters.
And here it is. Isn't it glorious?
There is a lot of blue in my wardrobe and a fair amount of red. I have a couple of green items and a smidgeon of yellow. Lots for mix-and-match versatility. I originally thought I'd make this fabric into a dress, but I have a dozen dresses hanging unused in my closet, so I figured that would be a total waste. At least I will get to wear this several times over in a top or tunic.
So, what's it to be folks? What will I be wearing come end March?
Monday, November 11, 2013
This month's TMS challenge was Something From a Sewing Book, and I have collected a fair few of them over the past two years. I thought I'd have this one aced, no problem. I forgot, again, the paralysis of choice; so I was quite lost until I found a book with instructions on how to make your own dress form! I've been wanting a dress form for a while, so this was great.
|Quality Control Inspector approves.|
Unfortunately, however, I could not figure out how to do this singlehandedly as, while Himself is fully prepared to put two minutes into helping me with my blog, 2+ hours takes up some serious killing time, and them zombies were calling! Fair enough - I have my interests and he has his - but it did put me in a bit of bind when none of my other friends could be available either. They had reasonable excuses, like being out of the country, for instance. Hard to argue with.
But then I stumbled across this microsuede beauty
From the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook
|Trix was not interested in doing any QC.|
|Nor is Gemma. Sigh.. No QC on this project.|
|Blue and yellow? Not.|
Only I felt that the cotton fabric was way too soft for a handbag. It should be something sturdy and hardwearing! Then this weekend I found some blue and white home decor fabric that I bought to fit into my bedroom color scheme but gave me a headache looking at it in large sizes. Perfect! It's supposed to be dry clean only, but it got wet in the mail, so I washed it and it survived. Terrific - it would now be a handbag you could just throw in the washing machine, and cute to boot!
And the inside of the bag was done entirely in the rayon - except that I goofed the bottom so it's the same home decor fabric.
Actually, when I sewed the outside of the bag, I felt the bottom was just too flimsy, so I figured it was a "good goof" and decided to quilt the inner "bottom" before I put it into the bag. I used the fun Hawaiian print I lined my cape with and then, because I don't have any batting, I created several layers of used Bounce dryer sheets. The bag smells divine! :) I ran lines of blue stitching down the center of the blue lines of the decor fabric, then serged all the layers together to create a quilted bottom.
I couldn't find a button I liked, so I used a plastic one and bound it with the lining fabric. Blue ribbon became the loop to close it.
There were a couple of other errors, but not enough for me to stress over. I managed to hide or fix most of them, so I'm very pleased. I even hid two so well that Himself couldn't find them until he searched very hard! \o/ \o/
Any ideas for me?
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Nothing like standing on a box for four hours yelling out numbers to really make you appreciate a long, cold, drink of water!
This is me, the Auctioneer, standing on a box so I can actually see the bidder numbers. Sorry for quality, it was a phone pic by a bored colleague, Aibia Mamae, who snapped a couple at the end of the day. By this time, most of the bidders were bored too and made themselves comfortable on the auction merchandise. :)
Labels: Friday Photo
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Happy Halloween everyone!
Totally lost as to what to wear today, all my ideas having either not worked out or been trounced by Himself, I settled on being a Southern Belle. My friend at work, Elma Polum, took these photos for me with her smart phone, as Himself went diving and we didn't have time to put some together. It was also raining this morning, so that didn't help matters!
We're having a Halloween party tonight and I'll be changing my outfit for that, so I'll post more pics tomorrow after the event.
Labels: Personal Stuff