Monday, March 10, 2014

Cornflour Made from Wheat.

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

Miss Bossy Patterns Selection

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?

(Nancy, you're forgiven - your fabrics are such fun, I can't stay mad at you at all!) Grin!

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?

Boss me to make the free polls 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Washing Machine & Dryer Sheet Bag

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

Sadly it is not beginner level, it has two buttons on the difficulty rating (out of three) but I thought I would give it a go. The Bratness has been searching for a handbag, so I figured I'd make it for her.

Trix was not interested in doing any QC.
Not bad, not bad at all. The pattern is simple and the instructions in the book are clear and illustrated. It was pretty much a cinch to put together.

Nor is Gemma. Sigh.. No QC on this project.

As I am leaving tomorrow for Canberra, I really did not have much time to work on this. Last Sunday I carefully traced and cut out the pattern, ransacked my fabric searching for the perfect piece, and found a blue and yellow delight that just popped! I was in love!

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!

Next up - lining... rummage rummage rummage and this delightful poinsettia polyester rayon leapt up shouting "pick me, pick me!" A Christmas lining for a Christmas gift, perhaps? And a bright pop of color to lift the prison-mattress-ticking blue and white. I lined all the pockets and created the edging on the outside pocket

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.

The handbag feels a lot sturdier now and has "presence". The bottom holds its shape really well. If I was to do this again, I'd quilt the bottom bottom piece and then just have a standard lining bottom. I think it would be easier.

When I'd finished the outer bag, I thought it looked very plain and boring so I added this front pocket thingy. It was a terrible idea; I couldn't get the sides to bind over properly the way I'd envisioned, and the stress of sewing the pocket to an almost completed bag made me take up some rather rude cuss words (I've learned a few in French now!) but the end result is very fetching, so perhaps it was worth the fuss. ;o)

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/

Now the only puzzle I have left is whether or not do something about the top. The Bratness has mentioned that she prefers a handbag that has a zipper closure, but if I add a zipper, it will destroy the elasticated effect at the top - as well any other type of entire closure that I've considered. I've thought of non-entire closures such as two button-and-loops such as the one on the pocket, giving a total of three in an upside-down triangle format, or a couple of magnets. They just don't seem right though.

Any ideas for me?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Action Auction Photo

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. :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

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.