Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More Unselfish Work - And a Sewing Course Coming Up!

It has been a while since I have made any clothes for myself, and I am a little sad about that. The reason that nothing has come out of my sewing room (clothing wise) is that I have lost weight recently (26 lbs and counting!) and although this is the ideal time to make some new (smaller) garments - I don't want to use my lovely, lovely fabrics for clothes that will only last a couple of months. I know that some of you go through your wardrobes with gusto each season, clearing out the old to make place for the new, but I tend to keep hold of clothes for a little longer.  So, no clothes sewing for now . . . . however, I am booked on a bra-making course on July 14th (here in Canada!!) and I can't wait!  I have booked a week long course - if I have to travel halfway across the country, I really need to spend a few days there!  I plan to travel a little whilst I am there - Niagara Falls is relatively close, and I understand that Burlington is worth a visit as well.  Oh, and then there is Lake Ontario, I think that I will be dipping my tootsies in the sea.  Has anyone taken a course like this?  Do you make your own bras?


Sadly, if my bras could speak right now, I am sure that this is what they would be saying - but in a couple of weeks, I should have some much happier underwears!!

But here is what I have been making.  A few baby hats and wallets to raise money for charity.



Pretty cute hats - very quick and easy to make.


The fabric for the aboe wallet is from a designer called Laurel Burch - probably very well known amongst the quilters out there.  Her colour combinations are gorgeous.




And finally, the last two greyhound fabrics are from Spoonflower - they are not my designs, but you can buy other peoples designs,and this is what I made.  The fabric is pretty expensive, but I have been very pleased with the quality and service.  Definitely worth a look if you are after something specific - or want to have your own design printed up.

Have you ever had your fabric design printed up?  And what about weight loss/gain - how does that affect your sewing?

8 comments :

  1. There hasn't been anything coming out of my sewing room for me either... I'm like a yoyo with my weight... at the moment the yoyo has been going up more than down LOL. But I have still been super busy sewing though and not for me... sewing dolls clothes mainly for other people which is a nice change :) I love those wallets you made and those gorgeous bright pretty colours!

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    1. Thank-you! I enjoy reading about the sewing that you have done for your dollies. Very cute!

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  2. I would love to go on a bra making course. Because I am a large cup size (E or F) I didn't think it would be possible for me. Please post how you get on! I also wish I could see the places you plan to visit. I think it will be an amazing trip. I love your charity makes, especially the greyhound wallets, yes I would love one of those! Let me know if they are for sale to people many miles across the ocean :) I can't believe I have never looked at spoonflower. I must take a peek! As for weight fluctuations, I only seem to get bigger these days!!

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    1. I think the course is pretty much designed for people like yourself - showing you how to get a better fit because for one reason or another, regular sizes do not fit well.

      When I come back from my trip we will sort out a plan to get you a wallet :)

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  3. Congrats on your weight loss..So happy for you.. Such an accomplishment.
    Love all the sewing you have been doing..Very cute items..Love the wallets..

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    1. Thanks! I am taking it slowly and actually changing what I eat is a way that will make it sustainable. I hope :)

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  4. Wow 26# congratulations, I hope you were trying to lose weight and are not loosing for some other reason !!. Let us know your secret. I took a photo in Maine of superb reflections in a pond during a fall photo shoot, sent the image to spoonflower and had fabric generated for my bathroom shower curtain. You are right, expensive, but the results are stunning and I have a one of a kind shower curtain that receives many many compliments.

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    1. All for good reasons! My Doctor mentioned putting me on medication for high blood pressure, but I asked for time to lose weight rather than become reliant on medication. It is my fault that I am overweight (I love food!!), but I think that I have found a way to help lower it and maintain a healthier eating pattern. I eat healthily during the week - cereal for breakfast, a fruity/veggie shake for lunch and salad (I love salads, especially with watermelon in!) for tea. At the weekend I maintain a healthy breakfast and lunch, but the evening meals tend to be a bit 'naughty' -s Sunday roast, pasta, sausage and mash - whatever I fancy. This means that I am not deprived of anything, and most of my meals are actually pretty good for me!

      Your shower curtain sounds fabulous - care to share?

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