Solutions for way too many sewing projects
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
3M ago
Finally finished my Kantha Wrap and Go - good thing the Spring weather isn’t always warm 8 min read Oh the Dream ? ? The dream of opening up your wardrobe …to find what you love to wear and only what you want to wear. zzzzzz The reality … 6 garments on high rotation worn well but sadly wearing out! This is the pain AND a great place to start! Hot patterns poncho with Stylearc Margaret pants Looking forward to an event is exciting. Opening the wardrobe door and wondering what you have to wear to it, can be a real party pooper. Decisions Decisions Confusion is rampant and is a roadblock to act ..read more
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Use your block, don’t do your block and make that pattern work for you!
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
6M ago
This is about a Designer Vogue Pattern 1331 DKNY (Donna Karan New York) that was too small for the person who wanted to make it and wear it the next day. Spoiler alert - She did! Bruce is an Ambassador for Movember Please note there was no special diet or extreme body shrinking underclothes worn to accomplish this result. **Do your block is an Australian and New Zealand slang - to become angry The Vogue pattern says Size 12. That’s right size 12! Well it is a 1990’s pattern and I was a size 12 in the ‘90’s but that my sewing friends, is not the case anymore. Those 80’s & 90’s patterns hav ..read more
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To Activewear or NOT Activewear ... that is the Question!
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
1y ago
I'll blame it on the morning walks & COVID Activewear Outfits There is nothing like getting exercise to start my day and thinking time to plan it. My outfits are perfect for the activity Orange Microfleece Hoodie Vogue 1071 … added pouch pocket .. Note:Upper arms a bit tight Vogue 1071 A few Versions of The SewHouse7 Raglan sleeve hoodie My First Simplicity 8790 SewHouse7 Raglan sleeve Hoodie in a soft Ponte. Fabric Stretches both ways …the Start of my addiction to this pattern Simplicity 8790 another version of SewHouse7 raglan sleeve hoodie … I wear this once a week Simplicity 8790 ..read more
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Sew Something … Anything for Goodness sake!
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
Is this Pandemic the time to be Pedantic? Pedantic: excessively concerned with minor details or rules; overscrupulous. ☑️ Yes I have W.I.P. s (Work in progress) that need to be finished ☑️ Yes I need to replace wornout garments ☑️ Yes I want to make extraordinary garments ☑️ Yes I have a Chanel jacket that needs quite a bit of hand stitching What should I do?  ... But what will I end up actually doing? Can there be a happy medium? How do I lift myself up out of my Covid lockdown doldrums and fly towards the sewing room to turn the light on and just sew? How do I get focused? What I can s ..read more
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I'm in the mood for...... Sewing up a Storm
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
Living means …. getting older and the alternative to getting older means … no more sewing for me … as far as I know! My Wrap and Go Jacket Sew the day is fast approaching where I step into the 60’s. How did that happen? Talk about time flying when you are doing what you love. I've been excited thinking about having a wardrobe reset … my mind has been racing with ideas. Vogue pattern 9372 I want more from my wardrobe. Self drafted Looking through my Pattern collection and spending time with my fabric has given me a new focus, a desire for details that need to be on the garments I'm wearing ..read more
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My Lockdown Covid Sewing Holiday-Restricted but not Stopped!
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
I am on a big holiday ATM in a country new to me. The language is a bit hard to learn. It's a country that has a lot of social rules that are quite restricting. Wearing The Toaster Sweater #1 with my new Pinafore Dress from Simply Sewing Magazine https://youtu.be/aJ0x3VIz2Y8 The people are a bit standoffish and have some very strange customs. They don't show their mouths and are quite hostile if they see anyone's else's mouth. If you get a chance to have a quick chat be warned ... Do Not offer to shake anyone's hand ... you will be left hanging. The locals seem like a cold bunch overall. They ..read more
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COVID-19 Groundhog Day “Sewvival” Kit
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
It's 2020 and the whole world is on the same side fighting a virus that has overwhelmed many Hospital systems & has caused needless deaths. Here are some pandemic movies that I grew up with and survived. World War Z (2013) Blindness (2008) I Am Legend (2007) 28 Days Later (2002) Outbreak (1995) Day of the Triffids (1962) Who would have thought that all those movies, watched from behind the safety of a cushion, would never ever end up being a real-life experience? Horrifying! I watched these movies, learned about germs, humanity - the good and the bad & how to sur ..read more
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Time to Sew ... Why being a Sewing List Stickler is like wearing Creative Handcuffs
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
Madison Cardigan by @StyleSewMe Versatile and Cosy The important questions to ask are… When did I make this list? Are the items on my list still applicable to my Lifestyle, Current Body Size, Hair Colour, Work Situation, and Current Style Needs? Chains be broken https://youtu.be/0SK1SPIWEek Change your list! You have changed but the list has not. Why is the list so long? Is the list stopping desire? Maybe the list needs to be changed to Garments that ARE: Interesting, Fun, Wearable & More YOU Times change & so do you Ruts are predictable but let’s not get stuck in one now. Vogue ..read more
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Defying COVID 19 with my Sanity Saving Sewing Machine
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
I'm a deadline Sewist. Uncertainty gives me Sewing Paralysis. Nowhere to go ... no point sewing. This is where I take a 180 degree turn. I HAVE to sew for the future, to help me HOPE for the future ... whatever that looks like! I've used this method before, in a few life situations that were uncertain: breaking up with a boyfriend (teenage years not now :-) )changing jobs, coping with husband's cancer (cancer free now), deaths in family .... anything I had no control over. I'm Sewing my way through this Pandemic and sharing my Sewing journey on Instagram Finished in time for ... ASG Style ..read more
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How your favourite Yesterday Sewing Patterns can be a smash hit Today
Anne Whalley | Melbourne Sewing Blog
by Anne Whalley
2y ago
How can I be using the same Patterns today that I sewed Yesterday (over 40 years ago)? The Patterns I have aren't my Size anymore but I'm still sewing them! (With apologies to John & Paul of Beatles fame) Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away Now it looks as though they're here to stay I could sew a Vogue Size 12 and wear it every day Oh, I believe in yesterday Suddenly, I feel I'm twice the size I used to be There's a shadow hanging over me … cos my body isn't what it used to be and here are the reasons why: having children = body changes Worklife shift rosters, irregular hou ..read more
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