It's nice to have a break, makes me feel refreshed and spangly new, and without the constant fraternising of 'what am I going to post' everyday during Blogtoberfest, last week turned out to be fairly productive and easy going. so what did I do........
Without the thoughts of blogtoberfest littering my mind, I was able to have a sort out, not just my actual clutter, but my mind also, I cleaned and sorted my room and made pleanty of lists mostly of things floating around in my mind including sewing projects, haberdashery items and crimbo shopping lists. I don't know about you, but I'm a constant list maker, I like to know where I am , what I've done and what to do next.
knitting: friend or foe
At this time definitely Foe. Me and knitting are not getting along!! I thought I have a good go at it last week and teach myself to knit properly. I can more or less garter stitch, as for purl, it ain't happening, one minute I can do it and the next I really don't no but it ain't purl. I'm think I should take a leaf out of Marie at A sewing Odyssey's book and join a knitting course!!
Remember this fabric? well I love the colour all be it a little unusual (some of you might call it shitty green but I prefer chartreuse hehe!) and I think I know what to do with it now, I seen a dress in a similar style and colour in a magazine or perhaps it was whilst watching sex and the city 2 (again!) whatever it was I'm thinking of creating a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, the bust area would be in cream and the skirt part in green with horizontal pleat detail........
I've not given up on Etsy, just yet I still want to open a shop but I've assigned myself to experimenting with different ideas of what to sell, currently I am looking at occasion wear and designed these capes to be used as cover ups at weddings. I've drafted a pattern and for the first time ever graded the pattern too, so we shall see how the pattern works out before I decide on whether to make these capes.
Drawing / Illustrating
I've gone back to my trusty drawing friend called copying, as some of you are aware I feel my drawing ability or lack of it, has gone down hill, so I've taken to coping different styles to try and improve my technique, this is something we did in college where you copy the drawing exactly then use that style to produce your own work. I can't remember whose illustration I have copied here, but I will do a post on this soon.
And of course Sewing
I bought material, white lining to reline this dress with and I'm also going to alter the dress too. It's been hung on my wardrobe door since I made it and I've decided I'm not happy with it so it's coming back apart.
The other material on the right was in the sale £2.00 a meter, I'm not sure what it its, it feels similar to crepe but more softer to touch yet heavier to hold. I bought it to make a toile/muslin of the capes above but you might just see it being used as the bust part of the dress above too.
pheew!!! I think last week was more than productive now I come to think of it, what did you do?