When I was approached by Figure Forms to send me one of their Tailor’s Friend® dressmaker forms, I was immediately on board.
I have always wanted a proper dressmaker form ever since I saw the contestants of Project Runway draping their designs on them. Speaking of the reality show, did you know that this popular Tailor’s Friend® form was featured on Project Runway South Africa? Pretty awesome, right?
I’ve been very anti-social on social media lately. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it may have something to do with the immense loss I’ve experienced earlier this year due to my Dad’s passing. I’m doing a lot better now, and have slowly but surely started sewing my way into a better mood again.
These past few months have been rough. My Dad passed away just before the New Year and I was crushed. I still am, crushed. And I don’t think I will ever be the same. It’s been a tough few months, but I am finally at a place where I’m feeling better, and ready to be myself again.
August is going to be the month of getting out of my comfort zone.
I started a new health regime and I said YES to doing a talk on “Power Dressing” at the Nia Azuri Beauty Spa “A Woman’s Worth” event. I knew I just had to make myself a one-of-a-kind dress to wear to the talk. It is inspired by the Victorian era – my favourite fashion era, might I add – and I’m so inlove with the detail and the high necklines. I tried my hand at a fabric manipulation technique called “pin tucks” and I’m so amazed at how these turned out!
In this DIY I show you how to make a flat front and elasticated back waistband gathered tartan skirt with pockets – what a mouthful!
In this DIY I show you how to make a half circle skater dress. When I found this stunning floral print in a scuba knit, I knew I just had to make myself this skater dress.
In this DIY I show you how to make a fully-lined cozy teddy cardigan.
It’s winter here in Cape Town and I just had to make myself this comfy yet stylish piece. I used to own a teddy cardigan, but I gave it away (goodness knows why I would do such a thing), and I have regretted it ever since. Nonetheless, my DIY skills came to the rescue!
The older I get, the more I find myself wanting to invest in fewer wardrobe staples.
Gone are the days where I had a closet full of clothes and yet I still had nothing to wear. I’ve learned the hard way that too much of something is not good. It leaves you feeling overwhelmed and it’s not a good feeling. It’s literally baggage, and I refuse to lug around things I don’t love. This is why I’m rather making pieces like this plaid dress. It’s such a simple pattern, yet I feel super cute in it!
I’ve been creating so many things in my little sewing studio at home, buying so much fabric and materials that I’m starting to lose track of all the projects I’m making. I decided to get a little more organized, so I created myself a little Sewing Project worksheet based on how I work that includes the materials and sewing notions I need, a sketch or picture of what I intend to make, any necessary skills I need to learn in order to complete the project, as well as some swatches of fabric I could use. I haven’t officially used my new system yet, but I’m going to give it a go and I will share my journey with you on this blog.
When life gets too much, all you can really do is slow down and embrace the moment you are in. There’s no point in wallowing in the past, because you’re not there anymore. There’s also no point in concerning yourself with the future, because you’re not there yet either.