Sunday, April 13, 2014

Back from retreat 2014

I was fortunate again to go on a crafting retreat over a recent weekend. It was great to get away for a weekend of crafty only interrupted by chat, coffee, meals and sleep! No cleaning, no cooking, no complaints, just crafting!

I used it as my annual scrapbooking time, and completed 13 full pages. This is a record for me! I went to the Kaisercraft warehouse a couple of weekends prior and stocked up on some new (for me) papers and embellishments. I also picked up a template which was a worthwhile investment. Together with my scrapbooking buddy, we used it a couple of different ways over the weekend.

My apologies for the quality of the photos, but I figured I would rather spend my time crafting rather than taking and editing pics. 

Here's a sample of my scrapping over the weekend:

The photo from Georgetown (above) is my favourite page. I used the template with my watercolour pencils and then added water for the lovely colours. Stanley (featured in the pic) was such a character and had great biking leg muscles, obviously as it was his living pedalling around hefty tourists!

We had an awesome time on our Malayasia holiday. J asked to go back there all the time! I will blog the trip report one day. 

For the next retreat, I think I might be tempted to take my sewing machine and sewing though next time to sew down my stash. It will be another retreat again later in the year (August). It gives me a few months to prepare for some serious stitching!

At the retreat a lady was telling me about 'Project Life'.  To date I have been ignoring this concept but it seems like a great way to combine scrapping and a photo album. It also would be a realistic way to put together all our holiday and yearly pics into some sort of order and showcase.

Anyone do Project Life and what are your thoughts and tips?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Goodship Dress

I should have a huge feeling of elation as this The Goodship Dress has languished in my WIP pile for a little while. For some reason my zest for completing it disappeared soon after the birthday party (where it was meant to be gifted) had passed. There is a valuable lesson from this - do not start a project the day before the party.

The pattern is the only design by One Girl Circus and I was drawn to the sailor collar and the fact that the pattern went up to size 13/14. It was pretty easy to make up, with the french seaming for the side seams an unusual (but nice) finish. I did over think the front panel section though and needed some guidance from the pattern designer to make sure I was on the right track. I have a tendency to think the construction should be more complicated that what it really is sometimes and I found the instructions were a lacking when it came to the front section of the garment. A couple of more illustrations would have helped. I also don't like the pockets. They seem a little small although I am used to pockets for big boys not dainty hands!

Overall though, it is a cute dress and looks nice and cool for summer. I like the cap sleeve options which may be better for some arm coverage and I think the tab version may be more practical than the bow. I am not very happy with how the neckline in the finished garment (my sewing not the pattern) ended up but I'm sure it will be fine when worn.

There is also a different Amy Butler Lark fabric inside the pleat. I forgot to take a photo of this and now the dress is all wrapped up.

Fabric: Amy Butler cotton and stash fabric (approx 2 yards)
Pattern: The Goodship Dress, size 3