Sunday Confessional

3 Apr

I’m so late with this (which let’s face it isn’t that unusual) but the gorgeous Cecili at Sewing and so on nominated me for a stylish blogger award a couple of weeks back. In return I must tell seven things about myself – I’ve done this once before but here’s some more indulgent randomness:

1. I failed at Me-Made-March…

… because none of my pants fit! I’ve put on a few pounds this summer thanks to brunches like these which meant everything was a little too tight – aargh! All I felt like wearing this month were Pjs and loose jersey dresses. I now understand the appeal of a muumuu.

2. I love local fashion designers…

… like Juliette Hogan, Cybele & Karen Walker, even if I don’t fit the clothes.

Juliette Hogan


3. I haven’t sewn a thing this year…

… because once I get the order of things in my head I can’t circumvent it. And in my head I couldn’t sew until my sewing space was finished. That hasn’t stopped me adding to my stash though – here are the patterns I added to my pattern library from the BMV sale this week.

4. Sometimes I get things gift-wrapped even when I bought them for myself…

… becuase I’m a sucker for pretty or unusual packaging. My latest find was in a vintage store in St Kevin’s Arcade called Aunty Mavis. They use pages from childrens’ books to seal the simple brown paper bags.

5. I have an addiction to google…

… I almost panic when I don’t have access to it. How else can I find answers to all the random questions that flow through my mind on any given day.

6. I think I stumbled across a possible new career this week…

Instructional Designer. Designing training materials seems like the perfect combination of helping adults learn (which I do in my current job) and graphic design which I love. It’s also why I’m a little giddy that work is getting Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 (Photoshop, InDesign etc.) for me to use.

7. I have over 250 blogs in my reader…

… more than 150 of them are sewing related. My favourite thing on a Saturday morning is to curl up with a coffee from up the road and catch up.

Now I know the award thing isn’t everyones cup of tea so to the ladies below, there’s no pressure to participate but I thought I’d just share just a couple of the blogs on my radar.
lotus blossom skirtPatty the Snug Bug: Because she creates awesome details like the pocket above and because she is trying to get more blogging in this month so here’s something to write about 😉

Idle Fancy: This is one of the newest blogs on my reader and I’m very much looking forward to Mary’s version of Colette’s Chantilly.

Brumby: For her wicked sense of humour and not letting an earthquake hold her back from me-made-march – changing it into Me Made March’s Munted Metamorphosis.

Solvi of Delfinelise: One of the most productive sewists I know. Check out her progress here.

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Jen of Grainline + Hound: An effortlessly chic pattern maker and designer from Chicago. She has just made available her tiny pocket tank pattern for download.

Rachel from Boo Dogg and Me: who is a million months pregnant right now and still looking gorgeous.

The Cupcake Goddess: Sunni has made the fabulously brave decision to quit her job and focus full time on her business A Fashionable Stitch.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

7 Responses to “Sunday Confessional”

  1. rachel April 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Thanks Alana! I’ll do my best to answer in the next week – hopefully I’m not going to pop that early — I want a full week or more off work!

    I love V1121 – can’t wait to see what fabric you’ll make it in. And I love Karen Walker too – I can never justify spending that amount of money on a garment though xx

  2. laurwyn April 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Yeay for building up your stash 😉 I do the same, I tend to get more and more patterns, because I have to, right? (4 new ones are coming in the mail from the last BMV sale!). I also could get a LOT of fabrics, but budgetting helps going against that need!

    Thank you for those great links to blogs as I did not know most of them!

  3. LaKaribane April 4, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I can COMPLETELY relate to 5 and 7 because that’s just how I feel/what I do too! (Although, I have waaaaay more blog feeds than you…)

  4. Mary Danielson April 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks so much for tagging Idle Fancy, Alana! Not going to lie, I can’t wait to see how the Chantilly turns out either. It’s languishing away half-finished on my sewing table as we speak, poor thing.

    Also, count me in for having too many blogs in my reader. Between sewing and writing, my GReader is a bit unmanageable. And now, thanks to your links, I have even more! 😀

  5. Sølvi April 8, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Hey – thanks for mentioning me! And I adore your new patterns, hopefully they can help you get back into sewing business. 🙂

  6. Debi May 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I love this!!! All your new patterns look great!

  7. lsaspacey May 22, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Welcome to the club! I am working on finishing my first NEW project since January. Everything else were holdovers from last year. I did have a goal of making a garment for each month; unless I get really productive that probably won’t happen. But I’m happy we’re both sewing again, it’s good for the soul.

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