Is the Fabric you're buying ticking all the boxes?

There is a Fabric sale on!

There is an urgency to get to this Sale. It may be some time before another one.

The store has Sale Banners everywhere.

It's dazzling and exciting.

 

Tick Tock time's running out!

Tick Tock time's running out!

Looking at the sale offerings is confusing.

Usually the Fabric is all on one table and different types of Fabric are lumped together......patterned, plains, cotton, polyester, stretch, woven, various mixed colours, fabric type not specified.... It's confusing. It's meant to be confusing!

Frenzy shopping means you purchase what the Fabric Shop wants to sell and not necessarily what you should be buying.

Only purchased one Fabric!

Only purchased one Fabric!

 

I'm not sure about you...but looking for space in my Fabric Collection is hilarious....there is no space available! However space does get made IF the Fabric is totally fabulous.

Fabulous Fabric was purchased here! With @SewingDude Thomas Renwart in Ghent 

Fabulous Fabric was purchased here! With @SewingDude Thomas Renwart in Ghent 

 

A few weeks ago I was in a Fabric Store and there was a Sale on. I felt my heart missing a few beats and that darn urgency to find "Gold!"

 

There were quite a few bolts that were put behind the counter for me. While I was waiting in line to be served I looked at the bolts and felt detached. Great news. The Time factor shook my need to have all of these "must have" Sale items. I did purchase some of the bolts of course....I am human! I really loved the Fabric I bought. Really loved!

Oh this Fabric is still loved! With Darren @deedeenick & Wendy Ward @thatwendyward at @dittofabrics

Oh this Fabric is still loved! With Darren @deedeenick & Wendy Ward @thatwendyward at @dittofabrics

Buying Fabric is fun!!

You can't return Fabric!!

You can't return Fabric!!

Buying Fabric that really isn't fabulous is not only a waste of money, it is a "Space Taker Upper."

Spending Time making this unsuitable Fabric into toiles is also a time waster. Unsuitable Fabric doesn't give anyone a clear idea if the style of the garment will suit and it won't be worn either. A Pattern can be amazing in the correct colour, composition, print and type of fabric....even a toile!

Buy Fabric on Sale but make sure it's Great Fabric that happens to be on Sale...not just good Fabric.

Oh go on cut it! At the Fabric Store in Melbourne

Oh go on cut it! At the Fabric Store in Melbourne

The Question I ask when I'm considering buying Fabric.. "Will I Love You in the morning?"

 

 

Great Fabric ticks all your boxes not just one or two.

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Pretty Woman...The Sewing Version


There once was a woman who sewed a lot.

She always craved a wardrobe that performed well.

Do what you Love

Do what you Love

She did not have a perfect body. Successful dieting still did not deliver a body that would fit retail.

She sewed because she could not buy clothes that fitted, let alone express who she was. Hours were wasted browsing in shops and trying on clothes, that just looked wrong on her. This frustration developed into a passion for sewing.

Still Fabric shopping!

Still Fabric shopping!

She desired a look that was truly her own.

She wanted to walk into a room of people and meet people and not feel inappropriately dressed.

She wanted choices, lots of choices, to run counter to the fact that there were no choices for her in the retail arena.

She loved texture, Quirky Creative details & Fabric that had, a Personality of it's own.

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The quest was on. Vogue Patterns were the start of the journey. Fabric stores a refuge and a plethora of inspiration. Lunch was often forgotten. Fabric fed this girl. Money saved on skipped lunches also paid for the beginning of her Fabric & Pattern collection.

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Many Patterns were purchased and garments created....research for the perfect marriage of Pattern and Fabric, that felt comfortable and looked great.

 

She went through a clothing conformity season to protect her children from school yard bullying. After that season she made the clothes she loved and actually started wearing them!

 

When Julia Roberts was wearing clothes that conformed to the work she did, she was treated poorly. She had a makeover. She wore clothes that suited her and she truly felt comfortable. Her style ingredients were nailed! She blossomed. She did have help. She was no longer the same. She got used to being treated better. She had a better life.

The Before and After Story

The Before and After Story


This story is a true story. It didn't happen to a friend of a friend of mine. It happened to me.

This is My Story!

This is My Story!

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The Marriage of Fabric & Patterns. It's a relationship journey!

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Sometimes before finding the partner for life there is a bit of copious dating. Not all dates work out.

Not all the memade garments that we have sewn are suitable to stay in the wardrobe long term.

It's worth making new styles and different types of Patterns. Sometimes it just works and the gamble pays off...and sometimes it doesn't. That's what makes sewing exciting. The highs and lows.

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It's worth getting some marriage pre-counselling before you walk down the aisle. My husband to be wanted 3 kids. I didn't think I wanted any at all! I don't think I knew this until I was asked. He married me anyway. I asked for 5 years to consider, and we had 2 kids after this time. I like and love my kids too!

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What are your expectations of life together?

So you have decided to Sew up a Pattern.

Fitted + Cut + Sewn = The marriage 

Is this a match made in heaven?

Wear it for a day and find out.

Does this garment cheer you on?

Is it a quiet garment that supports you?

Do you feel incredible in it?

Is this relationship meant to last?

Only you will know when you wear it and see if it works in your lifestyle.

Enjoy Mozart's -The Marriage of Figaro with me! Music to Sew by

Enjoy Mozart's -The Marriage of Figaro with me!

Music to Sew by

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W.I.P....never quite made it to the altar - may as well finish it, then you will know!

Just didn't work..parted ways 

No friends to go with a solo garment? ...does it get worn? Make it work harder..see what needs to be made, to make it earn it's position in your wardrobe!

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Assessment criteria:

  • Do you look great in it?
  • Feel great?
  • Does it Express who you are? 

Lastly...

Don't wear it too much!

Overdosing in relationships kill the relationship....give them a chance to mingle with the other garments in your wardrobe during the week. Too much of a good thing ruins that fabulous feeling!

So... 

  • Mix up how you wear it
  • Enjoying wearing your other garments too

Keep the relationship fresh. Keep sewing. You are on the road to success..... and will be able to celebrate an anniversary in the future!

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And that's what it's all about! 

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Sewing Patterns- Love at First Sight

Looking through a Sewing Pattern catalogue is inspiring! The New Season is upon us and Winter or Summer is fading into the background. We are thrilled to see the New Season releases. 

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There are reasons we are attracted to the patterns we choose to buy.

Some are:

  • The fabric used to promote the garment
  • The tailoring details
  • The draping Style
  • The designer
  • The lines of the garment
  • The colour the model is wearing
  • The model! We want to look like her
  • Simple with few Pattern pieces
  • Complicated and many pattern pieces
  • Lifestyle needs
  • Dart placement
  • Decade Pattern was produced
  • Comfort  
  • Stretch or woven Fabric  
  • Fashion trend 
  • How much fabric the pattern needs
  • Body shape
  • Body proportion
  • Sewing skill level
  • Your sewing friends have made it
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Pattern Catalogues are like dating sites!

We look at the photo, we read the facts, we choose based on what is important to us.

We purchase....we date....

the connection is made.

Hope! 

We take it home and hope for the best. 

We might be a bit too nervous to take it out of the packet, so it sits in the pattern collection waiting. It is not alone. There are many patterns here waiting. Hope is still alive.

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We have purchased a Hope!

  • Hope it works on my Body
  • Hope I find the same fabric so I can have exactly the same garment
  • Hope it fits
  • Hope I can look exactly the same as the model
  • Hope I look like I'm in fashion
  • Hope I feel fabulous in it
  • Hope this garment will give me wardrobe options
  • Hope I have the same success my sewing friend had

There is a lot of pressure on this sewist/pattern relationship. It's make or break. 

Looking at the reasons behind our choices helps us make better choices.

Sometimes it's best NOT to make the Patterns in your collection. They could be time and fabric wasters. 

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If you date a dangerous guy because you want excitement, then you may get more excitement than you bargained for! Good thing patterns are addictive and not dangerous!

Look at your WHY! 

Save yourself from wasting your precious time and fabric.

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Why does fatigue happen just when I have time to sew?

It's like when you finally get holidays you get sick.

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All through our day we push to get out list done because we have deadlines. When there is no deadline we allow ourselves to feel how we feel. This means tiredness and sickness take over all our creative thoughts and we feel exhausted. 

Do we push through or succumb to the nanna nap? Sometimes a nanna nap is a great idea. Sometimes not.

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How I manage this sabotage on my sewing time:

  • I make sure I leave my WIP (work in progress) with an easy task to restart sewing again
  • I have all the notions I need for the project, before I start. 
  • I leave the pins in a simple seam to sew first for next time I sit at the sewing table
  • I don't leave tricky sewing issues for the next sewing session. I work on tricky sewing issues after I have been sewing for a bit. 
  • Starting easy means you probably won't succumb to the nanna nap! 
  • Know that there is an answer for every problem
  • If you can't find a solution, take it to Your Sewing Guild (if you're not in one join one)
  • If none of the above works for you maybe a charity shop. Let someone else work it out!
  • Making clothes that look great on you and that you enjoy wearing, will also help hasten the path back to your sewing machine 
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We all really just want to put our time in and have a successful outcome. 

We want to enjoy success. 

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Having success means looking forward to sewing. 

It's amazing how tiredness disappears when successful sewing is a real possibility.

Build your sewing confidence first.

Leave sewing tasks that are simple and easy to do.

Look through your Patterns and Fabric. Get inspired.

Sew your fabric and patterns up. See what works and what doesn't. 

Try these tips and tell me if they work for you.  

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Imagine your Sewing Wardrobe being filled with "dress-ups!"

Remember when you were younger and you played dress ups. So much fun! Some clothes were evening wear, clothes from past special occasions, outfits made for Book Week..... bright fabric, embellished, fancy and most of all, exciting.

Rhonda Butchmore 

Rhonda Butchmore 

Imagination plus an assortment of different clothes, a mirror and time. Part of the fun was imagining the places you would go. 

No one had a box of plain practical clothes to play with!

We all need the basics to support the clothes we want to wear. Basics are the platform on which the Wardrobe stands.

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When was the last time you felt excited about something you made?  

Frocktails

Frocktails

After making your basic pieces.....go into your fabric and pattern stash and see what is waiting patiently to be made.

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I know! What's the point of making a glamorous dress if there isn't an occasion to wear it to? 

I remember when I was working rather long hours and wondering if I would ever go to the Opera! I decided to take small steps anyway! I started by listening to 100 of the best Opera songs on CD when I was home. I started to imagine what I would wear. The family started singing along to the Opera CD that probably was played more than was necessary! 

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I made clothes to wear to the Opera. 

Eventually we went to the Opera. 

Madame Butterfly. 

It was fabulous.  

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If you don't take some small steps to realise your dreams, then life can become quite hard to bear. 

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Don't forget the dreams of your childhood. Don't forget the fabric and patterns that you fell in love with.

They're waiting for the child in you to play and create and maybe even wear. Then it's ready when the time comes, to wear to a place you want to go.

Venture into your Fabric and Pattern Stash... rediscover your first loves.

Venture into your Fabric and Pattern Stash... rediscover your first loves.

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You don't always find what you're looking for but...you always find something!

You will know it when you see it! But you can't find it!

You are looking for a certain fabric or a certain pattern. Inspiration is nowhere to be found. Or is it?

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Embrace what you are drawn to in your journey. You will find the unexpected will usually take you on a different journey!

 

How many times have you looked at your patterns and fabric and been indecisive?

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Why is it all your inspirational ideas come when you don't have time to sew?

 

When you finally get the time to sew the ideas are gone and the confusion sets in.

 

I know when I am driving or ironing my ideas are running free. When I'm not sewing all I think about is sewing . I will admit to driving past my own house and wondering where I am!

We need to work with what we have!

 

Do what it takes to get sewing

Do what it takes to get sewing

I always seem to want to do what I can't do! So I try and do both. I make it a race against the clock. This isn't for everyone but it certainly works for me.

 

A few months ago I wanted to make this dress. I had cut it out a while ago and wanted to wear it the next day. One of the sleeve pieces was missing. Very frustrating but there was nothing I could do. There was no extra fabric and this fabric was no longer for sale.

Yesterday I was looking through some fabric offcuts and voilà the sleeve piece was found! I was really thrilled I hadn't given up!

Glad I found this sleeve!

Glad I found this sleeve!

To move forward in the creative process is a meandering road. Road blocks are everywhere and most of the time the destination seems elusive.

How to ignite your sewing mojo:

  • Go with your gut feelings
  • Make what you love now
  • Build your sewing confidence
  • Make simple patterns to kick start your sewing mojo
  • Get your ideas down in a notebook
  • Look at these ideas when you do have time
  • Get the patterns and Fabric together
  • Cut out the Pattern and put all the pieces and requirements in a bag
  • Don't throw away the offcuts
  • Sew
  • Wear what you have made
Foldoverelastic finished this neckline

Foldoverelastic finished this neckline

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Fabric + Sewing Patterns = Wardrobe....Or does it?

A KillerKloset is possible!

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Quote by Albert Einstein

Are you willing to learn how to do things a little differently to move your wardrobe from Good towards Great?

Starting with base pieces that are perfect for you, means you can build a Wardrobe that works.

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We all need different wardrobe ingredients to make our Wardrobe suit our lifestyles.

Work, casual, coffee shop, gym, events... 

What is stopping you from having a great wardrobe?

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If your body is not like the mannequin in the store window, then you are sewing because nothing in the store fits. Just like me!

Choosing the best fabric and patterns for your shape and the occasion is crucial.

We all have the fabric and the patterns. Some of us have more than others. No pointing fingers and no judgement please.

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You have the ingredients already, so you may as well use what you have, to produce the Wardrobe you have always wanted!

Imagine buying ingredients to make your meals and....not using them! You would be hungry, broke and the fridge would need cleaning.

Adding to your stash is fun and exciting, no doubt about that! However, if you are repeating these same steps (buying and stashing all the time) and not getting better results, then Houston we have a problem.

No point sewing and building up your stash if everthing you make isn't improving the quality of your wardrobe. Every morning choosing your clothes should be an exciting experience - putting on clothes that make you feel great and that look great on you.

Moving your wardrobe from good to great is what I am passionate about...no matter what your body shape.

 

 

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In these photos I'm wearing my brown two-way stretch dress in cotton spandex. I made a five piece wardrobe all in the same colour. A pull-on elastic waist skirt, a singlet top, a pair of leggings. I used a brown  stretch bengaline fabric to make a more formal pair of pants. That was the start!

 

Make the next step...

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Is your Wardrobe full of your own Vintage clothes?

If your wardrobe is full but you are wearing the same 5 items every week you need to sort your wardrobe!

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It's like having a huge pattern collection but  making the same TNT's- Tried and True patterns.

Wearing different clothes and making different outfits breaks the boredom and humdrum of life. It gets our creative juices going and keeps our brains from stagnating. It's like working on Crosswords and Suduko puzzles, it keeps the brain in the thinking business!

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Creating is good for the soul. It keeps us interested in life and variety is the spice of life!

Are you convinced yet?

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Imagine looking forward to wearing clothes that you feel comfortable in and that reveal your personality! You feeling at ease in what you are wearing for social, work and special occasions.  Imagine feeling that you are dressed appropriately... It doesn't matter what age you are, this feeling of not wearing the right outfit affects all ages. It zaps confidence and can hinder enjoyment. Having fun becomes hard work!

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1. Sort Your wardrobe/patterns/fabric into like items and colours

Wardrobe : tops, pants, dresses

Toss the imperfect clothes in the bin...just do this and you will have wardrobe space for your new clothes...and you will find clothes to wear, that you have forgotten about!

 

Get out your scarves and accessories and put them on. Experiment and see what works. 

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Look...really look at how many black tops you really need...donate the excess

Keep your wardrobe organised... all like items grouped together

See what you need to buy

Buy what you need...not another black top though

 

Patterns need to be  sorted:  Vintage, Tops, Pants, Skirts, Dresses, easy, difficult, casual, corporate, evening wear...

 

Select the patterns you intend to sew and store the rest

Keep these patterns in a box you can flick through easily while looking at your fabric

 

Fabric needs to be sorted: Winter, Summer, stretch-polyester, viscose, one way stretch, two-way stretch, wovens, voiles, pleather, fur, silks...

 

Select the fabrics you intend to sew up this season. Store the rest

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Pair the fabrics with the patterns you have selected

Write up your plan on a white board or in a note book

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  • Sew them up
  • Wear them
  • Enjoy the feeling of overcoming the "My wardrobe is full of nothing I can wear Syndrome"
  • Enjoy rediscovering lost garments in your wardrobe
  • Be in control of your Fabric Stash
  • Know you will be making new patterns and using your creative powers
  • Experience the joy of wearing different clothes
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I can resist everything except temptation.. when it comes to Fabric!

What Fabric do you have in your Stash that keeps your Creative Heart beating?

Do you know what you can't say No to?

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Look in your Stash and discover the Fabric or Patterns that you will never fall out of love with. You can't and won't because of the elements that make up these fabrics or patterns. 

Is it: Vintage, Natural fibres, Stretch, Woven, Dramatic design, Drapey, Firm fabric, easy care, Crease-proof? ....

Knowing what you really love helps you resist what is "Good but not Great!"

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Imagine sewing with Fabric and Patterns you love. Spare time becomes Sewing time. Instead of finding excuses not to sew, you get the shopping, cleaning, cooking and house up to date so you can sew.

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If we are excited about our Sewing Projects we make sure we make the time to do them. If we have projects we really don't want to do....we don't. Recognise your heartbeat. If we are excited it means we will have more fun.

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Creative activities should be fun and not a drudge. Assess what you are committing your time to. If you have alterations, do small amounts and reward yourself by doing what you love, too!

You are in control of what you say yes to. Say no to the good, so you have more time to say yes to the great!!

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To be or not to be....That is the Question??

Are you ready for a change? Another Season is coming. Are you ready for the life you've always wanted?

Seasons change..so can you!

Seasons change..so can you!


Before anything can happen you need to make some changes.

 

Being fully equipped for the next Chapter in the story of our lives is impossible. Doing something is imperative!

 

What can you do to show that you are interested in moving forward?

 

Come on!

Come on!

Get rid of the clutter in your wardrobe. Pattern Collection or Fabric Stash.

Donate the clothes, patterns or fabric you know you don't want. First get rid of ill fitting clothing, stained or damaged clothes; fabric with holes/mildew or patterns that just aren't you. Then look at what you have left.

What can you work with? Now that there is less to wade through  this should be possible. Find the pieces, patterns or fabric that you love and see if you have some that actually work together. You may only need one more item to make these pieces work! Check your accessories. A forgotten scarf  can be the hero your outfit needs.

 

File those patterns into groups: dresses, pants, shirts, tunics, skirts. Casual, formal and smart casual. Favourites. TNT'S (Tried and True) etc

Sorting is fun after you are done...

Sorting is fun after you are done...

Organise your fabric by color, season or composition... whatever you feel like!

You don't have to completely finish this task. Just get started. One step at the time. Sorting is never something we feel like doing! Put the timer on! 30 minutes. Remember it doesn't have to be perfect. Don't get bogged down in the memories that get stirred up. Do that after the timer has gone off.

Do it and enjoy Feeling Fabulous after!!

You can do it!

You can do it!

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Tomorrow's Vintage Patterns are in your hands Today!

Imagine 10 years from now.... going into an "Opportunity Shop" and seeing the patterns you wanted to make, for sale in the Vintage Pattern section! Unfinished business!

Vintage and non Vintage patterns

Vintage and non Vintage patterns

What stops us from making the Sewing patterns, we bought yesterday, today?

I want to wear this fabric!

I want to wear this fabric!

  • TNT (Tried and True) patterns - new untried patterns always carry a risk
  • Fear - precious fabric can increase the stress level
  • Overwhelmed with the amount of Fabric in your Stash - surprisingly we really can't remember evey piece of fabric we purchase!
  • Overwhelmed with the number of patterns in your collection - ever found that you have purchased the same pattern twice?
  • UFO's  - would you really wear it if you finished it?
  • Disorganised sewing space - it really doesn't take much for this to happen does it!?
  • Time on Social Media - inspiration can be a time vacuum!

Some solutions to help you get to the "make part" of your Pattern and Fabric journey:

I have plans for these patterns

I have plans for these patterns

Spring is only a month away!

Spring is only a month away!

Just a few of the many Vintage Patterns from my collection!

Just a few of the many Vintage Patterns from my collection!

  • Try to make one new pattern from your unused collection
  • Open the new pattern and look at the instructions and use Google to research the pattern. 
  • Sort your fabric into Summer and Winter at the very least and really look at it. You won't need to use any petrol for this activity!
  • Pop those UFO's in a bag and donate to a thrift shop. Your Time is precious
  • Clear the benches, put pattern pieces away and while you're at it do a quick clean of the benches in the house. Secret tip: just do a 30 minute focussed tidy up!
  • Sort your patterns into skirts, dresses, pants, jackets and put the ones you most want to make, at the front. Use shallow cardboard boxes so you can file vertically for easy viewing access
  • Make up a batch of soup or a casserole so that you have food for the family!
  • Put your phone away from your workspace and check it at regular intervals
  • Tick these completed garments off your list
  • Smile smugly and know that no future young whippersnapper will get to do what you never got time to do! 
You are in charge of what fabric and pattern you decide to make!

You are in charge of what fabric and pattern you decide to make!

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If you don't sew your fabulous fabrics...who will??

Hands up if you have fabric for 12 months sewing? 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?

A lifetime or even 2 lifetimes, maybe?

Do Souveniers count?

Do Souveniers count?

Does anyone really know how much treasured fabric they really have?

The thrill of new fabric!!

The thrill of new fabric!!

Could there be a break out of "Fabric Pop up Shops" in neighbourhoods all over the world if we decided to sell our fabrics?Would Real Fabric Shops be put out of business if this really happened?

So orderly!!

So orderly!!

A Very Scary Scenario, very scary indeed. 

Looking into your fabric  stash is an overwhelming task. Tip: Don't do it all at once. Take small steps, de-nial is a wide river!

Why should we  all do this??

  1. Because There Is treasure in that stash
  2. Life is short
  3. You probably still love your fabric 
  4. It doesn't cost anything  
  5. You will have fun
  6. Some fabric will be imperfect.. prevent further damage 
  7. You will be glad you started the expedition 
  8. You will use your fabric  
  9. You will wear what you have sewn
  10. You will stop feeling guilty...well not completely but it's a start  
No I didn't get this fabric...but I wanted to.

No I didn't get this fabric...but I wanted to.

Let me know if you start on this Incredible Journey of a Lifetime...a lifetime of fabric that is! 

Tag me on Instagram @annewhalley and use the hashtag #killerkloset when you have made something from your stash. I would love to see what you have made.

Gosh why didn't I get some of this fabric?

Gosh why didn't I get some of this fabric?

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Sewing is my Superpower!!

When you have been sewing for a very, very long time, Superpower is the result!! Time spent at the Sewing machine and Overlocker plus the number of garments you make and actually like wearing, cause this Superpower!!

Wonderful Wonder Woman image from Simplicity.com

Wonderful Wonder Woman image from Simplicity.com

In his book http://gladwell.com/outliers/ Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000 hour rule.

The principle holds that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field. The book is an interesting read. 

This cape was just the start of a cape addiction!

This cape was just the start of a cape addiction!


It was only 4 1/2 months ago I made my first cape.  I hope I never make a blue Lycra all-in-one suit with red underpants though. If I do, it will be on Instagram and you will know I have crossed the line and there is no coming back!!

Faux fur at it's bluest 

Faux fur at it's bluest 

In the beginning clothing was made out of animal skins. Fur pants were the first fashion garments created. Faux fur hadn't been invented yet and "No Waste Sewing" was in full swing. I must say fur will always be a staple fabric choice for me. I love faux fur and using it to add texture and interest to my creations! 

This fabric is a soft woven that shines as a cape! No seams to stress this weave.

This fabric is a soft woven that shines as a cape! No seams to stress this weave.

Deciphering the right fabric for the best pattern is always the best part of my creative process. Fabric locked up in cupboards, nicely stacked and away from sunlight, is very far from how my fabric lives! My fabric is stacked, sorted and handled regularly. The more I see my fabric and look at my patterns the more creative I am. 

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How do you store your fabric and patterns? What creative process works for you? Do you have fabric that is begging you to make it up now? Don't walk, run to it and find a suitable pattern.  

Make it  

Wear it

Enjoy it

Don't save it! 

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If you would like to make a cape with me on Sunday July 3rd 12pm - 4pm in-store Astratex Fabrics ...click the link for booking details 

 

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You can judge a book by it's Cover!

When I select a book to read I look at the cover. I am swayed by a picture and an interesting title. I purchase Recipe Books because the food looks appealing. I am a visual person who is influenced greatly by what I see. Guilty as charged!

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Not all of us are convinced to purchase just by what they see. Some people are convinced to purchase by a good Introduction or a personal referral. Today I am talking about the visual aspect.

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I just need 5 seconds to work out what I want. If it takes longer I can easily walk away. That's just how I am. 

I believe we all can be guilty of prejudging someone based on their appearance. I don't believe it means we are shallow. We meet someone and we assess who they are based on what they are wearing. The clothes are what we see. We don't know the story. We only see the cover of the book. 

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I went to an event this week where people shared with a large audience what they had overcome in their lives. I was crying because some stories were so heartbreaking. There was no way I could have known their story from what they were wearing. 

What we choose to wear has an impact on the people we meet. How can people hear your story and get to know you, if the cover of your book doesn't lead to someone wanting to open the book and read it, and therefore know your story? Is your outside packaging delivering the correct message you want to convey and giving people the opportunity to know the real you.

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If you wear conservative, classic clothes but in reality are a punk rocker, you are not wearing the clothes that represent who you really are.

Who are you? What is your Style? What is it that you want people to recognise in you••••• in the first 5 seconds? Consider that. Take time to dress for the outcome you want to achieve. If you want to be noticed and are comfortable being looked at, then dress for that result. If you want to blend into the background then dress appropriately. If you want a promotion or a pay rise then dress better. Clean your shoes. Wear clothes that fit you. 

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Dressing for success in all you do requires you to assess what you are doing now.

Are you happy with the way your life is at the moment?

Do there need to be any changes?

Do you want to make changes?

What are those changes?

What simple changes can you make to give you the best possible results, so you can feel like you're getting somewhere?Celebrating success helps us feel good- any success is worth celebrating.

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If you need help working out who you are and want help moving forward, I can help you.  

I can help you decifer what is really important to you and help you dress for success.

Send me an email:  info@annewhalley.com 

There are no upfront charges. You tell me where you're at and I'll tell you what I can do for you. If you are in Melbourne we can meet. If you are outside of Melbourne, anywhere in the world, I can chat with you via Skype. I love helping people breakthrough to living lives that they want to live.

Are you ready to put your hand up now for a better life or barely brave enough for just taking one small step?

Send me an email. Let's talk about you.

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I'll have what she's having!!

It's love at first sight.

Someone has posted a picture of their newest creation or purchase on Instagram, Pattern Review or their Blog.  You love it. You want it and you have to have that garment in your wardrobe!!

Beware there is a trap here!!

The Pattern/Garment works for that person because:

•the fabric is the right choice for the Pattern  

•the colours or the print suit the maker/wearer

•the pattern is flattering for the maker's/wearer's body

Colour, Bodyshape, Style Recipe, Height, Body proportions, Lifestyle

These factors must be considered if the next garment you make, will be your TNT (tried and true pattern) or a purchased garment you love to wear because it makes you feel and look great!!

It's make or break.

Even though Black and White isn't perfect for me.... adding an orange scarf saves this outfit.

Even though Black and White isn't perfect for me.... adding an orange scarf saves this outfit.

Sewing is an expensive and time consuming experience if the garments you make aren't worn by you. 

Finding the right balance for your lifestyle needs is critical.

Finding the right balance for your lifestyle needs is critical.


Check out the person who is wearing the clothes. If their body shape, colouring, style recipe, height, body proportions and lifestyle are similar to yours...

Go for broke!! Make that pattern up and wear it.

If the model looks like you buy it and walk the Runway with Confidence!

I remember receiving some clothing items from a friend. The dress was a dark floral and was quite shapeless. There was also a pair of black court shoes with some shiny gold accents on the front half of the shoe. I was thankful for the new additions to my wardrobe. Recycling clothes is something I believe in. Cut to the chase. I didn't feel like me in them. The shoes were uncomfortable and classic. I felt swamped in the dress. These clothes needed to go to the right person who would look good in them.

Join me in the road less travelled!

Join me in the road less travelled!

Are you wearing clothes that would look better on someone else? 

Are you making clothes that would look better on another body shape or a taller person?

Is your pattern/fabric combination choice letting you down?

Be inspired but think carefully before spending money on more choices that aren't quite right for you.

Bright ideas combined with informed choices add up to successful Wardrobe additions.

Bright ideas combined with informed choices add up to successful Wardrobe additions.

We all have wardrobes with clothes in them. Some are "memade" some purchased. Imagine a wardrobe full of clothes you love wearing, that flatter your body and express your personality! 

Hit and miss Wardrobe choices cost way too much money and time!!

Hit and miss Wardrobe choices cost way too much money and time!!

If you need assistance with:

•Decifering your best Colours

•Patterns that suit your Bodyshape and proportions

•Your Style Recipe

•Best patterns and adjustments for your Height  

•Choosing the best fabric for your creations

•Lifestyle clothing needs

•If you have fabric you are too scared to cut and make up

Let's talk about your wardrobe and how to bring it up to par!

Let's talk about your wardrobe and how to bring it up to par!

Send me an email to: info@annewhalley.com  

No matter where On Earth you live...I am an International Multimedia Consultant here for you!

I can help you have the Wardrobe of your dreams!!

Never be afraid to be unique!

If you need help I am here!

If you need help I am here!

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Introvert or Extrovert? All is not as it seems!!

Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? In my personal experience...Loud people aren't always Extroverts and Quiet people aren't always Introverts!! We need to dig deeper to decifer the correct diagnosis.

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Listening to a person's conversation is the key to classifying whether a person is an Introvert or Extrovert! Extroverts are interested in other people and Introverts are interested in themselves!! So think about that. Consider your conversations. Are you asking questions about the other person or are you telling the other person about you?? 

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We all start out as introverts. If we didn't we would not be alive now!! Imagine a baby putting other people first....ridiculous really! A baby's sole aim is to be fed, comfortable and warm. Their main goal is to survive. Crying is a language they use to alert others of their needs.

As life dictates, some people do not get their needs met. Some of these unmet needs may be recognition, acceptance, security, safety, significance, fulfillment... there are more...When people's needs aren't satisfied then their main focus is to fulfill their needs!! When you are thirsty you can't just get over thirst. The need must be met and finding water is the person's focus.

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The subject of our conversation is the biggest clue to who we are interested in. Oh by the way, it's not evil to be either an extrovert or an Introvert!

Knowing who you are talking to helps you manage your time. I don't have time to listen to a monologue of everything a person does in a day. I have my own day and that is enough for me. Being aware that these conversations can get out of hand I manage to make sure it is more balanced and not so one sided. It's healthier for both of us. I don't want to be rude but a one sided conversation is a bit boring. I really have to laugh when it's time for me to leave and that's when the outgoing questions get asked!! Sorry no time left.

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Just consider the people who talk a lot. If they are asking questions and listening to the answers...they could be quiet extroverts. As an extrovert myself, I love listening to people, hearing their story and sharing my thoughts. I love public speaking. I love getting to know people. I do need quiet time in my day to recharge and get my work done too. In a room full of people, I prefer to speak one on one.

Some introverts are noisy!! They can hog conversations and are classified as extroverts. Their conversation can be entertaining and fun! If their subject matter is themselves... Then they could be noisy introverts.

What about people who look like they are listening to someone but in reality they are thinking about what they are going to say next! We are probably all guilty of this one!!

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Being aware of what our subject matter is, helps. Everyone should have the opportunity to share what they have to say. Letting people have total control over the conversation isn't good for either party. Look at how you conduct your conversations. We have two ears and one mouth. If everyone used their ears more than their mouths, we might find out some really interesting things. Let quiet people have their time to share. Listen. Get to know the quiet someone in your group. Be the audience as well as the star.

Try to avoid .... "Now enough about me, let's talk about you!

What you think of me!" :-(

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Have some fun working out who you are! Practise speaking up if you don't normally talk much, listen if you normally talk a lot.

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Jeans and a T-Shirt...is this your go - to outfit?

Who doesn't love the traditional look of blue jeans and the white T-Shirt? James Dean knew he nailed this look. How easy it looks. Effortless and eye-catching.

photo from  IG @jamesdean550

photo from  IG @jamesdean550

A uniform of sorts. Does everyone look as good as James Dean, Miranda Kerr, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana ...... in jeans and a T-shirt? No, not everyone does look as good as James, Miranda, Marilyn, Diana...

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Photo from Girlsdofilm.WordPress.com

Photo from Girlsdofilm.WordPress.com

photo from Pinterest.com

photo from Pinterest.com

How do we know if we have pulled this look off? 

Well you could pull this look off if:

  • you have incredibly long legs 
  • an amazing butt
  • amazing statement hair that you can swish over your shoulder
  • perhaps a great "I've spent my life outdoors" tan
  • can move like a model on the cat walk
  • slim
  • no excess luggage around the waist area
  • a waist
  • slender thighs
  • you are tall
  • cool

We look at the catalogue...we see what we want to look like....we buy the clothes advertised and....we get short changed. 

I'm not saying don't wear jeans with a white T-shirt! I am saying tweak your jeans and t-shirt look, to flatter your body shape, colouring and height.

White T-shirt with denin jeans issues: 

1. Oh No:

Two different colours cut you in two and make you look shorter than you need to look!

Solution:  

Wear a T-shirt that is a similar color to your jeans which will make you look Taller.

Photo from thenewdaily.com.au

Photo from thenewdaily.com.au

2. Oh no:

If you have a long body and short legs then this outfit will not help your legs look any longer

Solution: 

Wear shoes with heels to lengthen your legs and avoid flat shoes.

photo from Pinterest.com

photo from Pinterest.com

3. Oh no:

If you have excess in your hips and waist area, everyone will know it!

Solution:

Wear a top that has an all-over medium sized print and don't tuck your top in your waistband.

4. Oh no:

If the jeans are in a strech fabric are you always hitching up your pants?

Solution:

Get a belt and wear it!

5. Oh no:

If you are wearing an ill fitting bra and/or you haven't tightened your bra straps for a while..... the closer your chest is to the ground the older you look!

Solution:

Shorten your straps as a quick fix. Next go to a department store that has a bra fitting expert to assist you. Consider buying a bra specially padded for wearing with t-shirts.

Last thought!! Take a look in a full length mirror and take a few selfies. Compare and tweak your look so you can wear your jeans and t-shirt with confidence. We don't have to have the bodies of models to wear this outfit. We just need to work with the bodies we have and make a few adjustments. When you have done your adjustments, you are then wearing an outfit that suits you not someone else's body.

photo from girlsdofilm.wordpress

photo from girlsdofilm.wordpress

Marilyn Monroe can wear jeans and a shirt but she looks more like Marilyn Monroe in a dress.

photo wikipedia

photo wikipedia

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However....Here's the cold hard truth....

Some bodies should never be seen wearing Jeans and a T-shirt!

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It's just as important to know what you should wear as well as what you should't!

Discover your own authentic style and dress to enhance your Colouring, Bodyshape and Personality. 

If you need help deciphering Your Style Recipe.....

email info@annewhalley.com

I can help you look like you! 

I help people dress to express themselves

I love what I do and I keep it confidential so you can live it without explanation!

 

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