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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Let's discuss your individual needs and let me journey with you, to have the Wardrobe you need and want. I do one on one, group sessions, masterclass.. whatever works for you. I love what I do and celebrate small steps that give big results. 

 

Anne x

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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! 

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   

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 

 

http://astratex.com.au/shop/great-cape-make-1-day-workshop/

 

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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 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.

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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.

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photo from girlsdofilm.wordpress

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

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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.....

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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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The Great Cape!!!

 

Can a Cape ever disappoint?

I'm going to say No never!!! 

My first cape was made for a holiday in Britain.   A holiday that was going to be in a cold place.  A very cold place. The Cape delivered more than I asked for. Big Time. 

If ever a garment deserved a medal....look no further. Burda 7313 you are the bomb!!

Three capes Burda 7313...

Take a bow!!! 

Number 1...you will always be the first!

Burda 7313 A gamble that paid off!

Burda 7313 A gamble that paid off!

I was not sure I could love another, Cape that is, as much as the First. I was wrong..... Don't tell my husband!

Second Love

Second Love

oh Third time Lucky!!!

Number 3 you will not be the Last!

Number 3 you will not be the Last!

A few ways to wear this Cape

 

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Third time Blue..

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True Blue 

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Here we go..

Excuse my back

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Feels right

Feels right

A Necklace on top

A Necklace on top

So many options

So many options

oh Let's go to the Other Side!

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So comfortable

So comfortable

Simple

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a back view

a back view

multi cultural

multi cultural

You put your left hand in...

You put your left hand in...

Another way to wear this Cape..

Another way to wear this Cape..

This Wool is adorable

Seriously this Cape is Fun!!

Seriously this Cape is Fun!!

Don't miss out...get the pattern,  join in and show me "Your Great Capes"

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I still haven't found what I'm looking for. U2?

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Have you found what you are looking for, in your wardrobe? Are you searching for a particular outfit but never quite find it?

Imagine having a wardrobe full of clothes that expressed who you were. Imagine wearing clothes that communicated your personality exactly. Imagine having a wardrobe that worked. Your current wardrobe cost you a lot of time and money 

 

Unworn clothes take up space. Sell them or have a clothing swap party. Just get those clothes into the right hands and get your hands on the right clothes. You need to live your life and be as prepared as you can be for each day.

 

At the end of the day it's a bit like buying food you will never eat. It sits in the  fridge, takes up space and then becomes ready for throwing out. 

If you can't find fabric or clothes that suit you, don't spend your money. Do your homework. Find out what you love. Start small. Look and discover what makes your heart beat. Buy what you love and wear it until it is worn out.

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I make clothes for myself because I can make exactly what I know will suit me. Warm, toasted colors work for me. Clothes with vertical and/or asymmetric lines work better for my body than horizontal lines. I need to wear clothes that have Drama, Comfort and Creative elements. These three boxes need to be ticked. If this Recipe is not followed then I don't wear the garments I make. It is as simple as that. I enjoy my clothes. I wear them and I use them in my Workshops and Presentations. 

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Finding out what clothing works best for you can be fun! Look through your old photos and find the outfits that you felt fabulous in. Remember how that felt? What was it about that outfit that made you feel so good? Work out your own recipe. Get help. Read blogs. Just start.

And if you ever find an outfit or fabric you know you just can't live without.... buy it. Wear it. Wear it out.

Yes I bought it!

Yes I bought it!

Change your actions
Buy the fabric/clothes you can't live without!!
Have a wardrobe full of clothes you love to wear.

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I can help you be the you, you have always wanted to be!

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Travel Wardrobe Recipe

In The Beginning It started with a coat....

The Coat that was to be The Hero piece but sadly wasn't...

The Coat that was to be The Hero piece but sadly wasn't...

The Disaster

Four days before Lift Off (flight to the United Kingdom) I was feeling excited about this coat. A jacket pattern I had wanted to make for some time. I loved this beautiful cashmere wool. I had a fur collar ready to go with this coat. I tried it on and the honeymoon was over. There is no way I could have seriously believed I could travel 24 hours on a plane with this coat. We parted quickly i.e. It was thrown in the air and the scramble was on to find a likely replacement candidate for the hero role!

The New Beginning

Oh Vogue 1263 Donna Karan Collection Vogue American Designer...You know what you are talking about!! My hero was decided. A bit of pressure but a deadline nonetheless. All I need is a deadline ... to deliver the goods. So much sewing and so (sew) little time :-( Three days but who's counting!

The Patterns

My New Hero! Boy did you deliver when the going got tough!!

My New Hero! Boy did you deliver when the going got tough!!

 

The Sewing Injury

It is such a funny feeling to have your right pointer finger stuck inside the sewing machine at 1 am in the morning. There is no time for these shenanigans!! No time at all. No blood! Yippee!! Sewing machine now decides it is out of alignment. After a few stern words with the troublesome pointer finger and a bit of manual adjustment the sewing is back on track!! One more hour of sewing and then time for sleep.

The choice of patterns

I love trying new patterns. In case of an emergency and the need for a full travel wardrobe in three days ...my old faithful patterns are the ones I turn to. Dependable and no fitting issues. A secret to remember if ever you are in "need for speed!" On the Pattern Review webpageI record the patterns that I use time and time again in the one review. 

The following photos show the mix and match Wardrobe

Vogue 1263 The Hero

Vogue 1263 The Hero

 

 

 

I love this cape!! Burda 7313

I love this cape!! Burda 7313

 

The quick pack

Sewing took a lot more time than I thought!

I used all my creative thoughts getting this wardrobe to work.

I made sure I quickly took some photos of the outfits and the combinations before packing them.

I really could not work out what top to wear on the flight. My daughter came to the rescue.

We made the flight..not much time to spare

My son not only drove us to the airport he gave he gave me some thermal wear that made it possible for me to be warm in my wardrobe.

We had one suitcase between the two of us and hand luggage. We purchased another suitcase overseas for the fabric purchases I was bringing home. We almost took the wrong suitcase at the luggage carousel. Yes it would have been the fabric suitcase we would have lost...but didn't. 

I did bring a few other items to wear that I didn't make. The black pants were RTW and were in a stretch fabric. The black jumper was a thermal knit purchased. My orange geometric skirt was from my existing memade wardrobe that I threw in the suitcase for a bit of variety! My Orange infinity scarf was a remnant piece of wool jersey that I just sewed with one seam. No neatening of seams necessary. (1.0 metre x 1.50 metre)

I took one pair of boots, I pair of lace up brogues and 1 pair of flat summer sandals for the whole holiday. I won't mention who broke these sandals on the second last day of the holiday. I was able to replace them within fifteen minutes in Dubai - the shopping Mecca! Coordinated Colored stockings were also packed and easy to launder.

Scarves and a few purchases from a thrift store meant I had a few extra items to take home. One of the best coat experiences was when Thomas (@sewingdude) presented me with a coat he designed, drafted and sewed himself two years earlier. Um guess what?? It fitted perfectly and it was mine to keep. What an incredible experience. 

The camel hair/wool coat needed to be casually thrown over my arm and taken on board. If they had weighed that coat...

The lime stretch dress was so comfortable to wear on the flight home. The dress was splattered with a glass of red wine during the flight! No one to blame here:-) Good thing I had that camel coat to position over the front of the dress when we arrived in Melbourne. 

We had a fabulous trip. The wardrobe worked well for me. I felt appropriate and very comfortable in everything i took in my luggage. I didn't feel the need to kiss the footpath on arrival in Melbourne....but I did anyway! I was so relaxed and happy to be home I tripped on a speed hump and landed gracefully flat in the middle of the road. Thankfully two women rushed to help me. No cuts no bruises and once I was up again, I was chasing Bruce who missed the whole incident and...a great photo opportunity!!

 

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Who is Thomas Renwart? @sewingdude

It doesn't take long to get to know someone really well on Instagram. I know this is true because I have had the Instant Instagram family experience!!

Fabric!!

Fabric!!

Shopping with @sewingdude

Shopping with @sewingdude

Instagram is a perfect visual kilidescope! You see who the person is and see what they do and what their interests are. Without fully realising it, you see all that they are. You can crop a photo but you can't hide the true essence of what Instagram reveals.

Wearing a designer coat by Thomas Renwart

Wearing a designer coat by Thomas Renwart

I love sewing themed " a photo a day" challenges! This is where on a Day 1 sometime last year.... I read about a dude who sewed. His self introduction was interesting and captured the essence of his reality. 

The real Thomas 

The real Thomas 

Uplifting, generous, caring and brilliant!! The only fact that I didn't know was his age. Thomas is not your average 20 year old. This is such an understatement!! To fully explain his amazing talent and maturity beyond his years is not necessary here. Before too long you too will be aware of his brilliance because he will be famous. No doubt about it!!

It's all in the look!!

It's all in the look!!

Thomas may speak half a dozen languages but with the lift of an eye brow, a cock of his head, the twinkle of his eye or the twist of his lip; no one is in any doubt as to his opinion or what is on his mind!!

A family banquet 

A family banquet 

Doing life the Thomas Renwart way! Embracing nature, being real, committed, enthusiastic, creative, deep, brave, worthy, fun and extreme!!

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A fabulous day

A fabulous day

Oh Liberty you took my hope away

Arriving at Liberty

Arriving at Liberty

Oh Liberty! I longed to visit you and experience all the colour and vibrancy of all that you were and are and what I'd hoped you'd be.

Getting closer

Getting closer

Nearly time for the doors to open...

Nearly time for the doors to open...

Waiting for the doors to open. The anticipation. The beauty of this ancient establishment. We soaked up the colours and the antiquity of the Tudor Styling as we floated through the doors. It was everything and more. Revisiting Eden!

A step into history

A step into history

The different levels, departments; furniture, furnishings, art etc Absolutely delightful.

Lovely furniture

Lovely furniture

Finally the fabric. The glorious fabric! 

Lovely orange Liberty 

Lovely orange Liberty 

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The true beginnings of Liberty- importing decorative artifacts from exotic countries and selling to the High Society Clients 

The true beginnings of Liberty- importing decorative artifacts from exotic countries and selling to the High Society Clients 

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Something crept over me. I couldn't put my finger on it initially. I felt strange in this fabric shop for some reason I couldn't identify. The light was leaving my eyes and I no longer felt I could stay. I felt like an alien. This was not Eden for me. I needed to leave, could not stay or purchase fabric. My Bruce was confused and encouraged me to buy some fabric. No, no, no.

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The Liberty experience for me, was similar to wearing a corporate, classic suit! Traditional, classic and firmly structured. My personal style ingredients are Comfortable, Creative and Dramatic.

I felt I was mismatched and more uncomfortable the longer we stayed. I did love what I saw. The fabrics were amazing and the designs beautiful. As I left I felt like saying 'it's me not you' and I can't relax or be me here.

Darren taking me to his favourite fabric store

Darren taking me to his favourite fabric store

The next day Bruce and I went down to Brighton to meet an Instagram friend Darren @deedeenick. Darren took us to his favourite fabric store Ditto fabrics. What can I say except it was fabulous! Fabric, remnants and staff that engaged with us. I didn't need anymore fabric but I went home with some anyway. We all had fun. Took some photos. Had a great laugh and I wished I could return the next day.

Inside Ditto Fabric Store in Brighton England

Inside Ditto Fabric Store in Brighton England

Perfect Photo Darren

Perfect Photo Darren

What I know from these two experiences is that my personal style ingredients - Comfortable, Creative and Dramatic, also resonate in my expectations of fabric store experiences. A brand label isn't the most important thing to me. A fabric print has to sing to me before I purchase it. I need to feel connected to the people who are selling the fabric. I might have skipped out of Ditto as I was leaving. I can't remember. I had my fabric and I felt happy.

 

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Maslow's Theory and me!

I am not an expert in psychology! but I do have an opinion and I want to share with you, my thoughts on Maslow's Theory and what is has to do with us!

I firmly believe that no matter where we are in life, we do not have to accept the situation we are in and be stuck in limbo forever. I know that life is not always easy. I too have been on my own journey. I have also been impatient for circumstances to change so that I could move from difficult situations to better situations. Sometimes a change of situation takes a long, long time. I want to talk about what my interpretation of the 5 levels of Maslow's theory mean to me and my thoughts on moving through these levels, to help move beyond the situation you may be in now.

Image from http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

Image from http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

First things first, the levels from the bottom up:

  1. PHYSICAL NEEDS: Basic needs need to be met. Water, Food, Sleep, Breathing
  2. SAFETY NEEDS: Security of Resources, Employment, Family, Health
  3. LOVE/BELONGING NEEDS:Friendship, Love, Intimacy, Affection
  4. ESTEEM NEEDS: Independence, Self-respect, Confidence, Achievement
  5. SELF-ACTUALIZATION:Morality, Problem-solving, Acceptance of Facts, Creativity

Basically if you don't have the essential needs being met, it is difficult to think of anything else, apart from getting what you need to stay alive. It consumes every thought you have. 

I have experienced my basic needs not being met. I am sure all of us have experienced this to some degree. Some more than others. It is very real and mind consuming. Having a need that is not met is not good. I survived and moved through the situations eventually. I am thankful for that. I also learnt so much during those experiences that has made me who I am today. Difficult times do develop you and grow you. That's life! 

During these difficult times I did develop coping mechanisms that helped me focus on the future when the present was not so much fun!

My joy is thinking about wardrobes and dressing simply and easily. I felt that if I "looked like I wasn't getting my needs met" I would be treated as a second class citizen. I hate pity and being described as someone who has "fallen on hard times." It makes me cringe. No one is better or less than you or me. We are equal no matter what level we are on. Dressing to camouflage my situation made me feel better about me. People who knew my situation were unable to feel too superior because I actually didn't look like the story they had heard. It gave me the ability to hold my ground.  

Another tip is get hold an animal and pat it! It is helpful!

Another tip is get hold an animal and pat it! It is helpful!

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I believe that we need to be able to last the distance. That "Somewhere over the rainbow" we will see the dreams come true. Get ready. Get dressed. Don't think you can't do something while you are waiting. When you start looking to the horizon instead of looking back on what has been, you too can move forward. It takes courage and determination. You can do it. Come on climb over the fence with me!

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It's the Final Countdown!!!

I am counting down the days and I am so looking forward to visiting the lovely list of Fabric stores that you have sent in! I am looking forward to experiencing England  & Wales Fabric Stores. I will let you know via Instagram when and where I will be in these Fabric Stores. However, there is still room for more fabric stores on my list (somehow I think this will always be the case)! 

Simple Steps to Win a Free Ticket here!

1. Send an email to me with your Nominated  favourite Fabric Store in England/Wales: 

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2. Subscribe: Your email address will enable me to send you news and updates of where I am in England!

3. Be at a Winning Fabric Store where I will announce and present the ticket to the Winners in Person!

Stay tuned for Winning Stores, Appearance times and dates. Looking forward to meeting you in store or at the Olympic London Spring Show! 

But before I can leave Australia...

My very long  list is staring at me, right in the face.

I have happily marked off all that is quick to do.

I am sewing late into the night...and I mean late!

I am putting my "pedal to the Metal"

Only 7 days to go Eeeek!!! I'm off to London and it is cold over there ..darn cold.  My wardrobe for the trip is happening. I am sewing and sewing and coming up with some new ideas for cool weather clothes suitable for holiday travel. My heart is beating fast but that is probably a result of the coffee I just had!

Questions that run through my mind in those early hours when I sew the most efficiently:

  • Why oh why do I feel like sewing Summer garments?
  • Why am I actually sewing these summer garments between my winter deadline garments?!?
  • Why does my daughter tell me to focus?
  • Why does the seam ripper become a foe rather than a dear friend that it really is?
  • Why does it feel like I am sewing so slowly?
  • Why are there so many ideas sprouting in my mind?
  • Why do I believe I am Superwoman?
  • Why does a deadline make me push more than ever?

The Deadline is the Key!

Without a departure deadline, travel wardrobes don't get made and neither do a lot of patterns and fabrics.

How many of us want to make evening clothes yet don't? The Fabrics and Patterns stay cherished dreams and continue taking up storage space while more patterns and fabrics are acquired! It's the Never ending story.

How many of us have dreams of a me-made wardrobe...but instead have piles of fabric and boxes of patterns waiting to be brought to life. Are we still waiting for the "right" occasion?

We need to make it happen! Stop waiting for someone or something. Live your dream. Make your dream wardrobe happen!

First provide the occasion. Have a celebration..could be in a park, a backyard. Everyone can bring a plate. It doesn't have to be a heavy financial burden. Meet at a cafe. All attendees need to "dress to the nines." Make some dress rules. Me-made, Up-cycle fashion, creative, formal... Workout the details that suit you. I can picture the wonderful party in Gone with the Wind where Scarlett O'Hara had her gown made out of curtains. Tough times doesn't mean no fun. Make do with what you have. You have the fabric. You have the Pattern. Have a get-together. Before you know it, you will have clothes to wear and places to go and something to look forward to! You will be doing instead of dreaming.

In Melbourne a group of Wonderful girls put together an event called "Frocktails" All women sewed their own dresses and met at a venue and we all had so much fun. The journey of getting ready for a get together is fraught with highs and lows for everyone. Always great to share the journey with like minded women and listen to the stories...

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