Monday, August 29, 2016

A Linen Cape Dress

A linen cape dress... is one way to call it. I feel I might go to an audition for a Nightingale or some nun roll in this outfit, and have a winning shot. But you know what, this linen is so comfortable and there's a hint of summer in the air, so I don't really mind that I look like a religious worker.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Panda Onesie

My weekend was filled sewing and cooking sans cleaning up the mess. It was a good one. Since I announced I'm off cleaning duty, about three days ago, I'm in the zen-iest state that I've ever been. I know I won't be off forever, but to know that I can have a break every now and then is solid enough.
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

A "Gold Digger" One Piece

The extra errands this week has indeed disturbed my sewing plans. You know, it's just the usual excuses of routine maintainence appointments, extra cooking and cleaning. Why do weekends have to be filled with good food and friends? OK, I do enjoy that bit, so I really should stop complaining. But choosing a one-piece like this to tackle during a busy week was not a wise move.
 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ashanti Travel Pillow and Sleep Mask Set

Lately, I feel deflated after fabric shopping. It's like I'm darting among shops but still nothing catches my eye. I often come back home empty handed. Very disappointed. Well, At least it shows my impeccable self-discipline that I'd rather buy nothing than build unnecessary stash, ha!

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Stenciled Tee and Shorts Combo for a Proud Dog Walker

As my daughter's gone deeper and deeper in this dog phase, our shoes have become ever so muddier from the trail road walks on the mountain, with our neighbor's dog. To be honest, I'm slowly reaching a point where I'm starting to lose interest, but she's persistent, even though most of the time, the dog is ahead of us...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stripy Women's Metro Tee

Yesterday, it was voting day/public holiday in the middle of the week, and we had a really fun and adventurous time. We walked to our favorite (and the closest to us) restaurant for lunch, stuffed our tummies with pizza, then carried on walking down the road, stopping at various boutique shops. And then we took a taxi home. I think it's my first time taking a taxi in Cape Town after living here for more than a decade. It felt we were doing something new, like being in a foreign city. Even my daughter was excited and didn't complain about the walking. It was early evening already when we got home but when we spotted our neighbor's dog, we asked the neighbor if we could go for a walk together with the dog, since you know, C's in a deep dog phase. The man was very kind and so we headed towards the mountain for another walk.... Great great fun. I'm secretly hoping this becomes a regular.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sashiko Stitching Multiple Zipper Pouches

Since I work on our dining table, from time to time, that whole space needs to cleared up to serve its original purpose. I did the exercise this past weekend. Overtime, I've moved bits of sewing supplies here and there to the table, before I knew it, the table had become quite clustered. While I was tidying up, I looked at my big fabric stash and sewing supplies and realized wow, I've really spent a lot of money on this hobby.
 
Probably not as much as a woodworking hobby drains the bank account I assume. I took C to a friend's house this weekend and the father of the child makes all the furniture in the house, purely as his hobby. The pieces are very unique and beautifully handmade. He gets you-should-sell-them a lot, but it's difficult to put a price tag on them once you've poured so much heart and time. I feel very related, except for the part that he's got a day job and I don't. From pattern tracing to fabric cutting, then sewing up pieces, with ironing in between. It takes time. It's a process that you will only understand once you've done it. It's like having children in a way, you will not register how much time and effort and love need to be invested before you have your own children. At least, that's my case.
 
With constant pressure to monetize my hobby, I made these 9 sashiko stitching zipper pouches. The idea is quite exciting so I've packed them in a big box labelled "to sell one day". Maybe I will just carry on building up the collection until that day comes when I have enough stock to open up a pop up shop, that is, if I don't hand them away as gifts. Apparently I'm quite good at that....
 
Happy Monday, friends.