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Posts in August 2009

World Youth Day - Sydney 2008...Buddy Christ

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

Messing about with my camera and Mary Magdalena the other day reminded me of the great statues that were put up around Sydney CBD during the World Youth Day 2008.

The quality of the photos aren't great as I took them with my camera phone but they give you an idea of the imagination that went into hosting last year's event.

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

World Youth Day Sydney 2008

Olympus 1030 SW....more trial & error photos

Mother Earth

I had so much fun with Venus of Willendorf and Mary Magdalena the other day I tried Hecate and Mother Earth to see what they could teach me about photography.

 

Hecate (Roman)

 

Hecate (Roman)

 

Hecate (Roman)

 

 

Mother Earth

 

Mother Earth

 

Olympus 1030 SW....more camera fun

Picture 177 (Medium)
Last week I realised that my photography skills lacked and I attempted to take some 'decen't blog shots of my cross stitch work.

This week I found Venus of Willendorf and Maria Magdalena willing participants.

These shots are far from perfect but I had fun playing.

Picture 175 (Medium)

Picture 176 (Medium)Picture 174 (Medium)

 

Picture 236 (Medium)

 

Olympus 1030 SW....learning to take snaps

DMC Creation Summer Breeze by Kazuko Aoki

Have you noticed how good some people's blog photos are?!

I have and I think I need to find out how it's done. So today I thought I would mess about with some old cross stitch kits of mine;

DMC Creation Summer Breeze by Kazuko Aoki  and
DMC DECO Dandelion

As you can see belows efforts, I have a hit & miss approach. I think I might need a book.

DMC Creation Summer Breeze by Kazuko Aoki


DMC DECO Dandelion

DMC DECO Dandelion

 

DMC DECO Dandelion

 

Heather Ross Weekend Sewing....Summer Blouse

heather Ross summer blouse

I mentioned a fortnight ago that I would try my hand at Heather Ross' Summer Blouse from her book Weekend Sewing. I did and I now have a pretty blouse.

If it fit me I would be wearing it right now but it doesn't; a circus big top would probably offer a closer fit than my latest effort.

 

Either I suffer from an extreme form of body dysmorphia or Heather Ross is bucking the Size Zero trend.

I usually wear a size 12-14 in blouses but the large cut Summer Blouse is closer to 16+++

 

Of course this doesn't detract from the fact it I have finally made my first blouse - woohoo!

heather Ross summer blouse

I hadn't actually planned to do more than brag about my efforts but as I am here I will give a little insight to this pattern & book.

Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing book provides 2 huge sheets of paper crammed full of her designs.

 

Don't be put off by this, simply trace the pattern you need onto tracing paper or as I did - interfacing. That way you get your pattern and you get to keep the original sheets for another time.

heather Ross summer blouse

Heather also uses a mix of diagrams and written instructions which is great although I think that they both could perhaps be improved to make things a little clearer for beginners.

heather Ross summer blouse

Adding the binding to the neckline was my biggest stumbling block. As much as I like concise instructions I found the neckline instructions were just a little too basic.

I reread the instructions countless times, rotated the diagram to the left and right and upside down (think unopened chrissy present) and I still couldn't quite work it out.

This went on for some time.

heather Ross summer blouse

I finally worked out how to add the binding to the neckline by playing around with some spare binding and scrap material, so I am now extra proud of my efforts.

The placket (long rectangle bit of material inside the front of the blouse?) turned out great as well.

heather Ross summer blouse

The sleeves on the other hand were less amiable, there is certainly a knack to them.

Heather's pattern instructs you to add two lines of large basting stitches to the top of the sleeve which you can then tweak to help shape the sleeve and to use to help fit the sleeve into the armhole.

heather Ross summer blouse

I had a fair amount of fun/stress adjusting these two lines to create the shape of sleeve I wanted but in the end I opted for the 'bugger it, lets just sew and see what happens' look.

heather Ross summer blouse

In summary, despite some issues over the instuctions this pattern has been fun to make and was a great introduction to blouse making.

If you are organised and don't pffaf about as much as I do you could probably complete this blouse in a day.

heather Ross summer blouse

p.s. Heather recommends that you loosely sew the placket half way up (presumably to keep the decency police away).

I chose to add a single set of hook & eye instead, partly because I am lazy, partly because..okay I am all lazy.

heather Ross summer blouse

 

heather Ross summer blouse

So, onto the next project.