Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Creative Space: Not (Much) Knitty



Startlingly, (well, I’m startled), I’m not waffling about with wool or the knitty thing. Last night, on a whim (and prayer), I blew the dust off the sewing machine.

Once the dust-fuelled coughing fit had subsided, I set to making myself a skirt. It’s the best fitting skirt I’ve made to date. No doubt because I didn’t skip the fiddly bits. Which is why I was still faffing long past the Cinderella hour.

Vaguely reminiscent of a New Look pattern, I tweaked to the moon and back, (it took that long), so that it fits a vertically challenged, curvy, real-life type as opposed to the seven foot, willowy, illustrated model version on the packaging. Note to self: grow willowy, or be wary of clothes patterns that look fab on seven foot illustrated model types with unnervingly small, wrist-width waists.

As the clock tocked past a small hour, I arrived at the exciting bit: a skirty blank canvas of infinite possibility. And whaddayaknow? I’m back thinking knitty...



Pockets nicked from my one copy of Ottobre (2/2010) with some finest Cookie fabric detail, if only on the inside of the pocket flap? I know I would take great pleasure knowing the details were there – and would use pockets frequently – with flourish. Although I could see why that could be unnerving to those not in the know.

Or crocheted bakers twine somethings?



Or a tangle of wool?



OOOOOOOH!

It was the kind of hour when bad ideas seem like brilliant ideas. I knew this, adopted a whole different personality type and resisted. Instead I began a discreet(er), embroidered ‘tangle of wool’.



With tired eyebags somewhere around my knees and without any stabiliser whatsit stuff lying around, I still just had to go and give it a whirl...



...when what I should have done, was go to bed.

So I’m sleeping on it.


Go find Kirsty, (apparently with her feet up – pah!), to see what else is happening in the crafty, bloggy world...

37 comments:

Mel said...

Ugh. Love love LOVE that fabric and love love LOVE it that you can come up with that kind of crafty brilliance past midnight? What the?

Can't wait to see it modelled ... ;)

june at noon said...

Ah, I know those wee hours all too well. Every so often it's just because I can't stand to stop the momentum, but quite often it's the lead-up to disaster. Looks promising, at least! :)

Drewzel said...

Oh I'm intrigued! So want to see it finished!!!

Kate said...

A well fitting skirt for you, how fantastic!
It was dress embelishing waaaaaay into the wee hours here last night too. Don't you just love that slightly scarey feeling of seeing your creation in real daylight light for the first time?!

Leah said...

Love the dress fabric and the cookie fabric with the running stitch is so cleverly devine! I want one too...please....you should dust off your machine more often.

One Flew Over said...

Looking forward to the reveal...

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

I WANT TO SEE A PICTURE OF WHAT YOU HAVE MADE (said in 4yo tantrum screaming voice)

please...

Kirsty said...

Ha...now who's the one with the "spin". Of course this "tangle" is going to be divine & if you think you need to sleep on it - you'd be wrong. x

dash robin said...

Show us...we won't judge...we have all had those night moments and I am sure from the bits and peices shown that it is beautiful!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I love what I see so far, can't wait to see it complete, bet it's fabulous!

Melanie said...

Not knitty, but pretty. Picture?

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

LOVE the colour, the the stitching, I just want to jump into the photo and see the whole thing! More please!
Sophie x

tea with lucy said...

Oh the suspense!!

You sure do know how to tell a good story Tania. You can come and put The Little One to bed any night.

xo

yardage girl said...

Love the progress so far - red is my favourite!

Michelle said...

Looks good so far. The colour is divine. Can't wait for the big reveal.

zofia said...

OOh, can't wait to see, the details sound wonderful.

Michelle said...

I love the process, the excitement ... and the result as it is at the moment! And you can never go wrong with red ...

Michelle said...

I love the process, the excitement ... and the result as it is at the moment! And you can never go wrong with red ...

Christina said...

I am quite fond of that time between family going to bed and the family getting up again. It is nice and quiet time. No one to interrupt you time. Even if things don't always work out at that time of night...

It looks good from here. Waiting to see what you end up doing! :)

Leonie Guld said...

You are going to show us the completed project aren't you......leaving us hanging like that is just CRUEL!! ;)

Fer said...

Oh that fabric is to die for! And the stitching is a perfect choice. I want to see the end result too!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Can't go wrong with that fabric . The colour is gorgeous .
What with that and all the tweaking ..... you'll be the Belle of the Ball /school run .

Kylie said...

Loving that fabric Tania - It looks so divine and now, of course, I'm dying to see the finished product! You are second only to Kirsty on the teasing front you know!! Kx

Pippi creates said...

A red woollen skirt? Sounds like exactly the thing I need this winter. And the tangle will turn out brilliantly no doubt, a bit of an iron and straighten and it'll be lovely!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Sleep is definitely over rated when you can use the time for such gorgeous looking creative pursuits!

Gina said...

Crochet the twine! Crochet the twine!!!!

(Oh and give the cookie to me. Now. It belongs in my quilt).

melissa said...

I want to see the whole thing - your photos are such a tease! Looks fantastic!!

Caroline said...

Oh faffing past the Cinderalla hour is great, and a common habit here, but sometimes it does produce pumpkins... Can't wait to see finished skirt on the glass slippered princess.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

TEASE!!! teaseing! Show us, show us!!!!

Z said...

wonderful fabric, i have it in blue:)
wonderful string...
good thing you got the dust off your machine, i need to myself:)

Amanda said...

I want to see more!! Love the vibrant color...

A Peppermint Penguin said...

That fabric looks truly yummy. And the stitch 'tangle' looks really good too. Ah, who needs sleep?!

I've been working on a theory for Insomnia where you sleep better for going to bed every other night.

Cheers,
AJ

red or gray art said...

so so beautiful amid the dust and the wee morning hours!!

Madeline said...

All that red has me wanting to head to the fabric store!

crzylady said...

can't wait for the final product! So lovely and so red. I just want to put on lipstick thinking about it!

Linda said...

I LOVE this post, can't wait to see the skirt..and I love your post about shopping with the kids - so glad you survived!

Sally said...

Completely relate to what you're describing... I too often work past the Cinderalla hour.
What you've done so far looks good, as always!!! I wait with much anticipation for the big reveal.