Thursday, March 21, 2013

BEAUTIFUL SEWING SPACES

Images are not mine. They below to this awesome blogger :http://emmallamb.blogspot.com.au.
It's like my dream sewing space as I love white a lot.

All I can say is LOVE.


LOVE!


and LOVE!


Everything is beautiful and perfect.

Visit her here :http://emmallamb.blogspot.com.au.

VINTAGE PATTERNS

There could be people selling vintage in Malaysia...or Asia, but I haven't found them. If I do find them, chances are the pricing won't be low.  There are many websites selling vintage patterns and if you are from the US, it's a breeze buying any vintage patterns. They are plenty, cheap and available if you know where to get them. I often read of windfall where buyers get bundles, even boxes of vintage patterns no one want for a song. However, it won't happen here.  So, I thought I'd do a post on buying vintage via my favourite online avenue, Etsy.  Esty is a place where you can buy a lot of stuff and patterns are easily available with hundreds of sellers. My guide is strictly on how I choose and buy, so if you are a newcomer, you'll need to find your footing on this.

1. Determine what type of patterns you want. Modern patters are plenty on other websites at very affordable pricing, so I only buy vintage from Etsy.

2. I tend to love those from the 50's and 60's. Some 70's are okay with me. I do stay away from the 80s and 90s. General rule, the older the patterns and rarer it is, especially designer ones, they are more expensive. It could range anything between USD10 - USD200 ++.  So, I guess one really have to love them to spend such money.

3. While prowling on the web and if I find a pattern I like, the first thing I do is to go to the seller's Etsy and go through every pattern on sale.  The reason is simple. With patterns coming from the US and postage being expensive, I will only buy if I have a minimum of 8 patterns and above. I almost never buy 2 - 3 patterns per seller. This saves postage and sometimes, you do get very good bargain.

4. So, to find 8 patterns and more per order does take some searching. Most of the sellers have a huge listing so finding something I like within that range is usually not a problem.

5. Postage. All the way from the US wont be cheap but worth it. I've got a seller who gave me 2 free patterns which I was beyond elated. Those were printed in the 1920's and something totally relevant in today's fashion. Bearing in mind, one can tweak the pattern to suit own taste. Postage from US also means that you package can go missing, so that's a risk. My most expensive package cost more than USD300 and it did went missing for 3 months. When I almost gave up on ever it coming to Malaysia, it turned up at my doorstep one fine day. So, be aware of the risk. If it goes missing, it's a goner. Simple as that.

I hope that more people will love vintage here. Sometimes I do buy vintage just because I love the pattern and not necessary want to sew the exact pattern. Since most vintage are dresses, many times I fall in love with the top and have in mind to make the top only and not the skirt. So, change as one please.

This is just vintage. I do buy a lot more modern patterns online from the US too, and a lot more of Japanese books.  I find Japanese sewing the easiest if you can figure out how since everything is in Japanese. With a little sewing experience, it's quite easy to figure out the instructions.  However, there are times when the instructions are too simplistic and I do struggle in figuring out how to.

With all this, not to mention I have 2 boxes of Work In Progress, Abandoned, Bored, Dont Know What To Do, I Give Up and just Plain Fed Up of unfinished sewing projects. I do know that they will stay there till I have great-grandchildren as time is tight and too many things to do and sew.

Well, that's the price one pay for trying to self-learn-sew and no-one-to turn to.
I admire sewist who churn out one after another projects - successfully while I am stuck at sewing-block disease. It freezes the brain and put into 'dreaming of sewing', rather than actually stepping on the machine and sew.

So, I am rambling, but let's see how it goes.

VINTAGE DESIGNER COUTURE AND RARE SEWING PIECES

All patterns are not owned by me. You can click on link to purchase from buyer. I am absolutely jealous they got hold of these patterns. For now, I am a vintage junkie as I find them beautiful and one can simply change some of the patterns to suit what's modern. In fact, I find no matter how fashion evolves, it's the basic that stand the test of time. It gets repeated no matter which era we live in. I just love the first two patterns, very Hollywood and in today's world of simple T, short pants and slippers, designs like this make me dream of glamour.

Some of the rare vintage designer couture patterns I like. Wished I posses them too.
Maybe I will never sew them, but I would love to have them!

From Vogue http://www.etsy.com/listing/102946751/rare-vintage-misses-ronald-paterson-one?ref=sr_gallery_24&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns++vintage%2C+designer+couture&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all





Vintage Vogue 50's, rare, hard to find original patterns from http://www.etsy.com/listing/110369560/vintage-50s-vogue-sewing-pattern-8667?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns++vintage++vogue+couture&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all




Vintage uncut Balenciaga from http://www.etsy.com/listing/112675615/vintage-vogue-2121-couturier-design?ref=sr_gallery_26&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns++vintage++vogue+couture&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all






Vogue Paris by Christian Dior from http://www.etsy.com/listing/72111317/1960s-vogue-paris-original-christian?ref=sr_gallery_19&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns++vintage++vogue+couture&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=all
Love, love the simple design.




Vintage Vogue by Pierre Balmain from http://www.etsy.com/listing/127115741/vintage-vogue-2845-paris-original-pierre?ref=sr_gallery_29&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns++vintage++vogue+couture&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_page=5&ga_search_type=all
Totally am eyeing this pattern! I love clean and simple lines.
And it's a Balmain design.




Vogue by Valentino from http://www.etsy.com/listing/75875966/vogue-couturier-design-valentino-of?ref=sr_gallery_35&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns++vintage++vogue+couture&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=all
Another simple design. Love it and still a very relevant modern day design.
It's Valentino, so enough said.



Love this mod suite from http://www.etsy.com/listing/113363714/60s-mod-dress-jacket-simplicity-7301?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=sewing+patterns+vintage+designer&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all


Now, I got to go back to fav place to look for more wonderful vintage patterns. I am back in the mood and will see what I like before buying these patterns.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BACK TO SEWING....

I have stopped sewing for a long time. Even took a little time to figure out how to use the simple machine. However, all in all, sewing NEVER left my mind. There are thousand and one thing I want to do and sew. I come to my own blog almost every day to see what's up on my side links. I am so amazed with people sewing beautiful clothing, dresses, quilts non stop. They seem really perfect to me.

I re-located my sewing room. We had 2 rooms on ground floor. I was at the larger room but need to share space with the son. Then I decided the kids should take the larger room, and me - the smaller one. I do have an ulterior motive though, smaller room also means no sharing. I am selfish when it comes to my sewing space, plus it has a window and a newly installed aircondition. So, no more excuse.

I spent way too much time pondering over all the patterns, vintage and new, all those sewing books on the shelf. 80% of the time is spend dreaming what pattern to  make and which cloth to use. My husband said that that precious 80% of time would have produced a dress or two. True! The children said, just do it, why need to ponder. Seriously, why do I ponder? I have really no idea. So, just sew is good I guess....

It's a small narrow room but everything about sewing that I need (and don't) is there. So, that's good.
I went for a white theme and sewn a simple curtain for the window. I bought this material locally and it was imported, so I remembered paying quite a lot for it.  With the airconditioned also meant the kids like to hang out in this small sewing room...it's really hot here at times. Even our cats laze around here every night.





I thought I'd crawl back to blogging as a way to self-kick-start to do more sewing. Way too many patterns unused, too much fabric stacked neatly. Husband does not understand why one need to hoard fabrics, why can't I buy what is needed. Well, any sewist will know that we need tons of fabric. The real test would be do we really use them or not? Actually, who cares. Just buy and keep. Maybe one day I will make a proper quilt for my grand children..or great grand children. I am pretty sure that quilt will materialise on day.
I remembered when I was busy blogging here, I always have something to sew. Or, waiting for more vintage patterns to arrive, buying more fabrics and that sort of motivated me to blog more. Anyway, fast forward from last post, I am still dreaming to sew - a lot more. Finally, I am motivated to do something. Dreams do and need to come true haha!

I cut the small picture (taken from a magazine) because I liked the dress. Looks simple and lovely and found almost a perfect pattern match for it.  Just omit the collar and sleeves and voila! I've got the pattern.  The skirt do need to be down sized a bit...but that's easy.


So, I do hope to start this weekend and post some progress...eeek...Seems like that's how motivated I am to sew.

Till then, I am back to dreaming more patterns and fabric....