Saturday, 31 August 2013

I made a dress!

I've had this fabric since I was a young teenager. To me, it reeks of the 90s and Sarah Mclachlan.

I used the above pattern from M6561, but without the contrast colour.

The fiddly bodice. After sewing that up, I think I'm ready to try and make a quilt!

It would definitely be easier with cotton, not slinky polyester stuff.

I had to do A LOT of adjusting to get the bodice to fit right. My ribcage is super small, I've realized.

I really like the fabric. It has grown on me.

Yay for styling!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Final Bike Tour Days 15, 16, 17, and 18: Stratford Residency

Since our biking days were pretty much complete, I didn't have any more maps to log :( 
You'll notice my day entries become less and less pictorial, and more point form. Stratford was so wonderful, but also so busy!

Getting some excerpt practicing done at Stratford Summer Music Festival office!

This photo pretty much sums up the amazing weather we had for almost the entire bike tour.

Wedding dress lamp: actual wedding dress costume from West Side Story!

Working on a map at the Revel Cafe :) (How meta!)

It's been a slice, bike tour-ers! This little booky is done, for now!

Monday, 26 August 2013

My Autumn Clothing Challenge

Hello! My blog has been very inundated with posts about my bike tour recently, but right now I want to make this new one! It's about a challenge I'm making for myself.

I like clothes. I like fabric and sewing and shopping and dressing myself. My absolute favourite time of year (like most people's) is Autumn. I love the colours! Even though my clothing budget isn't very much, I tend to spend the most moola on stuff this time of year.

This is a challenge I've been thinking about for a while now, but haven't really acted on it. The challenge is: Only buy clothes that are second hand, or self-made. (Is it "only buy" or "buy only"?)

What does this mean?
If I want to update any items in my fall wardrobe from September 1st to Christmas, I will have to find them either second hand, or make them myself.

What about socks and underwear?
Good question! I have enough socks and underwear right now, and I don't think I'll have the urge to buy any until after Christmas (you know, when those gift cards start appearing). If I do really need socks and underwear, I may find some that has been made locally.

What about shoes?
This will be a challenge for me. There are many new styles of shoes that I really want, but I don't actually need. The only shoes I actually really need right now, and will be buying before September 1st, are running shoes. My old pair just crapped out last week, and my knees are paying for it. It's important to replace your shoes every couple of years, or more often if you are running frequently!

Why are you doing this to yourself?
I could be really strict to myself and just not buy ANYTHING since money can be of some concern sometimes. But I really like clothes, and fashion, and I also like a challenge. I've also been getting too comfortable shopping for clothes online, and it's really hard to keep track of my spending when I do that.
Environmentally, I think that buying second-handed clothes is very good. I also think that making my own is very good too, given the clothing industry in Asia. (Yes, a lot of my fabric was also created in that same industry. I still have a lot to learn and discover about finding fair-wage or local fabric.) But worry not, sewing things takes time, and sometimes I don't have a lot of that!

Can I join in on this challenge as well?
Sure! You can do whatever you like, pretend person voice I just made up! But seriously, any friends interested? Not interested? Already do this?

Starting Off
I'm going to go through my closet this week and get rid of old clothing that I do not need any more. I also just got a nice haul of hand-me-downs from my aunt, and so the leftovers from that and my closet will either be free for grabs, or for a small dollar amount, or a maybe even a trade!
I'll then make a wish-list of certain colours or styles of clothes I'd like to wear. I may even do that on my pinterest! If you have pinterest, let's follow each other!

Ahhh alright. I'm ready to make this all official by publishing this post.

Bike Tour Day 10: Stratford to Bayfield!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Bike Tour Day 9: Kitchener to Stratford

I had a relaxing doodle time in Stratford.

This was the toughest day for biking. It was hot hot hot, and terribly windy. It took us most of the day to ride 40km. This was my view for most of the ride.

The only thing that kept me positive was just how beautiful it was outside, despite the heat and wind.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Bike Tour Day 7 and 8: Kitchener and Waterloo outdoor concerts

I was a pretty sleepy person when I made the Day 7 page. The 8+ refers to the amount of people staying in the house, not at the concert! (For the record, there were 8+ people there too!) The house where we stayed also had a bouldering wall in one of the rooms. So much fun.

I gave myself a good dose of Schubert. Sometimes that is what one needs after playing a week of new Canadian contemporary opera!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Bike Tour Day 5: Day in Elora! (100th blog post!)

for the record, that says "not naked!"

This is my 100th blog post! What should I do? Have a party? Have a "giveaway"? A contest??

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Bike Tour Day 4: Guelph to Elora

We had these treat baskets waiting for us in our hotel rooms in Elora! We also received gift certificates to several restaurants around the town to try out. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Bike Tour- Day 2+3: Hamilton to Guelph, Concert in Guelph

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day!

Relaxing at our wonderful billet's house.

Squeaking in a cheeky practice session.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Bike Tour- Toronto to Hamilton

I'm going to let you in on a little secret! Well, not really a secret, but it is little. Throughout the bike tour, I carried with me the smallest moleskin notebook to keep track of our adventures. I will be sharing each day of the tour with you... every day! So make sure to check this blog daily :)