Prepping not sewing and a MMM14 pledge

Last week we were away and I put my sewing machines in for a well earned tune up.  This week was the longest of all short weeks (Monday and Friday are public holidays) and even if I had my machines back I wouldn't have felt like sewing.  I still haven't got them back, although I'm told the Babylock will be ready to pick up on Saturday. I'm not exactly sure when the machine will be back, so the weekend doesn't look good for sewing.
So without the machines around for distraction I'm cleaning the house, coooking, prepping for when they will be back. It feels like ages (because it is) since I've made anything:
  • I have another Kanerva all cut out and ready to sew up.
  • I have muslined a pair of Clovers and just bought a RTW pair of pants (the first in ages) that  while a little big will help as a template.. Might get to cutting those out this weekend.
  • I also have two new patterns from the fantastic new collection from Republic du Chiffon. (I feel the need to get a few more of them, but they are in French and take a while to come, which doesn't exactly satisfy my pdf instant gratifcation need.) I'm doing a bit of translation and might get to trace out one of these this weekend if I get to the shops and buy some tracing paper
  • I have an idea for another Tokyo jacket from my stash - so might cut that out...
So that should keep me busy this long weekend. What do you do when you don't have your machines? Prep or take the opportunity to do something completely different?

Oh, and of course you've all been reading that it's that time of year again.
me-made-may'14
I've signed up for my 3rd year of Me Made May.  Last year I must have dedicated an hour a day to checking out the flickr pool, but it really is fun and while I wear me made clothing every day there is something special about MMM and it does provide an airing for some less worn me made clothes.

I Kirsty of top notch: http://kbfield.blogspot.com.au/ sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least 1 handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2014, with no repeat outfits. I will also try and liven up my photos with a few location shots.

And finally... I was also nominated for a Liebster award by French Seams and Pipe Dreams while on holidays. THANKYOU! Have you seen her Miette + Coco ensemble. I want to steal this outfit! I'll be back another day to answer her questions and nominate some blogs.

22 comments:

  1. Oh waiting is so hard, hope the machines are home soon. I've placed an RdC order too, and 10 days already feels like an eternity. The paper patterns look lovely though can't wait to see what you make.

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  2. Echo @french_seamsApril 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I really want to make the Colette Clover trousers so I'll be watching your blog in anticipation. I look forward to reading your Liebster answers.

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  3. I'm all for the pattern prep when I can't actually sew. I cut out 2 things last weekend over the Easter break - look forward to seeing your new things as they come off your assembly line :)

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  4. I'm also prepping a lot right now - I got a new sewing machine for my birthday, but it doesn't work!! Argh!!!

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  5. All I've been doing recently is prepping as can't seem to find suitable time to be on the sewing machine. I love your new patterns & can't wait to see your clovers! Im excited about MMM this year too - though think my pledge will have to be a bit different this time!

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  6. Can't wait to see your RDC makes! I am so tempted to get a few myself. Also excited to see your MMM!

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  7. I know what you mean! Don´t you just miss sitting at the sewing machine for a whole afternoon? I´ve been busy with the pattern making and besides hidious muslins I haven´t sewn anything worth showing....and in the mean time the proyects keep piling up!!

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  8. Those RDC patterns are amazing! There must be a market for hip French sewing pattern translation.

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  9. Oh yes!!!! Good news, my machines came home early yesterday afternoon so I've been able to sit for a few hours this afternoon :)

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  10. The problem with RDC is that I want more of them... I just need to focus on doing one.

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  11. Oh no!! That is terrible. What sort as it?

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  12. Thanks...will definitely need to get on with those trousers!

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  13. What did you order? I'm already thinking of putting in another order because they take so long to arrive...!

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  14. It's a shiny orange Janome one (DKS30). I'm hoping to finally hear from a technician today... Raa!!

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  15. I'm awaiting Anne-Marie, Monique, Brigitte and Melinda--just today I hear they have departed! That may sound like a full house but I am still tempted by both jackets and increasingly the pants--such unique details.

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  16. Maider....MasustakApril 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    I love RDC´s Veste MICHELLE! Can´t wait to see all your proyects! See you on MMM :-)

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  17. You won't believe this but I have just been sewing a dress from RDC's book "Un Ete Couture", all the while thinking "This is SO Kirsty!" I popped over to get a link to your blog, only to find you are on the case re RDC. I think you need the book though! ;)

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  18. I love the Veste Michelle... I think I need to buy that as well!!

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  19. Ha ha! Yes, I have the book too although haven't yet sewn anything from it...can't wait to see what you are up to!!

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