Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.
This year I decided NO MATTER what…I’m going to enter the Tessuti Awards 2012. I am not sure I managed to muster up the motivation and strength to complete this sewing project, there were a few late nights, sore back and sore hands but I finished it!
This competition runs every year, by Tessuti Fabrics, a company based in Melbourne. They sell designer fabrics to the keen sewinista and each year they run competition with a specific theme, this year’s was ‘Spots & Stripes’ and it had to be a dress suitable for race wear. The 1st prize this year was $5000 to spend on a trip of the winner’s choice.
For me, it wasn’t about the money or winning in the end. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could sew a dress and wear it. In the past 2 years, since I started sewing I would only sew PJ pants and skirts for myself. The rest of the sewing projects were clothing for the kids, bags and homewares.
When I finished the project my inner sewinista was jumping for joy, throwing confetti into the air! It was such a great feeling to finally say I sewed a dress. However, I couldn’t take photos of me wearing the dress because I still had baby weight to lose. The photos I uploaded to the voting site were pretty crap, as the dress hung on a hanger behind my bathroom door…
So one beautiful, sunny day this week I decided to try the dress on again and it fits. Woot woot! And just when the competition has come to an end…*sigh*.Here they are anyway, Hubby helped me to take the photos in my parent’s backyard :)
And did you notice it has a peplum! I love peplums…
What do you guys think? Would you wear something like this to the races?
Besides sharing my beauty and fashion addiction on this blog, I also admit to having a problem with fabric. Yes, beautiful, uncut, soft and flowing fabric that in sense has been ‘untamed’ or not tampered with. A piece of fabric to me is like a DREAM…waiting to be moulded into a beautiful shape to fit a form such as the human physique. It is waiting to be transformed from something so basic to something very extraordinary! So here I am sharing my newest ‘fabric haul’ :)
My latest fabric buy comes from Tessuti Fabrics in Melbourne. I have bought fabric online before, but it is such a shame I am unable to touch the fabric when buying textiles this way. Tessuti made the experience easy by showing images online on how the fabric drapes and how large the pattern appears.
The main reason for me buying fabric from Tessuti is because they are currently running the annual Tessuti Awards, which is an international competition for sewing/fashion enthusiasts to work towards a brief. This year is all about Spring Racing fashion and the return of ‘Stripes and Spots’. Stripes and spots are my favourite pattern, it is so versatile and striking! 100% of the garment’s outer fabric must be made from Tessuti Fabrics. I was particularly inspired by Marc Jacobs recent Spring 2013 fashion show for New York Fashion week, he described his collection as “Very brutal, very sexy, very straightforward, no romance, no emotion, just real power and force and simplicity,”, undoubtedly resurrecting the Mod-era.
Photo courtesy of Dawn.com
Photo courtesy of Stylebakery.com
You won’t believe how much this little package made me light up! :)
Such a sweet message from team Tessuti
My lovelies, how I love to work with you
Come back to check on my progress and see how I transform this fabric into something wearable! This will be my first attempt at sewing a dress using a pattern…so I’m fretting just a little (OK A LOT!!) and the thought of inserting an invisible zipper gives me nightmares!! Only 4 days left to go to get in my entry…and I’m pulling my hair at the thought of it. I can’t wait to reveal the end result to you guys. Stay tuned ;)
So tell me…are you more of a spots or stripes person?
What are you up to this weekend? If you are in a ‘Spring Cleaning’ mood here is a fun organisation task for you ladies! Why not get rid of all those old make up bags, throw away the stinky expired creams and mascaras hiding in the dark crevices of your under sink cabinet.
The before shot…big items weren’t included of course…just concentrate on those 3 make up bags
That is what I did last week, I told myself no longer will I go out of the house with my lack lustre, sleep-deprived face. I was considering buying the make up box shop organiser that retails in Australia for AUD$99. However I can’t afford that beautiful, clear, perspex box at the moment, but I really can’t stand my bathroom cupboard being in such a mess. Everytime I want to find something, it is just plain stressful and I can’t be bothered putting on a ‘face’ when I head out of the house.
The after shot of the organiser
Top drawer - Foundation, blushers, bronzers and other face cosmetics
Second Drawer - Eye make up
Third drawer - lipsticks and lip glosses
So I settled for a cheap alternative, $16 from Big W’s stationary section!! It is really a box to keep your papers and forms but it worked so well organising my cosmetics. I didn’t realise I had so much until I put all my items together! Time to curb the beauty buys until I use these up first…
Fourth drawer - Nail polish galore! And nail art..
Fifth drawer - Miscellaneous, spf moisturisers, false lashes, samples and little perfumes.
How do you organise under your bathroom cabinet?
Have a lovely Friday and a great start to the weekend!
Who likes a SALE? Something about that four-letter word that just drives us to grab a bargain. Great time to spring-cleaned your wardrobe and added new refreshing pieces. The thing is, I am not a rich lady so I have to be smart about my purchases to make sure they are classic and can see me through the fashion trends that come and go. But I do have a few worn, and very-loved pieces that should be culled from my wardrobe…I’m just sentimental and find it hard to part with them.
Forever21 is giving their customers a ‘Buy one get one free’ offer on their SALE items. So not only are getting your favourite outfits cheaper but you will be getting a free item! Woot Woot!
*Offer ends 2nd September
Now I am going to make a pact, I’m going to make the effort to wear more dresses this season because I have become quite a pants-lady. Therefore in the spirit of ‘dress-wearing’, I have suggested some dresses that will see you through to next year. Patterns, peplum, leather and denim are some of the key classic items you can add to your wardrobe. This is what I call dressing ‘financially-free’, all you have to do is accessorise around these key pieces. They are a steal when priced $20 or below!
See anything you like? Head over to the Forever21 online store to select your buy one get one free items.
Only two days left!!
The sun is setting that little bit later and the weather is definitely warming up. I couldn’t decide whether to have the air conditioner on in the car today. It was that awkward in between feeling of being cold and hot. I can’t believe it, one day left of Winter! Wow, that went by rather quick…
To kick off the Spring season, I want to share my latest outfit post on some great bargains I got towards the end of the Winter season sale. It’s great how pastels have been ‘IN’ for a while, so I picked up a fairly cheap pink lace blazer from Target’s ‘below cost price’ sale. I think it only cost me around $10. It’s so feminine and cute, and light weight so it can be worn for those unusual ‘cold/hot’ days.
I bought some espadrille wedges from Brands Exclusive when they had their Mollini sale. These look so pretty and the natural colour is perfect with any outfit. Plus they make me look so tall! They were only $29. So I bought another pair of hot pink platforms around the same price. After all, I was waddling around in flats for months! It is nice to be strutting around in heels.
And these blue jeans are my favourite pair at the moment, I just love the bright colour! I bought these from FOREVER21 on my last trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were only $10 too. And I accessorised with my favourite Mimco resin chain link bracelet I bought ages ago but it goes with everything. And if you didn’t know me already…I like to wear my chains thick ;)
The green clutch was a prize I received from Style Sofia from Vogue’s Online Shopping Night. It has a smooth, rubbery texture and enough room to store my phone, lipstick, cards and money. I adore the colour!
And I’m wearing a handmade silk scarf called ‘Antarctica’ from a competition I won through CrashingRed.com and Scarf by Charlotte. Such a delicate piece, it is one of my favourite wardrobe items at the moment.
What is your favourite item from this outfit post? Which do you think works best with this outfit - The espadrilles or the pink heels?
Enjoy the beginning of Spring this weekend!
Snap out of those Winter woes…take some time out to smell the flowers, because yes Spring is just at our Australian door step. Plants are so smart, they naturally react to the changing seasons. I wonder if we humans do the same too. My lemon tree is definitely responding with cute, little pink buds on the branches. Can’t you tell I’m really excited that Spring is less than 15 days? Well my reaction to SPRING is to hold another giveaway for my loyal readers :)
Not too long ago I told the bloggerverse that I started a new Facebook Page for ‘Sewislife’. Hi and thanks to all my new followers for ‘LIKING’ my page, I have been posting a lot of photos and interesting links on a daily basis…but not too much that I am bombarding your feeds. *looks sheepish* I hope I am not! Please spread the word out there so others can join in the Spring ‘Essence’ giveaway too.
Here are some items that have put together for the giveaway, that I feel expresses what the ‘SPRING’ essence means to me. See anything you like?
- Essence Season of Extremes colour3 nail polish in ‘06 My best nude friends and me’
- SELF Organics ‘AM to PM’ soap, handmade using organic coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil and grapefruit essential oil
- Handmade colourful bag
- Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow Palette in Urban Flower
For your chance to win this ‘SPRING’ essence prize CLICK on the Rafflecopter entry form below and ENTER!!!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
The competition is opened worldwide. It commences on Thursday, 30th August and ends at Midnight Sunday, 16th September. Make sure you leave your email address in the comments section so I can contact the winner.
The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, 17th September 2012.
The winner must respond to their email within 24 hours of the announcement to claim their prize. Otherwise another winner will be selected.
Best of Luck my Lovelies!!! Start spreading the word about THIS giveaway :)
6 days and counting…till Spring time that IS! OMG…I can’t contain my excitement, I was just staring out of my kitchen window yesterday evening and noticed that the sun was setting a little bit later. My heart fluttered a tiny bit just because of it! I’m such a ‘warm weather’ person, my toes are getting tired of these cold tiles and showering has become annoying! The hot water is nice, but getting out is horrible, I dread that ‘teeth chattering’ feeling.
Any ho…what a better time to update your wardrobe with a Spring outfit because The Iconic is offering their customers 25% off your purchase for this weekend only. No need to use a code, just shop! You have until Sunday midnight to finalise your cart :)
The Iconic also offers free overnight shipping (on Australian orders), so you can’t go wrong! But if it EVER does go wrong (for example your toosh is a little snug in those skinny jeans after Winter feasting) they offer a free returns policy, yep they pay for your return shipping fee!
**OOPS I Forgot to include the code!!! SORRY!! (Baby brain is still around). Use coupon code SPRING25NOW at the checkout
Here you can watch their latest advertisement, you may have come across this whilst watching the telly.
What do you think is the hottest trend for Spring/Summer’12?
Enjoy your weekend lovelies!