Patience is not one of my virtues


I am so NOT patient. Never have been. Never will be.

Colette Sewing Handbook

Colette Sewing Handbook - a journey plan

I’m the type of person that decides to do something and does it.So it’s been rather frustrating waiting for The Colette Sewing Handbook to arrive via airmail from Amazon. I ordered it – then was told they did not have it in stock. Then they emailed and said that they were not sure if they could obtain a copy and did I still want to wait? So I did – even though it was killing me. Then the book finally arrived (via canoe I believe)… with no patterns. So now I am waiting for the publisher to post them to me. Alas.

Lesson learnt – shoulda have spent the extra money and ordered it from Colette directly. Oh well, I have purchased five patterns from them already. And at least I got to hang onto the beautiful book and read and prepare for the arrival of the patterns!

I ordered it from Amazon as I stumbled across the book there – looking for something else, saw the cover, was intrigued, and then became so inspired reading the comments, I promptly decided to take up sewing again. So I bought it. It seems like a great structured way to polish some old skills and learn some new ones. I am slightly terrified of learning how to actually fit a pattern properly but the ELH (ever lovin’ hubby) is buying me a dress form to help. Hooray!

I’m so glad I did find this book as I have discovered a whole new world in blogland via the Colette flikr groups and profiles which lead me to more blogs – it’s been inspiring and also provide me with a virtual community as NONE of my friends sew. NONE.

So I decided to blog, perhaps someone will read it. Perhaps not. But I need to have some sort of conversation and this seemed a good place to start.

So I await The Colette Sewing Handbook and I dream of a black meringue, floral pastille, lacy sheer taffy (don’t think anyone has done this). I am waiting for a liquorice and truffle vision…

In the meantime, I’m torn between stitching another delightful Vogue 1247 (I think this is going to be an addiction), Lisette Itinerary dress (although I’m searching for a perfect Japanese print to contrast with a lovely navy linen I have waiting), a muslin for the Lisette Traveler Dress in view C (all in one fabric with a decent belt) or take something that looks a tad tricky but interesting Vogue 1220.

Oh and I will take some pictures of my other completed projects over the next week or so!

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5 thoughts on “Patience is not one of my virtues

  1. I read it 🙂 And I’m going to add you to my favorites so I can cheer you on. I’m in a sewing slump at the moment – beautiful facbric already cut out for a dress and 2 skirts. All of them sitting there mocking me. I have some lovely linen set aside for the Itinerary Dress as well. I think I’m too short though, for that gorgeous Vogue skirt. Bummer. Hope your book arrives quickly!

    • Hooray! Thank you. I need a cheersquad 🙂 I’m only 5 foot 4 and I actually think being shorter is OK for this skirt, having a high waist lengthens me out – well it works for me. And if you are such a keen cutter – we might make a good team – I’m a keen stitcher. Scissors scare me!
      I love the Itinerary dress but have a vision of a Japanese print on the shoulders and will not give in until I find it. I wonder why the pattern package shows a straight hem rather than the curve of the pattern? I’m going to straighten the hem. I think it looks more structural which suits the contrasting yoke and obi belt. But that’s just my opinion (I have lots of those). I’ve made the Lisette Passport dress (on a whim) which is as cute as a button. Watch this space!

  2. Wow! I’m so glad you’re sewing and blogging! I just started sewing again myself and seem to be too busy sticky beaking into other blogs to start my own! I look forward to seeing your creations! I’m a shorty too (and an Aussie…happy ANZAC Day!) at 5’3″ and also have the same Vogue pattern (yet to be sewn) and the Colette book which is totally gorgeous! Happy sewing and posting!

    • Hi there Aussie and Happy Anzac Day to you! I totally understand blog-beaking, I am so addicted to my G-Whizz app due to Google Reader, it’s the first thing I check after I wake up!
      You must tell me when you get your blog up and we can blog away together downunder together. Have you checked out http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.com.au/ ? Carolyn’s sewing is inspirational and she’s over in Perth.
      I’ve hit a minor roadblock… not because I don’t have a million things I want to sew and piles of fabric… but because I want to make another Tardis skirt! I really want a black brocade version for work (as I can hide my security passes in it and let my necklaces roam free).
      We took a couple of pictures today of Vogue 1236 so I will blog about that in a day or two. Watch this space.
      Thank you for dropping by! Chat soon : )

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