Thursday, January 29, 2015

Zelda by Designer Pearl Red Moon

'Zelda' by Pearl Red Moon 
Recently, I was very fortunate to have been chosen as a pattern tester for designer Pearl Red Moon - Boho Banjo Art To Wear. I should say firstly that I don't usually make garments although I can operate a sewing machine and that I am very short in stature, so regular patterns need to be significantly altered. However, as one of the pattern testers, I  made "Zelda" exactly according to the instructions.
This is a great pattern for those of us who don't fit "exactly" the normal  commercial sizes - aren't we in the majority?  It is a loose fitting, contemporary and stylish top. I loved the design  because it's "different" and can look as conservative or as funky as you like depending on your choice of fabrics. My choice of fabric ? I must admit just before closing time one day late in December, I ran into a fabric shop and chose two of the small range of available stretch fabrics which I thought may go together . The next time I make this pattern I might give myself a little more time to think about my choices, and of course  I am so tempted to purchase the stunning unique prints by Pearl herself. 

'Zelda' pattern by Pearl Red Moon, sewn by me. 

Two of Pearl's fabulous fabric designs  available from her Spoonflower shop, la_perla

back of "Zelda" 
This was a very easy pattern to make - all the pattern pieces fitted together perfectly. The hardest part of this pattern was taping the A4 printed sheets together .... but this has even be solved as Officeworks now offers a service of printing patterns/diagrams/designs onto large sheets. This would certainly save time, but I had no problem printing off at home the pages of the PDF pattern and as each page was clearly marked and numbered, it was just a matter of being patient enough to put the pages together in order ( and making sure you have enough sticky tape before you start!) .  The sewing was easy and the instructions are clear. I don;t have a lot of experience making clothing and I experienced no difficulty in constructing "Zelda" .  As you can see from the photos, Zelda turned into a tunic for me , but remember I said I am very short. If I were to make this again, I don' t think I would try to change the pattern length at all ... I particularly love wearing tunics, so would just  create Zelda Tunic #2.  This garment has to be one of the most comfortable and easy to wear - you can move with confidence in "Zelda" -  I would suggest that you even feel like dancing when you wear a "Zelda" creation. 
My Zelda tunic
Zelda - comfortable and easy wearing

 "Zeld'' in motion 
Pearl Red Moon's pattern is certainly value for money - only $14! I think it is both fun to make and wear with the bonus of a unique bespoke addition to your wardrobe. Thank you, Pearl!

Important links : 
Purchase your downloadable PDF pattern from Boho Banjo Art to Wear 

Purchase your designer fabric from  la-perla Spoonflower shop

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tea Travels

Tea Travels - art inspired by unique places.... 
  touched by the spirit of special people, 
 warmed by comforting tea ...
with dreams of peace  and everlasting life. 

These are works have now been released for sale on Etsy. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day - Valley Girl

I love a sunburnt country, 
A land of sweeping plains, 
Of ragged mountain ranges, 
Of droughts and flooding rains. 
I love her far horizons, 
I love her jewel-sea, 
Her beauty and her terror 
The wide brown land for me!  ( Dorothea Mackellar) 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Wine and Roses

Texture and colour from the 'Wine and Roses ' Exhibition by NCEATA - Newcastle Creative Embroiderers and Textile Artists at Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle , NSW