Wednesday, March 26, 2014

RAIN AT LAST!


It's raining in Brisbane!!
And it has been for most of the day, with some quite heavy showers.
The flowers must be as happy as we are, especially as it is forecast to last for another couple of days.


I went for my walk between showers - or so I thought.  When I was at the furthest point from home, the heavens opened, there was a strong wind, and my umbrella was useless.  I stood under a tree for a while, but was absolutely drenched.
And I didn't mind a bit!


A perfect prelude to Noah, Russell Crowe's new movie, which opens here tomorrow.  It looks exciting in the previews.





We needed some new lamp shades, and you know where my mind is these days.  Target's $15 shades seemed just right...


and a cushion likes company..


This fern came from Dad's old house.  Somehow I have kept it alive while so much has died on me this year; no doubt it will enjoy the rain too.


In sewing news, I have not been idle, just a bit slow lately.
I finished V1385, a new Vogue top, in the lilac linen I bought in Sydney last year.  It fits well, and I think we'll have a nice time together.


I fiddled around for ages with the very popular V1247 top, and made a wearable muslin from some bright stuff in the stash:


I might make it in something a little classier some time in the future - like next Summer?

I wanted to do a trial of Burda 7646, a simple V-neck tee with extended shoulders, intended for knits only.


I used some leftover jersey pieces - there was just enough leopard for a front, and plain black for the back.
Having proved I like the relaxed shape, I want to try it as a silk dress.

But meantime, I have cut out a black fine cotton lawn shirt from the Ralph Lauren Vogue career pattern 2136 of 1988, which I found in the Antique Centre:


I want this shirt for travel, so am hoping for a quick, easy sew.


Yay for rain!!

xxxx



18 comments:

  1. Yay for rain indeed!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that you keep you fern growing for a long time, it will certainly enjoy the rain. Your sewing projects all look lovely! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, and it is still raining this morning - so good to see it!

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  2. Your sewing skills always impress me! My few futile attempts at sewing have left me with unrecognizable lumps of poorly stitched together fabric. :-)

    The rain must seem wonderful after your extended heat wave. I have been at that same point on a walk when the skies open up. I just tell myself I can put on dry clothes when I get home.

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    1. Oh dear, Kristie - your sewing sounds a lot like my knitting...
      The rain is great, and yes, I had to have a complete change of clothes when I got home. Hopefully the rain will continue as forecast for another day or two.

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  3. Patricia,
    I am so glad that you love the rain and don't mind getting drenched in it - that's my girl! Oh, I want to see Noah so much, and Russell Crowe is one of my favorite actors. The light purple top that you made is so pretty - I really like the color. Your lamp shade and pillow are very stylish. Don't ya just love Target? I go there every couple of weeks.

    Enjoy the rain today. It has been sunny weather lately, and the last couple of days it has been raining hard too. I am loving it, as we need the rain.

    ~Sheri

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    1. It has been a long, hot, dry summer for us Sheri, so the rain is soooo welcome! Today there are reviews for Noah, some 3 star and some 4 star. I want to see it too. Glad you like my purple top, I like it too. We have synchronised rain - cool!

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  4. I'm glad its raining, it's rain here also. I have the same flowers growing in my garden, looks like you have been very busy sewing.

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    1. The whole east coast of Australia looks wet on the map - long may it last!

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  5. When it hasn't rained for a long time, the earth seems to release a special smell, as if saying thank you.
    I love your lilac linen top, and what a fabulous job you have made of that pretty neckline.

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    1. So true, it does smell wonderful. Last weekend on the way to the mountains we saw many cattle pastures where even the dead grass has disappeared and the ground looked like ash. There was a swampy lagoon which is always there for cattle and horses to drink, and it had completely dried out - I don't remember ever seeing that. So the rain is very, very welcome.
      I am pleased with the pretty frilled neckline, which took some time. I tacked it all together by hand first, to check I had it right. A pleasant challenge!

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  6. I know just how you feel about the rain. When our monsoon starts in late June, I truly rejoice. Your blouses are beautiful, you did a great job with them!

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    1. It is hard for me to imagine a monsoon in New Mexico, because I remember it as very desert-like. But of course, you must have rain and I'm sure you rejoice as we do when it arrives. Our monsoon season used to always be January/February when I was growing up, but the climate really has changed and is very unpredictable these days.

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  7. We've been getting 4pm monsoon-type rain here too. Crazy weather. You have been busy, I like the tops, the lilac one especially. Aren't you going to model it for us?

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    1. Crazy weather, but loving the rain. Hmm, might do a few 'model' shots when I style it up and wear it, Val.

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  8. Glad you got rain at last. We are getting a bit in No CA as well and while we may not be as parched as you are we are in a drought so every bit helps.

    Always enjoy seeing what you have been sewing, You must have quite a wonderful handmade wardrobe.

    Darla

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    1. I have heard about drought in CA, and hope some rain blesses you too, Darla. The Noah movie might bring it on - he he
      Yes, lots of handmade stuff, but I pass it on to charities pretty quickly if I don't really like something I have made.

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  9. Rain.. God has heard the prayers.
    In deep envy I look at your sewings. There is so much of it. The first one is very feminine and I´m waiting to see the silk dress. The top looks so promising. RL in the 80´s was special, those designs still are.
    Hoping that you will get VERY much rain!

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    1. There is still a little rain about, happily. I took lots of photos: it's been so long since our creek filled and overflowed. RL pattern is coming along well, fingers crossed. The older patterns have much better instructions than the modern ones. And I have bought the silk - very bright colours :)

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