Saturday, December 31, 2011

Where did 2011 go?

They say time flies when you're having fun, and I've obviously had a lot of fun this year as 2011 has absolutely rocketed by.

I know I sew a lot, but I do feel that I don't complete a lot of items, therefore I find it interesting to see what I have achieved at the end of each year, and it was:

7 x Tops
2 x Pants
2 x Skirts
2 x UFO's
1 x Cardigan
1 x Jeans
1 x Hand knitted garment
5 x Jewellery pieces
3 x Craft

Patterns used:

BWOF - 2
Simplicity - 3
Vogue - 2
Jalie - 1
Marfy - 1
Kwik.Sew - 2
Self Drafted - 2

Favourite Garment

Even though they have only just been finished, I have to say it is the Jalie Jeans. The fact that I have got such a great fit is the reason I sew and I'm so glad that I do.

The other is Kwik.Sew 3740, this is such a great fitting pattern for me, even though I only made 2 tops this year from this pattern they have been worn constantly and I plan on making some short sleeve/no sleeve versions for summer with this pattern.

Highlights
  • Attending the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, USA with my two sewing buddies Alison and Maria.
  • Spending a weekend with my Mum and Sister sewing at Bribie Island.
  • Another sewing weekend with my sewing buddies at North Ryde.
  • Organising the Pattern Review get together here in Sydney and meeting a group of wonderful ladies.
2011 Sewing Goals - How did I go?
  • Complete 1 garment a month - I'm still working on this, with all the sewing days I have it is a mystery to me why this doesn't happen.  However with a total of 24 pieces I must have had some very productive months :)
  • Complete at least one competition either at Stitchers Guild or Pattern Review - This just didn't happen.
2012 Sewing Goals
  • Complete 1 garment a month, I would really like to start/finish a garment a month.
  • Complete at least one competition either at Stitchers Guild or Pattern Review.
  • Play with the binders for my Coverstitch machine and get comfortable using them.

And finally, a collage of the pieces I made in 2011.


There are a couple more UFO's to complete and hopefully I will be able to share them with you soon.

Happy New Year and thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the week before Christmas

and I decided to make some Christmas presents.

Luckily they were all very quick to make and I had some great tutorials to follow to achieve this.

We have 5 nieces and nephews between us that we give gift vouchers to each year and after seeing this great Gift Card Holder Tutorial by Shabby Art Boutique I thought I would use it this year.

My first problem is there are 3 young men amongst the above and I don't imagine they would be too thrilled with the very pretty holders that are shown in the tutorial. Luckily Kerryanne emailed me and suggested checking out the op shop for some "manly" options, where I found these very appropriate board shorts. for $3.


Once home I proceeded to cut them up for the men, as well as rummaging through my bag of scraps to find the more colourful pieces to use for the ladies, I found the cute Christmas figures at Spotlight for $2. I am very pleased with the end result.


Next up was 2 sets of 12 Christmas Tree Napkins that Kathryn made back in 2010 for my Mum and Sister-In-Law as we spend Christmas day with both of them (1/2 hour apart) each year.



Finally a necklace for my Mum using the colours of the fabric she purchased whilst in Bowral this year, and my Sister volunteered to make it into a skirt for Mum.


Now back to some sewing for me.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Minoru Jacket

I'm starting to notice that January seems to be the month that Sew-Along's commence and yes I have signed up for another one.

This time I am going to point the finger at Tessuti because when they reviewed Julia and Minoru on their blog, I just had to have this jacket pattern (and so did 2 of my real life sewing buddies), as I really like the shape because most jackets make me look like a box and with the wet weather we have been having a lighter jacket than the gortex one I wear when walking Roscoe will be a nice change.

Tasia the creator of the Minoru Jacket is having a Sew-Along commencing on 16 January and finishing around 20 February 2012.  You can find out more about the Sew-Along by clicking on the badge on the side bar.

The pattern was ordered and it has arrived.


I have traced off the pattern and plan on making a toile, as these patterns are drafted for the "pear" figure.

I have some navy ripstop in the stash intending to make a jacket so I just need to find some lining.  I also fell in love with Julia's metal zippers so I have been checking out ZipperStop as I need a 71cm separating zip and 45cm closed-end zip for this jacket and of course they have to be navy and have metal teeth.  Fingers crossed the order arrives before we get up to that stage with the Sew-Along. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dressmaking with Stitches - Volume 19

I've finally caught up, here is the Index for Volume 19 for Dressmaking with Stitches (formerly Australian Stitches), please take a copy if you want.

I have also sent a copy to Lynn Cook, Editor of Dressmaking with Stitches.

Enjoy

Monday, December 5, 2011

At last they are finished ...

Finally, the reveal from our sewing weekend that I hinted at back here. Hemming is one of those jobs that I just can't get motivated to do.

The top is Kwik.Sew 3740 without the cowl in the chartreuse/grey/ink navy knit fabric. I am really liking this pattern as a basic T-Shirt and the only adjustment I made to this pattern was to raise the neck edge by 5cm (2") and take it back to the original shoulder seam.

You have already seen this top worn during Self Stitched September here and here.

The pants are V7881 in a navy wool crepe which are fully lined and I finally finished the hems last night as today was forecast for 19 C (66 F) for the 5th day of summer, this is still a bit cool for light summer skirts so I thought I would see how I like the pants.

Pattern adjustments

Front:
- Add 0.5cm to side seam from end of curve back to nothing
- 1cm wedge in centre front taking back to nothing at side seams.
- raised the centre front crotch by 0.5cm


Back:
- reduce the back side leg by 1.5cm
- Deepen the crotch curve
- 0.5cm off inseam to below the notch on the pattern.


These adjustments were made in calico and I felt confident enough to cut out the wool crepe that I had to see how they would make up, also realising that they are very different fabrics which could give me very different results.

Here are the results. As you can see there is a lot of fabric in the front crotch area.


and the back isn't too bad, they fit very nicely for my sway back and besides that pleat of fabric I think the leg width is too wide for my frame.


I'm still working on the frustrating journey of pants fitting, do I try and get the excess out of these or go back to the drawing board, decisions, decisions.

Now Jeans are another matter .....

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm still here ....

How did we get to the end of October so quickly, I can't believe how fast this year is going.

I haven't managed to get any sewing done this month but I did have the wonderful PR weekend to attend with so many wonderful ladies and thought I had better follow up my promise of the Self Stitched September Wrap Up.

Even though it is a bit of work, I really do enjoy participating in the Self Stitched groups as it forces me to not take the easy option each morning by just pulling out the regular outfit for work, but to have to mix it up and make it look different has shown me that even though my wardrobe is small I can still get quite a lot of different looks.

I did receive a couple of questions about the Kerry Linen I used in my shirtmaker from RebeccaHoward and kbenco and hopefully I can help.

The Kerry Linen was purchased mainly for the fact that I was looking for a linen for the shirtmaker dress and the colour just had to come home with me.

I do love linen, but all my other pieces (brown dress and skirts) are either lined with Sunsilky or underlined/lined with Sunsilky which reduces the wrinkles in the linen during the day but of course it doesn't completely stop them, which is okay by me.

The shirtmaker is the first linen garment I have that is not lined. I feel it wears reasonably well and here are some late night, terrible photos to try and show how it looks after being worn all day.



Looking at these wrinkles, they are no worse than the 100% linen garments that I have lined, so I can see more Kerry Linen making its way into my stash wardrobe.

Now here is the collage of my outfits for the month of September.



And you know I said I was getting in the car for a 6 hour drive on the last day of September, well this is what I woke up to, big fat snowflakes!



I'm keeping my fingers crossed that November will see me and my sewing machine spending some quality time together.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pattern Review Weekend in Sydney

The SSS Wrap-up was delayed as I was finalising the organisation of the Pattern Review Weekend here in Sydney which has just finished and what a weekend we have just had.

It all started at 9am on Friday morning with 26 of us boarding the coach for the all important fabric shopping tour and Gay and Lena have posted some great photos and information about the shops we visited and here is most of the group at the end of the day.




Saturday morning was a Knits: stretch and shrinkage factors workshop with Lena and a Come Alive with Colour workshop with Wendy, with others sewing or taking measurements for others. In the afternoon Wendy took the measurements for the Simply Stylish: Your Ideal Silhouette workshop which continued on Sunday morning, while others headed back to The Fabric Store or Tessuti after having had their colours done.

On Saturday night we went out to dinner at The Clove and had a very enjoyable Indian Banquet and then seeing it is PatternReview.com's 10th Anniversary this year, I organised this very tasty Bon Vivant from Cuisine Patisserie and topped it with an edible image from Custom Icing for dessert.


Sunday saw half of the group complete their workshop with Wendy, while some sewed and others took turns in wrapping each other in glad wrap - Saran wrap pattern making method.

Here I am wrapped and MelJ is marking in my waist line, before packing tape is taped on top the the glad wrap on centre front, centre back, shoulders, waist and neckline.


before it is cut off along the centre front and centre back lines,


I had to do some further cutting to get it home, and I will share this later.

It was a really fun weekend, and getting to meet the girls from the Sewing Down Under board on PatternReview.com was just wonderful.

Friday, September 30, 2011

So much for ...

finishing off SSS with an all made me outfit, it didn't happen.

As soon as I finish work I will be in the car for 6 hours, so it is comfort again.


Top:Purchased cream t-shirt
Vest: Purchased grey knitted vest.
Trouser: Vogue 9537 modified in black denim worn earlier this month.
Accessory: Me-made necklace and earrings
Boots: Betts Marathon

It has been another interesting month, and I will post a wrap up soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Comfortable

Today I was in the office all alone, and my priority was to archive, a word that I am not particularly fond of, so I made myself very comfortable.


Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in blue/brown tie die knit from Spotlight worn on Day 17.
Jeans: Levis 553 purchased a few years ago.
Accessory: Purchased gold band choker with ink navy disc and purchased earrings
Hosiery/Nylons: Brown Tights.
Boots: Betts brown boots.

I've just collected the empty yoghurt containers from around the yard, here is how they are cleaned -

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It is late

The last photo challenge for the SSS group was a night shot, so here I am getting home from work and unloading the car with my dry cleaning in hand and reaching in to push the button to close the roller door.


Top: Purchased dark brown jumper/sweater with red, purple stripes in the front from Country Road too many years ago to remember.
Skirt: Vogue 7937 in dark brown wool crepe worn on Day 20.
Jacket/Cardigan: McCall's 3750 in the same dark brown wool crepe made in 2003
Accessory: Me-Made Necklace and earrings
Hosiery/Nylons: Voodoo Celestial
Shoes: Circa Joan & David Callalily Pumps

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SSS Day 27 - only 3 to go!!

Feeling better today, so off to work ...


Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 View B with long sleeves and neckband in the chartreuse/grey/ink navy knit fabric worn on Day 3.
Skirt: McCall's 7244 in a grey wool flannel made in 2007 worn on Day 16.
Cardigan: Portmans grey cardigan with fabric pleating around the neckline purchased in 2010 worn on Day 13
Accessory: Diva multi green/gold strands of beads and purchased earrings.
Hosiery/Nylons: Black Tights.
Shoes: Black C21 Courtney

The month has certainly flown by and I still haven't finished the navy trousers that is supposed to be showcased with this top!

Monday, September 26, 2011

SSS Day 26

Back to work Monday and it was a real struggle today, not 100% and did end up coming home after lunch and getting comfy on the lounge :)

This is what I wore for the first part of the day.


Top: Vogue 1822 (OOP) made in a Brown/Cream spotted Japanese cotton (blogged here)
Trouser: Brown wool with a fine stripe custom made for me whilst in China in 2008.
Jacket: Brown wool with a fine stripe custom made for me whilst in China in 2008. (I had made a jacket, skirt and pants at the same time.)
Accessory: Purchased pearls and Victoria Spring pearl earrings.
Hosiery/Nylons: Voodoo Celestial
Shoes: Circa Joan & David Callalily Pumps purchased during my USA trip this year.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent in a purchased tracksuit.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SSS Day 25

We are back to winter and I've got another day of errands to do.


Top: Burda 02-2009-108 in biscuit Mercury Jersey from Lincraft which you saw on Day 2.
Trouser: Vogue 9537 in cotton drill called String from Spotlight (blogged here)
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft, worn on numerous days.
Accessory: Purchased necklace of a bunch of chains in different lengths, styles and colours.
Shoes: Betts camel flat shoes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

SSS Day 24

On a very hazy day my sewing buddy and I stopped here to take today's photo on our way to our ASG Group.


Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 View A in coffee/grey/cream knit which you saw on Day 4.
Trouser: Cargo pants using Simplicity 3640 (OOP) track suit pattern in blue stretch woven (blogged here).
Accessory: Purchased gold band choker with ink navy disc and purchased earrings
Shoes: Betts camel flat shoes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SSS Day 23 - Summer and Winter

Today started out quite mild and reached 29C by lunchtime, then by 3pm it had dropped to 19c with a bitter wind.

This is this morning before I headed to work.


Top: Butterick 3344 in multi striped knit which you saw on Day 5.
Skirt: Brown wool with a fine stripe custom made for me whilst in China in 2008.
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey (in my bag)
Accessory: Purchased gold band choker with pearl disc and purchased earrings
Hosiery/Nylons: Voodoo Celestial
Shoes: Chocolate Diana Ferrari

Roscoe wants to know why he can't come inside, look at the colour of his socks!!

This afternoon the cardigan was definitely being worn.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SSS Day 22

I foolishly thought it was going to get warmer today so the cardigan you can see draped over my shoulder was worn for most of the day and I would have preferred the merino wool version as well, but you do live and learn.


Dress: McCall's 5433 Shirt lengthened for a Shirtmaker in rust Kerry Linen from Kerryn's Fabric World in Queensland (blogged here)
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey from Lincraft worn on numerous days.
Accessory: Slime brown leather belt, purchased earrings.
Shoes: Tahari Melanie shoes purchased during my trip to the US this year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Um drinking or eating ...

Today's photo challenge was to be either drinking or eating or I suppose it could be both.

As DH makes us a flat white each morning, this was the natural choice for me.


Dress: Simplicity 2648 made in brown linen and fully lined with sun silky that I wore for the water challenge on Day 14.
Cardigan: Purchased rust cashmere cardigan whilst in China in 2008 which you saw on Day 2.
Accessory: Purchased necklace and earrings made by a friend.
Shoes: Circa Joan & David Callalily Pumps purchased during my USA trip this year.

Roscoe is wondering where his coffee (frothed milk) is.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SSS Day 20

It is getting more difficult to get a different look, as today's is all but the same as yesterday, different colour but very similar.


Top: Vogue 8572 in chartreuse linen/Polyester/Rayon blend (blogged here)
Skirt: Vogue 7937 in dark brown wool crepe (blogged here)
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft which you saw on Day 9 and 18.
Accessory: Gifted necklace and purchased earrings.
Shoes: Chocolate Diana Ferrari

It is getting warm quite fast, unfortunately my office is still cool, so I need a cardigan or jacket for an easy layer.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Days 17, 18 and 19

Well I'm home from spending some lovely time with my DM and DS checking out the sites of Canberra.

Day 17


Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in blue/brown tie die knit from Spotlight (blogged here)
Skirt: BWOF 04-2009-101 in brown cord which you saw on Day 4 and 6.
Accessory: Holding the top of Black Mountain Tower, Made-by-Me necklace and earrings.
Boots: Betts brown boots.


Day 18

Today is was time to visit Floriade.


Top: Simplicity 2603 top with sleeves in brown mercury jersey which you saw on Day 9.
Skirt: Self drafted skirt in brown/coffee/coral linen from Spotlight(blogged here)
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey draped over my handbag which you saw on Day 9.
Accessory: Made-by-Me crocheted necklace and earrings.
Shoes: Betts camel flat shoes.


Day 19

Back to work and the best of a bunch of photos.


Top: Vogue 8572 in lemon (blogged here)
Skirt: Self Drafted Skirt in brown linen, interlined (to help stop the wrinkles) and lined in Sun Silky.
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown merino which you saw on Day 7.
Accessory: Made-by-Me crocheted necklace and earrings.
Shoes: Betts camel shoes with small heel.

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's getting warmer

So I thought I would be brave and do away with the tights today (not completely they are in my bag just in case I get cold in the office) as it was 15c (59F) when I got dressed this morning and they are predicting a top of 24c (75F) during the day.


Jumper/Sweater: Red Wool Jumper purchased from Jigsaw.
Skirt: McCall's 7244 in a grey wool flannel made in 2007.
Accessory: Pearl necklace and Victoria Spring pearl earrings.
Shoes: Black C21 Courtney.

I'm off to Canberra tomorrow for the weekend to see Floriade with my DM and DS so it will be a bit cooler, so the tights have been packed and I will see you in a couple of days.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's getting warmer

I have been thinking about how I can wear my lemon tie blouse differently, that is without the Chanel Jacket you saw yesterday, and this is what I have come up with.


Top: Marfy 2254 in lemon polyester with an emboridered flower design all over (blogged here)
Vest: Purchased burnt red vest.
Skirt: McCall's 7244 in a multi flecked fabric with a large amount of polyester as I have been sitting in it all day and no creases, purchased at Kerryn's Fabric World, fully lined using Sun Silky and made too many years ago to remember.
Accessory: Me made earrings.
Tights: Chocolate brown.
Shoes: Diana Ferrari

I am pleased at how this turned out and doesn't look too bad at the end of the day.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Water .....

The Self Stitched September group decided on another lot of photo challenges and today's was to pose with water.

Now the first thought I had was that Roscoe would love to play with the hose, but then I wouldn't be too dry afterwards so that got put to one side.

You may have noticed the the large black pot in our backyard (MMJ had a lot of photos of it), what most of you don't know is that it is a water feature, which we have to top up quite frequently and feed the goldfish that live in it. Normally this is done by attaching a hose to the water tank in the back yard, but today to get into the water theme, I am topping it up with our watering can that has had the Roscoe touch.


Dress: Simplicity 2648 made in brown linen and fully lined with sun silky (blogged here)
Jacket: Purchased Chanel style jacket in brown, tan and lemon tweed
Accessory: Gifted necklace and gold hoop earrings.
Tights: Chocolate Brown.
Shoes: Diana Ferrari.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SSS - Day 13

A beautiful sunny day here, but the office is still cold, so this is my outfit for today:



Top: Diana Ferrari burgundy cross over top with silk organza ties purchased in 2009
Trouser: Vogue 9537 in a black medium weight wool made in 2008.
Cardigan: Portmans grey cardigan with fabric pleating around the neckline purchased in 2010.
Accessory: Pearl necklace and purchased earrings.
Tights: Black tights.
Shoes: Courtney C21 Black leather with patent toe.

At last I am not wearing boots, so I asked DH to take a photo of the back view of the pants, they are a lot better than I thought, but I do want to get rid of the breaks so they fall straight.


Does anyone have any alteration suggestions I can try?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to work

My holiday is over, so back to my desk.


Jumper/Sweater: Purchased from Country Road in Oyster colour.
Skirt: Self drafted skirt in a green/cream tweed polyester (blogged here)
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft which you saw on Day 9.
Accessory: Me-Made crocheted necklace and earrings and Roscoe wearing his purple collar.
Tights: Chocolate brown.
Boots: Brown Nine West Boots

I really should have worn my merino knit cardigan, the office was freezing.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Repeat outfit for Day 11

So today was it, this is the same outfit I wore back in June on day 5 in the afternoon, but today it was all day and the best bit, I was in my sewing room (the wet sleeve is because I had to put the lamb shanks on to cook and of course water and wider sleeves means they get wet).


Top: McCall's 9080 in a grey stable knit, made far too many years ago.
Trouser: Old fraying 550 Levis.
Shoes: Puma sneakers.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Some fun for Day 9

Today I attended a workshop by Connie Crawford at Hobbysew Australia at Top Ryde.

Connie is on her way to teach at the Australian Sewing Guild Convention in Launceston and McCall's Pattern Service was able to organise for Connie to do this workshop on her way south.

The day started with Connie telling us about her career and then moved onto draping and how it all comes together. Connie also demonstrated the difference between the various cup sizes and how to create your own designs by using the blouse block.

Connie shared a large wealth of information and hopefully the notes that I have scribbled down will give me enough to go by. This was before lunch.

After lunch the other part of the workshop was that each attendee would be custom fitted for the blouse blocks that feature an A/B Cup, C/D/DD cup and F/G cup using pattern B5300.

Connie had with her a blouse block for each pattern size and cup size and we then all took our turn to be fitted by Connie with helpers taking notes of the adjustments for each of us that we need to do to get the blouse block.

Here I am having my custom fit with Connie (no she didn't tickle me).


I did purchase the pattern as I was very pleased with how it fits around the shoulders and chest and the other adjustments Connie suggested are minor so I am looking forward to making up the blouse block to see how it looks.

For the remainder of the day I wore:



Top: Simplicity 2603 with 3/4 length sleeves in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft (blogged here)
Skirt: Burda 04-2009-101 in Salt & Pepper fine cord that you saw on Day 2.
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft.
Accessory: Gold choker band with cream oval and gold small hoop earrings.
Tights: Chocolate brown.
Boots: Chocolate Betts Boots.

It was a great day, I go to meet a few Internet friends face to face and of course there were quite a few Australian Guild Members attending as well as some of my real sewing buddies (thank you for the photos).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Well we are home again after having a wonderful time in Perth with family and seeing the sites as well as checking out the compulsory fabric shops.

Day 3


Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 View B with long sleeves and neckband in the chartreuse/grey/ink navy knit fabric.
Trouser: Vogue 9537 (OOP) in black denim (blogged here)
Boots/Shoes: Charcoal Betts Marathon

Day 4


Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 View A in coffee/grey/cream knit (blogged here)
Skirt: BWOF 04-2009-101 in brown cord (blogged here)
Tights: Chocolate Brown.
Boots/Shoes: Chocolate Betts Boots


Day 5


Top: Butterick 3344 in multi striped knit (blogged here)
Trouser: Vogue 9537 (OOP) in black denim which you saw on Day 3.
Boots: Charcoal Betts Marathon


Day 6


Top: Purchased T-shirt.
Skirt: BWOF 04-2009-101 in brown cord which you saw on Day 4
Tights: Chocolate Brown.
Boots: Chocolate Betts Boots
Accessory: Me made earrings.

Day 7


Top: Purchased T-shirt.
Trouser: Vogue 9537 (OOP) in black denim which you saw on Day 3.
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown merino (blogged here)
Boots: Charcoal Betts Marathon
Accessory: Me-Made crocheted necklace and earrings.

Today I'm back home and have just got home from running around restocking the house and collecting Roscoe who now wants to go to the park and play.

Day 8


Top: Simplicity 2603 top with sleeves in brown Merino (blogged here).
Trouser: Purchased 550 Levis.
Jacket: Jalie Jean Jacket 2320 in a lightweight brown denim made in 2008 and has Hong Kong finishes on all seams.
Boots: Betts chocolate boots
Accessory: Me-Made crocheted necklace and earrings.

And last but not least the compulsory picture of the purchased fabric:


Left to right:
Brown/Green/Cream abstract print from Fabulous Fabrics
Gina Dry Handle Crepe in purple from Knitwit
New Caledonia Floral Knit Brown from Knitwit

Friday, September 2, 2011

SSS Day 2

Thank heaven it is Friday, it has been a hectic week.


Top: Burda 02-2009-108 in biscuit Mercury Jersey from Lincraft (blogged here)
Skirt: Burda 04-2009-101 in Salt and Pepper fine cord (blogged here)
Cardigan: Purchased rust cashmere cardigan whilst in China in 2008.
Accessory: Me-Made crocheted necklace
Boots/Shoes: Betts Boots

Now I'm off to pack and set the alarm for 4.00am tomorrow morning to head to the airport for our flight.

This is where my SSS may come undone, small suitcase, limited clothing, fingers crossed.

See you in a week.