Monday, 10 September 2012

Chocolate Polka Dots, How I Love Thee So




"Don't you already have a blouse in that fabric?" said my fella. Certainly not. It may look the same, but I think you'll find the material consistency is quite different. As is that other roll of chocolate brown polka dot fabric waiting patiently in my stash.

I know what I like, okay?!

I've tweaked the toile almost to death and am now working on the first real version of my self-drafted pussy bow blouse. I'm really hoping I get to finish it before the lovely weather we've been having in London stops. Unlikely. But my office is like a sauna so I'll still get to wear it :)

In other news, I totally busted my fabric scissors. I'm too embarrassed to tell you how... Oh hang on, when has that ever stopped me before? Let's just say a little DIY sharpening backfired. Doh! No lectures, please. But I would be interested to know if you have any scissor preferences before I buy a replacement pair. Big heavy shears? Or lighter weight soft-grip handles? Ta!

[Soundtrack: 'Wolf' by First Aid Kit]

27 comments:

  1. I got some light weight Kai ones and I LOVE them. Mine are 7205 (blogged here: http://mymessings.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/aqc-purchases.html) and they're AMAZING. They are slightly smaller and i like that, they're just the right size for my hand. they use the bigger ones at my local fabric store and rave about them there too.

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  2. My current pair are Ginghers and I love them. Add to it that sharpening is only $7... I'd been using Fiskers and old Singers before, and the difference is like night and day! I've heard Kai is a good brand, too, but I have no personal experience with them. My ginghers are heavy ones, and part of me would like lighter scissors--especially when trying to teach the Bit to sew!

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  3. It's good to have a 'signature fabric' and polka dots are the best! Add chocolate into the equation and it's a win win!

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  4. Big, heavy. They make that super satisfying cutting noise. And they make it so easy to cut in a straight line.

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  5. I can understand an abiding passion for chocolate polka dots :) As for scissors, so much depends on the size of your hands. One woman's heavenly shears are another's unwieldy hedge clippers!

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  6. The chocolate brown polka dots are gorgeous, you can never have too many!

    I prefer a lighter pair of scissors, but that's what I'm used to.

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  7. I also busted my sewing scissors by handing them to my husband to sharpen....Oh well, lesson learnt!

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  8. I have a heavy duty pair of shears. They're very old skool-esque and remind me of my Mum's set that have lasted her 50 odd years. I can see the benefit of the lighter skooshy handled ones but I figure if I'll be using my rotary cutter most of time the extra weight won't be too extreme.

    And everyone needs a ridiculous amount of polka dots. Just sayin' :P

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  9. I love that fabric! One can never have too many polka dots. ;)

    I'm a big, heavy shears gal. I've had my Gingher shears (all metal) for 10 years and they're still going strong (though I need to get them sharpened this fall). This is even after dropping them on a concrete floor and knicking the blades--my scissor sharpening guy at the time was able to even things back out. ;) Love those scissors and need to get myself a back up pair, actually, so I have one while the other gets sharpened! lol.

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  10. I bought a lightweight pair of Ginghers recently and love them! The quality of Ginghers in a lightweight pair. Love your polka dots

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  11. ooo more polka dots! cannot wait! :D

    I prefer heavy duty scissors. cannot think of my brand though ...

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  12. I love love love my Mundial heavy shears. They have stayed sharp a long time. After 10 years I will have to sharpen them soon but probably not this year. Love your blog and I look forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing your amazing-ness with us!

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  13. 8" Gingher dressmaking shears. They are fabulous - and they will last you forever. Just make sure you take them to a professional to get sharpened ;)

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  14. I agree - having a signature fabric is totally valid! :) I always go for red & black - at least yours is more interesting! lol

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  15. Stick to what works, right? That's the way the saying goes, correct? Can't wait to see this blouse completed!

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  16. So in love with this fabric and the last chocolate polka dot top. Can't wait for the one in progress!

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  17. loving polka dots as well! simply too cute to resist, right?

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  18. Gingher 8" Knife Edge Dress Maker Shears are my fave. Not too expensive and the sharpening dude always compliments my scissors ;-)

    The brown dots are fab so keep 'em coming!

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  19. I thought that too when I read your post! I thought , didn't you already make this...

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  20. I go Gingher all the way - dressmaker's shears, pinking shears, and rotary cutter. All great investments. I also have a pair of their designer shears with a black and rose print handle in my "traveling bag". When I go to classes or guild meetings, it's easier to keep track of my scissors because no one else ever seems to have that particular pair.

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  21. I love the Gingher dressmaker shears. I've had them for over 15 years and I didn't need them sharpened until about year 10. The big heavy ones are too hard to handle. I have some of those too (also Gingher) but only use them for leather and very heavy weights.

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  22. I have two pairs of dressmaking scissors. My favourite are Mondial all metal scissors. The second pair are Fiskars which are great for cord & denim. I like heavy but I have big hands.

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  23. I have had the same pair of Ginghers for nearly 30 years. In all that time I've only had to get them sharpened once. (Or was it twice? Thirty years is a long time to try to remember little stuff like that.)

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  24. I had been toying with the idea of getting gingers then about 2 years ago I went to Sheffield with uni on a metalworking field trip and they took us to the whitely's factory where they make scissors. I fell in love with proper old fashioned scissors made in the UK, I talked to the men in the factory about what I wanted to use them for and they suggested the best ones AND told me I could get them in London. I have two pairs, one has have a special serrated blade on the bottom that grips the fabric as you cut and stops it slipping and another smaller plain pair for trimming etc. I bought both at William Gee in Dalston.

    http://williamgee.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=486&category_id=66&manufacturer_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

    http://williamgee.co.uk/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&Itemid=1&category_id=66&product_id=470

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  25. I vote for squishy ones. I have a pair of plastic handled ones that are spring loaded, making it easier to cut a bunch of fabric at once!

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  26. I bought 3 pairs of ginghers and they're amazing. I got the short snips, the 8" serrated shears and the curved applique scissors, which are great for grading fabric. I've found them to be fantastic but I know you can get great UK ones too. Hope this helps. There's no judgement here. I tried to serrate crackling on a pork join with a rotary cutter - that is foolish.

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  27. Oh man! I totally busted my 8" serrated Ginghers that way too! I'm so embarrassed! But I'm glad I'm not the only one. However they were totally lovely before I butchered them, so I'd vote for them.

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