Purfylle: March 2015

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Guildford Heritage Festival

As predicted the 1870'\s polyester dress was costumey. I can't wait to remake it with some nice fabrics and and take the time to get the fit right. Nonetheless the dress was a huge hit at the Guildford Heritage Festival.

It was already warm when we arrived and I was very grateful I had remembered both my parasol and my fan.
1870's style bustle gown

Did I make it in time?

3 minute hat thingy
Are you wondering if I made it to the Guildford Heritage Festival in costume or not?

Thursday I didn't have a corset or a bodice pattern and the skirt wasn't finished.

I was going to have to cut corners. A lot of them.

Mr Pee-Wee

ISO 1000 | f 5.6 | 1/2000
lens 55-250mm 

I just realised I've been referencing my long zoom lens as a 50-250mm but's it's really a 55-250mm.

Read through the comments to learn more about Mr Pee-Wee.

Will I Even Have To Make A Decision?

modern gloves and fan
I'm running out of time. I have the rest of today and tomorrow basically (because Saturdays are generally a write off) to get my HSM March projects finished if I am to wear them to Sunday's fair.


ISO 800 | f 5.6 | 1/2000
lens 50-250mm

Mundane But Mandatory

I wrote this post last year but I never published it. To start with I never found the right photo for it hence the not terribly relevant but ever so cute sleepeh kitty picture courtesy of Sacha cat.

It seems like such a long time ago now. I remember feeling so stressed about everything. I was in total overwhelm about how I was going to get anything in my home back under control.

Well, today I don't feel as stressed nor do I keep a daily list of what I've done.  Keeping that list made a BIG difference for me though. It helped me realise how much I do get done, especially when I started to record what I actually got done instead of what I thought I'd got done.

Back then I also thought I would have my house far more under control by now then I do at the moment. But there has definitely been progress. My kitchen is proof of that even if the dust on the shelves beg to differ.

I wanted to share this post with you today for a few reasons:

  • Perhaps you will  find it interesting or possibly inspiring. 
  • It was important for me to write it at the time, so I think I should share it.
  • I wanted to get writing done nice and quickly today so I can go and do some cleaning. True story! Maybe I'll go and clean those light switches...

My Sunday Shot 19

Spikey Sunday
ISO 640 | f 5 | 1/160
lens 50-250mm

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Pin Party 8

Exercise, for people who don't like exercising.

Work Out????

Are you kidding me?! My idea of a workout is playing ball with Freki, he runs for the ball and I lounge in my outdoor chairs.

Exercise for people who don't like exercising

I resist all forms of exercise and I can come up with any number of legitimate excuses not to be doing them.

But my general fitness levels are awful. I had to figure out how to improve my general fitness in a way that would work for me.

But how?

Night Flower

Every year our cacti flowers. Every year I miss the flowers.

This year there are more flower buds then ever before.

cacti flower buds

cacti flower bud the afternoon they will flower

I was determined to catch the flowers and not forget to go and look.

I had to keep a very keen eye on those flower buds.

Thursday I was hopeful but too early.

 Friday looked more promising, the vigil had begun.

Stress-Free Paper Decluttering

I used to think I had to go through every last scrap of paper and sort it all perfectly. Then I wouldn't do any of it because it was such a huge job. It doesn't have to be that hard even if you have mountains of paperwork.

Declutter Paperwork the Stress-Free Way

Fish and Things

Oscar's fish tank sprung a leak and we found ourselves setting up a new tank and moving an almost foot long fish at midnight on Thursday night.

My Sunday Shot 18

ISO 400 | f 5.2 | 1/200
lens 50-250mm | flash used

Ruffler Foot Made Sew Easy It's Hands Free!

Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles
If you've ever used a ruffler foot you will know you need to guide your fabric carefully.

I've been making a Victorian Gown. That means lots of ruffley goodness. I have about 150 meters of ribbon I'm using on this project most of which I've been pleating using my sewing machines ruffler foot. 

Carefully guiding that much yardage through would drive me insane!

I needed a way to make it easy and fast without needing a lot of concentration.

I needed to automate guiding that ribbon through.

It's so easy and simple and effective I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier.

The Plight of the Black Cockatoo

There are several species of these incredible parrots, some are more prolific then others and the red tail black cockatoos that visit our back yard are the forest red-tail cockatoo.

Playing Ball - Adoption Contract Clause 2.0

Freki is quick to cite contractual obligations to his humans whenever he feels that said obligations are not being met to the high standard he expects.

Freki and his ball

Stash Delving

Projects always change when you limit yourself to working only from the fabric stash.

At first I vacillated wildly between different styles of Victorian gown to make for the stash-busting challenge. I wanted my inspiration piece to be Australian.

Initially I was going to go with a practical Natural Form Era gown, but when I realised I probably didn't have enough fabric I kept looking.

I wanted something that would be fairly achievable by the end of the month that I could make from stash fabrics.

Mrs Bauer's gown caught my eye because the satin skirt I have in stash would probably work really well for this gown. But then I delved into the depths of the sewing room stash boxes, pulled the satin skirt out and changed my mind, I don't want to transform the skirt after all.

1870 Formal portrait of Mrs Bauer
1870 Formal portrait of Mrs Bauer who is wearing a full length dress and a long wrap. 
Her hair is long and fashioned in ringlets.
image source: Bonzle

My Sunday Shot 17

ISO 100 | f 5.7 | 1/400
lens 50-250mm 


I'm sure I was going to write about something incredibly interesting to share with you today.

Instead I got lost in the sewing room creating for the HSM March stash busting challenge.

Here's a sneak peak.


Last week I shared the story of how Freki came to find his furever home. I'm going to pick up the story just before where I left off.

Geri The Wonder Dog

March HSM Challenge - Stash Busting

The Challenge 

Stash Busting

Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.

I sort-of-kinda have a plan for March.

However it is a little over ambitious.

You see there is a local Heritage Festival being held at the end of this month and I thought it would be lovely to go in costume.

I currently have exactly one item ready to wear. The bustle.

I do not have any undergarments.
I do not have a corset.
I do not have a gown.
I do have some accessories.

My Sunday Shot 16

ISO 100 | f 5.6 | 1/400
lens 50-250mm | focal length 250mm

ISO 125 | f 5.6 | 1/320
lens 50-250mm | focal length 240mm