Sewing retro, vintage

Vintage skirt

My friend Thelma donated some of her fabric from her stash to mine and part of it was this amazing stretch heavy cotton (?). When I first saw it I thought it was upholstery fabric, but I don’t think it is. I wanted a different shaped skirt for this, and I wanted to do something […]

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Mark, Sewing, Tom

A bit of leave

I’ve been on leave (only three days, but combine that with Easter and Anzac Day and I managed to get 10 days off), and have been busy in the sweatshop. Over this time I’ve made quite a bit including two flannel shirts – one for Mark and one for Tom. They look pretty similar in that […]

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Archie, family sewing, Mark, Tom

Fadanista’s first anniversary

Or this post might be better titled “my year of taking selfies”. Honestly, I never have photographs taken of me, you could look through our family albums and boxes of photographs and note that I am the (often poor) photographer catching the moment. So I am so surprised that I have kept this going. Reader alert – […]

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Sewing retro, vintage

Blogger’s remorse

Does it ever happen to any of you that you blog a garment just too soon? Well, I frequently do it, but this was one of my worst offences – my green linen dress. Every time I wear this dress I take photos of it, and they just don’t work out properly. Finally (finally!) I […]

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Knitting, Mark, Tom

Cropped sweater for winter

  This is the Cropped Sweater for Winter by Andi Satterlund found at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-cropped-sweater-for-winter. It’s a great pattern, knitted in one piece, it is a quick knit, and it’s free! I knitted it from some yarn from my mother’s stash and bought the pink for the trim in Auckland (then used the left overs for the doll crib). […]

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Mark, Sewing, vintage

Rugby shirt

My husband adores rugby shirts and I have paid a lot for some (think Gant and Canterbury), and others I have bought quite cheaply (Macy’s in the US when I visit), but when he asked me to make him one, I thought, well why not? First I had to find a pattern, which I did […]

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vintage

Blue and green should never be seen…

…except for with a nose in between – or so went the rather thrilling ditty we all used to recite when I was in my early teens (although I googled this and it actually should say “except for with a colour in between”, not nearly as exciting! Well, I quite like blue and green together, […]

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