Fabric shopping in Singapore, shopping, Travel

Fabric shopping in Singapore

    Following on my guides to Stockholm, Hong Kong and Kowloon, I thought I should do one for Singapore, with a few touristy shots thrown in.  One of the members of Stashbusting Sewalong 2014, Belinda, lives in Singapore and she sent me a couple of pages of very explicit instructions about where to go for fabrics […]

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refashion, Repurposed, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Tie-dyed Bronte refashion

This is a skirt that I’ve had hanging around for a long time which I no longer wear but couldn’t quite bring myself to throw away. It doesn’t look it, but it is far too big for me and falls down if I walk too vigorously. It was ripe for a refashion. I would have […]

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Sewing, Sewing retro, Stashbusting, Travel, vintage

1960s wrap dress

Well, to be precise, it’s a three armhole wrap dress made from a 1960s pattern that I bought at Circa Vintage – Butterick 4699.   The pattern that I bought was quite small so I had to grade it up. I made a muslin (gasp!) from an old bedsheet to check my sizing, and although […]

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Mark, Scout tee, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Casual Sweet Clothes: Shorts

I was in a Perth bookstore and found this book. Another Japanese sewing book? Yes, I’m in! This one is by Noriko Sasahara and I am totally in love with every single pattern, which is very unusual for me. I thought I’d begin my exploration with the Shorts, pattern M. I forgot to get a picture […]

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pattern review, Sewing, shopping, Stashbusting, Travel

Bellini #1

  This is the Bellini blouse from Capital Chic Patterns and is the first I’ve made. But it won’t be the last! I have to say that I  love this blouse and this love is going to be exhibited by showing you a gazillion different views of it. The news of the day was being upgraded to the […]

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fabric shopping Stockholm, Mark, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Wool plaid shirt

I bought this lovely pure wool plaid for Mark when we were in Stockholm, but washed it in water that was slightly too warm and it felted a little bit. This didn’t seem to be too much of a problem except that the fabric went out of square and I had to do all kinds […]

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refashion, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

T-shirt refashion

In the spirit of Repurpose, Reuse, Refashion month, I had a rummage in my repurposing/refashioning basket and came up with half a dozen identical white t-shirts that had belonged to Tom. I picked three of them for transformation. I decided to dye them and thought I would like to use a natural product such as tea. […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

An evening Bronte

This is yet another fabric I’ve had languishing in my stash for quite a while and thought it would make a perfect Bronte top. I was attracted to the paisley design and in fact bought two pieces of this fabric – this grey and a black one, still to be converted to something wearable. It was my birthday […]

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Repurposed, self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

Green wool scarf

  Gabi from Heaven Wrapped donated another couple of wool scarves for me to play with and I chose this gorgeous emerald one to start with. Gabi did tell me that I could refine my technique with this one and I was most indignant because I’ve already refined my technique. We all laughed. Then I […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Black White Russian

Truly, I am addicted to this pattern. I’ve made pink and the blue White Russians from Capital Chic Patterns, and I had to add this black one. I’ve had this boiled wool in my stash for ages and it reminds me of the “poodle” wool we used to wear in the ’50s, which I see can […]

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