Black Miette

All winter I kept thinking that I needed a black cardigan to throw over whatever I was wearing when the weather was cold and I was inside and therefore a coat wouldn’t do the job. Enter my third Miette – in black Alpaca with a touch of merino. I should say here that I didn’t […]

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Sewing retro, Stashbusting

1970s jumpsuit

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I embarked on this project. My friend Thelma has long said that I should make myself a jumpsuit, and once the idea was sown, it was sewn – pun intended :). The pattern is Simplicity 6959 from 1975. There were a number of things I quite liked about […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, vintage

Festive dress

I decided I needed a casual sort of dress for the variety of Christmas lunches I am going to eat my way through. I thought it should be light in case it’s hot, and loose enough to accommodate post Christmas lunch podge. I opted for the DVF Vogue 1547 in some red bamboo jersey which […]

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Sewing for a cause, Stashbusting

Sewing for a cause: evening collection

Having made a host of daytime bags for my nominated charities, I thought the time had come to make an evening collection. I fossicked through my stash for some eveningy fabric and Gabi donated two Hermes scarves for the linings – gasp. I think by the time I took this photo one had been sold, but you can get […]

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Sewing retro, Stashbusting, vintage

1970s mashup

This dress is a conglomeration of two patterns from the early ’70s and I thought I would embellish it with a flower as a nod to the era of peace and love. The patterns I used are the bodice from Vogue 8299 and the skirt from Style 4232 as gathered skirts don’t suit me. At all. […]

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Sewing, vintage

Diane von Furstenberg t-shirt dress

As part of my vintage pledge I decided to make this 1970s DVF t-shirt dress. I wasn’t totally enamoured with this pattern, wondering whether it wasn’t a tad frumpy, and to cement this view I decided to make it out of this fabric, bought at Knitwit for $3 metre. I have to say that this […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Ginger jeans

I have jumped on the bandwagon and made the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files. I have been exploring jeans patterns over the last couple of years and thought these might be a nice addition to my collection. I’ve also made the other two patterns produced by Heather Lou – the Nettie bodysuit, which I love, […]

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