Sewing, Stashbusting

High necked dress toile

This is the toile for the high necked dress pattern I developed in my pattern making class at Workspace-FADS and from which I made my Lottie dress. It was lying about with all the hems unfinished, so I spent 20 minutes or so finishing it off and I was able to wear it for a dinner with the family on […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

and hey Presto, it’s a cardigan

I had this cotton knit fabric cut out to make a summer Presto Popover top, when I had a sudden realisation that what I needed was a summer cardi – one I could layer at will and this colour, which doesn’t really suit me, would be perfect as it is so neutral.  The Presto Popover (previously blogged […]

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Sewing, Uncategorized

Inari dress

I’ve seen a few Named Clothing Inari dresses popping up here and there and when Megan brought her version round for me to try on, I was hooked. I went down a size from Megan’s as  I had the perfect jersey fabric for this dress, but I couldn’t quite locate it, and by the time I found this […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Split bottom top

I’ve seen a few tops in the shops with the split bottom half wrapping around to the front and thought I’d like one. Sarah from Workspace-FADS happened to buy one from a well known Australian store and we set about copying it reinterpreting it! I deployed some fabric that I had found in an op shop, a sweetly […]

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Thrift shopping

A new collection of old stuff

I recently visited an antique shop which is closing down and had a 50% off sale – my sort of sale! Mark and I have quite a haul, but here are my sewing related purchases. First up is this Vulcan Junior sewing machine. This is a child’s toy and yes, I had one as a child. The […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Japanese knot bag sewalong: design modification

By now you may have finished a knot bag and be ready for a slightly different version. I’ve played around with the pattern, and come up with this The fabric is boiled, foiled wool, leftover from one of my reversible jackets, and therefore meeting my stringent stash busting requirements. I have therefore made the bag reversible […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Lottie dress

I made this dress for an intimate wedding that we attended at the weekend, which had a dress code of smart casual – whatever that means! I’m not sure why I am calling it my Lottie dress, but the minute I first put it on, that’s the name that came into my mind, so that’s […]

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