Challenges Ca’ching

I’m currently engaged in a number of challenges, so trying to double/triple dip as much as possible. I’m doing the Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe (SSW1) with the Sewalongs and sewing contests Facebook group, I’m still trying to scrapbust, I’m doing the vintage challenge, and March is knits month in my Stashbusting Sewalong Facebook group – phew! So I made this little duo.


It is a 1980s Calvin Klein pattern, Vogue 1128 – so it also ticks the Vintage challenge box. I made the version at bottom right.


The pattern is actually too small for me, but by using a knit, I managed to fit into it. One of the things that attracted me to this pattern was the buttons going up the left side seam. I used these buttons that I bought a couple of years ago. Unfortunately I took the photo before I pressed out the marks made by my frixion pen. I love these buttons!


The fabric is leftover from a t-shirt I made Mark (later in this post), so it’s scrap busted, and it is also the first part of my SSW1 efforts.

My Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe is themed for autumn, and I have added a couple of extra rules: it must all come from my stash, including all notions, and I must use a pattern from my stash that I have never made before. Well, I’m on track so far!

Because I used a tissue knit, it needed a camisole of some description, so I made this one, which is from the ’90s, so probably not eligible for the vintage challenge. However, it’s a great cami. I did the one with the princess seams.


In a “monkey see, monkey do” moment I put lace on the camisole. The cami itself is made of the same grey tissue knit as the top, but the only lace I could find that would do the job is white, which means that it shows through a bit. I could have bought some grey lace, but I’m not allowed to buy anything for the SSW1.

A bit of a close up of the top with the cami, and I think I got away with it.


Mark took photos of me in front of lots of the local houses – they really have some spectacular architecture in Hobart.


He also caught me browsing round the Salamanca Markets


and loitering under one of the wonderful hedges. What’s that little spaceship in my hand? Well that’s an old Singer buttonholer that we had just found in an op shop when on our daily walk. It is in perfect condition and has all it’s parts, including the manual. IMG_4629

As mentioned, this top and cami are made from leftover fabric from a long sleeved tee-shirt I made Mark and which I didn’t blog. Here he is in sartorial splendour at the Sandy Bay Twilight Markets (which were fabulous!)


And wandering around with hands full of brown paper bags full of food and alcohol! He bought me some sloe gin which I am tempted to just put a straw in the bottle and slurp it down, it is so delicious (and I tend to not drink alcohol)!



Look at this beautiful bottle. I will not be sharing this with anyone (friends and family please note!).


The buttons on my top are from Calico and Ivy, my skirt is self drafted and made from a wonderful stretch denim. Mark’s shorts are Kwik Sew 4045.


15 thoughts on “Challenges Ca’ching

  1. I must admit I had to google Hobart to locate it. Its (colonial?) architecture, public markets and seaside parks all make me want to visit this place.

    As for the vintage pattern you used, the three designs on the envelope look so “right now”. This pattern could easily be in the Vogue 2016 catalogue. The top you made looks fantastic (although not vintage at all) but if it fulfils the challenge, great! Love Mark’s cool outfit too. You both look wonderful!

  2. What a great to use both: fabric and patterns from your stash. Choosing a theme for the SSW sounds great. Vogue patterns from designers are awesome. your version looks great. Like to see your next make.

  3. looking good! I made some raspberry gin last year, it was easy to do and tasted luscious, I had give away the bottles I’d intended for Christmas presents early to stop me drinking it all.

  4. It looks like you had a great day in your new t and cami. Great multi project makes!
    Well done scoring that buttonholer. I love mine, although it is a different model.
    Enjoy your sloe gin – and you have just reminded me that I have a demijohn of damsons soaking in gin forgotten from before Christmas! Time to drain them I think 😆

  5. You are definitely on trend with your top, J.Jill in England is showing their buttoned tops this week. Hobart is a lovely city and what a great find was the Singer buttonholer.

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