GCC, McCall's 4289, pattern review, vintage

McCalls 4289

This is one of the patterns my sister found for me in an op-shop and I was instantly drawn to it. I love the neckline and the loose flowiness of the dress, BUT, I did worry about its rather youthful look. Mutton and lamb comes to mind a bit! Anyway, I made it a few […]

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Antique sewing and knitting machines, Elna Lotus, GCC, glamping, Singer Featherweight, vintage

Vintage v antique style

I was reading the local paper yesterday and they had a “Guide to the good stuff” which included an antique style Singer 160 for sale in Spotlight. You can see a photo of it here, although I note that the website states that it is no longer available! Whatever. I thought it might be time […]

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Archie, GCC, Other creative endeavour, recycling

Cycle recycle

One of the things that makes me really happy about my kids is that they are prepared to recycle and upcycle, so when my son, Archie, brought this bike frame home from a verge throwout, we knew it had possibilities. A paint job, a new seat, new wheels and pedals and this is what he […]

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Archie, family sewing, GCC, Kwik Sew 3422, Op shopping, Sewing, Tom

City shirt

I made a shirt for Tom from some fabric which has a city skyline on it.    I bought the fabric at Potter’s last year, and really had no idea what to do with it. There were two remnants and I had given one to Bridgette, Tom’s girlfriend. In order to make the shirt I […]

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GCC, Op shopping

Charity shopping by proxy

One of my sisters is an avid op shopper so I have decided to put her to work op shopping for me. I gave her a list of things to look out for and she has been making some wonderful finds. My list includes patterns from the ’60s and early ’70s, and I now have […]

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GCC, pattern review, Sewing, Vogue 7525

Another Springlike day…

…and another new top. This time it’s Vogue 7525, which I was attracted to because of the neck shape and the asymmetrical hemline. Mine turned out like this – you can’t see the neckline but the “v” part which I really liked, sits right up at my throat, which I hadn’t envisaged. I also put […]

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GCC, Sewing, Vogue 8904

Spring dress

I have been getting a head start on my spring and summer sewing and today it seemed as though spring had sprung and so I got out one of my favourite new dresses made from Vogue8904, previously made and reviewed here I changed the design a bit. Instead of sewing the shingles into the side seams […]

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GCC, Machine knitting, Sewing, vogue 8793, vogue 8859

Weekend endeavours

I had a pretty busy weekend – among other things, I made a top out of some knitted fabric I had in my stash. I have tried to make this fabric up several times and I either had too little to make a jacket, or too much to waste it making a long sleeved t-shirt. […]

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GCC, Sewing

Jumper: Burda 7866

I bought this pattern some time ago and have been very keen to try it. This attempt is really a proof of concept (fancy phrase for muslin) before I take a deep breath and make it out of some Missoni fabric I bought expressly for this purpose. Anyway, I am pretty happy with this version. […]

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GCC, Sewing, Shape Shape

Shape shape top

I’ve had this fabric for a while with the intention of making the Shape Shape twist and drape blouse. I was finally  inspired to get on and finish it when Handmadebycarolyn blogged her version. I have a few issues with mine – I used a cotton and metal blend from Potter’s, and think it doesn’t […]

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