GCC, Machine knitting, Sewing

A bit of pop art

I have made another skirt, and with the leftover fabric, another vest! The fabric came from Tessuti’s, Melbourne, and was the fabric used for the black dresses in this year’s Tessuti awards – check out the website, there are some amazing creations. I managed to score a remnant. It is called “Phantom Black” and is […]

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Archie, family sewing, GCC, Machine knitting, Sewing

Surf’s up

Back in the ’60s I was a surfer girl (also known as a gidget) and remember when board shorts first appeared – they were really expensive and so I set about making them both for me and for my boyfriend of the day (matching ones!) from a pattern which I fashioned together from some Burda […]

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Archie, GCC, Sewing, vintage


You’ve all probably immediately gone to thinking about tweed fabric, but I had one of those weird flashbacks to my mother wearing Tweed perfume when I was a child. I immediately had to google it and found that it was launched in 1925 and “Tweed is an enduring, distinctive, retro classic fragrance that has retained […]

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GCC, Knitting, Machine knitting, Sewing

A new trackie!

As I do more and more walking in the winter, I find myself needing walking clothes, particularly for those day walks where I don’t want to look too scruffy, so I have made a new tracksuit. For the top I used my new BFF, Vogue 8854 – this is the third time I’ve used it, […]

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GCC, Sewing, vintage

A suit – sort of!

Last night I put the finishing touches to a skirt and vest that I’ve been making for the last few days. I bought a remnant in Tessuti’s Melbourne – 91cm of wool houndstooth check. I bought it intending to make the skirt from Vogue 1247, but I had enough left over for the vest – […]

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GCC, Sewing

Weekend sewing

I had a really productive weekend of sewing – I managed to clean up a whole pile of projects just waiting for elements to be added/changed/finished. I also made a couple of things from scratch. Whilst I was rummaging in one of my many boxes of fabric leftovers, I found this fabric, which I had […]

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cooking, GCC, Sewing, vintage

Betty Boop gets covered!

Ever since I made the Betty Boop bathing suit I have been wanting to make a cover up, but it had to be the right cover up, preferably with a ’50s vibe. To my joy I found a pattern in Melbourne (I think I squeaked when I saw it!) that is from 1957 and is […]

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family sewing, GCC, Sewing

Been quiet on the western front!

So, yes, I haven’t blogged for a week (!), but I have been uber busy. I’ve been catching up on work (for which I am recompensed, so need to do it!), but I’ve also had quite a few projects on the go, all of which needed things to be bought so they could be¬†finished (zips, […]

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GCC, Sewing, Travel, vintage

Extreme sports

Believe it or not, I used to be into fairly extreme sports. These activities included things such as rock climbing and abseiling, caving, scubadiving (not overly extreme, but worth listing), barefoot waterskiing, and aerobatics (I did this whilst pregnant with Tom and he believes that it explains a lot about him!), and yes I do […]

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family sewing, GCC, Mark, Sewing, Tom, Travel

Sunday stashbust

I came home from Fiji determined to get into my cupboard and make things! What to make though? When in doubt, I make things for the three men in my life, so I started on a pair of tracksuit pants for Tom. Making these is a bit of a mindless activity, which left me some […]

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