Sewing, vintage, vintage pledge

A modern twist on the 1937 dress

Whilst I was making the Lutterloh dress for my vintage pledge, I made another one out of ponte, which gave it a completely different look and feel. I really wanted to highlight the lovely lines of the dress and so I needed to use contrasting fabric. I was tempted to put a collar on this one, but […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, vintage

1960s fabric using 1960s pattern

This dress is made from the oldest piece of fabric in my stash. February has been a month of challenges – all from the Stashbusting Sewalong group, with the aim of ridding our stashes of red fabric, most disliked fabric, longest piece of fabric, and now, the oldest piece of fabric. I left this particular piece […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, vintage

1960s Lutterloh

I have made a prototype of a 1960s Lutterloh shirt dress, testing the pattern for another make with some special fabric. This is clearly not 1960s fabric but some Japanese Tana lawn that I bought at Spotlight a couple of years ago, and which I used for this blouse. In the ’60s I’m sure we called […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel


This sounds very Hawaiian, but it is actually a little activity started by Amanda of the intriguingly titled blog “thankyouforthesuitcase“. We are sewing a blouse from a 1954 Lutterloh book (the blouse at the very bottom left).  Amanda did hers properly with a muslin, I just tucked into a piece of fabric that I could wear if […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Lutterloh jeans

    About 18 months ago I enrolled in an online course to make jeans with a Lutterloh trainer. I paid good money because the course promised to resolve issues of fit, and I got quite excited because I always have issues of fit. First we had to send our measurements to the teacher and […]

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Lutterloh, Me-Made-May '14, Sewing, Sewing retro

The most boring top

I have had a bit of a difficult time lately and have made things that I am not happy with – such as a jacket, which will have to be turned into a skirt – somehow. I will blog this when I do it. In the meantime, I decided I needed a really simple, mindless […]

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Lutterloh bathrobe

I bought this rather boring beige coloured towelling in a Spotlight super sale and it’s been in the cupboard ever since, taking up a great deal of space. I am making January my stashbuster month, so this is the first fabric to be made up, thereby freeing up half a shelf. My intention was to […]

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Lutterloh, vintage

A is for amend : My first refashion!

I find that one of the hardest things about blogging is finding a title, so I thought I would exercise my creativity by attaching each title of my next 26 blogs to an alphabetical letter; hence, “A is for amend” (a bit Sue Grafton, I know, but I thought I would amuse myself anyway). I […]

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Knitting, Machine knitting, vintage

Blue seaweed

My sister gave me a 1970s knitting book, which was in her stash – thereby moving it from her overpacked house to mine! I immediately fell in like with this lurex top, but of course, the yarn is no longer available and Yarndex didn’t have it listed so that I could source an approximate facsimile. […]

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Archie, Sewing, vintage

Basketball anyone?

I was cruising through one of my Lutterloh books, when I found this rather nice design for a shirt from the ’60s. I was drawn to the opposing stripes and knew that I had just the fabric for it in my stash – a lovely black and white striped cotton/spandex shirting from Tessuti’s Melbourne. I […]

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