Sewing, vintage pledge

Channeling Audrey

I wasn’t going to blog yet another hat make, except that this one has a few features that I felt made it blogworthy, and also for me to expound some of my lessons learned for future reference. It is once again the Vogue 9230 from 1975 but this time I was going to ensure that […]

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Golden Flints: never say never

I’ve made the Megan Nielsen Flints a few times now, always the shorts version, and even a skirt version a couple of times, and swore blind that I would never, ever make the long version as they would look ridiculous on me. Then I found this gold silk in my stash and it demanded to […]

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Charlie Caftan

Like everyone else in the sewing world I fell immediately in love with the Closet Case Patterns Charlie caftan and decided that I was not going to go through the summer without one. I wanted the long version which takes a fair amount of fabric and I didn’t have anything suitable in my stash, but […]

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Fabric shopping in Singapore, shopping, Travel

Fabric shopping in Singapore

    Following on my guides to Stockholm, Hong Kong and Kowloon, I thought I should do one for Singapore, with a few touristy shots thrown in.  One of the members of Stashbusting Sewalong 2014, Belinda, lives in Singapore and she sent me a couple of pages of very explicit instructions about where to go for fabrics […]

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refashion, Repurposed, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Tie-dyed Bronte refashion

This is a skirt that I’ve had hanging around for a long time which I no longer wear but couldn’t quite bring myself to throw away. It doesn’t look it, but it is far too big for me and falls down if I walk too vigorously. It was ripe for a refashion. I would have […]

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Sewing, Sewing retro, Stashbusting, Travel, vintage

1960s wrap dress

Well, to be precise, it’s a three armhole wrap dress made from a 1960s pattern that I bought at Circa Vintage – Butterick 4699.   The pattern that I bought was quite small so I had to grade it up. I made a muslin (gasp!) from an old bedsheet to check my sizing, and although […]

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Mark, Scout tee, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Casual Sweet Clothes: Shorts

I was in a Perth bookstore and found this book. Another Japanese sewing book? Yes, I’m in! This one is by Noriko Sasahara and I am totally in love with every single pattern, which is very unusual for me. I thought I’d begin my exploration with the Shorts, pattern M. I forgot to get a picture […]

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pattern review, Sewing, shopping, Stashbusting, Travel

Bellini #1

  This is the Bellini blouse from Capital Chic Patterns and is the first I’ve made. But it won’t be the last! I have to say that I  love this blouse and this love is going to be exhibited by showing you a gazillion different views of it. The news of the day was being upgraded to the […]

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fabric shopping Stockholm, Mark, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Wool plaid shirt

I bought this lovely pure wool plaid for Mark when we were in Stockholm, but washed it in water that was slightly too warm and it felted a little bit. This didn’t seem to be too much of a problem except that the fabric went out of square and I had to do all kinds […]

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refashion, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

T-shirt refashion

In the spirit of Repurpose, Reuse, Refashion month, I had a rummage in my repurposing/refashioning basket and came up with half a dozen identical white t-shirts that had belonged to Tom. I picked three of them for transformation. I decided to dye them and thought I would like to use a natural product such as tea. […]

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