Friday, March 27, 2009


Well my pattern arrived this week from The Hemline and I was soooo excited! I rushed out to purchase this fun polka-dot print from Spotlight and am ready to go! I will be doing View 1 with the longer sleeves. Wouldn't this look great with a red 3/4 sleeve cardi and matching shoes?

I have been doing a little (ie: a lot) of vintage shopping this week, so I will reveal in another post. Bec has been fabric and pattern shopping as well, so I guess we'll be fighting for sewing space!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Bec made these...

Into this...

I don't know if this craze is at just my kid's school, or everywhere at the moment. Lots of children began school this year with these type of pencil cases from either "Smash" or "Smiggles". Bec of course wanted to make her own custom made one!

We bought some 35cm zips in pastel colours from Textile Traders this week (they had a 20-50% off sale). It took 12 zips altogether (2 zips of each colour), but you could make it as long or wide, or as many colours as you wish. Sewed them all together to make 2 sides (6 on each). With the right sides together, she sewed all around the edges to seal it all up. The sides were the trickiest part because of the zipper ends being a bit bulky. She sewed some bias-binding down the side seams where the ends of the zippers were for strength. Turned it out, and there you have a Zippity Pencil Case! It can be opened from any of the zips.

Well done, Bec!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I PROMISED myself that this will be the last time I sew this blouse (OK, until next summer!). So I could tick off number 7 from my Must Sew list, but I still have to make some tops/blouses up for autumn and winter, so not-just-yet!

Once again, no alterations and whipped it up in an hour. I bought the fabric, cotton voile, from Spotlight the other day. I was going to do the sleeves on View C with the tie, but it was 10 o'clock at night and I couldn't be bothered tracing it off the pattern. I just wanted it done... like...yesterday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I bought this pattern last night from the Hem Line and am keen for it to arrive in my letterbox. It's vintage is about c. 1957 and it will be perfect for autumn which is around the corner.

I know a day dress isn't on my Must Sew list, but what the heck, I'll look pretty darn good dropping the kids off at school in this! Now to find some perfect fabric.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Have I told you that I really LOVE making up this pattern? It is so easy (can be thrown together in an hour!) and it is really comfortable to wear. Once again, I didn't put elastic around the sleeves. The broderie anglaise (and yes, Linda I checked the spelling!) was bought from Spotlight a couple of months ago - just click on image and you should be able to see the detail of the fabric. The dress version is really great to wear as well.

I just want to make one for each day of the week! I may do one more with the longer sleeve version....and then I shall move on...OK!

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Rebecca was busy baking today.
She bakes more than me... tsk!tsk!tsk!

I LOVE her mini cup-cakes. They are soooo delicious, and I just can't stop at one! (Did you notice her pretty cup-cake apron?)

Here's the yummy result.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Received the latest copy of mixtape the other day. It has lots of crafty ideas, interviews and articles. A good read. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. For a small magazine, it has a lot going for it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


I made a handbag today to match the dress that I had sewn last week. I still had some fabric left over and thought "why not have a co-ordinating handbag?!" Unfortunately, the New Look pattern I used is now out of print, but I'm sure that I've seen this design with another pattern company.

I've made a couple of these over the last year, and just love the design. Just a bit different to your usual handbag, but still big enough to carry your purse, mobile and make-up!

Not a lot of fabric required, so it's good to use up your scraps - and it's reversible as well, so 2 handbags in one!

I do so love a matching bag and dress...

Have a great week!