Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Sherry at pattern-scissors-cloth has talked about zips and what sort you use.  I have only ever done one "invisible" zip but it isn't that invisible! When I was recently in Adelaide I visited the beautiful Adelaide Arcade where I found the beautiful little shop called The Button Bar!   

Look at all these buttons!

 What a fabulous range of buttons... there was every colour, shape, size, and price but also plastic, metal, crystal, glass and even those real toggles that Peter of has used for his duffle coat. I've never seen them before Peter used them on his coat and then I see them in real life! There was loads of interesting sewing/crafting accessories that I hadn't seen before in Brisbane (it's probably here but I just haven't had the time to browse).

The other thing I had never seen and the reason Sherry's post sparked my memory, was that I saw these beautiful zips.  Can you see the sparkles in the zip teeth and the end and in the next photo have a look at the beautiful lacy ones.  From memory the sparkly ones were about $12 and the lacy ones about $8 for about 15-20cm size.  Not too bad for such a unique looking zip.  
Beautiful zips.

Gratuitous sunny day photo!
The other thing I'd like to say is that the staff were really friendly and helpful and did not mind at all when I asked if I could take photos. The sales assistant told me many people take photos and I'm not surprised. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Vogue, togs and Pandas!

Well, it has been a while since I have bought a Vogue pattern.  Here in Australia they are $18 or more and I just can't afford it, especially when you can buy similar in other patterns that sometimes go on sale.  Well I bit the bullet and bought some from in the US when they recently had a $5.99 sale.  I bought some simple things - 2 top patterns and a dress with a simple jacket. I also bought a kwik-sew pattern for some togs (Queensland speak for bathers!) and an Issey Miyake that is pants and a really interesting jacket.

Vogue 8650vog
Size: AA(6-8 -10-12)
Delivery: Postal

Vogue 1100Vog

Vogue 8232vog

Vogue 1052vog

Vogue 1058vog

Kwik Sew 3779KSP

Sorry about posting my order sheet but my scanner doesn't want to play! One of the tops isn't showing up either but is Vogue 8392; just a simple top with neckline tucks and some interesting sleeve options (one puffy, one tiered frllls and one just plain short) and an option for a neck band.  I need tops and I am sick of buying cheap tops that don't fit when I have lots of lovely material.  

Tafe is starting next week so I will have to really manage my time better to be able to fit in some therapeutic sewing.  I am really keen to make up the togs .. I made my little boy a pair of boy leg togs that I copied from a pair we bought in Cyprus when on holidays in August 2009.  He loved those and everytime he put the ones I made on he said "I don't like these togs, mum ..... I LOVE them!"  They are only my second pair (the others were a pair of ordinary togs I made in a hurry) - so I haven't had any swimwear sewing experience... but I have a pair cut for training togs and now my new Kwik sew pattern too!  From my limited experience, it isn't hard to make them but my technique is lacking and I keep looking at Blooms Fabric Obsession and Sew-4-Fun to see how they do it.  

On another tangent, I also ordered some Birkenstock from Germany as mine are falling apart and I live in them.  It is at least 1/3 cost of buying them here in the shops and I always get about 2 or 3 pairs every two years or so.  Have a look here German Shoes Online.  They are very reliable and it is great value!

We also had our holiday in Adelaide ... we went to the Zoo to see the Pandas.  They are there for 10 years and you must book a session.  My friend was told they are more active in the morning so she booked the morning session for us and boy were we rewarded! 

 The session is for one hour and unless they do something spectacular like walk around there isn't much to see for an hour.  While this panda was walking around, she had the idea to climb the 15 metre tree!  That was pretty exciting - to see a 100 kg panda just climb this tree in seconds and then just sit on that very small branch.  She even went higher than this!  When I asked the attendant if they do this often, he said she hadn't done this for 10 weeks or so .. so it was very lucky for us.
 This is my son riding a borrowed bike at the local bmx park the council maintains in Adelaide.  It has three levels of track and my son loved it.  He used this bike in the Tour Down Under cycle week Kid's race.  I didn't tell him till after he'd finished that it had no front brakes (this he knew) but the back wheel was really buckled... but he did it and loved it.

This is the togs in action in Adelaide in my friend's pool.  
Ill take photos of my poor technique soon to show how poor they look up close but my son loves them and that's important ... I have another pair cut out for him so I'll finish them up and hope my technique gets better.