Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Hi Everyone.  I have just draw out the winner of my blogiversary giveaway.
Before I announce who won, I'd like to thank those who entered and also those who became followers!  

I really like the comments about the sewing community... it is really nice to connect with people who like to sew and have an interest in making things etc.  I only have one friend (friends for 35 years!..what???) who also sews so it is nice to see and learn from many inspirational people.   

So without further ado ...

Emilie, congratulations!  Please go into comments with your email or address and I will post it on Friday!  

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Well, on Wednesday 27 April I have been blogging for 12 months!  To celebrate I am giving away a length of fabric, some retro sunglasses and a 1948 tuxedo blouse pattern!

The fabric I bought at a second hand shop on Bribie Island.  It's an openish weave, linen like fabric.  Not my colours (I don't do brown) but I saw it on someone a while ago in a lift and it looked nice.  There is 1 1/2 metres and it is 140cm wide.  The pattern is size 16 bust 36" .... I have seen one on the net and it is in colour... the lot of patterns I got at the jumble sale were all this era but all the McCalls are in black and white.  I have not opened it but presume it is all there (if I get time I will check).  The sunglasses are divine I think and I know someone will love them!

So leave a comment and tell me what your favourite parts are of blogs you read.  I will send the goods anywhere and I will draw it on Thursday night Australian est. And when you make something or wear the glasses send me a photo! Good luck!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pyjamas from yesterday (or way before yesterday)

I realised that I had said that I would post about the old retro patterns I had found at the jumble sale at the church up the road... I posted a couple of lovely dresses and then forgot all about it.

I thought I would show some of the old pyjamas for girls, misses and women. Which do you like? 

Aren't these the most darling!

Not sure about the nightie but I like the others!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Hmmmm.... this little machine I saw at Spotlight today for $399!  reduced from $700 I think it was.  I'm a little confused as I understood some of the features were exclusive to Janome and upon some research, Janome apparently makes Elna now.  
This is my newer machine .... but I bought it from Aldi about 18 months ago for $250 reduced from $299!  (branded Lacura)It runs like a dream and I have been really happy with it, but till now always thought it was just a rebranded Janome with some slight cosmetic changes.  

If you do see this out and about, definitely don't buy it for $700 and even though it may be worth the $399, you may get it cheaper elsewhere... I was trying to see the same model in the Janome stockists but as it is rebranded Elna, it's no wonder I didn't find is a good machine however and I have used it exclusively since buying it.  My Janome I have had for 25years and even though it still runs fantastically, I use this one because it has a one step button hole (luxury!) and who would have thought the little top button putting the needle down or up would be such a great feature; but it is! 

Speaking of machines, I must ask my Mum if I can have a go on her SInger... she has a Genie; apparently a coveted machine by some, so I would like to have a go!  I also want an old SInger treadle machine like we used to have (and I sewed on it too)... three drawers each side and a little flip draw at the front. Where do I put it though??

Are you like me and love your little mechanical friends??

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It could be a bum!

In my "about me" I mention that I like coffee.  I'm not in the financial position to buy a good coffee machine but none-the-less I do have one my sister bought at, what is know as "The Dump Shop", for $8.
The Dump Shop is exactly as it sounds ... a shop at the dump, where you put stuff you want in a spot marked out like a parking space and then the guy comes over and tell you how much for the whole lot! She has has some truly fantastic bargains this way of stuff you kind of want or need but just can't justify the cost.  Most of the stuff is pretty new and people living in this era of what I call "afluenza" just dump stuff they don't want or need any more. (suits me!)

Therefore, every morning I make myself a lovely latte.(as lovely as this machine can manage anyway).  A lot of mornings I get this type of manifestation in the froth:
 I see it as a sign for the day.  I always show my son saying "hey look, Mum got a heart in her coffee again" to which he often replies while turning it around the other way "or could be an  bum, Mum!"
I think this one is a definite heart!

What do you get in your coffee; hearts or bums, or something else. I hope you get hearts!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Remnants and bits and pieces.

It's been nearly a month since getting my Ottobre magazine but I haven't had time to make anything from it, although I have read it a few times and keep looking at the styles. I have been doing lots of little bits and pieces that have been waiting a while ... I pulled apart a peasant top and put some lacy bits around the neck and puffed sleeves.  It was a 1 mtr piece of quilting cotton in lovely green and purples but it was just too much and the white lace breaks it up. I think it was a $2 remnant!

 This dress above I made probably about October last year, both top and bottom made from remnants.  The bodice I spent ages putting on some flat red "beads" in a random pattern.  When I washed it, you can just see the red from the bodice ran into the white.  I was so annoyed but I couldn't throw it away ... then a few months before I bought some red dye and dyed it so now it is all red but looking now I prefer the white.  

When in Adelaide I bought some Dragon fruit, my son loves it and it is very refreshing when it is hot and the fruit is cold.  It has a delicate sweet flavour and doesn't it look spectacular!... look at the inside.  I first saw this fruit about 15 years ago in Singapore and then a few years later it was here and there.  There is the white inside flesh as below but there is also a beetroot purple inside with black seeds also ... both looking the same on the outside.What fantastic colour!

Gratuitous photo of banana splits I made for us one day! Home made berry coulis! YUM!


I have made 3 pairs of Ben 10 shorts for my son and his two cousins.  My son uses his as sleep shorts but my older nephew has some eyelets on the waist band and an elastic pull - he loves them too. I also made a pair of little 3/4 pants for my son to just sit around in, as he keeps wearing his tae kwon do pants around, but he doesn't really like to wear them much ... I think they are really cute but I may have to cut them to shorts length.
Not bad for a  $1 remnant.
Pocket and print detail.

I also cut up the dress below: and made the bodice actually fit and got rid of the downward point in the front of the dress and got rid of the puffy full skirt and it has had some 'wow' comments since wearing it.  I only have the before photo - taken at the school bush dance fund raiser ... I don't get around like that normally (oh, ok sometimes).  My sister bought the dress at a 2nd hand shop and it is a Laura Ashley ... the colour and polka dots is so me, but that style was so making me look huge!  The fabric is beautiful soft cotton and I couldn't toss it away.  I'll get an after shot but it's in the ironing basket at the moment.

We had a few cold nights last week (back to average now, tho) and my son was wondering around in my dressing gown.  It's that fluffy soft fleece stuff and as his dressing gown is now a little short in the arms (and has a Lightning McQueen thing on the back - he is not really a licenced character type of kid really) he refuses to wear it.  So that will go on to the third wearer but I had to get back to making him a new one.  I bought the fleece at the end of last winter for $6 per metre, and cut it out in New Look 6847, then left it in a bag as it got too hot.  

My dressing gown!
Much happier boy in his new gown!
Thursday is a full day at tafe and I normally crash in the evening when my beautiful boy goes to sleep and watch Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, but I keep thinking what a waste of two hours so I put the 20 year old tv on in the kitchen, set up my overlocker (also 20 years old ... trust me there is a theme here-these can be classed my mid-age things!), and made up his little dressing gown.  It took me 4 hours but I finished it and had it at the end of his bed for when he woke up... but I put it on the end on mine as he woke up at 5am to go to the toilet and snuggled up with me.  He saw it immediately and if he hadn't thanked me 15 times before I dropped him to school; he hasn't thanked me at all!  "I love it!!" was the general comment ... how pleasing! He then also asked me if I was proud of myself (he's 7 in 24 days!).