Monday, April 30, 2012

Singer 66

Singer 66 - Mine!

Accessories kit with 201K Manual too!
This is my "new" sewing machine! Isn't she beautiful. I'm so excited! This is the same model machine that I learned to sew on and I think I made my first shirred dress when I was 10 in Grade 7! I have a photo somewhere.

I haven't had time to blog about it, but I went (November last year) to an Australian Sewing Guild meeting in my area. Now where have they been hiding as I have lived in this area since I was 8 so that is 42 years and sewn for 27 of those (well more if you count sewing on the Singer 66) but I had never heard of their meetings.

Anyway I went expecting about half a dozen people but there was about 35 women there, mostly older, but all doing some sewing or sewing crafty stuff and it was great. They have shared afternoon tea and also do a swap. People bring in fabric, books, magazines, patterns etc they aren't going to use and you take what you want.

I got a lovely piece of fabric that I am pretty sure is silk, a cowl neck top pattern and some magazines. I have been too busy to get back to the meetings but they are having their yearly conference in Adelaide in September and I hope I can get to it as there are some fantastic courses on offer (e.g. bra making). Anyone else heard of it or going? It has to fit with uni holidays and son going to his Dad's but I'm going to do my best. 

Anyway I digress, I met a lovely lady there who, on me telling her I was looking for a Singer 66, told me she had just given one away (argh!) but she looked out for me and I got this one for $120 including some token payment for her friend delivering it. Her friend also cleaned it up a little and rubbed it over with linseed oil. I love it.I was worried as many months had passed since she got this for me that I wasn't even sure it was this model - just a treadle - but in the end I didn't care as I wanted a treadle, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The accessories have a ruffler (I didn't know that invention was so old - and looks similar to my modern one) and some other things I can't remember now. I'm trying not to touch or play with it as I have so much uni stuff that I cannot distract myself (like I am with this post!)or I won't get everything done, but who could resist bragging telling about this new purchase.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eight Years.

Thanks for the best 8 years! Love you my little boy.
One day old
Add caption

Cyprus with Papou (grandfather)

Too cool for school!

It isn't really 2252....

Vive le Alexander!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My baby is here!

Just a teaser... my baby is here but I haven't got any photos yet! I'm SO excited. I'll post photos in the next few days. This is my son making chocolate crackles for a friend's birthday party. I don't have any sewing photos you haven't seen!

I've finished that assignment for Monday last and had two exams yesterday.. phew but what a morning... I haven't had that much stress for ages. 

9am start, my son wasn't keen for another early morning and he was going to my Mum's. When he was having breakfast he swung his arm down quickly and bumped (smashed) his elbow on the table. He was a bit shocked and going "ouch" and then he suddenly got up and walked a few steps and then fell to the floor, then suddenly burst into tears and said "how did I get on the floor, Mum?". He had passed out and bumped his head on the stove. So then had to comfort him and then rush out. I didn't even have time to get out and tell my Mum what happened. I raced to catch the bus, but had no time so thought I'd drive near by. Finally got a park and then had about 20 minutes to do a 35 minute (fast) walk over the river by bridge. I was walking so fast my muscles in the front of my legs were cramping and all I wanted to do was stop and cry, but I didn't have time for that. So I just went as fast as I could and when I had about 10 metres to go before a walk up 3 flights of stairs to the lecture hall, my shoe caught on a cobble stone on the road way and I face planted it (fell). More wanting to cry but just got up, went up the stairs and walked into the hall with about 2 minutes to spare. All the seats at the front were taken and there were a few up the back so walked all the way up, sat down to put my name and student number on my exam paper and realised my glasses were in my bag at the bottom. For about 5 seconds I contemplated not getting them.. but realised that was dumb, so walked down and got them and did economics. I think that one went well, actually! Accounting? Well that's another story!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


That of course means something to anyone who has studied. I have a paper due tomorrow so of course I must clean the kitchen window sill, mop that floor, take apart a sewing machine that isn't working well (full of ants ... does that matter?), tidy my sewing/computer room, rearrange my son's room and a gazillion other things to avoid doing what I have to do anyway.

So in the interest of one last avoidance at 9.30pm (really?!), before I sit for hours here I thought I should post about some recent patterns I have picked up (weeks ago really). I've gotten heaps of Kwik Sew and some vintage ones but I haven't got time to photograph them but I will soon. 

I also found some pattern books like the Topkids Carolyn likes to use and some Knitwit books that have great knit sewing tips.

The Kwik Sew one is just good basic tops, the Butterick is from the '70s from memory and the Givenchy, well is Givenchy! Does anyone know if the Knitwit books came with patterns. They sort of make reference to patters and I'm not sure if they came with patterns or they make assumptions about patters and you!

See you at the light end of the tunnel!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Getting to know me.

I found a cute little blog from Tasmania today Ladybugg Love and there is a great post about a 50's cafe in Deloraine. Wish it was close, we'd go straight away! There is a question and answers list and thought it would be cute to post it and pass it on.

Alex at Redcliffe beach we will go today.

Getting to Know Me

1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up......
 Hee hee, my computer (Apple) printer, sewing machines, ironing board, sewing table and all my uni stuff I should be doing instead. (It's Easter Sunday so I'm giving myself a break)

 2. How do you style your hair?
I wouldn't call it styled....
I either use a clip or one of those claw things that open and close (what are they called?) and put it up but I am fussy and only use the clips that are made in France as the other cheap one tear at my hair.

 3. What are you wearing now?
 PJ's I bought when I was in Cyprus in 2009

 4. What are your top five favourite TV shows?
 - Sex & the City - Seinfeld - Q &; A (Australian show on ABC that has guests on and talk political and social issues) - Grey's Anatomy (A lot of my friends are Doctors and I've got to say I haven't seen many McDreamys around!

 5. What do you hear right now?
 A plane that went past and the tv from my son watching.

 6. Who was the last person you hugged?
 Said son - 8 years old in 16 days!

 7. What did you have for lunch?
 What will we have for lunch as it's only 9.57am - something out today. 

8. What did you do today?
 Planning on going to Redcliffe to swim and ride out bicycles and just be together.

 9. Dog person or cat person?
 Dog - but don't have one - don't have the time to look after one.

 10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
 My name is too cool to change and I have a book with my name in print so what would I do with the book. In Greek my first name means 'wisdom' and my surname means 'big city'. See if you can work it out - put it in the comments

 11. What was the last thing that you bought?
 Other than grocery shopping a pair of sandals that are sparkly and broke the 2nd time I wore them but after taking them back I offered them $5 because the beads were glass and I wanted them! See a previous post.

 12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
 Travelling has always been a priority in my life and I have travelled a lot but I haven't been to Africa, or Antarctica or Russia or the Scandinavian countries except for Denmark. I'd like to go to all those but not in that order.

 13. Where do you see yourself in five years?
 Using the skills and knowledge from this degree I'm doing at the moment. Need to get my Superannuation up so I can retire!

 14. Where's your birthmark?
 Top of my right leg - a tiny spot.

 15. What are you doing this weekend?
 Studying and being with my son.

 16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
 I have always wanted to play the piano and now thanks to Freecycle we have one but it's my son who is learning. When I finish uni I'd like to take it up!

 17. How tired are you?
 This question is made for me - I'm always tired. I am not a good sleeper and never have been but I manage most times.

 18. What are you plans for the rest of the day?
 See above Q. 8

 19. What's your drink?
 I'm not a big drinks person - I drink water, coffee and very limited amounts of champagne, gin (Bombay) and tonic and white wine.

 20. If you could buy anything, for no reason, with no budget, what would you buy?
 A new car - a Ferrari in yellow with white leather interior - I haven't thought about this before you can see! Or/and a '57 convertible Chevy in red and white.

Because 21 is my favourite number I'm adding my own question.

21. If you had unlimited funds for philanthropy where would it be donated or used?
 I have often thought about this. I would give money to set up orphanages in Africa for aids children and try to give them the best life possible. I would also like to set up a charitable organisation to help young single mothers learn to embrace where they are at the moment with their children and to get them into a best possible physical situation. Children are our future really and by nurturing them and letting them be kids when they are supposed to be can we have adults that are satisfied and happy to give. 

Okay, you're turn, either copy & paste questions & your answers into the comment section or add it to your own blog & leave a link here. It would be nice to get to know people a little. Does this get you to know me - I'm not sure but I don't have the time can't be bothered to write out other questions.

Friday, April 6, 2012

"Perfectly fitting pants in just 5 easy steps or your money back"

I got the new Ottobre a few weeks ago and it's a good one.  I like Ottobre (to look at, at least as so far I haven't made anything!). It has simple designs and look like they are for real shapes (meaning like my short, pear, shape!)

Anyway, the top I mentioned a couple of posts ago is cut out but still not finished as I have had a busy week with uni, friend from Tahiti visiting and another beautiful birthday dinner out! I've put a few photos of the cutting guide which isn't too bad and my m.o. is to use a highlighter to outline the shape I want to trace so that I can actually see it. 

Simple 3 piece top
Pattern sheet with highlighted pattern pieces

My traced pattern

Nice simple dress
 This dress above is a nice design (should have copied the technical drawing) but even though my camera has washed it out a lot, is a red and white and the roses are ready made on the fabric. You can buy Ottobre fabrics from their blog but from memory it was 37 Euro a metre so I think that's a no from me!

More interestingly when I had bought some patterns and pattern books (to show another post) I saw this ad below, in one of them. Sorry but the photo has been adjusted in my iphotos but it will not keep it right way up on blogger! What's that about? Anyway I'ts like a pants pattern block that slides and pivots to make the "perfectly fitting pant in just 5 easy steps or your money back". Anyone ever heard of this bonfit pattern block?

With some instant research Bonfit Pattern Co exists still but this is a Canadian one - are they one and the same? I will have to do a little more in-depth research (that is more than 30 seconds!) Have a great Easter - hopefully with family and friends and be safe.

Enid Gilchrist - who?

There is an Enid Gilchrist exhibition at the Brisbane City Council city library. I had never heard of her but she designed children's clothing and published magazines with up to 50 designs during the war years. It looks great and I will be going next week. Funnily enough I saw this on the QUT website when I should not have been distracting myself  have been doing research; so really it was meant to be!

Photo from Powerhouse Museum
This morning I also saw Judy from Everything Just Sew just received a parcel full of the pattern books by Enid Gilchrist. To be honest these are the first times I have heard of her. Anyone else heard about her and her patterns?