Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brisbane Blogger's Meet Up - 9 November 2013

For a long time I have wanted to organise a Brisbane Blogger's meet up and finally the time has come!
I'm sorry there isn't much notice - combination of busy life, sickness and pre-booked holidays. 

I had some preliminary email chats with Rosi Button and we decided that we should just pick a day and  go with it and that we wouldn't worry about being close to a fabric shop (most people have stashes already I think). Anyway - I've chosen a café - The Foxy Bean at East Brisbane. I chose this one because it is easily accessible by public transport should someone not have access to a car. It will be for 2pm to 5pm in the courtyard. You can check out their menu on their website but it will be the Tapas menu for that time with the usual tea and coffee and cakes available also. I need to let them know next Wednesday for numbers it you could let me know in the comments if you can make it. (I couldn't get any café for a morning as they are all busy with the breakfast crowd and don't take bookings so I'm sorry if 2pm doesn't suit). Please bring swap items - fabric, patterns, notions, tools etc you'd like to swap with others.

Now I don't profess to know all the Brisbane Bloggers so please use the invitation below on your blog to pass the word around.

Brisbane Blogger's Meet up
Saturday 9 November 2013
Foxy Bean Cafe
Cnr Potts Street and Stanley Street East
East Brisbane
Bring fabric, patterns, notions, tools for a swap!
RSVP sewdarntired.blogspot.com 6 November

(Sorry about this rudimentary invitation... I've just spent about 1 hour to upload one I've made but I can't do it for some reason).

So... I hope you can come. I think I'll have some non blogging friends come too so you don't have to have a blog to come. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013


I made some pyjamas. I'd like to make (finish) some other more interesting things but I need new pj's. I used stash materials because I have too much. You'll recognise the aqua fabric from the last wearable muslin I made of the ImageWear top. I used that for the top and I used 2 1 metre remnant peices of cotton which is very soft and a perfect colour match. I made some bias from the spot fabric and I put some fuchsia ric rac on the hem. If I had thought of it before I would have put it under the bias on the top front but I didn't.The pink top is a remnant piece of broderie anglaise from years ago also and the black and white gingham was a left over piece from a friend who sews.

I'm going to Melbourne with a friend in a couple of weekends and my pj's (t-shirt and other sleep shorts I made a few months ago but not blogged about) are not ok to be seen in public. The pattern was one I found at the second hand shop for $2. It's a XS/S/M sizing and I made the M. It was very easy and now I have two pairs of summer pj's!

For those with greater observation skill will note an error I made when cutting out  the aqua top. Can you notice .... I didn't when I was cutting it out. I cut the top from the edge close to the selvage but didn't notice the embroidery was not there... I even made sure it was centred! Ha so much for my observation skills. Actually the pink top also has an error but when I sewed them up but you can't see it in the photo. Only a sewist will notice, but I put the back on right side facing in! DOH! How annoying but I only had the bias to put on so I didn't bother changing it. Now on to more interesting sewing.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


This it the Imagewear top pattern I made. It looks like a wide neckline on the pattern and it is.
 This is my iteration of the top. It is a little wide and I need to adjust the shoulders slightly and take out a wedge - about 2 cm at the neckline to nothing at the sleeve head. You can just see that the neckline is also a little wobbly with the bias edging. I think I stretched it out when I was doing it but that should fix up when I fix the shoulders. I really only made this up as a wearable muslin... they put in elastic in the waist and the sleeves - I didn't want it pouffy around my waist (I have natural pouff) and I cut the sleeves short. They look tight but they aren't. I love the fabric... just an end of roll from Spotlight last year. I also love it with my white jeans ($3 at Kmart one day and the fabric is very nice - score). Sorry about the stupid look, odd angle and sloppy hair but the camera kept saying the battery was out and shut down. I was over it by this time.

I can't remember what size I made, as I had it mostly made before finishing the painting, but when my flight to Sydney was delayed by 4 hours, I decided to finish it and take it with me. The instructions are pretty basic but this is also a basic top. I put the sleeves in flat and then did the side seams. I seem to get better results like this. This was the third time I had done a binding on a neckline and it worked out well other than the stretching. It's a bit like a swing type top (or others may mistake it as a preggy top). It is comfortable and now I will decide if I make it in some other fabric. I really want to make the trousers too but tracing puts me off.

 While I was in Auckland I popped into The Fabric Store too. There was lots of nice fabrics there but I only bought a few remnant pieces of knit solids.. just cottons. There was lots of merino wools but they were still $20 or more per metre and I just don't need it right now. I did buy some knit solids at my favourite fabric shop Centrepoint Fabrics in Newmarket. They have a fabulous selection of fabrics and there is parking in the back. I have some plans for some of those knits.

Below I've added some more photos from our New Zealand trip. These are all from the Auckland Museum and War Memorial. It is a great museum and you must visit if you go to Auckland. They have some fantastic Maori displays, traditional shows etc and a great display of older times - there is a whole town including bar, shops, homes etc. There is a great display of war history and our favourite is the volcano display. They have a lounge room set up in a 'home'. When you go in the tv starts with a news report that volcano activity has been recorded and recommending Aucklanders leave. They show people leaving, the problems with mass evacuation and finally the 'house' shakes violently and the power goes out. On the screen door in front, which has shown a beautiful vista of one of the bays, shows activity and then the volcano erupts and in an instant you are overwhelmed by the ash. It is pretty dramatic and realistic and a bit shocking. Apparently Aucklanders are pretty casual about their volcano evacuation plans and the government is making a concerted effort to get people prepared. They estimate between a number of weeks and days notice should activity recorded turn to eruption.

This is inside the Maori Marae in the museum. 

This is the 'screen door' from the volcano display. This has just changed to the eruption view, then it just gets bigger and ash etc rushed up and everything goes black. Then they show the 'after' view.. which is same vista covered in ash.

Town view from other times... I've included the drapers!

This aircraft was erected in the museum before the room was finished so it would fit. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Special" Morning Tea

Last Friday I went to morning tea at Parliament House (of the Queensland government) Brisbane. No, I don't have connections or special invite by the Premier - anyone can go. My friend who does a lot of work with government said one day he'd had morning tea at Parliament House... I thought he was skiting but he said it wasn't with work but it was open to the public. So we made a date and finally it came up. A few dates in the year are deemed 'special' where it is more expensive and you get a glass of bubbles and a classical string duo played which was really lovely. We went on a day that was deemed special because of the Queens Birthday (don't ask me why it was in October) or maybe it was for May Day (Labour day) that was moved to October so that holidays could be well distributed throughout the year. It was fun with very solid silver milk and sugar pot, lovely china and lots of treats. To be honest, the food was average quality which was disappointing. The day we went Sofie Formica was filming a segment for The Great South East a television program telling the people of south east Queensland about what is happening around our special corner of Queensland. There is also an included tour of the house if you care to partake, which I did. I have been before in primary school and another time a few years ago. Here's the link if you are interested.

I had planned on making a dress (half made now) but going to Sydney put that idea off. I still haven't had time to photograph that top, but I have cut out some pj's, some togs (swimmers) for Alex and another top.  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Finn, Adventure Time Hat

My son loves Adventure time cartoon and asked if he could buy a hat from one of those games shops. He knew already it was $16 and of course I said "No, but I'll make you one." At which he replied "you always say that Mum but you never get to it." Hmmm. 

We found a pattern here, and I downloaded it and taped it together. It is made for A2 paper size but I fumbled around and got it onto 4 A4 sheets. Then we bought one metre of white felt (or you can use fleece but felt was closer to home so felt it was).  Alex helped me cut out the pattern and the felt and then I sewed it up - took about 30 minutes and it is self faced too. Easy. Great hat for winter but with 28 degrees here he said "thanks, I love it but it's too hot!" Of course I knew that but he'll have some school cred. 

I have made a My Image top too that I wore while I was in Sydney and when I iron it I'll photograph it too. Holidays are ending tomorrow and we have had a great time. It is perfect weather here in Brisbane and we are going with my parents and two sisters (of the 4) to a local seaside suburb to have some lunch and just hang out. Enjoy your last days of school holidays too.