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What's in a name?

Hmmm.. what's in a name? Has anyone else noticed that the BIG 4 (or 5 or 6) give their patterns numbers but every other pattern company (the one's I know of at least) give their patterns names.Is it like the birthing of a child - I like it as it seems more personal. What do you think? Had you noticed too?

How lucky can I get?

How special do I feel lately? Well, very. You see I made a comment on CarmentcitaB's blog a few weeks ago and Carmen contacted me and said she was going to send me a surprise! Just for making a comment. If you don't know her blog (as if!) go and have a look. She puts up some amazing videos (some couture house's workings, the wrap dress that went on and on)and also has made some challenging items (the Chanel copy rain coat - my favourite).
And this is my surprise... it is perfect for me. I have some beautiful sky blue and silver brocade that was my mother's from the '60s and if there is enough I will make this - view 2 - but not till next summer as uni is manic (procrastination is ruling - that's why I'm blogging)and it is coming into winter. It's a size 16 which by the bust and waist measurements will fit me for sure.
Not only have I got the My Image patterns last week but also the current Ottobre magazine. I have been getting the two women's magazine…

Mian Mian - Giveaway Prize!!

Yoshimi had a giveaway and I am the lucky winner! Not a pattern, or a magazine or fabric, all of which I have too much or many, but a wonderful little needle storage holder. It came with two needles and I have put in my needles already. It was not hard giving away my other needle storage solution .. a scrap piece of fabric, for this very useful little gadget. It is magnetised and has a soft velvet coating. SO COOL! The red counter top you see is my new red sewing table. (I'll take a proper photo soon.)
Hmm... naughty me... I also bought some Image Wear patterns (from the My Image magazine) when they were on sale for Euro 3.50 each. At around Christmas time they had a Euro2 sale with the money going to a charity but I forgot to get some then. I've always liked the top on the left ... I think it is really elegant and simple and I love the little tie. I think it will make a good work top (for when I get a job some time in the future!) I also like the little crop jacket and the tul…

Brisbane sewist meetup!

Suzy Beeput the call out - she was coming to Brisbane, did anyone want to meet up with short notice! Did I! Judith of Made by J also was able to meet up too and made the great suggestion of a cafe by the water at Wynnum, one of our bayside suburbs and where Suzy Bee was staying. We didn't realise we would be quite so close to the water..

Suzy Bee and Judith are such lovely,fun people. We had originally planned to go to some fabric stores, but Judith was on sports taxi duty and Suzy Bee and I decided it was just too rainy to make our way anywhere and Suzy Bee would have a chance in the week. So we sat and chatted about sewing, our families and the rain. We all wore something we made. I wore my cowl neck pattern from some Missoni like fabric I bought at Spotlight. Actually I hope my friend Maree doesn't read this as I will be taking it to her as it doesn't fit me very well. It was really a muslin to work out the pattern fit and when Maree was in Australia (she and her husband…

A Great Week for Me

I've had a great week! I had two days in Sydney with the highlight being seeing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (well the ones that could stand it I'd guess). It was an amazing show ... we saw the 2nd show where he did all the song on his new album and some more exciting old favourites. I have seen Nick Cave in many guises and liked his music since about 1980. It was really great. My friend and I got dressed up (it was the Opera House)and had some bubbles. 

I also saw my niece to whom I gave an old sewing machine that I found left on the street. It is a Janome computer model about 25 years old but it wouldn't work properly. She took it to a repairer who told her id would be expensive to fix ($190) but that she could use it for another 100 years as all the parts are metal inside and if she bought a new machine today for $200 it would be mostly plastic parts for the manufactured obsolescence that most manufacturers use nowadays. She got it fixed…