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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 cr…


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.…


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 c…

"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…

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. I…