But I don’t have anything to match…



This is some fabric I bought online a ridiculously long time ago, and have loved it too much to use it even though I reckon I’ve had it for a good 7 or 8 years! It’s rare to find beautiful thick stretch corduroy in a funky pattern like this, and I’ve been so enchanted by it I just couldn’t bring myself to sew it. Sometimes I think there’s more excitement in the possibility of making something – once it’s cut the endless possibilities are gone. Plus I was using the excuse that I didn’t have anything brown to go with it – no point sewing something then not being able to wear it straight away because nothing matches!

So… I made a plan.  I bought a brown top to match the fabric.  And a lovely brown pair of shoes. And some brown tights.  And finally I sewed my treasured fabric into a skirt. After all that waiting you’d think it would be a special skirt but the loud pattern demanded something simple.  It’s Ottobre from 2007. Lined with a lightweight cotton which I cut on the bias so it would move with the stretch of the corduroy. Typically, I was busy doing my own thing and stuffed up the zip/lining area, and ended up having to just sew straight around the top to attach the lining, so the zip is non functional. The fabric is very stretchy though, and my waist hip ratio is not as differentiated as the health promotion ads say it ought to be, so it really doesn’t matter, I can slide it on and off quite easy enough. I’m very pleased with this skirt and it’s very comfy to wear.  Best of all I still have quite a bit of fabric left so there are still possibilities after all.



Paisley and gilt

A lovely Saturday spent thrift and antique shopping in Strathalbyn with my Partner in Crime and eldest offspring. I pounced on this amazing corduroy paisley, genuine vintage 70s, a couple of metres for only $17. I can see a very groovy skirt in my future. The plates are just handy, and the lunch was delicious. We even found a cafe that knows how to serve tea, and doesn’t merely cater to the coffee fiends!

Old-fashioned girl

I’ve had this fabric for yonks, so long I can’t even remember where or when I bought it, but I think it was about 8 years ago. I still really like the colour combinations but somehow it also has a bit of an outdated feel to it. I’m not quite sure if it is outdated enough to be retro-cool or just old, but I’ve decided I don’t care, so there. The patterns are Ottobre yet again. I realised miss 3 has grown so much since last Winter that nothing she owns will fit once the cold weather arrives, so I’m getting an early start on making a few warmer clothes. I also picked up a beautiful velveteen Osh Kosh jacket in the exact same red at an op shop on Friday – bargain!

Getting Faster


washer washer-002-0

And another pair – seemed like a good pattern, so I left out a lot of the panels and kept the basic shape and here they are 2 hours later.The gorgeous velour towelling is actually a couple of face washers I bought at Best and Less. The brown corduroy is some left-overs from tigerboy’s shorts from 2 years ago.Aren’t they so cute? Milly will be very snuggly!!

And cheap buttons this time – one on top of the other with contrasting thread.