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!


Holidays are over

Well my 2 weeks holiday from work is nearly over and I have sewed frantically the entire time. I now need a holiday, but I do feel a great sense of satisfaction at how much I got done. I still haven’t blogged everything I made but here are some more.
This is a shirt I cut out about a year ago, and realised was going to be massively too big so it got shoved in the UFO pile. It is still too big for 6yo Liam, but should be just right next winter. I French-seamed the sleeves just in case he wanted to wear it in Summer with them rolled up and sure enough he likes it so much he wore it to a birthday party on Sunday. The close-ups were taken indoors and seem to be showing the colour more accurately onscreen – it is more purple than blue. The boy did have a moment of looking skeptical and said, “it has flowers on it”, but I just informed him it is paisley not flowers and he seems to be ok with that :p

The shorts are the same pattern as the shorts I posted in my very first blog post. I love this pattern and I love the groovy guitar fabric. It is the same fabric I sent to my EB secret santa last year – I couldn’t resist some for me too!

The hat I cut out a while ago from the scraps of some very cool trousers that I sewed in about 1999. I had endless trouble with the curves not fitting each other, but persevered until they fit in the end. Apparently it is very popular with the other girls at childcare – so much so that Milly keeps telling me, most indignantly, “it’s my hat, NOT Ella’s hat. It’s my hat, not Anne’s hat…LOL! As long as she doesn’t share it with any nits I’ll be happy.

Instant Gratification


…is what you get when you decide you want to make something, choose a piece of fabric from your stash, start and finish it in an evening, and wear it (or dress your child in it) the next day. This charming piece of paisley came to me from Belinda in a scrap swap early this year.

I didn’t use a pattern – just seamed the whole piece of fabric into a tube, shirred the top section (with the elastic very tightly wound,by hand, onto the bobbin), then got Laura to try it on and marked where the straps and armholes needed to go. I checked with a ruler to make sure both sides were even, then sticky-taped a semicircle of paper to the fabric to mark the armhole space and zig-zagged around the edge of the paper, then I cut out the armholes. I tried it on Laura again and measured exactly how long the armhole binding needed to be to fit nicely, then I ran a gathering thread along the armhole to hold it to the right length while I bound it. I used ready made bias binding (I actually had the right colour in my drawer!) and continued it on past the neckline as the straps. I added some tiny lace, also from my drawer, onto the straps, neckline, and hem, et voila!