Early 60s sewing books and vintage patterns

I was rummaging through the sewing section of a local second hand shop recently, and picked up some great finds. Among them, these two sewing books and some patterns from the early 1960s. (There were also some very fab Burdastyle magazines from the 70s – but I’ll show you those in a separate post.) The…

Kilts are cool, ok! Self-drafted in Pendleton wool

I have loved kilts my whole life, but I haven’t owned or worn one in ages. Not since the early noughties. Kilts work for 3 seasons, I’d say. Not a Summer thing. So of course I made this on the lead-in to our Summer, but oh well I’m just a little ahead of the cold-weather…

Blue Tessuti Leni top

Classic, navy v-neck top that is suitable for work. Tick! It’s looks simple doesn’t it? But it took me over 6 hours to make. That included pattern tracing and fit adjustments though. The extra steps are worth it – the finished item looks really classy and a bit special. Full credit to the designer. It…

Super-slippery silks. Silk chiffon anyone? Silk velvet?

I’ve had a few months of buying, but not really sewing much fabric. And my purchases have been… shall we say a little fantasy-land? By which I mean, I’ve bought some gorgeous but very slippery silks and now I’m trying to work up the courage to sew them up. Like this one. Gasp! It’s equal…

Love note to a red silk Ogden Cami and a beautiful Bernina 830

This silk is luscious and the sewing machine a dream come true. Here they are together. So I’ll start with the machine, which I first wrote about here. I have made quite a few things with it now, and have come to the conclusion that it is absolutely the best money I’ve ever spent. It…

Singer Sewing Book from 1954

I stumbled on this book in a second hand bookshop a few weeks ago, while staying with my daughter in country New South Wales. What a gem! 260 pages full of insights and information on sewing, as it was viewed in the mid-50s. And so great that this book was published the very same year…

Silk-lined leather clutch – and a stuffaway shopping tote

I’ve been sewing a bunch of useful things out of leftover fabric lately. Partly to test out my new (to me) sewing machine, and partly because they really are just useful. Of all of them, these two are my favourites. Made on the spur of the moment last night and both used today for the…

Bluetooth speaker cover – 2nd time lucky!

This is my second attempt at making a cover for my bluetooth speaker, to protect it during travel. My first attempt is here, with my thoughts on improving it because it really wasn’t easy to get the speaker in and out of its cover with that very rough design. Now that I’ve followed through with…

Bluetooth speaker cover from fabric scraps – work in progress

All people who sew find themselves with left over pieces of fabric that are too small to make anything significant from, but too nice to just throw away. I try to find a useful purpose for these scraps when I can, and have posted previously about using fabric scraps here. I have some particularly useful…

Red Merino Colette Myrtle Dress

Another cycling dress for me! But this time it’s suitable for cycling to work and wearing to meetings through the day. It’s a Colette Myrtle Dress – a very popular indie sewing pattern which has been well loved for very good reasons. I’ve posted before about cycling dresses and what works for cycling in my…