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…

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…

Tessuti Frankie cycling dress

This is a really useful basic pattern, which I’ve deliberately made into a dress suitable for cycling in. And given the rain started just as I was about to head out on my bike today, I thought I’d delay my departure and take a few pics instead. It is of course useful for many things…

Inspiration update – from the Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion shows

I’ve been browing the Autumn Winter fashion shows online, and they have blown me away. So much creative energy and the most stunning results. There was a real depth and richness in many of the shows this year. I’d never heard of Paco Rabanne until now. But he had a crush on silver this year,…

Blue ponte wiggle dress – Vogue 8766

I made this dress ages ago and never wore it. It had sleeves (originally) and they made it very uncomfortable for me to move my arms. I felt like I was wearing a straight-jacket so after that first day of wearing it, it went into the wardrobe and never came out. So I took the…

First ever leather skirt – Vogue V8766

I’ve never sewn leather before, and I was pretty sure it would be tricky. But it’s not all that tricky as it turns out – what on earth was I worrying about?! I posted yesterday about my visit to D.S. Horne here in Adelaide to buy my leather, and then Melann’s Fabric and Sewing Centre…

Buying garment leather

I had never bought garment leather before, so yesterday’s trip to D.S. Horne in Adelaide was something of a revelation. It’s across town from where I live, so it has taken me a while to get over there. I’d heard it was a great place to buy leather, and wow it absolutely is! It’s a…

Sewing plans for 2017 – the #makenine2017 challenge

So there’s a #makenine2017 challenge on Instagram, and I thought I’d join in the fun. It’s about planning what to make ahead of time, but also going easy if you change your mind. But it did get me thinking – what do I really want to add into my wardrobe? I posted this on Instagram…

Velvet pants refashion – my almost Birkin flares

Wowowowowow!!! Birkin flares! I love this new pattern and even though this post is only about my ‘almost’ Birkin flares, I am definitely making a proper pair very very soon. But let’s go back to the beginning of the story. There is a beautiful little fabric shop in Adelaide, which my daughter introduced me to…