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…

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…