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Just joined bloglovin, similar to Google reader which for some reason they got rid of.  I love following the blogs like this, sort of like having your own personal online magazine with articles of all the things one loves to read about 🙂  Anyway, I had to claim my blog so need this post with the link at the top for Bloglovin to recognise my blog I suppose.


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Winter Sewing

Being Downunder, we are currently going into winter, very year the same thing happens, I know winter is coming, but it sneaks up anyway. I’m  usually left looking for our winter clothes and realise we need to replace clothes as we have outgrown them (usually the kids not me!).  Lately, however the weather here in Australia has been getting colder every year, well it seems to  be getting colder.  So this year I have to get a few pieces that will keep us warm throughout the winter season, I’m going to sew most of what myself and the two girls need, and try and draft up a wardrobe for my son.

So my list for me is:

  • Jack3t – I want to use the new Robson coat pattern from Sewaholics (which I don’t have in store yet) for a light raincoat and the  Lady Grey by Colette and either Butterick 5824 or the Coat Dress both by Gertie.  I really need to replace my everyday jacket as well, but I really want to sew these ones first

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  • Pants – Thinking may be a couple of pants, a Thurlow pant or three, and I want something straight as well.

  • Dresses – The Tiramisu dress by Cake Patterns will be yummy in something soft and warm, will layer so might make it a bit larger than my regular size.  I purchased and downloaded the patterns from Cake Patterns on Crafsty here.  Am absolutely loving the patterns from Merchant & Mills Draper (website here)in the UK and am feeling like I need a shift or two.
  • Tops – Also want a few tops no patterns yet, mainly to layer under dresses and other tops, but I do like the Pavlova from Cake patterns.

  • Also have a few plans to knit some scarves, socks and beanies and a shawl.

I have seen a couple of sew a longs going around the blogisphere, so I may join one or two such as the Burda Magazine Sewalong I saw on the Curious Kiwi’s blog here. Or the Me Made May ’13, you can sign up here,  which also looks exciting!


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The Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge…

…I recently joined the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge hosted by Leimomi Oakes on her blog The Dreamstress and the Facebook page dedicated to the challenge.  The goal is to follow the events Leimomi posts for a fortnightly goal to make a historical article of clothing or accessory, historical being pre 1938.  I started of really well, I was eager got a plan together for the first eight fortnightly events, I even made my first submission, and 1830ish chemise, but didn’t upload it to the Facebook page, mostly because after my semester and school started, I suddenly found I had no time to do anything!

However, I am starting to make time for everything I do at the moment, including sewing, so I am excited to try and enter the event due on the 21st of April called ‘By the Sea’.  I was going to make a muumuu, which is a dress sometimes used for bathing by Hawaiian women.  I was going to use on the the patterns by Victoria Jones, some of which can be altered to make a fairly authentic copy, I think.  I wanted to use this one:

However, I don’t currently stock this patterns, so was thinking of altering one of the patterns I do have.  I am also partial to this beach pajama pattern from Wearing History.  I love it, and think I my make more use of this for lounging on the beach than a muumuu.  It’s a hard decision, I like the romantic idea  wearing a beautiful, cool, flowing muumuu while sitting under a coconut tree (I’m an urbanized Samoan so this is a long time dream hehe), however I like the sophisticated, elegant feel of lounging on deck chairs, sipping cocktails and eating tidbits from one of those little trays the stewards bring around on a cruise ship!  Okay, will have to make both.

Anyway, if you are interested in historical sewing check out the Facebook page and blog, and even if this period isn’t for you, there is some great information about the history of fashion, which is always great reading.

This is my first offering, not very exciting, and I did use a non historical blue, polyester ribbon instead of the proper neck cord.  But I mostly hand sewed it (what!! lol), some of those long side seams were so BORING to sew, so ended up using the machine for those.  Actually, the hand sewing was very calming, and I plan to make use of it even in non historical clothing, it also allowed me more control of the garment, especially in the gusset area.  Sorry about the photo, took it tonight the lighting was terrible, and this is the best I could get!  Will try and get a better pic tomorrow!


I used the Regency underthings pattern by Sense and Sensibility.  It was easy to put together, only the underarm gusset was a bit confusing, but there is a tutorial available on the Sense and Sensibility website that makes the process a bit easier.

P.S. Being the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice, this is a great year to start on your historical sewing goals, I love the costumes in both the 1995 BBC television mini-series version and the 2005 film, plus the book is a must read.

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Back and ready to party…

…Well ready for the new year anyway.

As usual for the new year I have plenty of new years resolutions, and we have already started on the exercise getting into shape resolution, and we’ve started of well, not just saying but actually doing.  The best thing about it is that instead of just joining a gym and trying to force yourself to go, I’ve been trying to add moving into my daily routine.  I know not a new concept, but probably the easiest in terms of actually getting the time to exercise, a common excuse for more than just me I’m sure 🙂  Every weekend, we get up real early and start the day at the beach, we go for a run, jog, walk or bike ride with the kiddies, and then for a swim afterwards as our reward, and we’ve been loving it!  During the week, (I stay at home with the kids) I try and not put off those really hard jobs that are actually a great workout in disguise, like weeding the forest of a garden, washing the car, scrubbing the floors, clearing out the garages, decluttering those bedrooms and closets.  So have been using those as the warm ups then go for a jog or walk as the main activity.  I have even started walking to the mall instead of driving the very short distance, so all in all, a great start to the year.


So what has this got to do with creating great apparel, nothing really except this is the same process I have started using on my sewing and crafting goals, a little bit every day, and just keep moving, doing something;

  • I have started embroidery, not the technical fancy stuff just the easy stitches, running, backstitch, split stitch and trying to get the hang of french knots and satin stitch.  My main inspirations are coming from Sublime Stitching, which is putting the cool back into an already excellent pastime,  and also remembering the embroidery on my mum’s stuff she used to do, not sure why she stopped might get her a teatowel or something from Sublime Stitching to start her up again hehe!  So I take my little embroidery bag wherever I go now, am working on a batiked and hand-painted butterfly I made when we had an art lesson recently with the kids.  The dyes I used were not the correct ones so it didn’t batik(??) very well, so next option embroider in the details 😉
  • Carry on with last years job of mending and recycling old clothing and finishing WIP, has lost a bit of the shine in this area as mending is so tedious, and there are only so many recycled men’s  tshirts one can wear!
  • I have also pulled out all my knitting and crocheting UFOs mainly toys, gloves and jumpers, If I still like the item being knitted I will finish, if I have lost interest and don’t want it now it gets pulled of the needles and back into the stash..  I want to get them all out the way because I have some cool projects planned for this year including historical stuff for the Historical Sew Fortnightly group I just joined (see below)  and items I’d put in the too hard basket to even start, so yay!
  • I’ve recently joined The Historical Sew Fortnightly group, the organizer sets sewing goals to do with historical apparel, that they aim to finish on a fortnightly basis.   It is exciting because I finally get to start all those Sense and Sensibility projects I’ve been wanting to and slightly scary, because I am not technically a historical seamstress!  I mean I studied, very briefly, the history of clothing, but nothing major, so I really don’t know what I am doing, whether my clothes will be historically accurate, etc.  Anyway it will be a bit of fun I hope, I already have an idea for 4 of the first seven fortnights.  Will post a link when I write the post 🙂
  • Plus, my final personal sewing goal for the year, is to throw out all my unloved items of clothing and create a new wardrobe with what I have left.  Am super excited about this and am also looking for a group or blog challenge to join for the year to keep me motivated 🙂

Business wise: well you’ll just have to stay tuned 🙂

But my main goals things I want to explore besides offering beautiful patterns, is to have a range of fabric, put out a very small clothing range, and design some boys patterns or rtw clothing.  I always find or rather can’t find any well designed clothing or sewing patterns for my 8 yr old son.  while there is some beautiful clothing ranges in the younger age range it sort of stops at 7 for some reason not sure why.  Boys no longer look cute? (beg to differ here lol!), not a lot of scope for different designs may be?  They get picky??  wear out their clothes too quickly, always look messy, don’t care what they wear.  Who knows, I have seen some great blogs by super talented mums that do some great boys clothing, but just think there should be more available.

Anyway that’s a few of my goals for 2013, wonder what my end of year wrap up will look like 🙂


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