The Round she goes 2nd hand clothing market is on this Sunday in Coburg.
Friday, 11 August 2017
Thursday, 10 August 2017
I need a frog for work ( as you do working with toddlers & preschoolers!) and couldn't find my favourite frog toy at work, so I quickly made one tonight ( when I should have been doing the dishes!).
The pattern is an old one, found in a book or possibly from the good old "Australian Women's Weekly".
My mum made one when I was in primary school, in 2 shades of blue, filled with budgie seed courtesy of our 2 pet budgies.
When I started high school I was in " blue" team, known as" Bates house" - the school was originally a girls' school, so the 4 house teams were Bates, Bronte, Nightingale and Chisolm. The blue frog was then named "Bates frog" and was taken to some school sports events in junior high as a team mascot.
I sewed the frog up on the machine before cutting it out, stuffed with some stuffing instead of seeds- I need it to be light so it can bounce around on a parachute or piece of blue fabric.
I will try it out at playgroup tomorrow, singing along to "Der Glumph" and "5 green speckled frogs"!!!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
I know this satin fabric looks pretty loud, but that is ok because it will never be worn in public- it will be made into pj pants! My pj's tore when I got out of bed this morning, I made them a few years ago, & I cut them a bit too small, so I didn't think they would last too long
Plus the fabric was only $3 per metre from Anne's fabrics in Brunswick. Bargain!
Monday, 31 July 2017
I finally got around to doing some sewing for work yesterday. I found this great black & white fabric- listed on the Rathdowne Fabrics facebook page back in March- as "grand prix themed fabric".
But in the Early Intervention field we also know it as "finished" fabric. The picture symbol for "finished" looks rather like a grand prix flag, and means that an activity is finished, or an object ( toy/game/ ipad etc) is " finished" or "not available".
We often recomend that kinders and chilcare centres use a " finished" cloth to cover a table/ toy set when it it not in use, or to help with the transition from one activity to the next. For example " the puzzles are finished now- time to wash hands for snack time", accompanied by the auslan/ key word sign for " finish", picture card/ schedule for " wash hands"/ " snack time" ( or morning tea etc) and covering the puzzle table with a finished cloth.
Saturday, 29 July 2017
Monday, 24 July 2017
I bought a 1.1m piece of scuba fabric from a 40% off remnants sale at RR a while ago. I had originally thought of making a dress or skirt, but figured I would probably get more wear out of a jacket.
I used the zip front jacket pattern from a Mollie Makes sewing special, which I have made once before. I don't wear it much, but always get compliments when I do. I think one of the issues was I didn't have enough plain long sleeve tops to wear under it, but I have made a few more now so it will probably get more regular outings now!
Like the first, I opted to leave off the zip, and use a hidden press stud and large button on the front instead.
The scuba is weird stuff to sew, the needle was skipping stitches until I adjusted the stitch size and tension, but I probably should have tried a new needle. I didn't realize how tough the scuba was until I was hand sewing the button on!
I added some extra facings which aren't in the pattern, but think it sits better than my first version, plus I left the darts out. The fabric is pretty loud, and like the first, I will wear it more like a top, I don't like the way it sits when it is open...but that is ok, it makes it into a very funky top I think!
Friday, 21 July 2017
Nothing like being told at 5:15 that "remember these cuffs are too long mum" when the teen trumpet player is getting dtessed for 5:40 lift to play in the school production! Aaarrrgghhh!
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
I had a quick browse in Savers today, looking through the fabric, patterns, and craft book section (yep, I did not look at the clothes at all!) Well I was wearing my new favourite (yet to be blogged) top I made from fabric found on my last trip to Savers, plus a scarf made from a silk scrap found at the nearby Don Bosco op shop!
Sunday, 2 July 2017
How cute are these retro scandi styled glass bowls? Spotted in Hot Potatoes bargain store, Sydney Road Brunswick. Note the cheeky description " inspired by pyrex" on the label!
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Catching up on my blog reading last night, I discovered that the lovely Anna of "blogless anna" and her fellow sewing bloggers, have organized another " Fabric Restash" event in Fairfield this Saturday. Hop over to her blog for more info.
I had a sort out a while ago, and have a box & a bag of fabric to donate/ swap, as well as some yarn I just sorted through on the weekend. Anyone interested in coming?
Photo via blogless anna-
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
I haven' t made any new tops for a while, and some of my previous makes are looking a bit worn from washing & wearing- so I made a couple more! Plus I found a gorgeous vintage look jacket at the op shop last week ( 1st pic)
Bright orange tees- made from an offcut from RRems- there was enough fabric for a peppermint jersey long sleeved tee and a scoop tee.
Friday, 23 June 2017
My latest op shop find- cute grey ankle boots. Pretty sure they are brand new. I googled the brand, and apparently they retail for around $220!!! Bargain at $16 then ( 'cos I don't think I have ever paid anything like $220 for any item of clothing/ footwear, ever!).
They are great for work because I can quickly zip them on & off when visiting a " shoes off" house, and when crawling around on the floor with kids - much quicker than my boots with laces!
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
I was quite inspired by this book I found at Savers recently, I like the story telling and other ideas - it even includes a couple of recipes. And I have bookmarked a few pages in some craft magazines, looking for ideas.