New blades

Miss 17 has a rather lovely pair of skating boots. I bought them from an incredibly skilled adult skater at the rink.

Miss 17’s feet have been a stable size for several years. It makes sense to get decent boots.


They were 5 years old, but never used. Super skilled skater threw in an old pair of blades for free. So, new boots, old blades. Very old blades with very little left to sharpen. We got one sharpening out of them.

Cue 2017 and I start working more and Miss 17 gets new blades, including mounting and adjustments. $300 for the blades. Her first pair of skates – boots and blades – cost less than $200!!!

She loves them. Suddenly her spins are easier, her jumps are better and all things (skating) are possible.


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Sunday Sevens – June

Images from the last two weeks:


Miss 17 at the climbing place.







Trialing new pattern tracing paper. So far I like the white.




Sushi platters – for dinner before the school concert.





Miss 12 playing the trumpet. Good to see her forehead and elbows! She also played beautifully and looked the part in a black skirt made by me.



I brought home this amazing box to show the family. It holds 6 small tarts. The family were not impressed. It was empty…




Foggy morning plus brilliant sunshine, reflected in the CBD buildings.




The Sunday Sevens thing was started by Natalie who blogs at “Threads and Bobbins”. The idea is to take photos of your week and share them.


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Sunday sevens – end of May 2017

This time I managed to do this on a Sunday!


Miss 12 and Penny drinking together.







This little donkey looked a bit lost.


These fabrics arrived. Destined to be a tee-shirt and shorts for an upcoming trip to warmer climes. My family do not think they go together.










I like a bit of symmetry in numbers.



Ending the week with a delightful dinner where they had designer sugar lumps.

The Sunday Sevens thing was started by Natalie who blogs at “Threads and Bobbins”. The idea is to take photos of your week and share them.


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Sunday Sevens – May 2017

Another busy few weeks. I’ve started a new part-time job which has involved a lot of training. Things will settle in the next few weeks and I’ll be back to sewing again.

I needed the calm inspiration that is found when browsing fabric shops. Button displays are almost hypnotic.





Penny is always a delight to gaze at. She relaxes so completely.




Happy mail delivery of patterns for me. Already had a go at the Lisette trousers (they were terrible). The McCalls is next on the list. A cardigan in black, for work, in a merino blend.



Patterns for the lasses too.




I saw this graffiti art on the way to the markets.




Also saw this bike – not much left now.


Finally – I used up the rest of my birthday gift card on some new shoes.



The Sunday Sevens thing was started by Natalie who blogs at “Threads and Bobbins”. The idea is to take photos of your week and share them.

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Coverstitch appreciation


Last year my very clever husband bought me a new overlocker. A four thread Juki with air-threading.



I appreciate him so much! It was a leap of faith as while Juki has a long history in the industrial market here, domestic machines are rather new.



My overlocker has been an absolute workhorse, so this year he bought the Juki coverstitch machine.



We briefly looked at the Janome but brand loyalty won out.



I love it!


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Sunday Sevens 12 – May

So this is becoming a fortnightly round up, on a day other than Sunday.

I’ve had some very busy and frantic weeks – catching up with family members for the first time in 25 years, wedding anniversary, some casual work, a new part-time job, my thesis results (passed!), and lots of training for the new job.

All very exciting!

These are our anniversary flowers.




A tree with really odd looking seed pods.





I’ve taken up ice skating again. I am terrible!





Miss 17 got a new top, just like the last one, but a tad longer. And gold





Amidst all the happenings, some gin arrived. It was most welcome!


And finally, I needed some self-care time. I browsed in some fabric shops. The colours were lovely, but, I bought lots of black.

Hoping your week was good. As my spare time returns to me I’ll post more details.

The Sunday Sevens thing was started by Natalie who blogs at “Threads and Bobbins”. The idea is to take photos of your week and share them.

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Yet more Barbs

I gained weight, then a bit more. The tops I’ve made are doing OK, and we now have a uniform shirt for work. My trousers were falling apart and not up to the challenge of my ever increasing girth.

I needed them fast and didn’t want to hassle with fitting too much. Cue – more Style Arc Barb trousers.

I bought bengaline in black from Rathdowne Remnants. It is good bengaline but bengaline is always mostly if not all synthetic. Still looking for the seemingly non-existent stretchy woven fabric that is mostly natural fibres.

They look OK, they get worn every week to work. But are they are boring and I need pockets.

And a better mirror!



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Slinky new tshirt for the elder lass

The elder lass needed a new top. She wanted a crop tshirt, in slinky blue fabric that she chose from the stash. This is the best representation of the colour of any of the photos I took. The top layer is the inside, underneath is the outside of the fabric.

I modified the Lark tee as per the client instructions:

  • Reducing it to crop length
  • Widening the hem so that it swings
  • Elbow length sleeves, and
  • Nice deep armholes.

The fabric was a slinky, drapey 100% synthetic. It sewed up beautifully, ironed well and was a nice quick sew.


I used complementary thread colours in the overlocker’s loopers, and almost exactly matching threads in the needles. I wanted to trial the idea, and I didn’t have time to go shopping for thread. I’m not sure about it. It stands out clearly around the neckline (see above) but not the other seams.


The elder wanted proper stitched down hems, they got a zig zag stitch. I did a quite trial with the twin needle on a scrap piece. Then I tried stretching it and all the stitches popped. Happily the neckline sits well without stitching.

Costs & details:

Pattern – Grainline Lark, bought a while ago. Fourth time I’ve used it, modified for the elder.

Fabric – 1.4 metres of 100% poly with some spandex, I used most of it. Free, from the 2016 Destash event.

Threads – all from the notions stash.

Total = Virtually free. I will get many more iterations from the Lark pattern, the fabric was free and I already had the threads.

Best of all – the elder lass likes it.

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Sunday Sevens 11 – April 2017



We got a delivery from Amazon, that included this little treasure, the Amazon tap. It has a longer battery life and better sound quality than my previous bluetooth speaker. Terrific for my work




I saw this fabric when shopping for the younger lass. Still thinking about it.




I went to the printing shop to collect some patterns and saw these on the wall.




I went to the “Kids under Cover” garage sale and picked up these sunnies. I am forever losing sunnies, it is good to have a cheap source.





We went to the park and saw this notice on a tree. I get a bit daft about trees so was rather sad. I looked up into the canopy and accepted that even trees have a limited life span.






The Sunday Sevens thing was started by Natalie who blogs at “Threads and Bobbins”. The idea is to take photos of your week and share them.

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Singapore fabric shopping – Arab St

While we were in Singapore I took lots of photographs and notes and decided that I would eventually blog about it all. I am getting to it almost 8 months later!


My husband left to go to his conference and I left to go shopping. Close to the hotel was Arab St, which was full of small fabric shops.






I wandered around a bit aimlessly just browsing before buying anything.




All of the shops had mannequins with fabric draped on them.






I found lots of brocades, and embroidered or printed fabric. Some of it may have been silk but I suspect most of it was synthetic.




Sometimes the fabric was on shelves, sometimes on rolls.


Several shops sold pashmina style wraps too. The polyester ones were $SGD6.00 and the cashmere ones were $SGD10.00










We bought several wool pashmina’s, for me, the lasses, and friends back home.

img_0289In this shop I got some nice printed cottons, to make pyjama bottoms for the kids.









I’ll write about the Peoples Park complex in another blog.



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