Category Archives: Bobbins

Top 5 – the sewing hits

My “Top 5” sewing hits – as part of the series hosted by Gillian over at Crafting a Rainbow.  This was an easy post to write as in 2017 I had considerably more time and headspace to devote to sewing. … Continue reading

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Sewing top 5 – the misses

I’m doing the annual sewing round up, “Sewing Top 5”. Gillian hosts it, on her blog “Crafting a Rainbow”. I’m starting with the flops, binned items and the never finished. Navy trousers for work, for a one afternoon a week … Continue reading

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Frocktails – Melbourne

Frocktails – a blend of frocks and cocktails. An annual event organised by some amazing seamsters in Melbourne. A chance to make a special occasion frock, then wear it to socialise with other seamsters. Frocktails has been running for a … Continue reading

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Graduation post 3 (final) – the gown and hood

Yes, I’m milking this for as many posts as I can! My father was an academic and had several occasions each year where an academic gown was required. He died almost 30 years ago and his gown would have been … Continue reading

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Coffeeneuring 2017 – a new challenge

Chasing Mailboxes (terrific title) is a blog about cycling by a woman who lives in Washington DC. This is the seventh year that she’s run the coffeeneuring challenge. She sets a few things to achieve that involve bicycles and coffee … Continue reading

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Graduation post 2 – the trousers

Black trousers – yet another pair of black trousers. I’ve been wearing the much-modified SA Barbs for a while and am sick of having nowhere to put my hands, my phone or even my keys. I needed trousers that would … Continue reading

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Graduation post 1 – the blouse

I submitted a research masters at the end of 2016. It dominated my existence in 2015 and 2016. A research masters meant I did a thesis not coursework, 35 000 words later and I am relieved beyond belief that it … Continue reading

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Formal Dress – 2017 – the wrap

Miss 17 needed something to keep her warm, something around the shoulders that was unstructured enough to balance the very structured dress. I tried to buy her a black velvet wrap but she decided the price was too high and … Continue reading

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Formal Dress – 2017 – bodice and skirt

Once I’d finished doing the first bodice, the lass tried it on. It needed tweaking. So I had another go, and another and finally got it with attempt four. That was made up in the final fabric and put to … Continue reading

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Singapore 2017 – Peoples Park Complex

The Peoples Park Complex is on Park Rd, in the heart of Chinatown. It has a myriad of small shops, all housed in one large complex. Some of it is air-conditioned, some isn’t. There are a lot of fabric stalls … Continue reading

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