Saturday Social Sewing – number one

A shop in Melbourne has a large room for classes and groups. A bunch of Melbourne seamsters and stitchers would go there every two months or so for social sewing. This has been going on for several years, I met several new people and made new friends.  It was terrific.

In 2016 the shop increased their fee from $10 per person for the day to $15 per person for half a day. Then introduced other groups and the room became quite crowded. One of my 2017 goals was to find another site, Saturday Social Sewing evolved.







Six lovely ladies came for the first session. An airy, bright room with plenty of space and incredibly tranquil. Very successful in this spot. Everyone wanted another date so am working on that.

More on this in another post.

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Bored with Black!

I recently made five different garments in black. I don’t really like black, it does nothing for me. It is a pain to sew because it is so dark and you can’t see anything. Happily mistakes are also hard to see.

So why so many black things? I have recently increased my hours with my employer, and they’ve introduced a uniform top. The bottom is a black skirt or trousers. I need three pairs of trousers and have so far made two. The job involves lots of sitting with occasional standing and walking around. StyleArc Barbs (much modified) in black stretchy bengaline, and we’re done.

Miss 12 and Miss 17 needed new skating pants. Out came the Cake leggings template for Miss 17 and Jalie 2215 for Miss 12. Nice merino terry for them.

The fifth garment was a skirt for Miss 12 for the high school concerts. I made one for Miss now 17 when she started high school. She still wears it. Miss 12 wanted something that flared, had a yoke and just below knee length. I drafted that skirt myself.

I need something colourful for the next few garments.

A tshirt and shorts. All about them in the next post.

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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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