I am trying hard to cut back on op shopping of late, due to an excess of hoarding, but here is a peek of some great vintage buttons that have recently come into my life.
My friend gave me a tip about a dressmakers dummy at an op shop in the Inner West recently. So first thing the next day I packed the kids into the car and off we went.
Sadly the mannequin was was tiny and I wasn’t sure she’d go up to size 16. And I already have a tiny one.
I found the accompanying sewing box and this great tin – the buttons and tin were too good to leave behind.
Next we visited my father in law and after the Boci Ball game he saw me going through the buttons.
He said he had been meaning to give me this little stash for a while – aren’t these pretty?
First I plan to use the red ones on a cardigan – I love their art deco shapes and I don’t mind that no two are the same.
The sewing basket (and the contents) is available to buy on eBay right now.
Shopping for second hand items is such a hard habit to break, especially when you have been doing it since you were five!
Yesterday I walked out of an op-shop empty handed after nearly buying a packet of vintage iron on motifs, including an anchor, a ships steering wheel and racing cars. A pair of green plastic knitting needles with black tops and a set of Vintage Yellow Rose Sheridan sheets. Do you know what stopped me? No cash in my wallet!
How do you exercise restraint?
My friend is listing this 1962 edition of Life Magazine on eBay shortly. It contains a nice spread on Audrey Hepburn wearing fashions by Givenchey.
All these garments/outfits are very bulky around the waist which look amazing on her diminutive frame – skinny girls take note!
An awkward moment with a very big bull
This Saturday morning is the first time I’ve been alone in two weeks! I dropped the kids into a Parkour class in Pyrmont and hit Rozelle Market!
Here’s a few snaps
This is a piece of Tivaevae which is applique from the Cook Islands. It is quite rare – I have never found a piece for sale in Australia or New Zealand. It was for sale for just $40 – but as I don’t love yellow – I left it behind. One day, I would love to go there and see the women making it – I find it fascinating and beautiful.
I bought a tea towel and the Gold Coast table cloth for $5 each, and the three bracelets were $15 and I am pretty sure the green one is Bakelite – hooray!
I think it’s Sydney’s best vintage/second-hand market, which is still mostly affordable.
What do you do when you are childfree?
Open Saturdays and Sundays
Address: 663 Darling Street, Rozelle
Opening Times: 9-4
If you are in the market for reproduction fifties style fabric, perhaps a source you haven’t considered is right under your nose – your local quilting shop.
Admittedly, I live pretty close to one of the best in Australia’s: Material Obsession, at Drummoyne. Their selection is mouthwatering.
Here are a few things I spotted in there recently that I thought might work for fifties style garments. I didn’t take any notes about the fabrics, all I can say is get in there fast as they sell out fast and not always reordered, so the lovely lady who helped me could tell me.
I was extremely lucky to find the scarlet print with the bows was still in stock – I have been dreaming about it since the last time I visited – months ago. I think it will be perfect in a blouse like Butterick 4985.
If you are in Sydney’s Western Suburbs I recommend Fred the Needle – I haven’t visited them in their new location in Dural – but their Penrith store was fabulous.
If you have a good one one near you – I would love to hear about it.
Also if you have tried sewing garments with quilting fabric and how that went. Thanks.
It’s the second week of the school holidays and I just heard the little guy say, as he tumbled around the living room “I can feel my brain moving” – had better go.
You may not know but last year I was trying to make a garment each week as a contributor for The Sew Weekly. I went a bit crazy buying up vintage fabrics all over the place and now it’s time to let some go.
To be honest I don’t know how managed to make a garment, not every week, but on average about every two weeks.
I also didn’t realise just how much fabric had collected last year
So in my ongoing quest to declutter my sewing room – I am selling on eBay some of the fabric that no picked up last year as I have enough fabric for one lifetime!!
Here are a few things I have on eBay – ranging from the sixties to the eighties.
It is only available to Australian buyers.
In the future I considering using this page to sell vintage items. I haven’t even started in all the vintage accessories I collated to go with the outfits!!
1970’s Red White and Blue Floral Print Blouse Weight fabric
1970’s Seersucker Multicoloured Stripe Print
1970’s Sweet Floral Print Cotton
Possibly seventies sheer cotton floral print – in monochromatic earthy tones
1970’s piece of sheer curtain fabric
Fun eighties Paint Splotch Cotton Print
Wonderful eighties seersucker in Art Deco inspired geometric print
What child of the eighties doesen’t like the Smurfs! These faded bedsheets have already been bid on at $20!
A little bit of Mickey Mouse – who is in again!
We are three days from the end of the school term. The kids are tired and desperately trying to get a day off school. I find I would rather eat glass than shop with my children. Here’s how we are preparing for two weeks with the little darlings who will only be going to the mall for moviesandahaircutandnowearenotgoingtoSmiggleEBGamesKmartorToysRUs
I’m crabby, my poor husband is exhausted (who I was so looking forward to seeing last week, after he was away working for the second week in a row). Sadly, he copped my wrath, after he spent
most of the weekend unable to get up from the couch watching The Le Mans car race, but today he is earned some brownie points by doing the Costco shop.
He does a great job as I always come home with fun things like red kitchen utensils, Reece’s Peanut butter cups, Spanx for me and Calvin Klein undies for him. He buys the food we actually need. Also the Italian foods he loves like big bowls of ricotta cheese, ciabatta, prosciutto, a litre of pesto and about 20 kilos of meat!
Meanwhile, I found some time to pop into Typo where they are totally down with the Craft resurgence – here are a few of my favourite sewing themed items:
Embroidery ring mouse pad
Vintage sewing pattern notebook
Giant button for the wall – seriously cute
Antique Sewing Machine iPad case
Tape measure cotton tape – for gift wrapping or crafting
Pattern printed folders
Pattern wrapping paper tissue ( I suggest you visit your local op shop and buy something ugly from the nineties if you want to wrap your next gift this way), please excuse the blurry photo but I had to show you that it is just like a printed pattern
Can’t wait for the holidays and I am praying for some fine weather to get those boys of ours off Minecraft – can anyone relate?
Recently I got to work from home -sewing! My boss asked me to make some bunting for a display in one of our customer’s shops. I have included the steps if you want to try making some.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything and I was happy to find that I wasn’t too out of practice, the simplicity of the project certainly helped.
• Cutting all the triangles is the biggest job. Pile them up keeping the colours together. I cut four layers at once – you might do less – I am impatient!
• Cut pairs of triangles – as many as you need. I did about 4 pairs in each colour – the whole length is almost three metres in length.
• Set up your sewing machine with your first colour. Stitch to the point. Sew in a “chain” – leaving only a short amount of thread between each “flag” – why waste thread?
• Trim the seams on either side of the point.
• Turn the flag through and push out the point (gently!! A knotting needle is perfect for this task).
• Each flag is then stitched into bias bunting which is cut from one of your colours. If you don’t want to mess around making your own – you can buy it in packets. Use the thread colour that matches your bias binding.
• Neaten the ends of the bias binding last just in case you want to add another piece at either end. I like a nice long “tail” on the end – to tie it around something perhaps.
I hope our client likes it!