Child free, let loose at the markets

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

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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.

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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!

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I think it’s Sydney’s best vintage/second-hand market, which is still mostly affordable.

What do you do when you are childfree?

Rozelle Market
Open Saturdays and Sundays

Address: 663 Darling Street, Rozelle

Opening Times: 9-4

Fifties repro fabric – an unlikely source

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.

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A year with Sew Weekly – the aftermath

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!!

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1970′s Red White and Blue Floral Print Blouse Weight fabric

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1970′s Seersucker Multicoloured Stripe Print

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1970′s Sweet Floral Print Cotton

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Possibly seventies sheer cotton floral print – in monochromatic earthy tones
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1970′s piece of sheer curtain fabric

 

 

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Fun eighties Paint Splotch Cotton Print

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Wonderful eighties seersucker in Art Deco inspired geometric print

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What child of the eighties doesen’t like the Smurfs! These faded bedsheets have already been bid on at $20!

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A little bit of Mickey Mouse – who is in again!

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Retail Therapy

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?

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A bit of Bunting

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!

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Dusty old dust jackets

It’s the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in this part of the world. We get Monday off – along with the washing, I have some plans!

I have come across some lovely old books lately. I think the art work on the dust jackets is so charming.

I think they would look great enlarged made into artworks for a vintage themed home.

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I have also had some luck in finding 1950′s art prints recently.
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This one called “Sea Scape” no artist, is in the living room – the colours are perfect for that room.
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The “Nutcracker Suite” is much more restful so its going into the sewing/guest room, where I have visions of creating a Kate Spade Gallery Wall, I hope I can get this little project up this long weekend. Do you have any plans for home decoration or sewing this weekend?
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The Fifties Red Car Coat

I have been thinking about this project for a year at least.

I have a few pieces of wool, coating bundled together and several of patterns in mind.

I need to decide whether I can be bothered to make a lined coat. Makes it easier to wear and warmer. I’m still deciding which lining fabric to use?

I really had hoped to whip up a car coat before the cold weather hits. This is really all you need in Sydney for Winter, if you have a car. There are really only a few really cold days which warrant a full length coat.

Every one complains about how freezing it is – for months, but they really don’t have a clue how to dress for truly cold weather. Not the way you learn when you live in a cold climate like NZ, or even Melbourne!

Tips for beginner sewers:

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making a coat. A short coat should be not too difficult as there is less fabric to handle. They are easier than tailored jackets as the fabrics are easier to work with was they are more spongy and forgiving and the lining at the hem is not caught in – easy!

Make sure you have your linings and interfacing together before you start sewing.

If you get tailored button holes done it will give your coat a more professional look

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