The “Hello Kitty!” Skirt

Meow  – Do you like cats?

I love them actually – I joke with the kids, “when Dad dies we are getting a cat”  – he’s more of a dog lover.  But since our two boys are like a couple of puppies – we have decided have enough on our plate!

That and there are a lot of native birds and lizards around our house, I would be devastated if an animal of ours killed any off

This skirt was made from a 1950’s skirt I bought when I was in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It was a sickly size 8, so I had to do surgery to make it a much more healthy size 16!

Had a brain wave and realized the answer was to make a yoke to fit me, then re-adjust the pleats to fit the circumference of the yoke.

My friend Sam suggested I use Denim for the yoke – because trying to match something would be such a headache.

I had this great denim in my stash – which has a nice cross hatched effect, but it is so stretchy and needed refitting several times as it kept growing!

I replaced the original brass zip with another chunkier one.

Foolishly unpicked the hem – then had to re hand sew the lot.

I am so pleased that I have a garment made with genuine repurposed 1950’s fabric that I can wear.

The Facts
Fabric: 1950’s too small skirt , some stretchy denim from stash for yoke
Pattern: For yoke section: Advance 6064, for skirt section: none required

Year: 1952

Notions: Zip, bias tape from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Will be worn later this week – the last week of Summer
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: About $A40.00

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The Living Room Tour


Do you like checking out other people’s houses?

I love it – I buy quite a lot of home dec. mags and all my Christmas’s came at once when the lovely Ms. Lynda moved overseas and gave me a stack of international house mags as tall as me!  What a good woman!

So here is a mini tour of our living room – showing a few of the details that I LOVE! All photos taken via Hipstamatic on my iPhone for extra grainy goodness.

The Storage – Love a Retro Buffet – the tall ones are quite cheap – we have two in our living room. Great for glasses, napery and platters, also Xboxs, DVDs and games!

The Art – my collection of Papua New Guinean masks – the dearest one was just $40

The View – The Australian Bush – it changes with the seasons and the weather, the mist rises early in the morning, thunderstorms play there, from where the cool breeze comes. It’s such a joy to have a view

A Bitossi bowl and sixties lamp with original fabric sit atop a Parker Studio table, all you see in this little vignette cost under $60!  See the Oregon wall panelling (one timber feature wall – groovey baby).

So grateful for our home – we are truly blessed and we love to share it with our friends and family. Hope you can see it one day!

The Colour Scheme

Fabric cushion I made in Designers Guild Asolo – Moss – from

Just wanted to introduce you to my new friend Kat, who I got to meet when I was in Wellington in January. I do like tall girls and she is nuts about sewing like me, she writes a lovely blog and takes great photos (or her man does) of our town.

Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Last year I stumbled across the wonderful world of Girls Who Sew And Blog. (I think it’s wonderful enough that it deserves capitalisation, don’t you?) I found (and followed) a whole lot of blogs, joined in the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle community, learnt a heck of a lot, got re-inspired with my own sewing, and made a bunch of new friends. It was a bit of a life-changing discovery for me, when I think about it…..

One of the girls I got to be friends with through the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle is the lovely Trish, who blogs over at Quiet Vintage Sewing. Trish is a former Kiwi, now living in Aussie, and loves vintage styles. If you haven’t found her blog yet, you should go and have a look – she makes some gorgeous creations, and every so often treats us to some photos of her house…

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Feeling A Bit Blue

Dita von Teese Lingerie hit Target stores in Australia last week.  I had to go and see what the fuss was all about.  They didn’t have the full range in Chatswood.  But you might find different pieces in your local store.  Or shop online.

It is reasonably priced, but if you are a lingerie connoisseur – then you may be disappointed.  The laces are all nylon and while pretty, they are of the usual Target quality.  It’s not La Perla!

I quite was taken with this set of black lace with blue accents and I was comfortable with paying $39.95 for a bra, I usually pay more for a bra.  However the knickers were quite pricey at $24.95 but are really pretty, so they got to come home too.

I have been playing around with the Hipstamatic Ap on my old iPhone 3 – the John S Lens with the Kodot XGrizzled Film makes blue tones look just gorgeous.

This is a fragment of fabric which is flocked and has a scalloped edge, from which I hope to sew a petticoat – it is nylon but might be a sweet if my slip is showing!  I am not sure if its 50’s or 60’s – daisies always throw me off!  What do you think?

She’s a real Sweet Heart

Hello! I wanted to make a garment to wear my Dress Clips with – they are great on a Sweet Heart neckline.   It’s  Valentines Day this week – how about something Red?  So now my ducks are all in a row.

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This is a project that I started months ago.  I love that 40’s look to the top.  I was watching my favorite childhood movie – Xanadu (1980) while I was sewing – I just ❤ that whole 40’s/80’s mash up:


I got stuck by the tricky instructions for the shoulders.    It has sat unmade for months.  Also, it’s too hot to wear wool in Sydney’s summers.

Even as I was getting the sleeves in (more gathering) the fit continued to look strange.  I ended up taking a big chunk from the back (I didn’t bother with the zip – thanks Wool Jersey).  This had the effect of hitching up the sleeve heads up into position.  I think sometimes you just have to stay with things sometimes.

I am pretty pleased with how it came out – I love wearing layers of wool in winter – so cozy and comfy and pretty with the clips.

The Facts

Fabric: 2m of Wool Jersey from an Op Shop
Patterns: Style 2788
Year: 1979
Notions: Just thread
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: For the photos
Wear again?: Yes – easily

Total price: Under $10


Wishing you love for Valentines Day.  Me – I went to the markets recently and bought myself roses, oriental lilies, peonies (love) and hydrangeas – all my faves!  I will be asking Mark up for a back massage later xxxx


The “Like a Table Cloth” – but in a good way patchwork skirt

I just stumbled across this little beauty from Anthropologie – while wasting time, I mean researching, over on Pinterest.

Could be a great way to upcycle those vintage table cloths (and scraps) that I have been hoarding, but don’t have enough morning teas with ladies to use every day.  Cos I work, that’s right, to keep myself in vintage table cloths!

It would be so easy to make up:


Arrange the patches to your liking

Sew together into a big rectangle

Sew a centre back seam leaving a gap in the centre back for a zip

Insert the zip

Gather the top to your waist measurement, attach a waistband in your size

Finish with a button/hole or hooks and eyes!

Wear it out somewhere fun and receive compliments!  Yay!