Audrey Hepburn, Life Magazine 1962

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!

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An awkward moment with a very big bull

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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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