Sew Me

I bought this fabric from Spotlight in the January sales for something like $3 a metre. When purchasing fabric I always just buy what I’m drawn to with no particular plan on what I’ll make from it (my overflowing stash can attest to this!).

I decided I needed a shirt dress and found a couple of options in back issues, settling on this version – the BurdaStyle Prairie Shirt Dress 042011 #107 pattern I altered to have buttons right down the front, and tapered the waist in.




You’ll be seeing a few of these style inspiration spreads on VVV. often compiles these  articles on their blog, I thought I’d do a few that are closer to my personal style. So first up this Burda Style Inspiration board comes curtesy of Sass & Bide. If you haven’t heard of them they are an Australian label who do amazingly constructed, edgy pieces that are just plain cool. Seriously I could walk into their store and walk out with everything. But the reality is that I can’t even afford one piece (sigh)…. So here is my interpretation via Burda Style! Looking forward to creating this look sometime in the near future!



Burda Style Blouse 7/2012 #116, 7/2012 #130, 7/2013 #102, 7/2012 #129, 12/2012 #124, 10/2010 #130

Bought fabric! Whoops – my favourite fabric store ( has a two for Tuesday deal every week, and I had to drop into a shop just across the road from the store….. and well who can resist a bargain matt silver sequin fabric, some blush coloured jersey and the perfect hot pink lycra with silver swirls for my daughters end of year dance costume….

Just a note on the store, I’ve always found interesting fabric here. So nice to see something different from what’s available at Spotlight and Lincraft (not that I don’t love those stores). I’ve picked up a few awesome vintage fabrics here and they also have leftover designer fabrics (like the  orange penguin print Alice McCall fabric I purchased a few months ago), and compared to the big two the prices at TRW are always competitive.

Well stay tuned lets see if my newly acquired purchase will be made into something shiny and fun soon.



On the weekend I had the pleasure of attending a vintage fabric and pattern sale.

The lady was selling said items as her mum had passed away and left an abundance of goodness. I was able to pick up about 35 patterns and a good amount of funky vintage fabric.

Below are some of my favourite patterns in the batch.

The first dress (Style 4190 – 1973) I’m especially keen on because it came already cut out with fantastic vintage fabric. (if you’re anything like me cutting a pattern out is your least favourite sewing job, besides zippers!) This is not the first time I’ve had the honour of finishing a dress off started decades earlier. And seriously what are the chances that a dress cut out at least 30 years ago is my size? Can’t wait to sew it up and wear it. It makes me a little nostalgic thinking about those pieces being cut all those years ago.

The second dress (Style 2942 – 1970) also comes with a story. The lady who was selling the items, wore this dress to her very first formal. She tells me the dipping back was quite risqué at the time. Would love to see a shot of her in this dress – will have to ask.
There are two wrap dresses which are quite similar. The famous Dian Von Furstenberg (Vogue – 1549) wrap dress is still relevant today (perhaps without the collar), and the other wrap dress I picked up because of the giraffe fabric (It’s purple and aqua and has giraffes!!). The flutter sleeve variation of this dress is quite sweet.
1549_Vogue WrapDress
And finally we have the mod A-Line shift dress (the dude in the background is laughing at her hat) this dress is simply gorgeous. Can’t wait to make it, although trying to decide what colours to make the contrast panels will be difficult (Vogue – 2245).
There was probably around 100+ patterns for sale, it was interesting to see this women’s life played out through the passage of passing fashion trends. There were early 50s patterns, followed by some awesome 60s patterns. In amongst the 60s mix were some maternity patterns (hence first children born around then) followed by toddlers outfits. The 70s patterns featured plenty of teen appropriate attire (I wonder if a teen daughter sewed her own or asked mum to make them), and the 80s we see the grandkids getting a look in.
I now have over 400 patterns in my stash, all documented in the program Sewing Kit which is very handy when considering what to make next!

Like most sewing addicts my [space: project: stash] ratio is a bit out of control. I’ve been on a self-imposed fabric-purchasing ban for a few months. And now I’m setting myself a little challenge. I have to finish 10 projects, and blog about them using my existing stash before I’m allowing myself to purchase any more fabric, except for things I need to finish off a project (this should be pretty easy given how much material I have!). So game on!  I believe the first two projects on my list, will be finishing off a white Burda shirt, and adapting a vintage top from a dress I’d cut in half. Stay tuned….

Well hello there. Whilst this isn’t technically a vintage pattern, the robots are somewhat retro inspired – don’t you think? I whipped up this pant and bib set for a friends little boy – I was really happy with how they turned out, and am going to make a few more sets of these pants for my youngest daughter.

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