Wednesday, 26 April 2017

I Made My Clothes

It is Fashion Revolution Week, and I make my clothes.

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. That’s when Fashion
Revolution was born. There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for the western market. The victims were mostly young women.

Quotes and Facts.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Knitted Face Cloths

I bought two books with dishcloth patterns.
First book I am using is the Knit Discloths. So far I have made four of the fifteen patterns.
Split Nine Patch
Arrow Point
Annies Choice

Eleven to go.

These are great little projects that can be  picked up and put down, forgotten about, no harm done. There are always a couple of cloths put away to use as small gifts with a cake of my soap.

What will I do with so many?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sewing Corner

A few little things made lately, just to keep my hands and mind busy.

A small dilly bag to carry my phone when out walking, such a nuisance in a pocket or being carried in my hand.

Two coasters made for the "Sewing Project-April" at HMF.  One square, one triangle, made from fabric scraps. These are super easy and a great way to use small scraps.

I saw a top on Pinterest and followed the links of course, and bought this pattern book, has some very lovely tops/dresses can see my ever expanding wardrobe, expand more.

That's all for now.

Friday, 24 March 2017


About a month ago visited a nearby town, it had been on my todo list since the move.  It was a great morning out and enjoyed the leisurely stroll along the main street.  From the op shop I purchased a single bed doona cover for $3.00, loved the red and pink colours.

From the top part of the cover (red) I made these shorts, it was a new pattern and needed to see how the fit was before using the cotton canvas I purchased.
High waisted fitted pattern and top of doona cover.

From the underside I made a popover dress, shortened the armholes, added patch pockets ,in red, and now have a lovely cool popover to wear any season, well almost.
Finished dress

Another op shop find.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rug, Rain and ..............

March is moving along, and I have been a little distracted the past few weeks.

February was the driest since records have been kept, why did we move? Actually we love it here at the country beach.  Anyway this month there has been so far nearly 100ml of rain and about 50 this past week. Yay.  Lovely green grass instead of that brown crackling turn to dust mess. From the front door.

Looking straight ahead.
Looking to the right.
Have kept working on the vintage baby shawl, it is now finished and soon to be listed in my Etsy store.
Why I have been distracted, well have been helping out here.  This forum opened on Monday of this week, has been a very busy couple of days and such fun.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hooking update and soap

The shawl is slowly getting  larger about three quarters of the way.
Today I cut the soap made yesterday, I used up the last of the tallow hiding in the freezer. Practiced making swirls on top, need to refine my technique a little. 7% superfatted with winter on the way, I will need the extra moisture.
9 cakes for our use and 2 for giving to friends to try.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Week 3 and 4

Adding the sleeves and finishing.  Was going to add flutter sleeves, not such a good look.  When I sewed these in they stuck up and out like weird butterfly wings, so out they came very quickly.
Flutter sleeves, cut on the bias.
I really wanted sleeves on this top, so I browsed through my patterns and wardrobe for inspiration.  Found it, a split sleeve, just needed to adjust the pattern a little and it would work.  It did indeed.
Pattern I was adjusting to fit my needs.
Sleeve sewn in.
Here is the finished top, ready to wear once the summer heat starts to fade, I am wondering if that will ever happen.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rain Please
Needed so desperately, the ground is dry, the grass is brown and turning to dust, very unpleasant.

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Busy hands working on a vintage style baby shawl using acrylic and nylon blend 4ply.
Sitting outside by the pool a cool breeze to keep me company.
Earlier today made black sauce, this will last the Mister about 12 months. Had a little accident while straining so didn't get a full 2 litres.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sewalong Week One and Two

Forgot to post my progress last week.

Week One

Fabric cut.
Back and Front body
Flutter sleeve
Yoke, back and front

Week Two

Gathering of front and back pieces then attached to yoke.
I used No. 14 stitch to gather.
To break up the busyness of the patterned fabric added red piping.
Stitched and ready for week 3.

Monday, 6 February 2017

On my needles

An update on the pullover I am knitting for Miss E. The length has been shortened, I thought the pattern was going to make this into a dresss. (40cm when the child's  back length is 22cm, doesn't compute in my mind.) Compromised on 30cm.

The sleeves are about 1/3 complete, hot days are not helping getting this made.
This is the front. I am pleased with the patterns emerging from the variegated yarn.

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Productive Garden

With the move I no longer have a productive vegetable patch, sigh, and limited water supply means that at this time I am NOT planning on having one.  If and when we get extra water tanks, or are able to sink a bore, then a vege patch will happen.

I did bring my two potted citrus with me and both are thriving, a 'Lotsa Lemons' and a Tahitian Lime, both have fruit maturing.  I use bath/shower water to keep these going.

In the yard there is a Nectarine tree, after fruiting I pruned it very heavily, back to a bare trunk almost, now several months later it is a sight to behold.  Followed Peter Cundall's advice here.

There were three dragonfruit (pitaya) growing, two I removed and kept one (it was the healthiest looking).  It flowered and has enormous flowers which open at night.
The flowering extravaganza.
The green fruit
 Many fruit set on this plant and I was surprised when I cut open the first one, it was white inside, not the red I was expecting.  Eaten cold during this hot summer is very refreshing, they are very juicy as well, even the dog likes a little bit to eat.  At the local farmers' market these are sold for $2.00 each.
Ripening on the vine
Cut and ready to eat.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Baking Day

I haven't baked anything since the Christmas baking blitz.  So today with no-one home on Australia Day but myself, decided it was time. 

A super easy Chocolate Coconut cake, melt the butter, sugar, water and cocoa together, then add the rest of the ingredients.  Makes one large bundt cake and is super moist.
With Mocha frosting.

 With two bananas ripe and most likely for the compost bin, I made another melt and mix cake from Best Recipes.
Iced with lemon icing.

Sunday, 15 January 2017


A recent discussion thread about dresses and how cool they can be during hot weather made me think of how many I actually have made over the years.

This one is over ten years old, starting to look a little ragged, but still worn to work.
The only purchased dress I own.
Another of my can't bear to get rid of dresses, it was my first invisible zipper, again over 10 years old.