Friday, March 27, 2009

My title says "Inspired by Vintage" so

I better start talking about my "vintage adventures" hey!

So I now have all the vintage pattens I bought, both from

I will add photos later, but i have started to make the top as it is the most simple one apart from the pants.

I am using a beautiful green linen and on measuring the size difference we were able to work out that in those days I would have been a size 14!

I have hit a snag with the neck interfacing, will have to play around a bit more, or will end up having to unpick and start that again.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bought a clutch bag pattern of Etsy

I have finally downloaded the pattern yesterday, 27 pages!

I started making the bag, the instructions are really easy to understand and she has put photos with each set of instructions.

It's really funny because the pattern i chose has the same material as what my sister bought me. You know the two pieces that i took a photo of, one is sort of candy striped and the other looks floral.

Anyways, I'm hoping to finish it today, i just need to go and buy some fusable fleece and various clasps.

I will post a photo once finished.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A dress in a weekend

I decided to make a simple dress out of one of the freebie fabrics i got. The pattern was very simple, three pieces to the pattern, no buttons, zips or hook & eyes! Easy right???

Da Daaa! I made it to a size 10, which is what i make everything for myself in, and the stupid thing didn't fit!


So I unpicked a bit off one side seam and added a zip thinking this would help, (remember I'm a beginner!) it went on sort of easy enough, but then i couldn't get the damn thing off again.

Hmm, oh well, another outfit for my sister!

I did manage to go to Lincraft today and buy some absolutely to die for material. I am going to make the dress I made for my sister, (the blue one that I have posted a photo of) but using this material, and it's going to be for me!!!

I will have to take a photo, it's just so beautiful.

I'm still waiting for the bag pattern i bought from Etsy. I sent the seller an email today. Can't wait to get stuck into that, using the material that my sister bought me.

I have finally got my blog looking kind of decent now, thanks to Cindy from she told me about the site called

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gotta love fabric freebies!

I made a little bag today to go with the blue dress for my sister, I went to her house to give her some money and she had that whole outfit on, jewellery and all. It looked amazing on her. She decided to put a brooch on the flap of the bag and it just looks so awesome. She is going to take a photo on Saturday before the wedding and then i will post it on here.

Anyways, getting back to fabric freebies, at class today, the teacher had a whole bag of fabric donated and she said we can just go through it and pick out what we want. So i now have four new pieces of fabric to add to my stash!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'm so excited

My first two patterns arrived in the mail today. They are from the 1930's. Simply gorgeous dresses.

Can't wait to go fabric shopping!

I'm still playing around with my logo. I found this logo making site you can download the free trial version. Great, so I did this, designed the logo i wanted then couldn't do anything else with it as it was only the trial version! AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!

So i put my thinking caps on, and took a photo of it then uploaded the photo! Yes, I can be a clever chickadee!

So what do you think? I'm thinking of using this when i open my Etsy Store.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

This is the pattern, and the skirt i will be making is the longer one. I was thinking a nice cord material, but it doesn't state that on the pattern, so i will have to ask the experts at Spotlight.

It's a rainy day today!

Ah what to do on such a day????

Sewing of course!

I actually had a plan for today but the weather has kinda taken that control out of my hands, at least for the morning anyway.

I was going to take my kids to the local festival this morning, then take my daughter to see "Play School Live" this afternoon then do some catch up sewing.

The heavens decided to open up this morning, so the fesitval is out, but Play School is indoors so that's still a go ahead.

Sewing, I was going to finish off bit and pieces and i probably still will, but i found an old pattern that i had bought centuries ago and never used, the pattern is a vogue one and is for winter pants and skirts.

So I have decided to make the long skirt as i was reading the instructions and i think i can probably get it down from start to finish in about 2 hours. (If my daughter doesn't interupt me every five minutes of course).

I will post a photo of the pattern for you to see.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Sewing Corner

Ok, so as i don't have an actual craft room i have decided to take over the lounge room, and create my own little space.

What's in a bag?

Ok, so i have decided to definately make a bag out of the material my sister has bought. She has emailed me some links to patterns on the Etsy site and they look really nice, hopefully they will be easy to make.

I have been looking at blogs on the "big list of sewing and craft blog" site I have added some of my fav. ones to my list. They seem so professional looking, i love the way the photos are so crisp and clean.

I am playing around with my blog, trying to find the right fit i guess! I know the top picture isn't a vintage one, but at least its about fashion! If anyone wants to let me know how to get a great looking blog please feel free to let me know!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Here are some photos

The top photo is of some material that my sister bought me off, I'm not sure what i will make yet, I'm thinking maybe a bag.
The second photos is of a dress i just finished today, except i have to re-do the hem. It is for my sister, she is going to a wedding in April. She tried the dress on today, with the ear rings she will wear, she has even had her hair cut. It looks awesome.
The last dress is one i made for myself. This wasn't so easy to make, the neck line isn't something i would want to do again in a hurry, and the sleeves had me thinking there for a while, but i think the final product looks good, don't you?
I even managed to make a head bandy thing to go with it. I look like someone out of the sixties wearing it.

Finished my sister's dress

Well I thought this was going to be harder than it actually was. I'm pretty pleased with the look of it. I will have to get her to try it on and take some photos to upload on here.

She bought me some material from and it arrived today. It is absolutely gorgeous, again i will have to get my act together and start using my camera.

I noticed on some other blogs a site called flickr, so i'm going to investigate this a bit more.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Trying to get a cool logo

I am realising more and more each day how computer illiterate i really am!

Surely it can't be that hard to get a logo up and running. Ho Hum!

My patterns have been paid for so now i just have to sit patiently (yeah, right, anyone who knows me, knows that ain't gonna happen) and wait for the mail.

Today i am stuck doing boring housework, Samantha is at kindy, Sean is at school, and I am being a semi domestic goddess!

Ciao for now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Inspired by Vintage

This blog is going to be about my new passion!


I love it, I love it, I love it. Oh, did I mention I love it!

I originally decided to start sewing lessons so that i could make clothes for my four year old daughter, but a friend of mine gave me five bags of clothes to last her till she is ten years old, so i started sewing for my sister. It was getting towards christmas last year and i decided to make her a dress, a skirt, a top and a pair of pants. She was amazed at Christmas time and absolutely loved everything i made.

Then I made myself a dress and then my sister decided that i should be her personal dressmaker and asked me to make her a dress for an upcoming wedding she was going to.

I never knew how much i was going to love sewing, I really regret not learning it properly at school now, cos i just think of all this time I have wasted. I could have been making and designing my own label by now and be a millionaire living in Europe!

Ok, back to reality!

I have decided it is never to late to start a dream so i will be making clothes from yesteryear. Clothes from the 1930's, 40's, 50's and 60's.

I have been looking online for original patterns from those years and my sister found some blogging sites that are awesome.

As my birthday is coming up this month i have managed to con my sister and parents into shouting me some patterns to get me started. They are coming from the USA so i can't wait to receive them.

This blog will mainly be about my trials and tribulations with this new venture, i will add photos, and fav blogs and sometimes i may even ramble on about the fascinating day i've had with my kids, like today for instance we took my daughter to the beach, and she just had a ball running along the sand at the edge of the water, letting her feet get wet and squealing with enjoyment. We collected shells, walked along the pier, we even managed to see a massive stingray!

I can not believe i didn't think to take my camera.

Oh, did i mention I plan to open a shop on so stay tuned, the story continues.....