It’s been a long time!

Time has flown again  – it has become far too easy to do a quick Instagram post rather than taking the time to write a blog post.  However, here’s an update on what’s been happening.

On the stitching front I’ve been doing some garment sewing and enjoying getting back into that again.  So far this year I have made two tunics, a pair of shorts and a pair of linen pants. This is my latest effort – a dress combining a medium weight linen top with a contrast bottom of Anna Maria Horner cotton on the bottom.Processed with MOLDIV

I have even decided to improve my fitting skills and have enrolled in a one-day course in amending commercial patterns to fit your body shape.  I have short arms and a short length between neck and shoulder which always seems to cause problems with sleeves and necklines, so I hope the course will help me remedy that.

More babies keep arriving for my young work colleagues and I quickly made this baby quilt for a new baby girl who has a Portuguese heritage – what better fabric than Porto from Cotton and Steel!

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Another project was my contribution to a group quilt that our SydModSquad Group is entering into the Sydney Quilt show mid year. We all made a border for a medallion quilt and used a rainbow colour scheme. I used small floral fabric for one size and small polka dots for the other.

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I’ve also joined a new craft group which meets one night a week in a lovely store/workshop space called The Happen Store.   We are a group of 12 and diverse in terms of age and craft interests.  It’s always a fun night with cake and wine to share and lots of laughter. I’ve mainly been doing some EPP handwork for a Tessellations Quilt by Brigitte Giblin which I hope to finish by the end of the year.IMG_4853

Last but not least, a young fellow cat lover had a birthday last weekend and I whipped up a quick pair of pillowcases for her as a gift.IMG_4939

On the home front I have almost finished a bathroom upgrade which has kept me poor and stressed , but it it almost done and is a vast improvement.

IMG_4823Cosmo and Pepe keep me entertained as always, with lots of fluffy cuddles all round, although it is hard to get up and go to work when this is the view at the end of my bed :).

I hope you are having a good start to the year … til next time.



Woe is me!

I decided recently to do some clothes sewing, partly because I felt like a change from quilting and mostly because I can’t seem to find clothes that I like.  I’m sure that I am not the only older woman larger than size 12 (US size 3 I think) who would like to buy some clothes, but you would not know it when you go shopping.

There are a couple of local designers that do cater for women like me, but they are in a high price range and I can’t afford to buy them all the time for simple clothes to wear to work.  My workplace is reasonably relaxed in terms of dress code, and on days when I don’t have meetings I tend to wear basics such as pants and a tunic with some colourful accessories.

Knit tunic pattern

Knit tunic pattern

Last year I bought some woollen knit jersey when it was on sale and it seemed just the fabric I needed to go with this pattern  (I tried to make the blue tunic).  Now I must admit I have never been good at doing the muslin thing first before I start cutting and stitching, but I did carefully check the measurements and the stretch in the fabric.

It was not a happy tale – I have a Janome Horizon which is relatively new and I hadn’t tried sewing stretch fabrics with it before, so I dutifully read all the instructions and tried the various stretch stitches on a sample piece of fabric with a ball point needle.  No matter what I tried the fabric slipped and puckered.  After reading this tutorial which I found on Pinterest, I tried once more with a twin ball point needle. Still no success.

End result – an unwearable garment.  I was simply going to toss it, but I have decided to persevere and re-cut the garment to a smaller size and try restitching. I have nothing to lose as I can’t wear it now anyway.  I think the main problem was that the fabric is extremely slippery and the pattern had too much ease so that it ended up being too big.  If all else fails I will buy some different fabric and give it another try because it is a very simple pattern and would be just the thing for some basic work clothes.

I’ll keep you posted – any suggestions are welcome.