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Yarn Crawlin’

I love a bar crawl.  Neil and I did a fantastic one before we left Australia — every bar in Brunswick, our suburb and home for 8 years.  That’s 32 bars for those counting at home. I’d never been on a yarn crawl before though.  I guess there just aren’t that many yarn stores in […]

September 27th, 2016
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Third Time’s a Charm

A couple of years ago, I tried to make Gertie’s Shirtwaist Dress to no avail and after some serious contemplation, I decided to purchase the shirtwaist dress pattern to end them all, McCall’s 6696.  Purchasing a well-documented pattern really saved my sanity and gave me the confidence boost I needed.  I loved it so much […]

September 23rd, 2016
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I felt that I needed a “palette-cleanser” after the disappointment of a spending forever on a dress that simply did not hit the mark (I haven’t quite finished the dress yet, it’s in timeout while I contemplate it.  My first NYC UFO let’s say).  I was pondering my sewing sorbet — I don’t have any […]

September 12th, 2016
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Two for the Price of One

Back in April, my first project on my new sewing machine, with fabric bought in this new-to-me country, was actually a pair of pyjamas, and while they’re functional, they’re not terribly exciting or sexy.  They’re also a bit worn now, so there’s that. That new-to-me fabric came from Mood Fabrics in New York.  Going to […]

September 10th, 2016
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I’m Back!

HELLO! I doubt I ever had enough followers to have anyone worry about me (mainly because my mum knows where I am), but this was always a blog about my sewing and I want to document why I didn’t really sew for what felt like a long time. Lots of things happened though!  Neil and […]

September 7th, 2016
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