Category Archives: Bobbins

Trousers – again – this time with pockets

I’ve made up Vogue 2948 twice, each time modifying it slightly. This time I re-drafted them to include pockets. I wanted them to be a little similar to these trousers but without the crotch fitting problems. After my disastrous last … Continue reading

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Secret sewing – 2

Caz from the Useful Box set up a second secret sewist exchange. My giftee requested a sewing machine cover. The suggested pattern for the machine cover was the one from Closet Case patterns. Downloading it was problematic so I decided … Continue reading

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Sewing during isolation

For us in Melbourne, Australia the shutdown started gently in early March, then became more onerous by the end of March. For most of that time I was struggling to get my online work setup going OK. Eventually March merged … Continue reading

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Pyjamas for the lasses

My younger is 15 and wanted a new pair of woven joggers. A style that frankly baffles me, but I am not the client. Miss 20 wanted warm pyjama bottoms. Both were happy with an elastic waisted loose pant pattern … Continue reading

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Hoodie for the youngest

My younger lass is now 15 and in year 10 at school. This year she spent second term at home, accessing school via online learning. Sitting still and staring at a computer for hours on end. She got chilled and … Continue reading

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Iso-sewing – the non-hoodie

Please note – this post was written and scheduled long before May 25th, 2020. I have no words to describe my feelings since then. Or the frustration I feel that I am unlikely to ever see true equality. I’ve made … Continue reading

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Not Kibbe trousers – Style Arc Teddy

Style Arc are based in my home town – Melbourne. They’re a terrific bunch of women who also design awesome clothing and draft superbly. I really liked the look of these trousers – fitted yoke waist, pockets, tapered but loose … Continue reading

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More Kibbe sewing – another Melody top

My favourite Grainline Scout top is a pastel blue linen one. I altered it to include a collar. It has been worn to destruction. I wanted another but prefer the shaping of my Style Arc Melody. It’s already been sewn … Continue reading

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A dressing gown

The elder lass was invited to a themed 21st birthday. A pyjama theme. She decided that she needed a robe of some sort. Cue McCalls 2476, purchased some years ago and routinely pulled out for the pyjama bottoms. Instead we … Continue reading

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Christmas waistcoat

I work in several residential aged care facilities and Christmas is a big deal. Increasingly staff are encouraged to wear silly or crazy Christmas themed T-shirts throughout December. A variation on the ugly Christmas sweater idea, but for hot climates. … Continue reading


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