Thursday, April 15, 2010

California Here I Come

Yep, in just a few hours, that's where I'll be heading.

MONT and I are heading to the US tomorrow morning and part of that trip includes a very nice stay in New York City.

The Big Apple
Vancouver, Boston and Washington are also on the itinerary, so what that means is I'll be away from blogging for a couple of weeks, three to be exact, so wish me well over there. It's certainly going to be terrific!

We've been planning this trip for almost five years and I can't wait to get on that plane!

Stay safe and happy everyone! See you in a few weeks....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Jimmy Buttons

Hi all.....well after telling you about my "Frightie" the other day, you know the frock that takes you from day to night and beyond...I got a couple of emails and a comment wanting to know more about the place where I bought the trim to go on it.

It's Jimmy Buttons and it's a fantastic treasure trove for sewers.

I called in there again today to pick up a couple of things because I'd had no luck at another large, well known fabric store....and yes they had exactly what I was after.

I asked if I could take a few photo's to show you how it's all set out, but unfortunately they said no, only because they have fierce competitors who also want to know what they have hidden inside.

So....if you're a sewer I suggest you do yourself a favour and head down to Jimmy Buttons at 375 George Street Fitzroy and check out their laces, braids, chains, ribbons, elastics, buttons and everything else hidden inside....oh and they do professional covered buttons as well!

I promise you will not be disappointed.

375 George Street is just around the corner from Johnson Street. It's a little, nondescript brick building that contains all that your heart desires...and they're reasonably priced too.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

24/7 Fashion

It's funny when you make a dress that can take you from one day to the next and still not look out of place.

Yes, it's the frock/nightie

That's why I had to find a "trim" to put around the neck to make it look more daywear than nightwear. I just need to sew it on this afternoon to finish it off.

It's the same dress pattern as the silvery linen one I showed you yesterday. It's Vogue 8655 which I think is still only available to purchase via the McCall website. We're a season or two behind here you see. Well worth a visit though, especially when they have a sale on and you can pick up a Vogue for a couple of dollars.

Anyway, the fabric was from my very own stash in the cupboard. I don't know how long it's been sitting in there waiting to be used but I'm glad I was able to find it.

The trim is from "Jimmy Buttons" in George Street Fitzroy. It's a fabulous treasure trove where you'll find all the buttons and trims you could ever imagine...

More on Jimmy Buttons another time though. It's such a great place with very helpful owners/staff, that it really deserves it's own special post. I'll have to ask them if they'll let me take a few photos to show you just how wonderful it is...oh and did I mention it's also pretty darn CHEAP? Be still my heart

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

So, sew!

Hello me's it going?

Did you have a wonderful Easter? I sure did. I spent most of the four day break SEWING! It was absolutely wonderful and I got heaps done.

A few days before Easter I paid a little visit to Rathdowne Remnants in Brunswick. I mentioned it here in an earlier post...anyway while I was there wandering around, I spied this beauty.

It's a natural linen with a silver metallic thread woven through it...Beautiful!

...and the pattern? I bought it online and I have to admit, it is one of the simplest dresses I have ever made.

Here's the (almost) finished product. It needs the hem done and desperately needs an iron, but will look fab once it's completed. I'm so pleased with the way it turned out... so pleased in fact that I made a white version...I'll show you that tomorrow.

By the way, thank you for all your lovely comments regarding my award and the uh umm "seven interesting things about me"...yeah well, not sure about them being interesting or not, but hey, it's a way of us all getting to know each other a little better right?