Tuesday, November 29, 2011


My latest op shopping adventure with my mum has pretty much completed my entire summer wardrobe.  I have never been so happy with the clothes that fill my wardrobe as I am now!  I really only ever wear skirts and dresses, so it has been relatively easy (and lucky) to fill my wardrobe with vintage clothes for summer.  

I’m going to try to overcome my phobia of photos of me and show you all of the dresses that I am going to be wearing to death this summer.  The most expensive dress in my wardrobe was $3.00, cheapest 20 cents.  Here is my first, the cheapest (yes, really 20 cents!!!) and my absolute favourite.


This is the best photo that I got too… no show without little punch around here.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


mum and dads wedding

Happy 35th wedding anniversary to my beautiful mum and dad. 

Friday, November 25, 2011


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Here are my latest creations. They’re both made out of vintage fabrics. I’m starting to feel more confident about drawing basic patterns up myself and then turning it into something real. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make enough to sell some of these, so hopefully a few might eventually make their way to my shop.

Sunday, November 20, 2011



Inspired by this article.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


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Look at the attitude on this face.  Wow, can this little girl let her feelings be known.  I am already scared about her teenage years!  I know that I have a strong personality, but this little pipsqueak is going to give me a run for my money.  While I was pregnant with her I would say, “I hope that it is a chubby baby with lots of hair and lots of spunk”.  I was certainly blessed.  She came out chubby (9lb), yelling and with a head full of black hair.  Since then, it’s been a fight to maintain the upper hand and she will often tell me that she is the boss!  Even at six months old, when I thought it was pretty amazing that she was already starting to say some words, she was cheeky beyond what I thought was possible.  I would say, “Can you say mum?” invariably she would say, “Da.” then I would say, “Can you say dad?” she would say, “Mummm” with the cheekiest of smiles.  She’s so clever and I’m just so proud, I love that she has attitude.  At the moment she keeps exclaiming, “Can you a-lieve I can do this? I’m only two!”.  She keeps my days so full and I couldn’t dream up a more perfect child, even though it is a pretty naughty one!

Up until last night, the little dress she is wearing used to be a sheet.  I love this fabric, it’s so light, soft and worn-in.  It will be perfect for summer and we’ll be certainly be needing some light clothing with it getting so hot already.  I made this one without a pattern again, it felt a bit more adventurous than my last and I’m so pleased with how it turned out (perfectly imperfect of course!).

Monday, November 14, 2011


Love these kids rooms from the latest couple of La Petite mags.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011


I think that this is the first dress that I have ever finished without using a pattern.  It was much easier than I thought and I don’t think I’ll be worrying about finding patterns from now on, especially for dresses.  I can show you how I did it if anyone is interested. 

This dress used to be an old lady’s vintage nightie.  I reused the frill, the buttons and even the same button hole, so much of the work already done!  I googled how to make bias tape and also did this for the first time.  I made it way too thin and it was such a pain, but I will definitely be making it again as now I actually understand how you finish off necklines and armholes so that they look nice!  

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I am pretty much learning to sew via tutorials on YouTube, it’s amazing the things that you can learn just by looking it up.  My mum is certainly not into sewing, but I clearly remember my big shearer dad making my dolls clothes on our old sewing machine when I was little.  What a cute memory to have really.

I also made this coat a while ago.  It has been worn to death all winter and I love it.

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I used a new cord material that I got from an op shop and a vintage flannel sheet for the lining, it is so cosy.  The pattern is based on a Heidi & Finn pattern, but I did make a few changes in the end. 

I’m linking up with Stacy at Hart & Sew’s Little Vintage Style.  Have a look at her completely awesome doll’s house suitcase.  I use old suitcases for all our toys, but man, this takes it to a new level of cool.  I’m going to try to make one for Ivy and for my little nieces for Christmas.