A Special Birthday present!

My DBIL is a keen Ducati lover and rider and he celebrated a big “0” birthday in April with friends and family.

I had been racking my brain what I could do for a present that was a bit different.

Then I started to see some patterned mens t-shirts about and was seeing a lot of fabric printed at Spoonflower and an idea started to formulate.

My BIL loves to wear t-shirts and also likes to have a pocket, which most RTW don’t have, so after making 2 Strathcona Henleys for Mark, I decided this is what I would do.

I found a picture of his 900 SS Darmah and then used the feature in PowerPoint to “remove the background” and with a bit of fiddling I had a pretty clear black and white jpg of this bike.  I uploaded it to Spoonflower and chose a half-drop layout and then ordered a sample in their Organic Cotton Interlock Knit.

This arrived just before Christmas and gave me time to think about exactly what I was going to do. So at the end of February I ordered the Ducati fabric as well as a metre of the plain Organic Cotton Interlock knit in case I wanted to use it on the Henley.

Now this is where I had a bit of a shock, the sample I received the bikes looked like this

and the real fabric they looked like this.

I did pop back onto Spoonflower to double check what size I had chosen, and it was the 5″ size.  I completely forgot to the check the size of the bikes on the sample because if I had I would have reduced the size of the bike to 2.5″ only if I could have spaced them out a bit more.

Now I wasn’t sure if this would look like a t-shirt or a night shirt but I decided to go keep going.

It did take a bit of head scratching to cut it out, Roscoe was locked outside and the fabric was spread out on the floor so I could get a better idea of the positions.  I soon realised that I would not be able to pattern match the sides so I decided to have a

  • full bike at centre front

  • a full bike at the side seams on the back.

The first thing you do is the placket, so I chose to use the white organic cotton interlock knit for this and it went together very well with the help of the Olfa Rotary Point Cutter.

Next up was the pocket.  Now I wanted this to be invisible so I traced of a pocket pattern

and then laid it on the fabric to get the design and placement correct.

I’ve never installed a knit patch pocket before and found this great tutorial over at Seamwork.

Next the shoulders and then the neckband.  I have tried the method that Thread Theory suggests but I just don’t like the overlocking on the neckband and this is the way I did the neck band on Mark’s but didn’t document it.

I sew the ends of the neckband together as per the instructions, but that is where it stops.

Then I pin the neckband to the neckline like this, and sew it in place.

Then I turn under the other neckband edge and pin in place and handstitch this in place, remembering to add the label.  Thinking about this it is like attaching a waistband.

oops I forgot the label!

The final step is to add some twill tape to the inside neckband just like RTW and I did this for Mark’s Skiing Henley but found more information over at Baste + Gather and her T-shirt Neckline Twill Tape Tutorial.

The rest of the t-shirt went together very smoothly.

My final decision was what I was going to use on the placket:

  • black buttons
  • white buttons
  • smoke open prong ring snaps
The snaps won and I got to use my new toy, the DK-93 snap press which you saw happening here!
The problem with a surprise gift and your sister telling you not to make the t-shirt because you are so busy, is the Henley was a bit too tight for my BIL’s liking, it did fit him and in fact it is the best fit across his shoulders he has ever had but it was just a bit too close fitting for him to be comfortable in.

So it came back home with me so I could adjust the fit.

Luckily I had some left over fabric and manage to cut out two side panels of  8cm width that ended up in a point into the sleeve hem.

And look at this cool card I found when we were in Canada!

When he opened his parcel he thought I hadn’t done anything to his Henley until my sister showed him the pattern matching at the front side seams.

He is very happy with his Ducati Henley.

2016 Stash Out: 8.1 m
2016 Stash In: 18 m

Shorts for the man

Every now and then I plan to make a garment for Mark and seeing I had already made him two Strathcona Henely t-shirts and had purchased the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory, I thought a new pair of shorts was in order.

Mark does own a pair of red shorts so I didn’t feel that purchasing this burnt orange would be too much except my sewing buddies keep telling me it is my colour.

I then had some fun finding some manly cotton fabric for the pocket bags, waistband lining and bias binding.

My madness is based on the fact that Mark has a 30″ waist and last year I found it extremely difficult to find pants/trousers in this size and as he prefers not to wear a belt it looks like I could have a new job.

So I cut out a size 30″ and then couldn’t make up my mind if I was going to do patch pockets or welt pockets.

Welt pockets won, but it has been a long time since I have done these and I’m glad his RTW shorts have the bar tacks at the end of the pockets as this has helped cover my overcutting.

Even though I wasn’t completely happy with the welt pockets I decided to still make these as I wasn’t sure that the pattern 30″ waist would be equal to Mark’s real waist.

All seams are flat felled and I have used bias strips for around the edge of the fly.

Again my sewing machine didn’t like the buttonhole so I have again used the tutorial I used for my Jeans.

I found this button in my button jar and think it works perfectly for these shorts.

Mark found the waist to be very comfortable but did comment that these are a slim fit in the legs.  So next time I will add a some extra width in the front leg and see how that goes.

This is at the end of the day.

Now the fabric for these shorts were counted in the 2015 totals, but I attended the Sydney Spoolettes Fabric Destash event last Sunday and donated the green/black mesh knit that you can see at the top left hand of the picture below.  This was purchased during our trip to the USA back in 2011 and now I can only see the black in it so I am very happy it has found a new home.

2016 Stash Out: 2.9 m
2016 Stash In: 15 m

What happens when you travel

you have parcels waiting for your arrival at your accommodation!

Our first stop was at Fife, in Washington State which was 10 minutes from the Sewing & Stitchery Expo.

When we checked in the front desk has 3 parcels for me which I had ordered before leaving home and knew I would not be able to easily source them myself during my 3day stay in the USA.

Parcel No. 1
You know about the purchase of my Juki M0-1000, well I also learnt that like the Bernina oerlocker it has a number of specialty feet available.  I can purchase them here in Australia, however the cost is pretty high so for the cost of say 3 feet here, I have

but wait,

There are actually 8 feet,

  • Blind Stitch Presser Foot Part No. 40138091: (for Right Needle) for making blind hems.
  • Elasticator Elastic Metering Presser Foot Part No. 40138095: To attach elastic tape to stretch fabrics
  • Cording Presser Foot Part No. 40138099: For attaching nylon string or wire on edge of fabrics.
  • Piping Presser Foot Part No. 40138103: For sewing piping.
  • Beading Presser Foot Part No. 40138106: For attaching pearls and beading with overlock stitching,
  • Gathering Presser Foot Part No. 40138121: For gathering and sewing with differential feed
  • Universal Blind Stitch Presser Foot: For making right/left needle blind hems and flatlock.
  • Curved Beading Presser Foot: For attaching pearls, sequins and beading with overlock stitching
  • Now I need to do so some serious playing.

    Parcel No. 2
    This next parcel might seem a bit odd, but one of my Christmas presents was the Dk-93 Manual Snap Press which I just had to have after reading about it on Lena’s blog.

    So this parcel from Minkus Margo (at Etsy seller) was 2 sets of dies – a 9.5mm nipple rivet die and 9mm cap rivet die. This is the actual size of the rivets.

    Parcel No. 3
    Two pieces of 1oz HpyerD Diamond Ripstop in Moroccan Blue and Burnt Orange.

    The ripstop I purchased for my Minoru is not water proof and after reading about Morgan’s Denali Vest  over at Thread Theory I decided to place an order with Ripstop by the Roll and purchased enough of the blue for another Minoru and the burnt orange for a vest.

    Now I have them home, they are very light so my plans may change.

    I also dragged Mark along to Jo-Ann’s to have a look around and this is what followed me home

    Not my normal fabric, but a pair of Carolyn Pajamas will make me smile every time I wear them.

    Then we headed to visit family and friends in Canada, so two more Canadian suppliers packages were waiting for me.

    Parcel No. 4
    I have dabbled in bra making with a Watson and really want to make my own bras for various reasons.  I already have the three  current Beverly Johnson’s Bra Making Classes on Craftsy and had heard that her manuals were very good.

    Parcel No. 5
    I have made Mark two versions of the Strathcona Henley t-shirt by Thread Theory and Morgan had talked about this luscious Canadian-made 100% cotton interlock fabric so I thought I would purchase a kit to see what Mark’s thinks of it.

    Of course since I have returned home there were a few more packages I could have had organised but there will be a next time I’m certain.

    2016 Stash Out: 0 m
    2016 Stash In: 15 m

    Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Puyallup

    When Mark first mentioned our ski trip to Canada he didn’t quite understand my enthusiasm as the dates worked out perfectly for me to spend the weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at Puyallup in Washington State, which I had last visited back in 2011.

     I booked myself in for 4 classes over the 2 days:

    • Best Tools & Notions of the Trade.
      I just love this sort of thing you always find out about a new notion or two.
    • The Three Crotch Figure!
      Wow this was amazing!  One of them is the one we are all familiar with but the front and back armscye are the other two.  Lorraine Henry is an amazing teacher and she spent more time with me after the class which was very generous.
    • The Sheath Dress and Upper Body Fit.
      Again a lot of information that I need to take some time to review.
    • Sheila’s Knitting Techniques and Tips.
      This was an informative class and again have quite a bit of information to review, however there were 50 attendees which was just too many.  I did submit this feedback to the event management.
    This venue is huge and I did find that I needed to plot who I wanted to see to make sure that I managed it in the time frame I had.

    This is late in the afternoon, and I am standing at one end of Row 4 (8 Rows in total plus some stands like Vogue Fabrics that are at the very end) with approximately 70 exhibitors.

    Now for the goodies that followed me home.

    Magnetic screwdrivers for your sewing machine- computer safe
    2 skeins of Tiger Merino wool Fancy Image Hand-dyed Yarn
    4 yards of Eggplant zipper chain with 16 pulls from byannie.com
    Clover Press Perfect by Joan Hawley
    Kai Scissors Model 7250SE 10″/25cm Tailoring Shears
    Cutting Line Designs – One Seam Pants
    and My Hearts a’Flutter arrived home separately
    BravoBella underwires
    Lorraine Henry Measuring Made Easy
    3mm masking tape

    I attended the Cutting Line Designs fashion parade and have always thought this pattern line was a little bit too boxy for me.  Louise had very cleverly selected a range of models and one was a slim petite lady who looked very stylish in these designs, so I thought I would try them out.

    I also purchased a 3 pack of fabric from Marcy Tilton in a dark navy colourway.

    Before leaving Australia I had been in contact with PattiB from PatternReview who I had met up with previously in 2001 and we organised to meet up again this year.

    Whilst Patti and I were sitting and chatting I spotted Carolyn, Dairy of a Sewing Fanatic who had told me she was attending and said she would like to catch up.

    PattiB, me, Carolyn

    The photo was taken by either Niema or Gaylen

    Niema, Gaylen, Carolyn and I

    It was a such a treat to meet them, I have followed Carolyn’s blog for many years and it felt like friends catching up, we all chatted and laughed and now I have two more blogs to follow.  Oh and you can see what Carolyn got up to here.

    2016 Stash Out: 0 m
    2016 Stash In: 4.5 m

    Canada and the USA – travel wardrobe

    We have just arrived home from our trip to Canada and the USA and thought I’d share my wardrobe as this time I had to pack ski gear as well.

    Time away:
    16 days

    Where to:
    Canada and Puyallup in the USA.

    Winter heading into Spring, however it was still snowing in Silver Star and Revelstoke when we visited and I planned for a temperature range of -2c to 17c.

    For the first two days I got to explore Vancouver checking out the various fabric shops that I could find, before meeting up with Mark and then driving the 2 hours south crossing the border into the USA to spend the weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo, at Puyallup, Washington State.

    Then it was back across the border to Silver Star where we stayed with Mark’s sister. Unfortunately I had a skiing accident which thankfully only resulted in a bruised calf but this put a stop to my skiing activities.  Mark had plenty of runs both at Silver Star and Revelstoke with family and friends.

    Colour scheme:

    What I packed:
    (each garment is linked to its original construction post – left to right, top to bottom)

    McCalls 8522 coat in aubergine wool (never blogged)
    Simplicity 2603 cardigan in brown merino wool (to be blogged)
    Grey leather gloves
    Taupe loafers
    Brown boots
    Orange gortex ski jacket
    Black ski pants
    Black boots
    Black snow boots
    Not pictured are my pyjamas, lingerie and my thermals for skiing.
    I also had a separate boot bag for my ski boots and helmet.
    Oh and I did purchase a puffy jacket on sale which turned out warmer than my McCalls Coat.
    Silver Star Village, look at the snow depth!

    Again this wardrobe worked very well for me, all tops went with the bottoms and the yoga pants and hoodie were perfect for breakfast in the morning with family and friends and good to get into after a day out to wind down after a full day.

    We did wash twice whilst we were away and this is part of our trips so no bother at all.

    A selection of jewellery did accompany me and feel this changed the look of some of the combinations.

    Before I left I found The Sewaholic Guide to Fabric Stores in Vancouver  and had this printed out for my 2 days in Vancouver before Mark arrived.

    Some of them were a bit further afield for public transport but I did manage to find:

    and these two pieces of paisley rayon followed me home:

    and across the road was Atex Fabric Store which had some gorgeous wools but I did behave myself trying to remember all the wools in my stash at home.

    Then around the corner was Button Button,

    where some special buttons came home with me, you will have to wait for these.

    I will be back soon to share the rest of my trip.

    2016 Stash Out: 0 m
    2016 Stash In: 3 m

    2015 in Review

    Happy New Year!

    I am a bit late to the party but once again Gillian from Crafting A Rainbow has again encouraged us all to have a look at what we have achieved in 2015 and where we would like to go in 2016.

    Top 5 of 2015

    It has been another quiet year for me for my sewing, I seem to be missing the time in my sewing room before work, part is due to exercise but that is not every morning.

    Sewing Hits

    These are the pieces that I have constantly worn, or are favourite makes that due to the weather has resulted in very little wear so far.

    KS 3740 long sleeve in orange swirls and short sleeves using yellow slub jersey

    Rose Hip Tights by Seamster Patterns
    Jalie 2908 Jeans

    and this one I can’t wait for it to get cooler to wear

    Jalie 2320 cord jean jacket

    Sewing Misses

    There is only one and that is due to more adjustments that need to be made to make it more comfortable to wear, the Diane Von Frustenberg wrap dress

    Highlights, Reflections and Goals


    There are a few highlights this year, all sewing related but that is what I love to do.

    1.  Spending a week with Claire Sheaffer for a week of Couture at Armidale

    2.  Being a joint winner for the Pattern Review Jeans Contest which are above as I just love my Jalie Jeans.

    3.  Having a fantastic week with my sewing buddies at the ASG Convention in Brisbane!


    I have again this year taken my time to sew and after spending a week with Roberta Thompson at the ASG Convention in Brisbane this year, I know that I need to go back to some of Roberta’s notes from years ago.  Going back to basic steps when I want to work on a new pattern long before you cut the fabric e.g. the DVF wrap dress for instance.

    I am also addicted to fabric, thankfully not as bad as last year but still too much fabric came in 32.8 when only 25.55 went out.  These figures are quite different to what was on this last sewing post as I have two items for hubby which I need to get photos of and then there are a number of new pieces in the stash that I haven’t shared, so it is time to come clean.


    My goals for 2015 weren’t semi successful:

    1. Pants – well I am closer to what I want but not there yet.
    2. Sewing basics – short sleeve summer tops, well I have made two but they aren’t really work appropriate.
    3. Enter a Contest – two this year at Pattern Review, the jeans above and the Kate Top which I entered for the last contest of the year.

    and for 2016,

    1. Yes pants again this year!
    2. Lingerie – I really want to make my own.
    3. I enjoy entering contests so lets see if my plans can be completed.
    4. Not sewing but knitting it is what I do when I can’t take my sewing machine so I want to learn Picking (Knitting) instead of Throwing and to have a garment knitted.
    Most importantly I want to thank everyone who visits my blog and leaves comments.  If you are having problems commenting please let me know as I believe there have been some issues with Blogger, my email address is under my complete profile.
    Finally here is the annual collage of my makes for 2015.

    ASG Convention 2015

    I’ve been home a  couple of weeks from Brisbane where I attended the Australian Sewing Guild’s 14th National Convention and thought I would share my travel wardrobe.

    Time away:
    10 days

    Where to:

    Spring, however Sydney put on a cold snap when we departed for our road trip north.  The temperature range was 13 to 26c.

    The first two and last two days were driving the 923klms from Sydney to Brisbane with two of my sewing buddies and we did manage to stop at a couple of fabric shops along the way.

    Convention includes a lot of walking to/from your accommodation, classrooms, dining hall as well as lot of stationery activity at our desks.

    We had a free afternoon on Wednesday so my sister collected me and we headed to Voodoo Rabbit, Fabric Collection and Sckafs but only a Prym measuring tape came home with me.

    Colour scheme:
    Navy, orange, off-white, brown and yellow.

    What I packed: (each garment is linked to its original construction post – left to right; top to bottom)

    Vogue 1247 top in navy chiffon with white spots
    Vogue 1247 skirt in burnt orange linen
    Orange Loafers
    Simplicity 2603 brown mercury jersey cardigan
    KS 3740 orange swirls top
    Jalie 2908 navy jeans
    KS 3740 blue and gold swirls top
    Vogue 8572 off white damask top
    Jalie 2566 Fractured knit cardigan
    Jalie 2908 brown jeans
    Vogue 8572 lemon polyester top
    Vogue 1247 brown denim skirt
    Vogue 8572 navy and gold silk top
    KS 3740 lemon slub knit top
    KS 3470 orange arrows top
    Taupe loafers

    Also in the suitcase was:

    This is the most I have ever packed for a trip away, the benefits of travelling by car!

    I really enjoyed wearing this wardrobe and once I arrived in Brisbane the jeans only got worn at night as it was a bit cool walking around.

    Unfortunately I didn’t expect it to get as warm as it did and would have liked a pair of sandals to wear on the last few days, Brisbane’s 26c is a lot warmer than Sydney’s 26c.

    Fabric and goodies:
    On way our north, we called into Fantazia Fabricland at Tweed Heads and this fabric particularly leapt of the table into my arms.

    Then I walked into the haberdashery shop and found a wall of Prym goodies, so 2 packs of the jeans rivets and 1 pack of Anorak studs followed me home as well.

    Convention Workshop:
    I spent the week with Roberta Thompson in her Alterations and Toile Fitting 4 days workshop and I hope to have a pair of pants to show you sometime soon.

    2015 Stash Out: 13.55m
    2015 Stash In: 18m

    A travel wardrobe – Hong Kong

    Life really got in the way of my sewing and blogging over the past month, however part of the absence was due to a trip to Hong Kong.

    Back in January I saw that the American Sewing Guild was organising their “Sew Much Fun Tour, Hong Kong” for December of this year and thought this would be the perfect way to revisit a city that didn’t have a fabric interest for me when I last visited in 1985.

    The tour was from 3 to 10 December, however as my sister was travelling with me and had never been to Hong Kong before we arrived before the tour started on 30 November.

    Again I organised my travel wardrobe and thought I would share this with you.

    Time away:
    11 days

    Where to:
    Hong Kong

    The start of Winter and the temperature range was from 12c to 20c with low humidity which was perfect for me.  The actual temperatures were spot on and we only had one real day that it sprinkled on us and then that wasn’t too much at all.

    Expected Activities:
    Checking out all the tourist sights in Hong Kong and Kowloon as well as the planned activities with the ladies from the American Sewing Guild.  This meant a lot of walking and after the first day we were very comfortable with the MTR (rail system).

    Colour scheme:
    orange, cream, navy and brown and my coral t-shirt just in case a hot day appeared.

    What I packed:
    (each garment is linked to it’s original construction post – top to bottom, left to right)

    Taupe flats
    Orange loafers
    Tan loafers (purchased in Hong Kong)

    I was warm and very comfortable, the coldest day was 11c so my cardigan and jacket were the perfect layering pieces.  All the tops went with all the bottoms and at no time did I wear the same top and bottom combination.  We did do laundry at the self serve laundry at our hotel which was quite cheap compared to the hotel charges.

    My collection of jewellery did change the look of the tops, but I was sorry I didn’t pack another cardigan as my merino cardigan was worn almost every day and a pair of boots would of made sense as well as the skirt only had one outing as the weather was a bit to chilly for me without tights and they just don’t look right with loafers.

    The ladies from the American Sewing Guild group were a wonderful group of ladies and they had even convinced another Aussie to attend from Darwin who had been on the New York tour!  On our first day with the group Linda gave each of us the UltraFine Threader and at breakfast on the last day, the badge that says it all!

    My sister and I also took the opportunity to spend some time over lunch with Alison C and Manuela on separate days discussing their fabric haunts and what they were creating.  Thank you so much Alison and Manuela for taking the time to meet up with us, we really appreciated it.

    For a fabric tour, very little followed me home, we were wandering around Sham Shu Poi and stumbled across some Japanese Red Selvedge Denim and 5 yards for A$14 was just too good to pass up.

    I also found this remnant of vinyl which I thought might just work out for my animal print tote!

    A few haberdashery items found their way into my sisters suitcase for Mum to give me for Christmas as well as some zips for A$1.30 each and some grosgrain ribbon in Potters Lane.

    French curve, Notcher (Japan), Arm hole ruler

    Now to try and behave myself and not sign up for one of the Sew Much Fun, New York Tours!

    MMM’14 – Days 15 to 21

    Here in Sydney we are experiencing unusually warm conditions for Autumn with temperatures above 23c for this last week so it will be interesting to see how much longer the tights stay in the drawer!

    Thursday 15 May

    How did I manage to get this shot!

    Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in white/toffee/brown knit, worn previously on Day 3
    Skirt: Self Drafted Skirt in brown linen, worn previously on Day 1
    Accessory: Me made necklace and earrings
    Hosiery: Celestial Voodoo
    Shoes:  Circa Joan and David Calalilly pumps


    Friday 16 May

    Today’s photographic theme is “Too Pretty To Wear Pants”.  This wasn’t hard for me to do as 1 only have one pair of pants/trousers in my wardrobe.  I am happy to make jeans but pants/trousers are proving to be difficult to get the fit I want!

    Cardigan worn as a top: Miette in Morris Woollahra wool, colour mint with choc chips (to be blogged)
    Skirt: Self drafted TNT skirt pattern changed to a denim style in green twill (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me made necklace and purchased earrings.
    Hosiery:  Voodoo Celestial 
    Shoes: Taupe flats


    Saturday 17 May

    Today I’m off sewing again with the Australian Sewing Guild at The Remnant Warehouse and am loading up my car whilst waiting for Alison to arrive so we can car pool.

    Are you sure I can’t come too!

    Top: BWOF 02-2009-108 Boatneck in blue/grey/brown knit, previously worn on day 6.
    Jeans: Jalie 2908 Jeans in blue denim,  previously worn on day 9.
    Vest:  Shona knitted vest in chartreuse (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me made leather handbag (blogged here), purchased necklace and earrings
    Hosiery:  Voodoo Celestial
    Shoes: Taupe flats


    Sunday 18 May

    I am heading to Cabramatta today to meet up with Lynn from You Sew Girl who is visiting from Michigan USA with Wendy, Maria, Valerie, Alison and Beverley for a bit of fabric shopping and lunch.

    Wendy, Maria, Lynn, Valerie, Alison and Beverley
    Photo by Maria

    Top: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey (blogged here)
    Skirt: BWOF 04-2009-101 in salt and pepper fine cord (blogged here)
    Cardigan: Jalie 2566 in a mixture of knits, previously worn on days 1 and 14.
    Accessory: Me made crocheted necklace and me mad earrings.
    Hosiery: Voodoo Celestial
    Shoes: Taupe flats

    and here are some of the wonderful buttons that Lynn had made as a gift for us.

    and my fabric stash has grown again, with these:

    1.5 metres for a top

    1/2 metre for maybe a sleeve for a cardigan!

    Monday 19 May

    Today’s my birthday and my boss game me the day off work!

    I have had a lovely weekend  sewing with my friends and then meeting up with other bloggers for fabric shopping.  I have to go into the city for an appointment but when I get back home it will be to get into my sewing room to get organised for our sewing weekend!!

    Top: Kiwk.Sew 3740 in brown/grey knit previously worn on Day 7.
    Skirt:  Vogue 1247 skirt in brown denim (blogged here)
    Accessory: Purchased gold band with purchased glass cream/brown/gold fleck disc and purchased earrings.
    Tights: Voodoo Celestial
    Shoes: Taupe flats


    Tuesday 20 May

    Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 with the neckline raised in chartreuse/grey/navy knit, previously worn on Day 5
    Skirt: Self Drafted TNT skirt in navy wool (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me Made necklace and earrings
    Hosiery: Voodoo Celestial 
    Shoes: Circa Joan & David Lux slingbacks


    Wednesday 21 May

    Sculpture at in front yard at work

    Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in blue/brown batik knit previously worn on Day 9
    Skirt: TNT Self Drafted Skirt in brown suede like fabric, previously worn on Day 6
    Accessory: Purchased gold band with purchased ink navy disc and me made earrings.
    Hosiery: Voodoo Celestial
    Shoes: Circa Joan and David Calalilly pumps

    2014 Stash Out: 11.75 m
    2014 Stash In: 45.75 m

    MMM ’14 – Days 8 to 14

    Another week has passed and I am starting to find a few holes in my wardrobe, more tops and a cardigan or two wouldn’t go astray.

    Thursday 8 May

    Top: Vogue 8572 in lemon (blogged here)
    Skirt: Vogue 7937 in brown wool crepe (blogged here)
    Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey
    Accessory: Me made crocheted necklace and earrings (blogged here)
    Tights: Brown tights
    Shoes: Brown Joan and David Callalily Pumps


    Friday 9 May

    The photo theme for today was blue and that was a pretty good choice for me.

    Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in a blue/brown batik knit (blogged here)
    Jeans: Jalie 2908 in blue denim (blogged here)
    Vest: Jalie 3129 in navy linen (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me nade necklace and earrings (blogged here)
    Hosiery: Celestial Voodoo
    Shoes: Taupe flats


    Saturday 10 May

    I’m off to the Miss Fisher costume exhibition at Parramatta with some of the Sydney Spoolettes.

    Top: Vogue 8572 in cream silk crepe de chine (blogged here)
    Jeans: Jalie 2908 in brown denim (blogged here) 
    Jacket:  Vogue 7975 in brown/blue/cream cotton tweed (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me made necklace worn on Day 1 and purchased earrings
    Hosiery:  Celestial Voodoo
    Shoes: Charles Keith brown pumps.

    During the queue for the exhibition Melanie mentioned that she had seen some lovely wool jersey at MyHung and this one just had to follow me home.

    Deep camel

    Sunday 11 May

    Today consisted of the household chores and then headed off to get the groceries.

    Where is my treat?

    Top: Jalie 2566 in animal print (blogged here)
    Cardigan: Jalie 2566 in animal print (blogged here)
    Skirt:  BWOF 04-2009-101 skirt in brown cord (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me made necklace and earrings (blogged here)
    Tights:  Celestial Voodoo
    Shoes:  Taupe flats


    Monday 12 May

    Back to work and my cold office!

    Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in blue/gold swirl knit (blogged here)
    Skirt: Self drafted TNT straight skirt in brown wooL (blogged here)
    Accessory: Me made necklace and earrings (blogged here)
    Tights: Brown tights
    Boots: Brown Joan and David Callalily Pumps

    Tuesday 13 May

    Top: Vogue 8572 in brown/gold silk (blogged here)
    Skirt: Vogue 7937 in navy linen (blogged here)
    Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey worn previously on Day 8.
    Accessory: Purchased necklace and earrings
    Tights: Brown tights
    Boots: Brown Joan and David Callalily Pumps


    Wednesday 14 May

    Today’s temperature is expected to reach 24c so I am hoping that my office has had a chance to warm up with it being occupied for the past two days.

    Dress: Simplicity 2648 in navy linen (blogged here)
    Cardigan: Jalie 2566 in a mixture of knits, worn previously on Day 1.
    Accessory: Purchased necklace and earrings
    Hosiery: Celestial Voodoo 
    Shoes: Navy Circa Joan and David Luxe 

    2014 Stash Out: 10.45 m
    2014 Stash In: 43.75 m