So last Friday was the last day of MMM ’13 and the theme for our photo was “red”.

As soon as I saw this I just knew where I wanted my photo to be!

The owner of this house is painting this wonderful scene on the side of their home and every day when I see it I smile, I just love the cuteness of these characters and if anyone can tell me if they have an origin I would appreciate it.

Thank you Jonathon for the photo!

I am wearing:

Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 cowl neck top in white/toffee/red/brown knit, previously worn on day 5.
Skirt: Burda 04-2009-101 in burgundy corduroy made in May 2012.
Accessory: Purchased gold band choker with burgundy stone drop pendant and me-made earrings.
Tights: Black tights.
Boots:  Betts black boots.

I have a confession to make, the photo below was taken earlier in the month when it was warmer and a lot less traffic (this is on a very busy road during peak hour) and I was feeling a bit self conscious when DH took this photo in the middle of the day, however it shows you more of the wall.


You can all breath a sigh of relief, Me Made May has now finished!

There were an amazing 412 members all with varying degrees of commitment to how much Me Made they would wear a day or week.  There are quite a few patterns I now want to try!

It got a bit difficult as the weather cooled, but I did manage to stick to my pledge of “only wearing me made items” but this did cause quite a few repeats for skirts and tops however I did manage not to repeat an outfit which I was very pleased about.

So what did I learn this time around:

  • Again like last year cardigans are what I was missing, particularly a navy one!
  • I tried some different colour combinations and was very pleased with the looks, now I need to continue experimenting and not to fall into the comfortable.
  • For the first time in my sewing life, my casual wardrobe is much larger than my work wardrobe as I have to replace some pants (you have seen the muslin’s) and skirts which I didn’t get around to doing before May started.
Thank you all for putting up with the daily post, hopefully back to some sort of normality now.

1 more day …

for MMM’13 and walking Roscoe this morning at 6am was quite eerie as the fog seemed a lot thicker this morning but had lifted by the time I took my photo.

Top: Kwik.Sew knit top in coffee/grey/cream previously worn on days 11 and 20.
Skirt: McCall’s 7244 in grey wool flannel, previously worn on days 4 and 22.
Accessory: Purchased gold band choker with glass cream/brown/gold fleck disc and purchased earrings.
Tights: Black tights
Boots:  Nine West black boots

So tomorrow is the last day of MMM and a Friday so our theme for tomorrow is “red”.

2 more days

for Me Made May, where has the month gone.

Sydney is having San Francisco type weather, thick fog yesterday and today and they are saying we still might see some for the remainder of the week.

I was running late for work this morning so I packed the camera and tripod and took this photo at work.  This is one of the amazing pieces of  pottery that is on the property.

Top: BWOF boat neck top in coffee mercury jersey, previously worn on day 10.
Skirt:  Self drafted skirt in brown suede/poly spandex fabric previously worn on days 7, 15 and 23.
Cardigan: Jalie 2566 in a mixture of knits, previously worn on days 8 and 25.
Accessory: Me made crocheted necklace and me made earrings.
Tights: Brown Tights
Boots:  Nine West brown boots.

Monday & Tuesday

Yesterday went like a blink, we had meetings yesterday and by the time I got home I was shattered.

Dress: The Selfish Seamstress’s Audrey Dress in brown linen (blogged here)
Jacket: Vogue 7975 in brown and blue tweed (blogged here)
Accessory: Purchased pearl necklace, brooch and earrings.
Tights: Brown tights.
Boots:  Nine West brown boots.

This morning we woke up to fog,

Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in chartreuse/navy/grey knit, previously worn on days 14 and 24
Skirt: Vogue 7937 in navy linen, previously worn on days 3 and 17
Vest: Jalie 3129 in navy linen, previously worn on day 26
Accessory: Purchased gold disk and earrings.
Tights: Black tights.
Boots:  Black Nine West boots.

It is a good thing I love linen, those crinkles are from putting on my boots and feeding Roscoe!!


My weekends tend to be busy well as the weekdays.


The 4th Saturday of the month is when I meet with another ASG group at Rhodes.

Maria and I both attend this group as well as a few other bloggers that Maria has highlighted in her post. It is a great day catching up with friends and getting some quality sewing time as well.

Thank you for the photo Maria!

Top: Simplicity 2603 top with sleeves added in brown mercury jersey (blogged here)
Skirt: Burda skirt 04/2009-101 in salt and pepper min cord (blogged here)
Cardigan: Jalie 2566 in mixture of knits, previously worn on day 8
Accessory: Me-made crocheted necklace and me-made earrings
Tights: Brown tights
Boots:  Sandler Sampson brown boots


This next picture is of a tracksuit most people only get to see at 6am in the morning when we walk Roscoe because as soon as I get home it is time go get ready for work.

On Sunday’s the alarm clock is switched off and we have a bit of a sleep in and slower morning routine and one of the chore is to hang out the washing:

Top:  McCalls 9080 (OOP) top in grey knit made pre blog but you can see it better here
Pants:  McCalls 9080 (OOP) pants in grey knit made pre blog.

Once the washing was hung out and breakfast had, I changed into,

Top:  Kwik.Sew 3740 top in brown/blue batik type knit, previously worn on day 17.
Jeans:  Jalie 2908 blue denim jeans, previously worn on day 24
Vest:  Jalie 3129 vest in blue linen (blogged here)
Accessory:  Purchased gold choker with ink navy disk, earrings and me-made handbag.
Boots:  Sandler Sampson brown boots

to go out to pick up some bit and pieces and then I had all intentions when I came home to get back into the sewing room to work on the pants.

However after lunch I sat down and started to do some beading, it was 4pm before I knew it, time to put the casserole in the oven for dinner!

Our Home Town

Today’s photo challenge was “Your Home Town” and after seeing all of Gabrielle’s wonderful photos of the streets of Sydney, I thought it would be fun to catch up with her today at Circular Quay to show Our Home Town together.

The Sydney Opera House
It was a bit windy!

Here is a closer look at my outfit

These are the tiles on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 knit top in chartreuse/navy/grey previously worn on day 14.
Jeans: Jalie 2908 jeans in navy denim (blogged here)
Vest:  Jane Slice-Smith Shona Vest in chartreuse merino wool, previously worn on day 19.
Jacket: Sewaholic Minoru Jacket in navy ripstop, previously draped over shoulder on day 14.
Accessory: Me-made necklace and purchased earrings.
Tights: Black tights
Boots:  Betts Marathon

Gabrielle has real eye for photography, look at these:

The weather did put on a show for us.
View back to the City Centre from the Sydney Opera House!

It was lovely catching up with Gabrielle today!

Cold and grey

is the forecast for today, so I decided I had better rug up a bit more than I have been.

Top: Vogue 8572 blouse in blue/brown/cream silk, previously worn on day 3
Skirt: Self drafted skirt in brown suede poly/spandex fabric, previously worn on days 7 and 15.
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 cardigan in brown mercury jersey, previously worn on days 18 and 21.
Accessory: Purchased gold necklace and earrings.
Tights:  Brown tights.
Shoes:  Diana Ferrari

Now to work out tomorrows location for my photo as the challenge is “your home town”.

Oh it’s cold outside!

By the time I left work this afternoon, I was wishing I had worn tights instead of hosiery as the temperature had dropped to 14 degrees at 5pm it was chilly.

Top: Butterick 3344 in a multi striped knit  (blogged here)
Skirt: McCalls’s 7244 in grey wool flannel, previously worn on day 4
Accessory: Purchased gold band with ink navy pendant and earrings.
Hosiery/Nylons:Voodoo Night Shade
Shoes/Boots:  Black Joan & David Callalily Pumps

Oh Roscoe!

Sorry pup but you aren’t coming to work today, although he is trying his hardest to get my attention!

Top: Vogue 8815 lemon peplum blogged (here)
Skirt: Vogue 7937 in brown wool crepe view A (blogged here)
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown mercury jersey worn previously on day 18
Accessory: Me-made necklace and purchased earrings.
Hosiery/Nylons:Voodoo Celestial.
Shoes:  Charles & Keith brown pumps.

10 days left, so far no repeat outfits or RTW – wonder if I can last the challenge!

Work buddy

I mentioned the word “work” to Roscoe this morning once I got dressed and he knows that this means he is coming to the office with me for the day.

He wasn’t going to be left home by any chance, sticking close by my side until he got in the car.

Top: Kwik.Sew 3740 in coffee/grey/cream knit, worn previously on day 11
Trouser: Vogue 9537 in black wool previously worn on day 14
Accessory: Purchased pearl necklace and earrings.
Hosiery/Nylons:Voodoo Night Shade
Shoes:  Black Joan & David Callalily Pumps

view from my chair!

and this is the best way to tire out a border collie when he isn’t on a farm, take him to work to greet everyone, follow them around  (especially if they have food) and generally watches out for the pussy cats that wander through the yard!