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13 May

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    May 13, 2015, 04.37 PMby ndimi

    Sorry to see you’re sick today. Sending you warm thoughts for a speedy recovery! :)

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      May 14, 2015, 10.07 AMby jennyrecorder

      Thanks Toni, I’ve got new glasses and they are making my eyes work hard and giving me headaches, bler!

19 September

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    Sep 19, 2014, 09.43 PMby milkyway

    tks a lot for the pattern! ;)

23 March

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    Mar 23, 2014, 01.43 PMby jennyrecorder

    Ha! Little do they know that we were young and gorgeous once and they will end up like us in time (mature, but still gorgeous!!!).

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    Mar 23, 2014, 09.07 AMby Mary Athey

    Hi, i can only see new projects in my activity list and just the ones on my friend list as well?? Its like the site has froze?? It is so frustrating. Hopefully they will fix it soon.x

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      Mar 23, 2014, 01.35 PMby jennyrecorder

      Mary, it is soooo frustrating! The most recent project I can see was posted 3 days ago, none of mine are visible to me, although I know a couple of friends have seen them. To be honest, i am only visiting Burdastyle monthly to catch up as I find they seem quite ageist, no-one over 30 or a size 8 (Australian… I think that’s a 4 US?) seems to ever get a look in as a featured member project :( While I understand the need for good photos, I do think the majority of people sewing are in a more mature/comfortable demographic, but I don’t think Burdastyle acknowledges this.

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      Mar 23, 2014, 01.36 PMby jennyrecorder

      See my first reply…sorry, just having a rant! :)

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      Mar 23, 2014, 01.41 PMby Mary Athey

      I totally agree, any time i’m featured which is not often its my daughter in the photos?? X

7 January

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    Jan 7, 2014, 09.49 PMby ndimi

    Hello! :)

    We flew home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and flew my daughter and grandson out to join us. It was the most wonderful holiday!

    This year I’m hoping to bump up my sewing a bit. I’ve created a sewing group that makes skirts, because I know how to draft skirt patterns and can teach folks. I’m hoping that I’ll do more sewing of my own (not skirts) while surrounded by other sewing ladies.

    Plus our tour here ends July, so I’ve got to start packing up and getting ready to move on.

22 September

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    Sep 22, 2013, 08.30 AMby ndimi

    You inspired me today and I have just finished my apron. Took the whole day, some serious frustration, a few episodes of name calling and threatening my machine with a for sale sign, but I made it. It is flawed, which irritates me greatly, but it looks cute. I need to iron it and photograph it, but I need a dress to wear for the modelling shoot. Oh woe! I didn’t think about that! I can’t model a 50s apron over jeans. Now what? O.o? LOL. What a twit!

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      Sep 22, 2013, 10.25 PMby jennyrecorder

      You could roll up your jeans in that cute 1950’s look, but do you have a check shirt?!!! Think Gidget! I’ve made progress too and my blog, as it is, is public now :)
      so you check it out

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      Sep 23, 2013, 04.16 AMby ndimi

      That’s lovely! Well done! and welcome to the blogosphere. :)

      I love the look of that silk – gorgeous.

      P.s. This is embarrassing, but I have to google Gidget. blush

8 September

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    Sep 8, 2013, 11.37 PMby ndimi

    Ok, so Frocktoberfest it is. Shall we do a Danielle?

    What do you think of making one dress as many ways as we can? That tweaks my fancy! I’ll start with a wearable muslin and see how I can grade up from there. Danielle appeals, but I’ve got a couple of others in my stash that may be better for that kind of challenge. Of course, this supposes I’ll actually get my sewing machine working any time soon. :(

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      Sep 9, 2013, 09.35 AMby jennyrecorder

      Hi Tony, I am overloaded with dresses and to think I hardly wore dresses before I started sewing! I hace some lovely blue silk dupion and silk chiffon that I always intended making into another Colette Truffle, maybe this is my chance to do something really special. How is the vintage stuff going, I started the muslin yesterday and am taking it very slowly…

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      Sep 9, 2013, 10.11 AMby ndimi

      TBH, I hardly wear dresses any more and so I’m at a bit at a loss here. I do have the Danielle and a couple of others in my pattern stash that I’ve been meaning to get to, but I was looking at dresses for the Vintage challenge and figured it would be a waste to make a dress I hardly ever wear.

      It occurred to me to perhaps make my Halloween costume as a dress. Addams Family? Frankenstein’s Bride? Can you imagine that on TMS? LOL

      Vintage is progressing slower than I anticipated. I have my fabric prepped and my pattern cut out, but I need to press it as the tissue is all wrinkled. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I’ll be working through the whole of the weekend of the 20th, so I’m going to do my best to make a serious dent this weekend coming. Depending on my machine, that is.

      If I can’t get my sewing machine working by this weekend, I’m probably going to buy a cheap Singer locally and then try to sell it next year when we move.

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      Sep 9, 2013, 01.33 PMby jennyrecorder

      OMG, just sewed half the bra inside out! Thank goodness it’s a dummy run :)

31 August

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    Aug 31, 2013, 12.44 AMby ndimi

    I’ve a sneaking suspicion the October challenge for TMS is going to be a dress. Could be our cue to rework the Danielle?

    Actually, I’ve been considering the Tiramisu, but not bought it yet. I’ve heard so many “fors”, but you reckon the Danielle is better? Do spill, please?

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      Aug 31, 2013, 06.02 AMby jennyrecorder

      I made two Tiras and they make me look a bit frumpy, the encroaching tummy of middle-age never ceases to annoy me and the Tira just seems to emphasis that, the circle skirt is not flattering either if you are short like me, they are probably cute on younger women, but they just make me look short and fat! I prefer the skirt on the Danielle and I quite like the sleeves (although they give me gip when I’m making them). I think I should just stick to what I know works for me. I could send you my Tira pattern if yiu want to try it out?

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      Aug 31, 2013, 11.19 AMby ndimi

      Oh, lordie, don’t get me started on the Terror of the Tummy. I spend my life sucking it in and trying to hide it with untucked blouses and artfully arranged drapes. I read up on body proportions recently and discovered I’m 7 inches too short, most of it between my bust and pelvis. Made up for it horizontally though… :(

      Oh, that is worrying, as I was seriously considering a circle skirt for something else. I’ll have to keep this in mind if I go for it and use a fabric I don’t mind trashing. Thanks for the warning!

      You’re the best, you know? Thank you! I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it any justice though, you sew so much better than I do! And I’ve not sewn any knits at all.

30 August

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    Aug 30, 2013, 03.48 AMby ndimi

    Wonderful to see you’ve managed to post your cape on The Monthly Stitch! I’m just putting the finishing touches on mine, hope to have it up tonight or tomorrow. (Talk about just sliding in before the door closes!)

    My September Challenge item has changed though.

    (You know you have too many sewing books when you forget what books you have!) :) Looking through my library for a book on fishes, I stumbled across my forgotten copy of Sew Retro and have been working through it, looking at all the ideas and sewing patterns. I think I’m going to downgrade my aspirations (for a change) and make something more suited to my novice skills so that I’m not frantically adding the final stitches the day before the challenge expires! If the men with white coats arrive, tell them I am really me, please? LOL

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      Aug 30, 2013, 05.58 AMby jennyrecorder

      Sokay, I know them personally, I’ll let them know you’re in treatment already x !!!

11 August

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    Aug 11, 2013, 10.00 PMby ndimi

    I’ve joined the Monthly Stitch too. Spent ages searching for a pattern and decided to draft my own.

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      Aug 12, 2013, 06.02 AMby jennyrecorder

      Hi Toni, I looked at the Peppermint freebie and decided to use bits of it, but I have a real nurses cape from my previous life and wanted to incorporate some features from it. The one I am making isn’t too heavy, but is substantially longer than the Peppermint one, I’m also thinking of adding a collar. Will you post here when you’ve finished? Also, are you back in PNG or still in SA? How is your Dad?

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      Aug 12, 2013, 10.30 PMby ndimi

      Oh, so sorry, Jenny, I just marked your post as inappropriate because I thought it was a reply button! Oh dear, how do I fix it????

      Will email the moderators now. I’m such an idiot!

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      Aug 12, 2013, 10.37 PMby ndimi

      Emailed the Mods. Oh, I’m so embarrassed!

      What’s the Peppermint one? I must look that up. And yes, I’ll definitely post! :)

      I’m back in PNG. Unfortunately my dad passed away in July.

25 May

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    May 25, 2013, 12.04 PMby ndimi

    At the moment, I’m in South Africa. My dad, who’s British, lives here because he prefers the weather. LOL. He had a heart attack, unfortunately, and has had open heart surgery. I’m here for a while as he requires full time frail-care support, and my siblings and I are trying to sort him out in the long-term. We’re not sure if he’s going to be placed in a frail-care home, or will live with one of the kids. Still in hospital at the moment, though, so we don’t have any answers.

    In South Africa we have distinct summer and winter weather, and I’m seriously feeling the cold after Moresby’s tropical all-year-round heat. Average temp all year in Moresby 30’C plus. Average temp here is about 24’C during the day and half that at night – dropping steadily as the year advances into full winter. At the worst of it, the temps will range from about 17-5’C (max-min per day). Looks like I’m going to be here all winter, so I’m knitting like mad. As this is a sewing site, I’ll only post my knitting on my blog, but I’ll update my status when I do, so you can pop over and have a giggle. :)

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      May 25, 2013, 01.31 PMby jennyrecorder

      Best wishes for your Fathers recovery. I think we must be in a similar space atm, my Mother has just spent 2 days in hospital with a collapsed lung and chest infection, it has been very sobering as she is usually robust and healthy. She is with me at the moment, but usually lives 3 hours south of us, it is confronting seeing a parent usually stoic in the position of being a frail, ill person (and I don’t like it!). We have lot of South Africans here in Perth as the. climate is similar and it’s only an 8 hour flight. Beautiful weather here, but the nights are getting very chilly, looking forward to checking out the blog :)

7 April

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    Apr 7, 2013, 12.01 AMby ndimi

    Quilting too finicky, or takes too long? My mum-in-law says she’ll never quilt because it takes so long and requires so much attention to detail. Yet I love it for its “piecemeal” factor, I can work on a block now, another later, bit by bit, and have something beautiful when it’s finally finished. Suits my ADHD temperament! LOL

    Hope whatever is giving you a headache works out. :)

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      Apr 7, 2013, 06.12 AMby jennyrecorder

      It is the last project from my sewing teacher, a shabby quilt, just lots of big squares, lots of straight lines…it is a lesson in tedium.

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      Apr 7, 2013, 08.49 AMby ndimi

      Make it a deadline? Work out how long it takes do a section, and set the timer. Promise it for a gift for somebody in a doable time frame, but that will stretch you?

      That’s how I do “tedious”. :)

      Good luck!

10 February

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    Feb 10, 2013, 02.47 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Congrats on the old Bernina! They are such workhorses. I have two 830’s, both in their early 40’s. Love them to bits.

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      Feb 10, 2013, 10.09 PMby jennyrecorder

      Thanks Anne, I am really excited as she should be arriving this week sometime…she already has a name!

7 February

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    Feb 7, 2013, 11.37 AMby schnui

    Congratulations on getting the Bernina Jenny. Is it a 730??? They are brilliant. Mum still has hers although she doesn’t use it anymore. They came with all the good feet that you have to buy with all other Berninas separately. Enjoy sewing with it.

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      Feb 7, 2013, 12.18 PMby jennyrecorder

      Thanks Marjorie, it’s coming from Brisbane! It’s nearly 19 kg, so The freight is nearly $100 and it is a bit shabby, but it’s just been serviced and is in top notch working order, all the feet included. I’ve already named her and am quite excited :) My Pfaff will be the one that travels to sewing events.

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      Feb 7, 2013, 12.19 PMby jennyrecorder

      …oh and yes she’s a 730…!

14 December

1 November

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    Nov 1, 2012, 12.45 AMby jennyrecorder

    I really need to refashion the projects that ended up as duds- I’m thinking specifically the circle skirt! It is just not my style (being short and about 10 kg overweight), there is enough fabric in it to make a Danielle methinks. Speaking of my Danielle, it needs adjustment because I made it before I knew how to do such things, lovely dress, just sick of it falling off my shoulders and showing too much cleavage;)

12 July

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    Jul 12, 2012, 10.43 PMby skeeler

    Have fun in the couture class! I finished my dress yesterday. It took awhile, but I learned tons…

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      Jul 13, 2012, 04.59 AMby jennyrecorder

      Oh Sue, it is taking ages! I’ve just sewn the cutting lines and can’t wait to get the sewing lines done. I must admit though, having a lovelu calico dress pattern will make all the difference when cutting out the nice fabric.

3 April

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    Apr 3, 2012, 03.18 AMby jacquipardue

    Hi Jenn, I was so excited to get your comment on my blog!! Thank you for reading and adding me, I too look forward to seeing your projects. I appreciate the encouragement and inspiration from fellow sewists. Have a wonderful evening! From the West Coast of California, Jacqui

31 March

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    Mar 31, 2012, 02.00 PMby skeeler

    Good luck on your no-buying-clothes project Jenny!

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    Mar 31, 2012, 06.59 AMby schnui

    Good luck Jenny!!! I am sure you can do it and you will learn so much along the way. I am going to attempt to empty my fabric storage bins, but I may need a decade!!

    I like your Monty Python quote “spam, spam, spam” regarding the LV bags. Who are these people???

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      Mar 31, 2012, 02.28 PMby jennyrecorder

      Hmmm my stash allows me a few new pieces without having to buy anything, somehow the challenge won’t be so challenging really!

12 March

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    Mar 12, 2012, 12.33 AMby schnui

    Have you and your sewing machine melted away yet??? I heard that Perth is cooking under the sun in the hottest summer for ages!!

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      Mar 12, 2012, 12.41 AMby jennyrecorder

      Hiya Marjorie, I’m cool (don’t really feel the heat luckily), but my poor garden is looking very crispy… also found out on Saturday that my retic to the front isn’t working (probably not for a while). It’s warm, but the media make such a big deal of it. I’ve been sewing in my (unairconditioned) sewing room, a winter wool skirt (unpleasant to be sewing in the heat) and I’ve been doing a stack of mending a minor alterations. How’s uni going, probably doesn’t leave you much time for anything else atm?

7 March

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    Mar 7, 2012, 12.36 AMby schnui

    What do you mean Jenny?? You look great for 49. I am a bit lumpy and I blame Chocolate!!!

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      Mar 7, 2012, 10.32 AMby jennyrecorder

      Ah Marjorie, you only see my head!!! Seriously though, I would love to connect with other women of our age and figure-challenges, to share notes on what are flattering patterns etc. There are a huge amount of slim, young things (like I was about 14 years ago) that everything looks good on!!! I think, it’s all a bit more challenging for us…

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      Mar 7, 2012, 11.05 AMby schnui

      I agree with you Jenny and I am now looking mainly at Burda plus patterns. Patterns that are now figure hugging, but have some fit and style to them. Do you get the Burda Style magazine?? It is great and only provides patterns that suit certain figures. I have been getting them since I was 17 and that was quite a while ago. Anyway, I never thought I would ever have to use a Plus pattern but alas I now do. My floaty floral blouse is a plus pattern and I have now made that several times and I am so happy with it. If you don’t get the Burda magazine, I would be happy to send you the details to subscribe to it. It is about 85 euros per year and at the moment with the Aussie dollar, that is the cheapest they have ever been for 12 issues.

28 February

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    Feb 28, 2012, 04.51 AMby schnui

    Hi Jenny, I just found this tutorial and thought it might be useful.http://www.bitterpurl.com/2011/04/bias_binding_tutorial.php

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    Feb 28, 2012, 03.44 AMby schnui

    Good luck with your Sorbetto and I truly hope the darts are in the right spot. I used a Clover bias maker to make the neck and armhole edging and it was brilliant. There is a technique lesson on this site to follow which is good. Post some photos please.

25 February

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    Feb 25, 2012, 11.44 PMby jennyrecorder

    Yesterday I did mending and alterations, stuff that has been crying out to be done for months! I’m happy as I can now wear my white jeans that I bought in spring and Clare is happy as she can now wear the tee she bought about 2 months ago that wasn’t as fitted ashe’d hoped. Just wish the ribbon from Sydney had arrived so I can finish the dress and the skirt.

24 January

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    Jan 24, 2012, 05.10 AMby schnui

    I hope you are having fun making boardies. I have just been through my stash as it is raining so heavily here that I won’t leave home today. I found some very forgotten treasures and there seems to be plenty of meterage which is good. I am not sure what the exact term ‘vintage’ means anymore but some of this fabric is most likely vintage. Hehe, I am trendy after all!! Happy sewing.

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      Jan 24, 2012, 05.58 AMby jennyrecorder

      Hi Marjorie, my husband is enormous (6’4"), so sewing a straight seam goes on forever!!! At the moment I am just making the toile, as I drafted the pattern off his favourite boardshorts and can’t find any fabric that he likes, the fabric I’m using a cotton sheet that I made a quilt back out of. Sheeting is really good value for sewing I think I had a look online at Ikea fabric last night and if I didn’t have so much in my stash already, I’d be over there in a flash, ditto a textile wholesaler just 5 mins from where I live, raw sil for $16 a metre, silk chiffon for less that $14/m!!! Queensland is battening down again I hear, hope you don’t get anywhere near a repeat of what happened last year. My brother was on his way back to WA when Ippy got flooded, so he turned around and spent 4 weeks helping friends and Ippy wasn’t the worst hit :( My thoughts are with you all over there, keep safe.

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      Jan 24, 2012, 06.20 AMby schnui

      Thanks Jenny, it doesn’t seem too bad where I am which is good. I live beside the Brisbane River and all seems ok at this stage. I think it is the Sunshine and Gold Coasts really copping the rain.
      My late husband was 6’3" and I use to make shirts for him which seemed to go on and on forever. I never was brave enough to try pants/boardies-he was too fussy.
      Your fabric shop that is handy sounds like good value. I buy Ikea fabric too for certain projects and always find it good quality for the price. Fortunately it is a bit of a drive to go there, so I am not tempted too often.

22 January

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    Jan 22, 2012, 12.41 AMby patti-r

    deja vu, We also have a daughter 5’ 9", at 11 she could reach things in the cabinets for me, husband is 6’.

    You know what they say, Good things come in small packages. (wink)

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21 January

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    Jan 21, 2012, 03.58 PMby patti-r

    Hi, So your Vertically Challenged too?? So am I, 5’1" LOL Hugs, Patti

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      Jan 22, 2012, 12.09 AMby jennyrecorder

      Yep, I married a tall man and became the shortest one in my family when my daughter was 10, she is now a very elegant 5’9"! I’m 5’3", but also built for hard physical work courtesy my Germanic heritage.

5 January

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    Jan 5, 2012, 04.10 AMby jennyrecorder

    Update on the circle skirt. Mum’s bobbin winder didn’t work (off for a servie and repair now), so I ended up making most of the skirt by hand, the fabric shrunk in the pre-wash, so I bought two shades of Indian cotton (mixed green and lime) which were lovely to work with…but…so much sewing!!! I french-seamed both the skirt and the lining, hand-inserted the zipper and hand-sewed the buttonhole. Thank goodness I left the hemming until I returned home as each skirt (shell and lining) have nearly 5m to hem!!! Even on the machine it takes an age, I am totally over this process and ploan to finish it today and post pictures once it is washed and pressed. I have also sewn a matching Peter Pan collar to wear with the white tee I planned to go with the skirt, Looking forward to this project being finished. On a brighter note, my Vogue patterns arrived recently and I can’t wait to get started on the felt jacket, Mum gave some wool fabric that I think I’ll make another A plus A line skirt with – a new winter outfit :) I have also joined the Perth BSC.

22 December

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    Dec 22, 2011, 06.25 AMby jennyrecorder

    If I am still as passionate about sewing this time next year and this craze is not a flash in the pan, my present to myself will be a Bernina 530, at $2300, I need to start saving!