Here I Go Again, 2018 RTW FAST

RTW2018Hi there ,

I have committed to the RTW Fast again,  this time for 2018.

I am hopeful that I will have a little more time this year to sew up the gorgeous fabrics in  my stash. I plan on getting more organised in my sewing room and will plan to post as often once a week if I can .

My first make for this year is a pair of pants using the Tessuti Robbie Pant. This is my go to summer pant so comfortable in Linen . This version I had cut out with my others last summer but hadn’t finished . I didn’t put the pockets on them this time and I quite like the clean look.

These have already been worn a few times they are great. The temperature here has been ridiculously hot ( 47.1 degrees Celsius ) the top ,so it helps to have comfy cool clothing .

How are your sewing plans for the New Year? I have decided to make use of the shrink your stash challenge .stash tracker

My plan is to make use of more of my fabric collection which lets face it is extensive and try to not to buy any more and keep track. I am in awe at the expected output of a fellow 2018 RTW fast member and blogger I have just discovered Sarah. This is where I got the link so have a look ,amazing plan.


I cannot commit to this level of sewing as I still have a year of my course to finish but I am going to be more mindful of making what is missing in my wardrobe and giving away those things I don’t wear, it’s time.

Ambitious or achievable? I am a fan of ambitious planning to achieve as much as possible ,it keeps me moving.

I have to keep up the momentum I have missed sewing for myself . I need to organise my stash and make note of what I have .The challenge is also that my sewing room is in the attic with no air conditioning  just a fan to keep me cool. In Summer Cotton gloves are my new best friend keeps sweat marks off delicate fabrics. In Winter alpaca finger less gloves keep me warm. We do whatever we need to and for me sewing is a necessary part of my creative life, I get so much satisfaction from it and I love it.

I hope you are finding satisfaction from the process and the  success in your creative pursuits.

Happy Sewing ,

Sue  🙂

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2017 My Year in Review

Hi there,

I have been very absent this year on the blog  Sorry, my course and work meant there was next to no  time for selfish sewing.

I have been sewing up a storm at work I am working at a dressmaking and alteration business as well as doing my course at TA

This year I completed Stage 1 of the “Diploma of Live production and technical services” Costume. Which in a nutshell is the first year of my 2 year course. I have also completed a Certificate 3 in Millinery, so I have lots of creations to show for my year.

The first creations were the corsetry needed for an 18th Century women’s garment.

IMG_4009IMG_4010I made the petticoat as well. Next was the finished costume . Front View, and back view




















A classical  Tutu is the next costume I had to complete. My first try at this type of costume ,lets just say  that I found the netting to be a whole other experience as a very tactile person I  didn’t enjoy using it though it is essential.

The next costume was a 50’s dress.

I drafted the pattern and made it to fit me to wear to a party.IMG_4328a

The next completed costume was a harlequin to go with the lady.

I made the costume to fit my husband. I made the mask in latex and the hat in my millinery class.7518833248_IMG_3697

There were other under garments made and the start of an Edwardian walking suit.

My millinery makes were in all types of materials and was an incredibly interesting course.

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So that’s  my round-up for 2017. A very productive and busy year but hopefully next year will be more of a year to make time  for myself.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂



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A Little Lace

Hi All ,

I love remnant fabrics the possibilities and the inventive approach you need to make what you desire.

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This gorgeous lace was a remnant from a store called Pitt Trading in Ramsgate NSW.

It is cream and grey and I wanted the big sleeves and I also love the edge of the lace ,so I needed to figure out a way to make best use of it.

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Using my tried and true stretch bodice block I cut out the front and back and also the sleeve just to below the elbow.

The seams are all french seams and the neckline is a self bind.

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This was a really quick make but it is gorgeous to wear.

The sleeve frills are just gathered into the the sleeve and stitched. My luck was such that I am short enough to be able to get this top out of the piece I had.

A camisole is needed under as it is sheer but just a delight.LaceSDtop

Now I really must update you on what has been happening with me.


So sorry it has been awhile since I posted but life is really busy.

I started my costume and Millinery courses and with them I also got a job working 4 days a week sewing. So I went from loads of time to scrambling to fit everything in. I am now down to two days work and on Study break although I have loads of work to get done for my course.

I will share my costume makes later no pictures of them yet.

I hope your creations are working for you,

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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2016 Year in Review

Hi All,

I thought I should look at all that I made and blogged this year. There are a few things made that I haven’t blogged about so they will have to go into 2017.

I am really amazed I thought I hadn’t done enough but I think I did ok.
I have lots more finished and unblogged and cut ready to go so I need to take more photos and get on that . It is nice to look back at all I finished in 2016. I feel a sense of accomplishment, it is great when you can see your wardrobe coming along through self made garments that you love to wear.

I hope you had a wonderful festive season and may 2017 be an inspiring creative year.

My news,

I am hoping to start a costume production course this year, I was accepted into it for 2016 but there were not enough qualified students so fingers crossed it will run this year . I have also applied to do a Millinery course as well so maybe I will feature some hats soon.

What are you looking to make next ?

I am contemplating a few sew a longs but do you  (anyone not in the USA) find it frustrating that we don’t have the latest release patterns from the big companies at the same time as the USA. You can order online but you pay a premium for postage. If I want to participate in the current sewalong I am looking at that is what I need to do , whinge over  :/ !!!

Oh well back to the machines 🙂

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂



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When is a top not just a top?

Hi all,

I picked up some rayon recently and didn’t want to cut into the wonderful pattern it was a remnant and I wanted to use it summer.jpg

I just love the colours and the hand of this fabric so I set about making it work.

Firstly I folded in half and cut an opening the width of my under arm chest and back. I then used navy bias tape to finish the edge and added summer4.jpgtop handkerchief.jpg

This is the first interpretation a handkerchief effect not stitched side seams just hemmed. This looks great on my helper but on me not so much.

But I love the fabric its cool and moves well. So next I tucked in the straps and pushed it down to my hips I have pretty much the same measurements at the top and bottom so it worked . I needed a slight side seam but then good to go.topskirt2.jpgtopskirt.jpgtopskirt3.jpgtopskirt4.jpg

So now I have a top that doubles as a skirt, I think I like it better that way. What do you think?

The little over top I am wearing in these pictures is another remnant. A gorgeous piece of shot silk chiffon just enough for this little top, self drafted french seamed,with rolled hems, works well with my skirt.

Happy Sewing ,

Sue 🙂


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Vogue 1515

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the festive season.

Here in Australia it is Summer and incredibly hot . This pattern another by Sandra Betzina is a winner. I am really becoming a fan she makes really fun and comfortable patterns that are great to wear and I love all the tips she gives in the instructions.

This pattern is for a top and skirt. The top has an interesting high neckline, it is sleeveless and has a high low hem.

The skirt has an interesting design line and pocket.


I decided as I am apt to do to not use a knit fabric as suggested, there are instructions and  pattern info for using woven fabrics so not super radical.

I made the skirt in this fabric :sbskirt A sheer crinkle crepe.

I underlined it in a sheer black polyester. I did put the piping in but then removed it it was too heavy in the fabric.

Then I used the top pattern to make three of them,( you know me it is a great shape I love an interesting neckline and sleeveless so couldn’t resist).

Fabrics are,

1. Embroidered organza in black underlined in black silk satin.(The silk satin was a long sleeved top that I no longer wore so I cut it up.)


2. A satin polyester fabric with a painterly grey print.





3. Is a Cotton Voile printed in shades of grey.




The garments came together quite quickly,SBtopskirt1.jpg

The organza top and the skirt.

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SBtop3front.JPGSBtop3 back.JPG I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures but the tops are all slightly different lengths. The cotton one is the shortest as I followed my standard bodice adjustment with this one and reduced the pattern by 4cm.The black  one is slightly longer as I thought it looked better with the skirt and the satin top is longest as it is the length of the pattern with no adjustment. I love all three of these tops and the skirt is a joy to wear.

Since I have the pictures up I must also give you the scoop on my linen pants.

I made the Tessuti Robbie pant  and absolutely love them .tessuti pant.JPG

I made one pair in a linen I had in my stash that I had dyed black it is not a heavy weight so lovely to wear in warm weather and I bought the gorgeous electric blue linen from Tessuti to make the blue ones. I am living in these at the moment and have another cut out to make . If you are a fan of linen pants these are great.


Until Next time,

Happy Sewing 🙂



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Fun and Easy V1355

Hi there,

Sorry I have been a bit slow to post I had a little bit of a busy time and the technology details of posting were bogging me down so I took a break.

Not from sewing just posting. Do you ever get fed up with the computer not doing what it had done before or a program just suddenly becoming so much more fiddly? I find sometimes I am fine and others I lose patience with all of it. I won’t bore you with the details but I am going to try to be more consistent from now on fingers crossed.

This week I am helping my son move , bringing my daughter home from college, and then next week driving interstate to collect my other son as he is also finished. So crazy busy. My sewing though is only behind on the blog I am sewing every free minute.

The Outfit I will share with you has  what I feel are the most comfortable pants I have made to date. V1355 is a Sandra Betzina pattern.

I decided to make this firstly in a knit . This  is in a reversal fabric so I made the top so that I can wear it either way. As you can see in the picture I started these when it was cold I love my alpaca fingerless gloves they make sewing easy in winter.



The next version was in a textured knit I  made the top a tunic style this fabric has stitched circles in pvc in rows so I had the challenge of lining them up.As you can see hand stitiching was needed.
This is a fun interesting garment . I lined it in sheer black mesh.sbpanttop6sbpanttop1sbpanttop

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I first wore this in Melbourne. The picture was taken in my hotel room.

The next version was the pant in a woven fabric. This was a stash busting make as I had had this fabric for quite a while. Can’t remember where I bought it but have always liked it the print and black and ivory color also it is a rayon.sbpanttop-bjpg


I have teamed it in this pic with my little overtop  from Style Arc pattern Tammy dress.

I will definitely make more of these pants in knit. They are easy comfortable and I think flattering so a win .

Happy Sewing,

Hope you are having fun.

Sue 🙂

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