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I recently learnt of the term 'maxi-tasking' and it reasonated with me. A lot. The unfortunate reality is that no one can successfully multi-task without one of those tasks not being completed at 100%. But one can successfully maxi-task. To give you an...


It's time to hit up the 1970's and whip something up in a 'jiffy'. I've now made about three Jiffy patterns from Simplicity and each time I've found them simple and quick to make, and I'm always happy with how it turns out. This time was no exception...


I'm currently settling into day four of my staycation, and wishing there wasn't only one more day of it before the return to work. Why is it that holidays seem to go so much more quickly than the time spent at work? I actually managed to drag myself out...


I've recently ventured into the world of barkcloth. Just when I thought I'd sewn with most fabrics, I buy up some barkcloth because I love the print of it, but have no idea what it is. After a quick Google, I'm told that barkcloth is a soft, thick slightly...


I think I'm about the millionth person to sew this dress. After Gertie's sew-a-long, I've seen so many fabulous versions of this on my social media feeds. This was actually the dress pattern I had been waiting for. Until this release, I hadn't seen a...


Happy hump day y'all! I feel like this work week is powering on - which is not something I shall complain about. The week started well, with my uni exam results dropping into my inbox. I managed to nab myself a distinction, which my undergraduate self...


The weekend has rolled around again and I'm uni free, boyfriend is surfing Indo, and it's about minus 50 degrees in temperature (jokes, it's actually about 8 degrees, but same same). Given all of the aforementioned points, I'm using this weekend to Netflix...


I'm currently procrastinating from my uni studies by writing this blog and watching Black Mirror. I really should be studying. I know. But Black Mirror has sucked me in and I'm just about finished the latest season. The show looks at technology and how...


First day of the extra long weekend, and the first day of my sew-cation. I'm using this long weekend to finish about three projects I'm either half way through or have cut out to complete. I hate having half finished projects lying about. It just doesn...


Every now and then I need to make something for my wardrobe which operates as more of a work horse than just because its pretty. This is one of those times. Because of my obsession with making dresses, I lack a lot of options for tops to wear with jeans...


Happy hump day y'all! I'm writing about another pattern by Gertie for Butterick. I was just looking at her patterns online and realised I own the entire range, and I think I've managed to sew up about 70% of them. I think it's safe to say that makes me...


Finally the weekend, yay! Catching up on life admin this morning before heading out to the Manly Food Wine festival. I should be finishing off my uni assignment, but I'll save that piece of happiness for tomorrow. It's not due until Monday, so plenty...


Every now and then the sewing stars align and you can make an exact replica of a ready-to-wear outfit you have seen in the newspaper for only about 30 big ones. An outfit that you had previously saved an image of in the vain hope to find a similar fabric...


It's 3 weeks since I've been back from Japan and it actually feels like a lot longer than that. I was only in Japan for 12 days but we covered a lot of ground and I had a amazing time. It was the first time I had been there and I loved experiencing such...


It's getting cold down under and the winter woolies from my wardrobe are starting to make an appearance. It's at this point I could quite easily hibernate for the next 3 months. How I ever lived in Scotland and survived two of their winters, I'll never...


Well I'm back from my holiday in Japan and I think the post-holiday blues have settled in a little. This is my first full week back at work and I am less than excited about it. I think I need to get planning for my next trip, even if it isn't until next...


Sunday night already. Boo. Why does the weekend have to fly by so quickly! I got back from the movies a few hours ago having gone to see Beauty and the Beast. This is not the kind of movie I'd normaly venture to see, but I was interested to see the costume...


I hated red growing up. You would have never seen me in it. I had decided as a child, and subsequently as a teenager, that it didnt suit me. It reminded me of uniforms worn by my fellow classmates at their after school take away shop jobs. I also felt...


Fri-yay! Weekend is nigh, and I for one am happy for it's arrival. It hasn't been a particularly bad week, but weekends are just a lot more enjoyable. I think the constant rain in Sydney makes dredging to work less bearable. The idea of staying in, is...


Im about 20 handmade items behind in updating my blog, so Ive set myself the goal of playing catch up between now and when I go on holidays to Japan in one month and five days. Not that I am counting down or anything! So prepare for a blog onslaught...


Last year I was aproached by the team at Handmade magazine about writing up sewing-related projects for their magazine. Naturally I jumped at the chance! Having agreed to producing something, I then had to brainstorm about what to do as my first project...


Its a pyjama party for one right here! After contemplating making these PJs inummforever, I finally made them. Im not sure why I delayed it so much, especially given how happy I am with the result. At a guess it might be because I love shopping for...


I started off this 2017 sewing year doing some selfless sewing for my old man. Although, I could potentially call it selfish sewing too, given it was prompted by my desire to clear out the fabric stash. Mum Dad have visited Hawaii a few times now and...


You gotta love a sewing pattern called 'Jiffy'. There's no way it's ever going to take a long to make with a name like that. This is my second Jiffy by Simplicity make. I assume Jiffy patterns were around in the 60's and 70's because I haven't stumbled...


Happy new year y'all! I'm looking forward to starting a fresh year and saying good riddance to 2016. 2016 wasn't the greatest of years for me, and for the world for that matter. I didn't come up against any earth shatteringly horrible events, but just...


This week my love affair with Patterns by Gertie continues. I never thought I'd find myself wearing a dirndl and not be standing stein in hand in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. The last time I wore a dirndl was during Oktoberfest in 2010 in Germany. I opted...


The Spring Racing Carnival rolled around in October, and as always it is an opportunity for me to sew something up. Tthe dress usually has to be bright, colourful and fun for Spring. This time around, the decision on what to make was completely driven...


Here's a statement I never thought I'd say - I love dungarees! As a little girl I never owned dungarees, or what we more commonly call in Australia 'overalls'. I never really wanted them. They pretty much go against everything I love about the 1950's...


Hola from Barcelona! Well its my last day in Spain I have loved it. I feel like I have covered some serious ground over the past 3 weeks and ticked off everything (or near enough) that I wanted to see. As usual, no trip would be complete with some...


Hola amigos! Greetings from Spain. I'm currently making my way around the south of Spain and decided to take a break from my punishing (read: relaxing awesome) sight seeing trip to sit and have a long lunch blogging and admiring the view of the Puente...


Happy Friday y'all! I just saw thats it's been over two months since I have blogged. It reminds me how quickly this year has gone so far! I guess I've been a little busy with other things, mainly a new job in marketing, having made the leap from a career...


So the weekend rolls around again and this weekend I'm happy to have no plans. After a busy week at work my 'life admin' is pilng up, including lack of blogging. I also really need to sit down and nut out my itinerary for my upcoming Spain Scotland...


When you're on a roll with something you might as well keep going. Another blog post, another 60's outfit. When it comes to Autumn/Winter dressing I often turn to 60's style shifts in jewel and bold colours to get me through the working week. My favourite...


I have a confession to make. I'm a little bit obsessed with buying vintage sewing patterns. This in of itself shouldn't really be that bad if those sewing patterns turn into future outfits...but...to be honest I just like collecting them. I find it hard...


Happy hump day folks! I thought it was time for a little blogging. I've suffered through a bit of lack of sewjo at the moment. I haven't sewn anything new for about 3 weeks. Granted that doesn't seem like a long time for some people but for me it is....


It was Melbourne Cup 2015 and I had to figure out what to wear. I was not lacking in options to come straight out of the existing wardrobe but I elected to attack the fabric stash and make something. A great idea given I was only back in the country a...


Happy new year! Well I'm wriitng this on my lunch break back at work. The last 10 days of holidays went waaaay too quickly. Having said that, I did manage to tick a lot of tasks off ye old To Do list. I sewed up more cushions baby bibs than I care to...


It's only 5 days until the fat man comes down the chimney and I'm excited! I love this time of year. Warm weather, work is winding down and everyone just seems to be in a better mood. If only it could be Christmas all year round. I will be working until...


This is one exhausting week. Bear with me, Im about to sound really precious. Ive been out every night since last Thursday and will be out every night until this Friday. Tis the silly season and this 1.5 weeks seems to be filled up with Xmas parties...


I vow to be less shit with my lack of blog posting these next few monthsand hey, maybe even beyond that! Work, life etc gets in the way and before I know it Ive sewn up about 14 articles of clothing that all need to be blogged. Granted, nothing NEEDS...


Happy Friday! This week feels like its flown by...busy with work during the day and holiday wardorbe sewing in the evening. Not to mention the odd social catch up too.


I should probably say upfront, these arent bells for my upcoming wedding. Jack Gyllenhaal and I havent started planning the wedding yet. My older brother got married earlier in the year in New Zealand and I was in need of an outfit. The wedding was...


Happy Monday y'all! I think I am battling day 2 of a champagne hangover after attending a Charity Ball on Saturday night. I have a love / hate relationship with events in which waiters walk around filling up your glass. On one hand, I love that you don...


I hadn't meant to dress like I could have starred in my own 80's sitcom, but that seems to be exactly how I felt when I first put this dress on after I made it. This dress actually only dates back to December 2014 but I'm pretty sure a smaller version...


Before I had even cut out this shirt dress to make I had seen what it would look like finished several times over online. It was one of those strange rare sewing moments where sewists the world over have picked up the same fabric and same sewing pattern...


I'm squeezing in some blog posting during my lunch break at work looking out the window at the drizzle and feeling very far removed from the last time I wore this kaftan during the summer. I'm preparing for hibination at the moment - finally getting WiFi...


Yes you are correct, that is a dress with rubber duckies all over it. What every sensible 32 year old woman dresses in right? I know, probably not. This fabric was just too cute to not sew something with. And I promise it is for summer beach days only...


Happy Easter everyone! I can't believe I'm writing this on the evening of Easter Monday and the four day weekend is almost over. So sad. Part of me has that feeling that I've wasted the extra days off but actually if I wrote down what I achieved I think...


Theres only about two weeks left before daylight savings is over and that for me is the time when I really feel summer is over and its time to pull out the winter wardrobe. Im still working my way through Summer sewing projects which I just didnt...


Where is this year going! Too busy sewing and not blogging....I do miss ye old blog. But now for something that isn't sewing...much. Earlier in the year I got an email from Chrissy from The Lindy Charm School about a mini photo shoot day they were running...


Well thats the Australia Day long weekend done and dusted. Why do these weekends go so quickly!? I was quite successful on the sewing front over the weekend and managed to sew up two tops for work and a pencil skirt. Im actually sitting at my desk at...


Late last year Kennis Wong from Itch to Stitch sewing patterns contacted me to pattern test her new dress pattern - the Marbella. I jumped at the chance as I've never said no to sewing up a dress. My wardrobe is about 80% dresses. I've never been contacted...


Well its my first post for 2015 and Im sitting in a hostel in Cairns waiting to head off to the airport. Ive just spent a lovely week in Cairns with my Scottish friend Rhiannon. We saw the amazing Daintree Rainforest, The Great Barrier Reef and the...


I'm wriitng this after having a rather mammoth weekend - tis the fun that is the silly season! I attended a boat party with a Pirates Pin Ups theme. Naturally I chose the latter. I will be sure to post about it soon but for now let's get back to the...


I have a love/hate relationship with Cynthia Rowley sewing patterns. Ive sewed up about four of her patterns in my sewing life and would say that two of them didnt turn out all that great and two of them I love. So, given I had a 50% chance of getting...


News just in - I finished a sewing challenge before the closing date! This is a first for me. I am always full of great intentions in getting involved in sewing challenges in the blogosphere but always end up running behind the deadline or not even getitng...


This is a shirt that wasnt exactly supposed to be. Well not in the way it did. I had envisaged a chambray shirt with a touch of Liberty for a long time. I also felt like my wardrobe was lacking a denim-y style top so I looked to Simplicity 1422 for the...


Well its the end of the working week and I have a big weekend coming up. One which will include very little sewing which is just the way I needed it to be after a mammoth few weeks getting stock sewn up and ready for last weekends Bobbin Baste market...


Last weekend I attended the annual 50's Fair at Rse Seidler House. I look forward to the fair everywhere as an opportunity to get dolled up in my best 50's get up and shop and mix with like minded indivduals. In Sydney this is one of the premiere vintage...


Its the end of the working week and thanks to a Bank Holiday Monday it has been a quick week. I think the Bank holiday is a bit of a double edged sword for me. I love the day off but in loving the day off it also reminds me how great it would be to go...


About 9 months ago I wrote a blog post about the increasing number of indie sewing pattern designers out there in the big wide world. Well the number of pattern designers out there continues to growplus, I think I also just continue to stumble across...


How is it almost August already? This year has flown by so far! I woke up bright and early this morning to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. For those unsure, the Commonwealth Games is a smaller scale version of...


So I decided it was time I jumped on the Anna bandwagon. What I mean by the bandwagon that is Anna, is the sewing pattern Anna by the cool chicks at By Hand London. I have seen so many great versions of this online it was finally bumped up the sewing...


I made me a red dress using my red wool crepe I bought last year in Italy. I had been petting it for some time almost too scared to cut into it, but the time was nigh. I had bought it knowing I wanted to make a vintage style dress for work and having...


What defines a crazy cat lady? Is it if you have several cats, maybe 2 or more? Or could you be a crazy cat lady when you only have one cat but you think they are awesome sauce and treat them like part of the family? I only have one cat Maisie, and if...


Every now and then I like to just completely rip off a dress I have seenbecause well I can, because I sew. Its one of those moments as a sewer that I truly love; I see something I like so I make one for myself. Often for a lot less money too. I saw...


About a year ago one of my lovely friends gave me boxes of old patterns and fabric that her aunty no longer wanted. When my friend mentioned she was giving me the boxes I was pretty excited to find out what I would uncover. Its like a sewers Christmas...


Its only a few weeks shy of Winter but my sewing table is in complete denial of this. I will definitely need to kick the Winter sewing into gear, but for now lets just sneak in another Summery dress. I spied this pattern - New Look 6243 recently and...


Ever have those UFOs (unfinished objects) floating around the house that you just dont seem to ever finish? Well I have about 3 of them, one being a cross stitch and the others a couple of sewing projects. Almost two years agoeeek!...I cut out the...


Well thats me back to reality after a two week holiday in Vietnam. I had a brilliant time enjoying the sights, smells (although not always) and food of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Saigon. I spent most of my time on an Intrepid tour with a great bunch of people...


I'm writing this post from a hotel room in Hanoi Vietnam after my first day touring the city. I will blog about my adventures very soon. I have attempted to check my Facebook and Twiiter and neither connected, so after some quick Googling I learnt that...


Aaah New Years Eve. That one night of the year that people either seem to love or hate celebrating. I have to admit I am more in the 'hate' camp for a number of the same reasons most people sit in that camp with me - it's overrrated, its like any other...


When Pitt Trading, a fabric and trim store in Sydney, put the call out for people to submit blog postings for their new website blog I jumped at the chance. I have long been a fan of Pitt Trading and often hunted them out when they appeared at craft and...


I think I should call this the ‘dress of seven needles’ as seven machine needles were harmed in the making of this dress. I knew at the time when I was handing over the cash to purchase a sequinned and beaded fabric that it would be a nightmare to sew...


The creation of this dress started in a land far far away – Italy that is, and ended up in Sydney Australia. In May 2013 I holidayed in Italy for a couple of weeks and took the opportunity whilst I was over there to buy up some beautiful Italian fabrics...


This week has flown by! Got to love a four day week thanks to the Monday public holiday for Australia Day. Australia Day itself on Sunday was spent with good friends at Watsons Bay Hotel in Sydney. We got there via the ferry and enjoyed all the festivities...


I'm going through a bit of a digital print fabric phase at the moment. It all started when I started seeing the gorgeous work of designer Mary Katrantzou. Mary is a British designer of Greek heritage famed for her clothing made from stunning fabrics showing...


Back to work this week and to say I’m not on struggle street would be a lie. I need to get back into the rhythm of going to bed early and getting up early when I want to do the exact opposite. I am trying to get my sewing time down to weekends only so...


Well that’s 2013 done and boy did it fly by! One of my biggest achievements of the year would have been kicking this blog into gear. I had been thinking about writing a sewing blog for so long and finally did it at the start of the year after writing...


It's been a busy few weeks in the world of Bobbin Baste. From Melbourne Cup until nearing the end of November my sewing machine has had quite the workout. This time of year brings the markets to work so I had a market at my work selling my handmade...


Well that's Melbourne Cup done for another year this week. Always reminds me that my November birthday is near approaching too. This year has flown! It's about a year since I started blogging too. I've enjoyed the process so much and am so proud to have...


Another vintage fair, the last big one of the year was on in late September at the Eveleigh train yards in Sydney. It’s the first time this vintage Fair has been held at this venue and I think it’s fabulous. The site was originally where train carriages...


How do you like them apples? Best. Movie quote. Ever. I always think of Good Will Hunting when I am wearing this dress. Strange association I know.
I was a bit unsure of this apple printed fabric when I picked it up at Spotlight but when it’s on the bargain...


If I’ve learnt anything this year in my sewing adventures is that I don’t like a deadline. I’ve entered about three sewing challenges and competitions this year and was making the dress until the last minute and quite frankly wasn’t enjoying the process...


A long weekend has been and gone and it really didn’t feel long enough. Not that I actually understand at all why everyone got the Monday off – Labour Day? I sit in front of a computer all day so I can hardly say I deserve the day off for all my ‘labouring...


Between watching the last season of Mad Men on television this year and spying Simplicity 1609 I have become a little hooked on 1960's fashion. I've always been a hard core fan of the 1950's dress and haven't really considered 1960's until I started my...


It seems we have hit the on switch for Summer this week. Despite only being a few weeks into Spring you just have to look around the city and see the ladies in their fine floral dresses to get a summer feeling. There is something about summer dressing...


I have finally ventured into the 'sewing for men' category. I had been reluctant for a long time, putting it down to a fear of working to a different sizing system. But if I ever want to learn more skills and tackle more types of patterns then I need...


I do like a red dress. Valentino would certainly agree. Classic yet sexy. Modern yet timeless. The only thing that may topple it is the LBD. I have a wardrobe of lovely summer-ish frocks in endless supply, but what I always seem to be lacking in is an...


Over the past couple of years I’ve seen a big increase in the availability of sewing patterns being released by independent labels. By independent labels, I refer to women (and a few men) starting up their own range of sewing patterns for sale. Often...


You know you’ve put on a bit of Winter weight when you put on one of your Summer dress’s and it’s looking a little tighter around the waist. Whoops! Anyone got a girdle I could borrow? It’s probably the kick in the pants I need to start getting back into...


A busy week in the world of sewing for me this past week. I made the decision to spend two weeks hibernating in my flat to work on UFO’s (unfinished objects) and quilts to sell on my online store. I always go into a weekend with a To Do List and always...


I'm sitting writing this in my newly sewn 1960's shift dress about to write up a story about a 1950's inspired dress. I sure do like to hop decades when it comes to my style! Next decade will probably be the 1970's as I have some vintage fabric from that...


A sunny Winters day was the perfect backdrop for the latest photos for my blog. One of the perks of working in financial services is the Bank Holiday you get once a year. Why do we get it? I don’t know. Do I care? No I do not, it’s a day off work! It...


It is currently the depths of Winter here so something summery to blog about was in order to brighten up the day. Oh Vintage Vogue be still my heart. Vintage Vogue patterns are the best vintage reproduction patterns out there. Well, in my mind. The beautiful...


It’s been about 6 weeks since I returned from my Italian holiday and one thing I will never forget about my trip is the amazing food. Just simple fresh flavourful food. I’ve never been a huge fan of ice cream until I had Gelato in Italy. OMG. Yum! Every...


In Spring 2006 one man made one very famous dress. A dress that will forever be remembered as the Galaxy dress. French fashion designer Roland Mouret created a dress that appeared to be universally flattering for women of many shapes in a classic cut...


Oh how I do love a halter neck. I think it’s often a flattering choice for many body shapes and reminds me of flirty 1950’s dresses of the past. Not to mention that it also reminds me of summer. I have a bit of a strapless dress phobia so the halter neck...


It's not often I make clothing for friends, but when I do I love the challenge. I have made so many dozens of clothing items for myself that I know how to fit for me really well. Thats not to say I dont make the odd fitting mistake with my own clothing...


Am I the only one that struggles with having to pull together a work wardorbe that prevents the dreaded morning routine of, 'Ok, so what the hell am I going to wear today?' It doesn't seen to matter how many new items I add to my work wardrobe I always...


A year and a half ago I sewed up a dress to wear to my dear friend Sacha’s wedding. I was really happy with the outcome of the dress and am only now getting around to writing about it. Sacha was getting married in November, Spring in Australia so it called...


I’ve long been a fan of the big four pattern companies (Butterick, Vogue, McCalls Simplicity) and never bothered to veer away from them to try something new. However more recently due to the vast online sewing community from across the globe, I have...


Spring racing carnival – my favourite race meet of the year. It’s the time to bring out the hat and doll up in bright colours and pretty frocks. Granted, not all outfits you see are pretty, but rather trashy instead. I always find race day a time to look...


A while back I wrote about the Gridlock sewing competition being run by Australian fabric store Tessuti. Well the results are in and I didn’t win. It’s not all bad though as I am glad to have given it a go and been part of a sewing community working towards...


I started and finished making the dress thinking, ‘hmmm not sure how much I like this’. I loved the fabrics and I did like the style of the dress, but together I wasn't entirely sold. But I cracked on to get it finished. Spotlight fabric store announced...


I do like a Cynthia Rowley pattern. I hadn't seen or heard much about Cynthia Rowley before she started producing patterns for Simplicity but since the launch of her patterns I always eagerly await her next designs. Her aesthetic is clean simple lines...


Every now and then I spot a fabric in the bargain bin at the local fabric store that I’m a little unsure of but end up buying when I discover it costs about as much as a coffee. I usually notch it up as an opportunity to make a dress just for sewing practice...


Its that time of year again, Mad Men is nearly back on our screens. I freaking love Mad Men! Ever since it hit our screens I have been obsessed. If I said I only liked it for the story lines and that I never noticed what they wore, well I would be a total...


Gotta love a sewing competition to stretch you and get your creative juices flowing. So when Tessuti announced a sewing competition this month, I thought why not enter. I read about the competition on their blog the other day and was intrigued by the...


Every now and then you can make a dress in which everything just goes right. From cutting it out, to sizing, to finishing it off. This dress was one such case. I had bought some material from Spotlight that I was unsure of but went ahead and purchased...


The humble beginnings of any dress I make usually starts with a trip to the fabric store. It’s not too often I walk in with a plan of what of fabric I need exactly for a pattern I have already purchased. A game of memory will happen in my mind where I...


I was never a fan of Rainbow Bright as a child, but I know of her and I have to respect her love of colour. She would never get in lost in crowd! This dress was a bit of a homage to my love of colour. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that...


The 1970’s has never been my favourite decade. I base this view mainly on the decades fashion. Although oddly enough, as I continue to delve into the fashion archives for my own wardrobe I find myself more and more into the 70’s fashion. I will however...


Its off to market we go! Every year at Christmas my work opens up a function room and holds stalls for people to sell their goods. This is the first year I had worked there and really did not know what it would be like, but I thought it would be a great...


Oh to be in Hawaii again. It’s been 5 years since my holiday to Hawaii and I think I am yet to get over how special the place is. Perhaps that is why when I spotted this fabric, it was straight to the cash register.
As an avid reader of fashion a magazines...