Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sewcial Saturday

Hows your weekend going lovely people? 

Mine's been quite good so far! Yesterday was another opportunity to hang out with the Spoolettes for a little sewcial sewing day. (I'll never get sick of sewing puns!)

We hired out a community hall, popped up some tables and chairs, got ourselves all ready to sew and then... nothing

There was no electricity! 

It was pretty annoying but we found out one power point worked so we daisy chained all the power cords and boards for a few hours until an electrician came to sort everything out. A little bit of an electrical hazzard to bring some excitement to the day!

There was only a few of us at that point, so as more people arrived more machines were whirring away and more heaters to warm up the space.


Issy (aka Red Ambition) had brought along some hand sewing - the finishing touches to a 50's style fit and flare dress that she had been making at Sew Make Create's vintage dressmaking class 


Bohdana (below) organised the day and hall hire did a fair bit of sewing, finishing off a few different projects

In the back ground there is Mel from Made by Melanie who was working on a Party Peplum dress


Steph from Where I create, Juliet from Bobbin and Ink, and Alex (far right) from When all you need is...

We had lots of other Spoolettes drop in for a chat and chin wag. Susan (Measure Twice Cut Once) even made some sweet treats for us to snack on! Thanks lady! 

Now would you all like to see what I got up too? I really didn't think I would get as much done as I did, and there was only 1 funky toy kiddie mirror in the whole place so there was no real fitting that was going to be happening, so I just went at it and hoped that what I was making wasn't too small

I had pre-cut this 70's Simplicity 6926 sun dress the night before to save time and got about 80% of the way through it!


Isn't it so pretty already! I still need to add the straps and the buttons which close it down the back

And it's also too big! So I'll need to unpick the facings and bring it in on the sides. The dress will probably stay up better too once the straps are on

I really love the ruffles on the bottom! So fun for swishing!!


Summer isn't for another few months, so I have plenty of time to get it to fit perfectly. I cant wait to wear it with some clogs and a big old hat to a nice backyard BBQ

Bohdana also brought along her stash of off-cuts and patterns. I restrained myself from taking all the vintage patterns and took only this lovely corset dress from 1971. It's giving me Biba-feels with those sleeves and cut. Something for next winter perhaps!


Afterwards, the boy picked me up and we took a little walk up to Erskineville village and had some dinner at Kuki Tanuki - a funky Japanese place. We struggled through the traffic of all the people who insisted on driving to the Rugby finals, before getting home for some more craftiness! 

A few years ago someone gave me a gigantic block candle as a gift which was so impractical because it only ever burned a tiny bit, about the size of a milk bottle lid. So I chopped up the wax, combined it with some recycled waxy bits and made a bunch of new candles in jars. 

They sunk in the middle over night, but at least I'll use them now! 


A pretty good day all in all!

What did you get up to over the weekend?

xo Cat 

28 comments:

  1. Hi Cat! The 70s dress looks really lovely so far!
    - Mia

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  2. Looks like you had a fun weekend, the dress looks great so far. I went out dancing at a place in East London that played a mix of 50s & 60s r'n'b, ska and soul which was cool. I even managed to squeeze a bit of sewing in and made some 1950s shorts!

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    1. ooh thats sounds like such fun! and so productive too!

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  3. The sewing day looked like so much fun, I was so jealous when I popped in to say hi. Everyone looked so happy sewing away. Love hanging out with the Spoolettes and talking sewing, it's so much fun!

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    1. ooh well you have to make sure you can come to the next one! Or maybe we can do a sewalong with one of your patterns??

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  4. Cannot wait to see your finished sun frock! The day was tops...snaps to you for pumping out a blog post SO fast! I cannot wait for the next sewing day (I'll take a valium beforehand....promise)!

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    1. thanks for coming! i was so happy that so many people came! And you did so well, you were very productive!

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  5. Looks like a heap of fun... Wish it was in Melbs!

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    1. ooh yes, gosh it would be good if we could all just hop around the country! do the spoolettes in Melbourne organise ones?

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  6. What a lovely fabric, I can`t wait to see you in this dress :-)

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  7. Sorry I couldn't make it this time. Hopefully next time. The pattern you're using for the yellow floral dress? I had it when it was initially released!

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    1. oh no worries! we'll all have to have another event where there is no number limits! this pattern was really popular amongst the spoolettes on the day. everyone either had it, or remembered their mum having it!

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  8. So sorry to miss the day this time. Saturdays are so bad for me as I work :( love the dress! I made the exact same one, without the bottom ruffle a while ago. Take a look at my blog if you're interested!

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    1. Oh thats a shame! Maybe sunday will have to be the next one? This pattern seems to be really well known! How funny!

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  9. Such a great day - I hope the first of many more to come! Tim Tams, tea and sewing - could it get any better! Your lovely sunny frock will be amazing.

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    1. aah yes the perfect day! ive got a lot of fitting to do on the dress as its too big! oops!

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  10. Oh I'm so jealous! It looks like so much fun!
    I can't wait to come along to one of these.

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    1. Yes! do make sure you do. sewing and chatting and snacking, all my favourite things!

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  11. I swear I have a handmade dress exactly the same style as your yellow creation on my rails at the moment. everyone loves it but its an odd shape - big boobs and slim hips!
    What a fun day that looks. xxx

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    1. Ooh i wouldn't be surprised if you did! I love that this one has a huge skirt and the ruffle makes it swing even more!

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  12. What a helluva lot of fun! A grand idea. Bugger about the power, glad you got that worked out.
    I'm LOVING the new frock, it's going to be such a cutie! XXX

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    1. Oh and this frock is totally your style too! like one of your favourite square dance dresses!

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  13. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! Your dress really is going to be perfect with a big sunhat. Suddenly I am day dreaming about BBQs and summer days!

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    1. it was! and ill remember to tell you about the next meet up! We'll have a ball i'm sure xo

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  14. Oh wow i didnt see the pattern, only the fabric on saturday - love the pattern. It will be one fantastic dress for summer. Great post.

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    1. ooh yes, i dont think i got to show you what i was working on! i hope you enjoyed the rugby?

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