A beautiful old mystery machine…

On a recent trip to Canberra, I visited the tourist-y area Gold Creek with my family. We had a lovely day of wondering shops and afternoon tea. On our way back to the car, there’s always one last shop to look in…

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And look what I found! The shop lady said it was still in working condition, thought the electric cables need to be replaced for safe use. We opened the case and the little box of goodies that came with it all over the shop floor…ย I was in love… but how much was it? $50?? OK then…

It came home with me.

I was determined to carry this extremely heavy ‘travel’ model back to the car myself, but it turned into a shared family experience as they took pity on me taking a break every 20 metres. So we all took turns taking it back to the car together.

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Back at home I took all the bits our to see what I had collected with more time and a glass of whiskey.

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Complete with operating manual! Check out those illustrations!

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Certainly it’s not a Singer, but a pretty machine nonetheless. With the little research I’ve done so far I think it’s a model from the late 1930s or mid 1950s.

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I haven’t gleaned much about the manufacturer of the sewing machine motor yet, Warner Drayton Co. of Australia Pty Ltd operating from Footscray, a metro suburb in Victoria. Although I did find this advertisement in the National Library of Australia archivesย which shows the company was still going strong in 1963, with electric fans just in time for the summer heat!

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At the moment my new old sewing machine awaits patiently in Canberra. Once it is serviced and it comes home, I’m thinking it will be my dedicated corset-sewing machine…

Oh the joys of my craft hobby.

Stay creative!
xx

Corset.

My latest project has me rather excited.

Over a year ago I made a simple post about a corset-making kit I bought. Well today, I present to you the beginings of a corset made from that kit!

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Golden Joy! Cut the pieces…

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… all the pieces. Line them up…

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And magically install the busk!

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Bruise your hands installing the eyelets…

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… and take some time to recover.

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Sew it all together!

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And all of a sudden I have half a corset! Part 2 will knock your socks off soon!!

Stay inspired
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How To Be Ordinary

Things have been quiet around these parts… too quiet. Too much to do and not enough head space to relax. But I just watched the funniest episode of Big Bang Theory I’ve seen in a while, followed by the most gripping CSI episode I’ve seen. Either TV is getting better or I’m feeling like aย weight has lifted – either will please me, and in turn, you! ๐Ÿ˜€

After writing my introduction paragraph there I opened up my ‘latest photos’ folder to see what I’ve been doing. It’s delightfully average. So here I have five photos of my luxuriously average life to share with you.

The pool cleaner broke. We’ve reported it, but as yet it’s not fixed. This is semi-acceptable, as it’s the beginning of Autumn and starting to getย a bit cool for a swim.

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This dumpster was behind a building where I parked my car one evening.

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Upon leaving my day job, I found someone had parked their car in front of my car with great care and skill.

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And in slightly more interesting news, sewing! Both kinds!

Hand sewing sequins onto my Bat Pencil Skirt to hide the cheap shininess of the fabric which I’ve decided I don’t like now I can actually sew…

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… and busted seams after sewing one of my pencil skirts during a rampage. I never wrote about it here, but you can catch some details on my Kollabora profile.

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And that’s all from the joyous department of my corner. Now look, I’ve made myself want to sew. Yay!

Stay inspired! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s Friday Inspiration Time – With PANTS!

Fridays, like any other day of the week, are great days for being Inspired!

But hold on, I hear you say, how can one be Inspiredย with Pants? Aren’t the best days those where pants are not in close proximity?

Well yes, I’d agree with you. But here we’re not necessarilyย wearing pants; we areย sewingย pants.

Tomorrow is the first day of a new month, which means a new Theme as per the feedback we gave ourselves. I haven’t sewn in nearly two months, so it’s time to get back to it. I’ve got a few Pants already cut, and have dreams about more.

Today, let’s look at those dreams:

Pants of Power

Ok ok you got me… technically that’s a dream come true. But really, I LIVE in these pants. I love them so much. I’m making another pair for my mum so we can have the same pants.

But these Awesome Pants are the Inspiration for this week. Wide legged elastic waist pyjama style pants are just my thing, and in such a lovely fabric they make me comfy and happy at home, in the office, in the grocery store… wherever.

So more! More Inspiration of Wonderful Comfy Wide Legged Pants!







Clearly I’m also big on florals. I predict I’ll be wearing a lot of them this year, even if the rest of the world wore them ages ago… ๐Ÿ˜€

Stay Inspired!
xx

Awesome Pants of Power (Or Something Rather Different)

And now for Something Rather Different.

PANTS!

Pants of Power

When ShandiiShan of Shandii Crafts showed me how to make your own pyjama pants from a pair you already own, I knew this was the beginning of something beautiful.

Visions of supermarket trips, theatre-goings, high tea afternoons and international plane trips all undertaken in the comfort of pyjama pants danced through my head.

Not to mention when the High-Street designers and Vogue deemed Pyjama Pants the next hottest trend I was determined not to let this one die.

And here we are in 2014 and I’m instigating the Pyjama Pant Trend Revival. Who’s with me?! YEAH!

Pants of Power: Seams to be

This fabric I bought on our trip to Malaysia in 2012. Quite the haul that was. I wasn’t sure what it would become, maybe a dress or a skirt, it didn’t really matter. All I knew is that it wasn’t so easy to get this fabric at home and I was leaving with a lot of it.

Now I have a day job where Pencil Skirts are overkill and wearing jeans everyday really isn’t my thing. Comfy pants are in order. This fabric presented itself as the perfect match!

Pants of Power: Detail

The salesman and the sign told me it was silk, but you know how salesmen are. I was sceptical because it was so cheap, although not the cheapest fabric they had which beared the sign ‘Polyester’. I liked the feel and pattern and decided to buy a few anyway, I’m not that much of a fabric snob (yet?). After getting it back home those with more experience than I tell me it’s a polyester-silk mix. I can live with that! ๐Ÿ˜€

Pants of Power: Proof of Pantessence

With the first pair down there will be more of these fantabulous pants. My world needs more of them, and so does yours!

Stay comfy!
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Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #09: Perfect Sitting

One craft I remember my mother doing was reupholstering my desk chair in my bedroom.

The original was a lovely cream textured cover but you could just imagine how long that would stay looking nice in a grubby teenage bedroom.

The fabric she chose was this nice black tapestry style. The offcuts followed us around for years and I’d always wanted to do something with it.

Around the same time she covered the chair I made myself a needle book which I still use today. But there remained a sizable scrap.

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Back

Perfect Sitting Pencil Skirt: Fabric Detail

This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #08: Nick Swing

Here’s one of my favourites! However I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it…

This one gets its name from the swingin sixties design of the fabric combined with the putrid smell of cigarette smoke (NICotine!!!) and old man that terrorised my nostrils when steam pressing it.

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back Detail

Nick Swing Pencil Skirt: Back

Other than that, this skirt is awesome. After I finished making it an before its final press, I tried the following:

  • washed it normally.
  • washed it with eucalyptus.
  • soaked it.
  • dried it.
  • soaked it in vinegar.
  • hung it out in the sun.
  • forgot about it.
  • left it in the rain for three days.

I’ve yet to steam pressed it again to see if my efforts worked, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the illusion of having a larger wardrobe.

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #06: Clydette

Clydette is the more feminine of two skirts cut from the same length of wool I found in an opshop.

I’m pretty much nailing all my pencil skirt dreams so I figured it was time to shake it up a bit. Having tried a few portrait blouses from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, I decided to try one of the pencil skirt modifications.

Clydette Pencil Skirt

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Front Ruffle and Seam Detail

I couldn’t tell you how I managed to pull that peak off. It mystified me.

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Back

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Side Zip Detail

Clydette Pencil Skirt: Back Ruffle Detail

Look at the ruffles!

Mug Shots of Pencil Skirts #05: Cause for Trouble

I knew when I made this into a pencil skirt it would have to be named with a reference to hot librarian teachers who don’t take silliness from students.

Cause for Trouble Pencil Skirt

Cause for Trouble Pencil Skirt: Zip