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So, with the latest trend being kimono jackets, or bright coloured long jackets, I grabbed some beautiful Chinese brocade out of my stash of fabrics.  It had been siting there for years.  However, after laying it out on the floor I realised there wasn’t enough for a long jacket, and so I went back to my stash to see what else I had.  And there they were….. gorgeous size 6 pants that I had bought at an opshop about three months ago just because I loved the fabric (which is stretchy incidentally).   I absolutely LOVE the end result…

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Matching Purse

After making the jacket I decided to make a clutch purse out of the scraps.  You will notice the little pocket taken off the jeans on the other side of the purse. 5AC6716B-E4E1-419B-BEC6-2577D0B3C61C2ADAE2AB-A5BC-48FF-B55F-792FB27B08835DF46B38-D6D7-4928-96EC-81163C7B425ECC8C3799-EDEC-475D-9D2E-9169E1C94870

 

The Pants…

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A little summer holiday project.  I love the way it isn’t perfect, the hessian style border with the stitching showing makes it simple and clean. 71199f3c-4edf-4b6a-8509-c1ee0f1136682aa916c0-a48f-4d41-9c75-30aab21640fd

The making of…

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After spending some time in the garden this morning it’s always nice to come inside and watch gardening programmes on Netflix while doing some sewing.  With Christmas coming up I’m trying to make as many Christmas presents as possible so it is enjoyable without the stress of time pressure.  I had one lovely piece of beaded fabric just enough for two purses and matched it with a soft fine weave sacking type fabric.

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I was tidying up my fabric from the weekend to change my ‘sewing room’ into my ‘study/office’ and while putting some fabric away my eyes joined these three fabrics together.  So I just had to follow up with a quick purse before putting my sewing machine and overlocker away!  45 minutes max to make these.  Check out this video for the best tutorial I’ve found on making them…MADE EVERYDAY.

 

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I have been wanting to give making a tote bag a go for a while, so this weekend was the right time to try.  I have combined the canvas type fabric (found at the Mt Maunganui Sally Army) with an opshop find tray mat with orange embroidery.  Lined with blue gingham, and the other one yellow, I love them!

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Then of course I had to make a few matching purses with the cutest little brass zips found in my zip stash!

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I know we all 💕 Kmart … They had some cute tops recently and I loved the red and white floral fabric, but the top wasn’t my style (it was like a singlet top).  So I waited for them to come down to $5 each and then snapped up three as big as I could get..just for the fabric and turned it into this little red top/dress…

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Each top had a little frill and a big frill at the bottom, so I used one top for two sleeves (back and front piece) and one underneath to make it longer.

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There’s nothing like a good sale, and this sale was cheaper than buy the fabric! $15 all up.   Finding a good bargain is exactly the same feeling as catching a fish (and believe I can fish!).

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This is obviously not my first doll, but the first doll I have ever sewn. And, I can’t believe how easy it was.  Too easy!  I used to make dolls clothes all the time so made the dress out of a piece of doiley I bought for like $1 at the opshop the other day.

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A few weeks ago I scored three of these memorial tea towels for Horsham Downs school and I immediately set to work embellishing.  Today I finished off all the free motion sewing (quilting) and I’m pretty pleased with the result.  I will probably frame in a large frame with white edge and perhaps hang it in my laundry.  We will see.

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Here is a small video of the freemotion sewing

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Oh wow!  I love this!  It turned out better than I could have imagined.  Bought the $6 denim jacked from an opportunity shop with this in mind but didn’t know what fabric I would use.  Settled on this white lacy look fabric and then ended up doing the free motion sewing around the cut out edges of the denim.    It looks pink because the dress underneath is pink, but it is actually white. Can’t wait to wear it!

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Just finished this little emboidery I started a few months ago.  One of those things you do on the side when you’ve got a few spare moments.  It’s something a little different for me because I didn’t use the sewing machine.  But I do love hand sewing.    The finished product is only 210mm x 200mm so quite dainty.

One of the things I like is that it isn’t perfect.  There are frayed edges and uneven stitches, which is not my natural way of doing things…. but I just love the finished look.

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