Sew What!

For many years, I have loved sifting through hand-me-downs, thrift shops & garage sales for vintage clothes. Beautiful fabrics with prints, tactile textures, heavy and light weights, covered belts and buttons. My personal favourite style era is around late 1940s, 1950s-to-early 60’s, very feminine big volume skirts with tiny waists & dainty accessories, & moving away from the boxy shoulders and tweeds of the early 40’s, but not yet into the shorter wiggle skirts & monochrome prints of the mid-60s (which I also love but aren’t as flattering on me). Before moving to Geelong, Craig bought me a sewing machine (what a wonderful husband!) to encourage me back into one of my favourite past-times: sewing! Turns out, sewing is just like riding a bike, once you’ve learned you can jump back on anytime, but it feels weird & kind of alarming for a while not quite knowing what you’re doing. During this ridiculously frosty winter, I’ve begun to sew more frequently on those cold nights & recently decided to do an inventory of all the patterns, fabrics & ‘gonna do’ projects that I’d accumulated over the years. There were heaps. Since I’d only sewn 1 dress and Craigs wedding vest since I got the machine, I decided I might also diarise my crafty endeavours for a.) motivation, b.) future inspiration, c.) self-reminders of my do’s & don’ts, and d.) potential pattern inventory for friends who may be looking to make something nifty too!

In fact, here are some of my patterns I’ve collected over the years:


Yes, that’s a lot of patterns. No, that’s not all of them (just the gooden’s). Oh and yes, I took the title of this post from an Anti-Nowhere league song that MetallicA infamously covered.

In protest of the developing world sweatshop-made clothing filling our retailers & landfill today, I’m hoping to ‘fill the gaps’ in my wardrobe with my own hand-made versions some of these elegant pieces, and refashioning of some vintage fashion as well.

Looking forward to a crafternoon sometime soon! Sew awesome!


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