Monday, September 30, 2013

Dearest Sewing Machines - Oh How I Have Missed Thee!!

Phew, I am just back following a most fabulous trip to Australia and New Zealand.  Almost a month away from home and my machines (OK, and Mr. SDSC and the houndies!!) and I can't wait to get back sewing!

I have some sewing related incidents - not as many as I would have liked, so let's press on and talk about it!

First off, 'me made' clothes.  The majority of the clothes that I took were ones made by me, and I blogged about it here.  I did not get to wear them as much as I thought as some of the days were cooler than anticipated and I had to wear a pair of (badly fitting) RTW jeans.  Here are a few combinations though:


And yes, I do have toes on my left foot!  Most of the photos show me wearing Sorbetto tops, summer skirts, and some shapely blouses.  And yes, I know.  The photos were taken to show off the scenery rather than my clothes . . . . but at least you get to see that the 'wardrobe' worked really well!

Interestingly, the very first photo (or two) shows a skirt that I love.  And now seeing it in the print makes me realize that the lovely polite comments that I have received from you all are actually quite correct.  I should be wearing shorter skirts . . . . I foresee some time taking up hems in my future!!  Thank-you!

So, purchases.  Of course, as I was flying, weight was an issue.  But do you know how lightweight silk is?

These two lengths will make some lovely shells (oh, who am I kidding?  I will make Sorbetto's with them!) to wear under jackets.  And look at the gorgeous bags they come in:


They were from a lovely shop in Adelaide called Eastern Silk.  Look what I could have bought:

I also visited a quilt shop called Country Bliss in Alice Springs to purchase some fabrics in traditional (and some not so traditional!!) aboriginal prints.  They will be used to make box bags.  Perfect!


And from the lovely ladies from A Quilters Odyssey I got a couple of fun patterns and some gorgeous variegated thread that I will have fun using!


Phew, that was a longer post than anticipated.  I now have lots of other blogs to read and comment on - unfortunately a lot of the hotels we stayed in had minimal internet connectivity - a massive hardship for this 'intertubes' junkie!  I also need to plan for Fall.  Exciting times!


  1. You have had quite a time - I'm glad you went through Alice Springs to Adelaide. Love the silks you found there. Yes, I think slightly shorter skirts would work well - but I think long skirts are great in the garden :)

  2. Looks as though you had a lovely trip. I empathise with missing your machines - I took mine with me this year but I only travelled in the car...even that was a bit of a pain. Will probably take hand stitching next year. Lookng forward to seeing your autumn makes, and isn't it lovely that when you sew you can alter things to suit, when you change your mind!

  3. Fun vacation! Your skirts ALL look nice...long and short. I do love maxi skirts. :)

  4. I'm glad you are going to try for a bit shorter length for your skirts. ;) Those two silks are gorgeous!! They will be great as sorbettos or anything you make. I look forward to seeing all the things you make with your pretty fabrics.

  5. What a wonderful vaccation.. Such lovely photos.. Love all your outfits..
    The silk fabric with bags is beautiful... Happy sewing.

  6. Lovely photos and you look so happy! Your silk purchases are just gorgeous. Fabric makes the best souvenir.

  7. You sure got around; that is some great variety in locations there! I'm glad you had such a good time, and got to seem some of the real beauty Australia has to offer.


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