My Favourite Places in Paris

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Friends, it’s been a whole year since I came back from nearly a month in Europe – Berlin and Paris were my two destinations. It’s about time I shared some of what I saw and found. My very favourite place that I went to was in Paris – a little store I found on a blog before I left and I was excited to visit. It’s called Objets de notre Memoire on rue St Paul in the Marai area. Loosely translated it means object in our memory.

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First Spring by Wonder Art

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Friends I know this little pre-stamped dress doesn’t look like much, but I love it. It’s called ‘First Spring” and it was made in the USA by Wonder Art – probably in the 1940s or 50s. I bought it and its matching gertrude slip last year or early this year. The set came with another identical dress and gertrude set and both sets are in beautiful condition. The fabric appears to be a sheer Batiste type fabric.

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American Smocking Gown

American Smocking Gown

Friends, this darling little gown was bought here in Australia, but I’m not convinced it’s an Australian gown in origin. There are some things about this gown that raises some questions for me. Firstly, although I bought it in Australia, it has North American smocking on the two front shoulders. English smocking is the norm in Australia…not so much American smocking. The difference being that English smocking is pleated and North American smocking, whilst can be pleated by drawing up the dots, is usually stitched on the dots drawing the fabric together to create a design.

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If I Could Turn Back Time

Caitlin's embroidered slip dress

Hello friends! Don’t be alarmed by the heading of today’s post. I promise you I have not taken up singing Cher songs, dressing in black skin-tight lycra and sitting on Naval cannons. As much as that may entertain you for a minute or two, I’m fairly certain your eyesight would never recover.

Today’s post is somewhat nostalgic and given my propensity for overdosing on nostalgia, I shall apologise first-up for my soppy blog post. I’m fairly certain I’m going to get a tad wet around the eye area…If it were a wet day, I’d blame the weather. But alas, it’s a warm sunny Spring day here…it will just be me getting all sooky-la-la as we take a look through Miss24 and Miss21’s baby boxes as I prepare to soak the saved garments of their baby days.

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In The Beginning There Were Onesies – We All Started Somewhere.

chloe's onesie dress

Friends…are you aware of the current phenomenon of making little girls dresses from pillow slips? I’m not a fan, but hey; each to their own. Even though I’m not a fan of the garment, I am a massive fan of the concept as it allows beginner sewists to create a simple garment and experience success. That sense of success and pride, no matter how simple the skills and dodgy the garment, is what will be the motivation for a beginner sewist to move on to the next project and the one after that and so on and so on.  Back in the best decade ever, the 1980’s, we had the ‘onesie’ dress. It was the equivalent of today’s pillow slip dress.

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Vogue 2329 Sleeping Bag Project Finale

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Well it’s done and dusted friends…I’ve finished the sleeping bag project! And none too soon I might add as I was getting itchy feet mid-way through the project. But this time, I refused to give into the ‘mid-project itch’ and I successfully stayed on task. You’d be proud of me folks…I didn’t even allow myself the pleasure of looking through my sewing magazine  & book collection for inspiration on what to do next. So…shall we do the obligatory critical analysis of the project?

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Vogue 2329 Sleeping Bag Project – Pt 2; Using an Industrial Snap Press

Stud Press

Friends, I KNOW you’re thinking about where this post is going…and possibly ‘what the heck is that monster and what does it have to do with sewing a sleeping bag from a vintage pattern?’  Well, let me keep you in suspense no longer.  This, rather heavy, machine/tool/thing-a-majig is a snap-press press. You know the snap presses on garments? Yeah?…well this is the doolally that puts them onto the garment. Right about now, I figure you’re thinking: “Isn’t that a bit of an overkill? You can buy the little kits that require a hammer at Spotlight/local habby store/Lincraft/(insert your chain fabric store here) for a few bucks.”  Friends, over the years I’ve had enough failures with those crappy do-it-yourself-with-a-hammer kits that when I recently saw one being used by badskirt on her blog post about neonatal gowns, I hit the proverbial internet running.

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Vogue 2329 Sleeping Bag Project – Pt 1

Vogue 2329 Sleeping Bag project

Friends, a month or so ago I bought this gorgeously soft and fine interlined Japanese cotton fabric from The Drapery.  I got two metres with the thought that I would make a muslin type baby wrap/swaddle with one half and something else with the remaining fabric.   Once I had looked through my vintage layette patterns for inspiration I knew this fabric would be perfect for a lightweight sleeping bag.  Even though my sewing room is nowhere near finished I decided I needed to sew…not in the morning and not when my sewing room is finally finished, but right NOW!

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