Category Archive: DIY

Oilskin: from ugly to ooh la la!

Finding hideously ugly items at opshops never fails to bring a smile to my face… so who knows why I’m not laughing my head off here.  I found this monstrosity at Vinnies for $8 and… Continue reading

Jumping into January

Actually, thanks to the crazy hot weather, there hasn’t been a whole lot of jumping going on here. It would be more apt to say I’ve slid sweatily and lethargically into the new… Continue reading

Last minute DIY Christmas gift ideas

A few days ago I was listening to a program on the radio which was about how the Victorians (ie those olden-days people, not the state of which Melbourne is the capital) used to… Continue reading

Ruffle-less at Raffles

As regular readers would know, I have enough fabric in my stash to outfit myself for the rest of my life (and probably to kit out everyone else AND their multiple feline familiars at… Continue reading

Dressing up a dressing gown

Who would have thought it? I’ve actually finished off a makeover only a few weeks after I showed you the original. Namely, this Chinese dressing gown-style multi-tasker. Confused? Don’t remember seeing the original? This might… Continue reading

Indian inspo

Just a quick post today – although the garment featured wasn’t so fast to make, mainly because I kind of made it twice. Eight years ago I went to India and went a bit overboard… Continue reading

Viktor & Rolf & Recycling

Think haute couture and images of haughty models in exquisite ballgowns made from extravagant, exclusive luxury fabrics come to mind. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Dutch fashion designers Viktor… Continue reading

Who says weddings are expensive?

No, no… not MY wedding! Ha! I’m talking about OTHER PEOPLE’S ceremonies and how pricey it can be attending them because of the costs involved in getting a new outfit and so on.… Continue reading

What Leeyong did next

Once again it’s Monday – the day I usually post – but I didn’t finish the sewing project I was intending to show you. Possibly because I’ve been a bit distracted by the… Continue reading

Japanese jerkin, rejigged

In a case of perfect timing, I’ve finished rejigging my cosy, fleecy Japanese jerkin… just as spring makes its appearance in Melbourne and I theoretically have no need of cosy, fleecy things. Actually, a few… Continue reading