Category Archive: sewing

Spot the difference

Sometimes, when opshopping, I find garments that really make me wonder what the designer was thinking. Case in point, this yellow and black polka dot number. Behold… the “before” photos. Admittedly, it was… Continue reading

Tales of a table runner

Normally, I wouldn’t describe myself as a particularly argumentative person, but when I saw this stripy, woven, fringed textile in an opshop labelled as a table runner, I thought “what!? It’s a skirt!”… Continue reading

Leopard legwear

As much as I love fiddling with garments to make them fit me and my fashion needs, sometimes a quick fix is all I can be bothered with. So I didn’t overthink things… Continue reading

Patch Perfect

As much as I’d like to believe that the universe gives you what you ask for, I haven’t often found it to be true. But I’d been in the mood for 70s styling… Continue reading

Chloe the Quarterback

Are you often put off opshop garments because they have huge shoulder pads that make you look like an American football player?I found this dress (labelled “Chloe” … but made in New Zealand!)… Continue reading

A kaftan makes the cut

Have you ever been to the Fitzroy Market? I discovered this hotbed of temptation around this time last year when I was catsitting in the area. Cue wild spending spree which included this… Continue reading

Deborah Wurrkidj’s design as a dress

  Not too long ago, I found this fabric for $3 at an opshop (where else!?). As its designer, indigenous artist Deborah Wurrkidj, and the Babbarra Women’s Centre were credited along the selvedge, it was… Continue reading

Embroidery and elegance

As much as I adore summer, days of 40+ degrees pose something of a challenge. How to stay cool and still retain even a semblance of non-sweaty elegance? Wear a dress made out… Continue reading

Red + recycling = Melbourne Cup magic

  Living in Melbourne and loving fashion as I do, it’s hard not to get swept up in the magic of the Spring Racing Carnival. So when Estelle asked me to be her… Continue reading

Stripes in silk

Quite some time ago I bought a long silk skirt that looked like this* (and also like this). Now it looks like this. Not so different, really, but I’m hoping to get more wear… Continue reading