(I’m not) Making the Australian Quilt

Crochet, embroidery, bobbin lace, sewing by hand and machine, indigo dyeing, Hmong batik, Fimo modelling, weaving, arm knitting, regular knitting and applique. Yep, I think that’s about it for the list of crafts… Continue reading

Slow Fashionista tips

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you probably already know this, but I was part of a feature about slow fashion on SBS2 program The Feed last week. (You can… Continue reading

’70s-style secret agent

As unlikely a career choice as it would be for me, if I were ever to become a secret agent, I have just the right outfit. A tan leather trenchcoat and black patent… Continue reading

Cashmere for less cash

Once upon a time cashmere was a luxury, but these days you can hardly walk into a chain store without stumbling over it for ridiculously low prices (if you’re interested in knowing why… Continue reading

Of libraries and leather skirts

These past few weeks have been a blur of translating – books about kimono patterns and moss and a hair salon catalogue all due around the same time have meant I’ve been giving… Continue reading

Vinnies Winter Warm-up

In all the time I’ve been writing this blog, I don’t think I’ve once shown you a DIY that hasn’t worked out to my satisfaction. But it just so happens that I’ve been… Continue reading

Event news: The True Cost screening

Just a quick one this week* to let you know about something special coming up on June 15. The True Cost, a documentary  about fashion’s impact on people and the planet, is being screened… Continue reading

Ugliness unpicked

Is this jumper hideous? Well, maybe it depends how you wear it. Is this better? As the hashtag says, I #founditatVinnies and as I still had some funds remaining on my gift card from… Continue reading

The skin-ny on sewing leather

Although opshopping is a bit like pot luck, there is one category of clothing you are guaranteed to find: leather. I’m not sure whether there is any data about which pieces opshops find the most… Continue reading

Perfect match in pink

When you find a garment you love, buy it in multiples, in different colours. Have you ever heard that fashion advice? I love this coat/dress and get compliments every time I wear it,… Continue reading