Modern Love wrap up

With TJ’s expert organising skills, I thoroughly enjoyed the Modern Love exhibit in Bendigo, mainly because of the company and the fashion. The whole weekend was great.

(Left to right: Hui Nie, Jenny, TJ, moi, Yoshimi, Nicole, Leanne and Raquel at the Bendigo Art Gallery)

The exhibit organiser, Leanne, greeted our group at the gallery on her day off. She was a very lovely host. We had permission to take pics as long as we didn’t use a flash. Take a closer look at Jenny’s self-drafted skirt, TJ’s sari dress and Raquel’s trousers. 
You know – we all sew…

TJ, Yoshimi and I had a great Indian dinner on the Friday night, wearing our own makes. TJ and Yoshimi‘s write ups give you a better idea of how great the weekend was. GJ’s and Clear it outlet were my Friday afternoon fabric pre-weekend purchase haunts. Yoshimi flew into Melbourne after a wonderful week with the lovely Carolyn.

Friday night post dinner pic.

The pic below was taken outside the Bendigo Art district, again wearing our makes. Have a close look a Yoshimi’s bag and dress.

I think we photo bombed the bunny in these shots.
Jenny found a great coffee/deli stop in Kyneton on the way to Bendigo. You should hop over and see Jenny’s new self-made chef uniform.
Art is everywhere in Victoria.

And Mason’s of Bendigo fed us with their delicate share plates.

But who could resist a dessert plate like this? Everyone grab a pic of TJ and Hui Nie’s dessert plate.

At the end of the day we ended up at Joe’s shoe store bar. We had loads more catch up time over a drink and the waiter looked after us.

Sunday was a huge day with Kristiann and Simon ie Kristiann’s big day out.

Again we’re wearing clothes we made and Yoshimi and I wore our Victory pattern dresses (Nicola and Chloe) at NGV, cause it was way too cold to wear them outside. Melbourne locals are experts at layering their clothes – and knowing great places for food.
The four exhibits/costume displays Melbourne had on offer in one day were ideal for everyone. I felt like Melbourne put on all their best exhibits just for us. Lunch was filled with lots more conversation and fun.
(Left to right: Kristiann, me, Hui Nie, Yoshimi, TJ, Raquel, Claire and Kate at Gekkazan in Melbourne’s GPO)
We had time for a bit of city shopping – Koko Black included. I was taunted by Kristiann as she sampled some Koko Black chocolate. Somewhere, I lost my chocolates so I ordered some online. They did arrive; they were consumed; they were good. Now to wait for a Koko Black store in Sydney! The closest store is in Canberra.

The 007 Bond exhibit at Melbourne Museum was scheduled for the afternoon so TJ got Yoshimi to The Fabric Store in time for some much needed fabric purchasing while the rest of us hung out for a real coffee at Sonido.

Then I had to fly home and miss a great dinner with everyone. Everyone from our group that I could find in the 007 exhibit got a hug as I left to catch my flight home – winged it 😉 When DH picked me up at the airport, he knew from my big smile that I’d had a great weekend and that he really should have come for the 007 exhibit at the very least.

Thanks to TJ for setting up such an awesome weekend and pics, Yoshimi for spending her Australian weekend in Melbourne with us, Jenny for being a great driver/host and Kristiann and Simon for agreeing to spend their big day out with us. Melbourne lifestyle suits you both – I’m just saying…


Pronounced “yow-ko-so”. What I’m trying to say is Welcome to Australia in Japanese.
My littlest nephew knows more Japanese than I do and now I want to make the effort to be able to say some welcoming Japanese phrases because Yoshimi the flying squirrel is going to join us for the Modern Love Bendigo meetup in November.

Yoshimi’s makes are beautiful and her photography is really tasteful and artistic. Yoshimi and Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn have a beautiful joint photo blog with daily posts of their lovely surroundings.

I’m looking forward to being a host this time as I’ve had the opportunity to travel and meet some great local and international sewing bloggers this year.

Go to TJ’s post if you’re interested in meeting up in Melbourne in November. We’re making a weekend of it! See you soon.

Avocado women’s hoodie

The cold hit last week and I had to wear my 70s/80s tracksuit top at the 6am outdoor class. The sleeves billow a bit so the women’s Avocado seemed like a good option to try next.  The sleeves got in the way of the car tyres we hold while running up the grass hill.

I made the 6 but I’ll make the 4 next and shorten the sleeves and body.

Mari gave me this pattern as a thank you for testing the mens hoodie. This all-over fabric was from the Remnant Warehouse and since it’s white on the wrong side, I’ve lined the hoodie with a Pitt Trading Remnant.

Renata, this remnant piece was from that elusive Pitt Trading remnant bin.

I’ve done a 2cm rolled shoulder adjustment and sway back adjustment.

This hoodie pattern has all 4 pockets so I kept them on this versioin to see how the pattern detailing worked for this women’s style. Clear elastic is used to keep the pockets from bagging out of shape. Clever.

Thumb opening on sleeve
I thought you might want a closer looks a the thumb opening feature of this hoodie. Now that we’ve got our cold weather, this is a very timely feature.

The thumb opening is placed 5cm or 6cm forward of the sleeve join. And the sleeve band is very wide so there’s no sleeve pulls. Clever little pattern piece.

This fabric is a synthetic masquarading as a wool and it has drape but no elasticity so the elastic used at the pocket will keep the shape of this hoodie for a few seasons.

I thought I’d add this photo taken when Sharon and I were at sewing.

This version has now been worn at the gym and was ideal in warmth and length. It didn’t get in the way of holding car tyres either. Gym cover up tops need to be long enough to cover the tushy and this hoodie fits the bill. Mission accomplished.

Beajay mentioned that I’m going to play with this pattern to make a smart casual version for end of the day drinkies. I’ll show you that next in size 4 using a stretch knit.

I have to say that working with Beajay to get her jacket pattern to fit was a good learning experience for both of us and a bit scary. I’ve read alot about making adjustments and Carolyn has got her TNT patterns sorted so the ‘rubber hits the road’ when making these adjustments for a real person and not just on paper.

Amanda’s FBA method for sizes above an E cup was a revelation to both of us. Thanks Amanda.

Then Rebecca and JudieL helped me sort out my own bra making test garment  I had another go at getting Kwik Sew 3300. I think I’m one step away from making my first bra. Yay. I’m not expecting much so I shouldn’t be disappointed with my first few makes. Yay.