Go Do It

This is my theme for 2013. I’ve never been so glad to say goodbye to a year and so happy and excited to say hello to a new year. I’m praying it will be a fabulous memorable year for all. There are many things to pray against in 2013. I don’t want to list them cause they don’t deserve the air time but let’s unite and pray for a year filled with His love, His peace, His Joy and growth where He directs. Blessings to you all.


I tried to find the original author of this but just got 100’s of links going all round the world back in history. If anyone knows, plz let me know so I can credit.


My Space Saving, Cutting Table

Hi ya,

Gorgeous warm, sunny day here in North Queensland and we’re right in the middle of a great week.

I read a while back on Karen’s Blog over at didyoumakethat that she cuts out on the floor. Not an option for me due to aged skinny bony knees and stiff joints but it got me thinking. I had previously cut on the dining table but it has its drawbacks, getting around it is hard and our table often has piles of stuff there waiting to go home. It’s our dumping place!

Any how hubby got me a piece of ply 92 x 100 cm which I started to use on the table as it was wider than the table. He sanded one side for me so that it didn’t catch on the fabric and pull threads. I recently thought to try putting it on the ironing board as a better option. I can adjust the height, full height is perfect for working also I can plant it right it the middle of the room and walk all around it. It’s super. When not in use I store the ply wood behind a cupboard in the spare/sewing/computer room. It is only a few mm thick so takes little room. I do need use care when I place heavy items but it’s not been a problem so far.

My home made temp space saving cutting table

Now I just gotta get/make one of those wrist pin cushions, I know it will also make life easier.

Hope you are having a good week.

My foray in New Look 6515 (and my version of the FBA)

My ‘learn to sew fashion clothes for myself’ began here using New Look 6515. After that mammoth sewing experience I needed a break.

I didn’t realise how draining it had been until the weeks went by and I could not bring myself to have another go. Almost 5 wks on I realised I would need to force myself into it if I was to ever sew again. I knew in my head the rewards would be great but my heart struggled.  So it was time to apply some pressure. I had read comments by Rachel & LinB on Karen’s post on didyoumakethat about an ill-fitting tank top. It seemed while I was doing all that trial and error (read lots of errors but not wasted) I had done the right thing without realising it.  I wrote:

“LinB this comment about the FBA caught my attention because it seems I recently did this without realising what I was doing. I graded up only the front of a pattern because that’s where I thought the problem was. I’m such a novice I didn’t even think about the back. Doh. The hem length didn’t match though & I had no idea why! On my blog Liz commented about a FBA so I’ve since been reading about it. Thank you for adding to my knowledge as well, seems I was on the right track, albeit blindly”.

I had not fully understood what Liz had written on my blog post but she had said basically the same as Rachel and LinB, (intelligent actions of a blonde)!

So off I went with fear and trembling and obstinate stubbornness to make my version NUMBER 5 of NL6515. Following the above suggestions I traced a size 14 back bodice with extra length and for the front a size 14 from the shoulders to near the bottom of the armhole and below the arm hole a size 18. I have since learned to divide the armhole into threes and do top 2/3 in the smaller size. The sizing I determined by comparing my measurements to the pattern envelope. I pinned my traced pattern pieces together and did a basic fitting, which seemed okay. Next I made a toile using large basting stitches, no seam finishing and only up to the first fitting. It felt great, excitement was taking the place of stubbornness. I tossed the toile in the bin and cut into my fashion fabric. (The toile was a hot pink, cheap synthetic lace)

floral fabric for summer blouse

Blue is not usually my colour but the woman at the shop said the colours suited me and at $3 metre, it was  a good buy. A necessary prerequisite at the moment.

There’s not much more to write. It went together perfectly and fits beautifully. I underestimated how fantastic a handmade item could fit. And so I present my Number 5 New Look 6515 which I will wear to death with much pride.

My Summer New Look 6515

Thank you to everyone who helped me. I shake my head and marvel at all the years I tried on my own and how the internet and such wonderful ladies from all over the world have helped me conquer the mountain called ‘Clothes That Fit’!

wishing you a fun weekend…

Here’s a good start: Get on over and read Andrea’s post on foursquarewalls  it’ll have you laughing all day.

Psst, look at these

I stumbled across a fantastic web page and found this tutorial.


Yesterday I cut out 9, I tend to do that if it’s a really great idea. I finished one fully last night and several tonight. I’ve just got 3 for tomorrow. I love them, so cute and fine.

Perfect for gift cards or any small gift. Afterwards they could be used for a single bank ATM card on a key ring or for when you are racing into the shops with just your phone and a card, store business cards; And of course a keepsake.


Sorry about photo quality; I had to take these at night on the iPad so I could give them away next morning.


Excited to share that my ‘next’ went on to become 6 more pouches which I filled with chocolates. I had loads of trouble sewing the hair elastics in so I hand basted and then sewed them with a ball point needle. They went in easy as…


Dressed for Sewin

Here’s me dressed for sewing. Snipper scissors on rope idea complements of Karen over at didyoumakethat blog! Who got it from someone else who got it from someone else who got it from someone else. Us sewing folk love to share. Thank you everyone.


Have fun Sewin

How To Clean Your Iron

Recently I had to clean my iron – the inside! I read about a dirty iron messing a freshly made garment on Karen’s blog at didyoumakethat and decided to clean mine, photograph and put it up on my Blog, for those who have never done this before. Keeping the insides clean prevents the iron spitting all over you gorgeous garments.

I have two irons and decided to clean them both at the same time so you will see photos of both interchanged throughout this post.

Right let’s go.

You will need you iron, water to fill the iron, a metal pan like a saucepan or cake pan and an empty sink.

1. First fill your iron with water to the full mark.

2. Set the heat setting to the highest possible, which is usually cotton/linen and turn the steam off.

Iron set to Cotton/Linen.

3. Plug into your power point and switch it on. Leave it to heat for 5 mins.

4. While it is heating, go get your saucepan or metal pan and place into your sink. Leave the sink plug out.

5. When Iron has heated for 5 mins switch it off at the power point and unplug it.

6. Turn the steam setting to the fullest possible. If you have an iron with a cleaning function turn the steam switch to clean.

Iron settings and how to lay over metal pan.

7. Lie the iron down like when you are ironing, across the pan in the sink. (Photo above). You will need a metal pan so that it can cope with the hot water that will slowly drip out of the holes on the bottom of your iron. Be careful not to burn yourself and be careful to ensure the water does not drip onto you or anyone else.

8. Leave it laying there for 1/2 to 1 hr. Water will slowly drip out of the holes and with it will come all the dirt from the insides. (See picture below) Not all water will drip out, especially if it is really dirty like mine was.

It didn’t look that bad before I started; I promise! Hangs head in embarrassment.

  One of my irons was very very dirty and I had to do this cleaning process about 5 times -well actually I lost count! When it was really dirty not all of the water would drip out.

But it did come clean. This is what dripped out and lots more.

When you are happy with the iron and think it is clean enough, you will need to wipe the base of the iron with a soft moistened cleaning cloth. I forgot to get a photo but now those holes are all un-clogged.

Important notes:

(If you have a Self-Clean function the steam control button may be able to be removed. Do so after the water has finished dripping out)

(Some newer irons have a function that prevents water dripping out in certain situations. Hopefully if your iron has that function it will also have the Self-Clean function to enable the water will drip out).

If it doesn’t have the self clean function you may have trouble with cleaning in this manner but I do suggest you give it a go.

Please let me know how it works out for you.