Monthly Archives: May 2011

BSC Perth :: June Meet

The date of the BSC Perth June meet has been set!
WHEN: Sunday, 19 June, 1:30pm
WHERE: Sewanista Fashion Workshop, Malaga

Why not come along to the BSC Perth June meet (on Sunday, 19 June) to ::

  • sew (you can bring your sewing machine, or bring hand sewing if that’s easier)!
  • talk about sewing (or anything else that takes your [and at least one other person’s] fancy on the day ;-)!
  • pour over the latest sewing magazines (and admire/mock the latest Burda harem pants pattern – you know there’ll be at least one new pair)!
  • share your plans for the fabric you bought at Potter Textiles last month!
  • show and tell about your recently finished (or currently in progress projects)!
  • see if someone else knows how to do that *thing* you’re not sure how to do (or get opinions/recommendations on fabric choices etc)!

BSC Perth meets are great, social events which bring together a lively group of people who share an interest in sewing and dressmaking! Members’ sewing skills range from beginner to professional – all you need is an interest in sewing to come along!

Any questions? Send an email to

RSVP for the event at MeetUp —


Bindaring on Saturday

Yes I know!  This post has nothing whatsoever to do with sewing.   It does have to do with clothes though!  It’s a reminder of a Perth institution for anyone who is in the clothes buying mood, has a couple of hours free on Saturday and wants to support a very good cause.

It’s time for the annual Red Cross ‘Bindaring’ sale, which is on at Claremont Show Grounds this weekend.  Details are at .

The last one I went to was fantastic.  One part was like a big consignment shop with clothes donated by masses of Perth shops and all sorts of designers  (one person I went with emerged with a plastic bag of gorgeous Lisa Ho dresses for very little money).  Other sections were more like a jumble sale.  There are also parades of designer clothes which are auctioned.   It is worth a look.

If you are in the buying mood get there early and it can get a bit jostly if you are trying things on.  But it is all good fun and all for charity.

Breathless sale Sat 14 May – includes fabric

I saw this in my local paper. Don’t know anything about the label but might be worth checking out prior to heading out to Potterama.
8a Vivian St, Burswood
14th May 8am to 4pm

New City Fabric Shop

It’s been years since there was a fabric shop in Perth City Centre (when did Lincraft close?).   The last bastion of things sewing related in the City has been Kennedy’s in Queen Street which has a selection of threads and haberdashery.
I thought I was misreading when a flyer came from Fabulous Fabrics the other day mentioning their City Store – but no, it is true!   I went trotting down there one lunch time to investigate (with only a mobile phone as a camera I’m afraid).  It opened the week before last.
 The location is Forrest Place on the upper floor – the side facing David Jones.
It’s open 7 days a week – so if any of us run out of threads or zips or want to buy fabric on a Friday night or a Sunday arvo, help will now be at hand.
This is the sister shop to Fabulous Fabric’s Balcatta main store and whilst somewhat smaller than the latter, it is a nice, light, airy space with a good range of fabrics, trims, patterns, zips, haberdashery and buttons.   Check out the website at
They aim for the higher end market with a focus on evening and bridal fabrics but also have daywear fabrics with some nice tshirting and suiting in the shop at the moment. Yay!

Reminder: Potterama is coming soon!

Don’t forget – the Great May Potterama is quickly approaching!

Potter Textiles is a fabric wholesaler which sells fine fabrics to designers and retailers.  But, they also have a retail space – and it’s going to be opened especially for the BSC Perth Sewing Club on Saturday, May14!

If you’ve never been to a BSC Perth meet before – that’s okay! All are welcome… and, what’s more, we love to meet other people who enjoy sewing as much as we do… so come along!

Where: Potter Textiles, 12 Macewan Street, West Leederville (which runs off Loftus Street and is opposite a garish blue and yellow bedding shop.)
Date:  Saturday May 14, 2011
Time:  1.30 – 3pm.

Don’t forget to RSVP for this event on our new MeetUp page. But… don’t worry if you forget to RSVP – you’re welcome to come along either way!


Today we had a special afternoon tea to farewell our BSCPerth co-founder Mel, as she and her husband prepare to move home to Wellington, New Zealand. In honour of the occasion, I decided to sew Mel a set of mini-bunting. I chose to make mini-bunting, with the idea that Mel might be able to hang it on a pin-board (etc) in her new sewing room in Wellington – so remind her of us all back in Perth!

For the bunting, I chose a selection of brightly coloured craft cottons out of my stash for the flags, and held them together with some white bias binding.

Making the letters for the flags was the biggest challenge. The flags (each about 3″ tall) were too small for me to paint the letters on, too small/fiddly for me to cut & applique letters on to. I briefly toyed with the idea of hand embroidering the letters, but by the time I reached the “P” (in BSCPERTHWA) I decided I didn’t like the way it looked, so I gave that idea away!

Ultimately, my mother came up with the best idea. She got the letters cut for me using the “Sizzix” machine in her local sewing/craft shop. The Sizzix is mostly used for scrapbooking (I don’t like to even say that word out loud :-P)… but can also be used to neatly die-cut letters out of fabric/felt. The white felt I used had had vliesofix applied the the back of it in advance, so ultimately, all I had to do was pull the paper off the back of the felt letters and iron them into place! So, even though the letters might be cut in a more “scrapbooking-style” type face than would usually be my style… it still looks pretty ace! #Win!

Farewell Mel – you will be missed. 🙂

A little bit of stash-busting

Go on – admit it – you’ve got boxes/bags/cupboards of fabric.  Most of it is big enough to make something substantial, but lots of it is smallish (ranging to tiny) bits that you can’t quite bear to throw away.

Here’s one idea to use up some scraps.

I’ve been slowly equipping a vintage picnic basket, and this is its latest aspect – some silver-plated cutlery I’ve gathered from op shops and garage sales.  The roll insert is part of a bathmat.  The outside blue fabric and inside compartments are treasures from one of my $3 Potters bag of scraps.

There are any number of tutorials on the interwebs, including one on the BurdaStyle site.  It’s a quick craft project, and one that will make your next picnic oh-so-sophisticated.