Monthly Archives: October 2011

BSCPerth Christmas Party!

Fa la la la la…etc! The BSC Perth Christmas Party is coming – and you’re invited! It’s time to acknowledge the festive season with an extra festive Burda gathering. No sewing required! 
Here’s what you need to know ::
Date:  Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time:6:00 PM
Location:  Rusty Hollow Bistro (Debra & Peter’s Place). LOT 23, Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere, AU 6055. Click here for a map. Note: Debra and Peter’s front gate is directly across from the back entrance of Detroit Diesel with a giant metal grass tree inside the fence. Make sure you have Sarah, Debra or Elizabeth’s mobile phone number with you, just in case you get lost…
Food: Bring a plate/platter/tin/similar vessel of something scrumptious to share plus beverages for yourself.  The BBQ will be fired up for anything that needs to sizzle.
People: Families, significant others and new members are all welcome!
Other awesome news: There will be an outdoor fire at dusk, and sturdy shoes are advised for the “rustic” environment.
Kris Kringle: Please bring one wrapped hand-made Christmas ornament for the gift exchange. Kittehs can haz presents too? Sorry, no. Kris Kringle is for BSC members only!



November & December Meets

Maybe you’re not signed up for MeetUp notifications; perhaps your husband is a little over-zealous in deleting emails from your account; or maybe you’re a little confused about the notification emails you may have received… you need to know that the dates for the upcoming November and December BSC Perth meetups have been set, and are ready to be put into your diary!

BSC Perth :: November Meet
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 1:30pm
RSVP on MeetUp Everywhere

BSC Perth :: December Meet
Date: Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 1:30pm
RSVP on MeetUp Everywhere

Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming post inviting you to the Perth BurdaStyle Sewing Club CHRISTMAS PARTY – coming up on the evening of Saturday, 3 December!

Chair covers

When you live in a  rent apartment there are tons of things that you may want to change but you can´t. In my case, I hated the chair (I live in a furnished apartment) but I can´t paint or reupholster them. Then is when creativity and a sewing machine are handy!

I am most proud of my “holding into place system” idea: two buttons and some elastic.

If only I could also change the curtains….

Best. Day. Ever.

First, I finished my next Peppermint style and it looks amazing! Sorry, can’t show you until it’s published, but take my word for it.

Second, flute repair guy charged me peanuts for my daughter’s leaky flute repairs.

Next, op shop guy gave me a heads up on a really old, really big book full of patterns. It’s to die for, he said. Yes, well, maybe. So he phoned the other opshop and got them to hold it for me, I got the kids from school and drove 25 mins to look at what I half suspected would be a 70’s book full of kooky peasant skirts.

OMG, it was Ladies’ Garment Cutting and Making by FR Morris !!!! Only the most covetable vintage pattern drafting book on the planet! And I got a Japanese pattern drafting book from 1969 and another copy of Successful Sewing, an oldie but a goodie, and from which my sewing avatar was derived.

I now need a cup of tea and a lie down.


Mad Men Meetup

Hi All,

In case you haven’t heard there is an exhibit in Perth of costumes from the Mad Men tv show.  I propose that we have a meetup to check out the fashions.  The exhibit is Enex100 in the city so we could meet there after work this Friday the 21st about 5.30.  We can look at all the frocks and then have a champagne somewhere after.  I’ll put an invite on meetup so I hope you can make it.  If you can’t, you can check out the display till the end of the month.


mad for fashion

“In a world first, enex100 premieres Mad for Fashion, the biggest exhibition ever stagged featuring original costumes from the Emmy Award winning television series.

This exclusive exhibition of the cult show’s most iconic looks is curated by Mad Men’s Costume Designer, Janie Bryant.

Featuring top-to-toe looks hot off the set, from Betty’s classic Grace Kelly cupcake dresses, and Joan’s Marilyn Monroe-esque pencil skirts, to Don Draper’s debonair suits.

Mad Men has reshaped and influenced the collections of the world’s leading names in fashion. From Prada and Louis Vuitton to Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, Mad Men signature silhouttes have taken over the runway. The Mad Men fashion mastermind has made it in vogue for modern women and men to dress well.

Some of the show’s most iconic looks have been selected for the exhibition, providing an intoxicating dip into a decade filled with allure, romance and style.”

Today’s meet was awesome!

Title by our junior member, who wasn’t even there today. But really, aren’t they always?

We welcomed two new faces, Angela and Jane, and welcomed Jacquie back from Spain. It was lovely to see her, (and her souvenirs …. freshly minted Patrones, BurdaStyle and another pattern magazine I’d never heard of).

It was a very productive meeting all round, actually. Sewing machines hummed and both cutting tables were fully covered in projects.

Elle converted a pile of carefully pinned emerald green silk into a gorgeous fitted bodice, right in front of our very eyes!

Sarah and Debra cut out bodices ready for fitting, and I have completely forgotten what Fleur worked on because I was so charmed by the Xmas ornaments she had finished since last meet.

Angela cut out a cute dress from a company I’m not familiar with, so I’m looking forward to seeing the finished dress. I loved the fabric, a really deep toned painterly floral. Gorgeous.

Jane had a beautifully sewn neckline with a collar and facing. I helped her trim and understitch the seam. It looked great, but neither of us had noticed it was inside out. Oops. I blame the fabric, which was a lovely soft pink print. And the wine, which was a lovely soft white. (thank you Elle!)

We had a flying visit from Cherie, who popped in to say hi but couldn’t stay. She’s sewing up a storm with aprons and kid’s clothes, preparing for a market day in November.

Vanessa worked on her other sewing tool … A laptop. She’s organizing all her projects and patterns using Evernote.

And as for me, no sewing as usual. I have so much fun seeing what everyone else is up to, I think actually sitting still and working would make me feel like I’d missed something. I had so much fun I forgot to take photos. sigh.

Meeting this Sunday and Spring at Potters

Yay!  After unfortunately missing the September meeting, I note that the next meeting of Perth BSC is this Sunday arvo, the 16th October.

If there are any other Perth sewists out there who would like to have a sew and a chat with a lovely, and very welcoming, bunch of people, please come along.  The meetings are great fun.   For location and time details:

And if, like me, you are wondering what project to start and feeling a bit ‘over’ drab winter things, I went into Potters Outlet Store the other day and it has lots of new spring stock in. Lots of nice jerseys and tshirt fabrics, plain and patterned. And lightweight blouseweights and digital prints.I have to confess that I walked in shortly after lunch time and ran into a fellow BSC member and we had a fabulous chat but for such a long time that they shut the shop around us.  And one of the staff quipped (in a very nice way) when she was leaving work that she would see us on Monday.  Like we would still be there chatting then!  Oh the shame.P.S.  I feel I should add one of those riders they have on political ads.  In this case ‘whilst Potters  staff probably think I am some fabric obsessive, I have no connection or affiliation with Potters.  Nor for that matter does BSC have any affiliation.   They just have really nice fabric ‘.