Monthly Archives: April 2012

The February “Sew your own knickers” meet

This year some Perth BSC sewists met at Elizabeth’s home lured by brunch and champagne and sewing talk.  However we were really there to come up with some ideas for themed meets for 2012.  After seeing some bloggers talking about how easy it is to make your own underwear I thought it would be a good one to try as it seemed achievable for an afternoon sewing session.  So the plan was set and in February we all congregated at my place on a hot and steamy day for an arvo of knicker sewing.

Unfortunately “Sewanista” was unable to make it with her unlimitless knowledge and help however I had recently been to a Janome “Sew your own bathers” workshop and knew the basics of what we should be doing.  Some of us chose to use patterns off the internet and others threw caution to the wind and drafted their own from scratch.

After 3 hours of sewing we had sewn up a range of completed knickers from granny to boyleg to risqué animal print g-style.

So the true test is in the wearing.  Unfortunately for me I managed to sew a 10cm crotch for my knickers (the green ones third from the left) so it felt like I was wearing a nappy.  One of those situations where you are so focused on the details that you don’t step back and see the big picture.  I’m not deterred though and will be making some more, I might even use one of those silk jerseys I’ve bought from Potters!

Another first for our group, we got to use the awesome name tags Sarah brought along.



Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Sale!

Today I received an email letting us know that the Bindaring Red Cross clothing sale is happening soon! This sale happens once a year at the Claremont Showgrounds, and is like a massive one-day only op shop sale (oh, and there’s also some designer stuff on sale too!). But, don’t forget, to get any of the good stuff – you need to get there really early, and not be scared of crowds!

You might like to let your members know that the next Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Sale is on Saturday 19th May 2012.

The doors to jumble open at 9am. In the Ellie Eaton Pavilion of the Claremont show grounds nothing is priced over $10. Large ranges of scarves and shoes, mens suits and shirts and women and children’s clothes aplenty.

At 10am the boutique opens. We have received large donations of nearly new and new clothing from many shops in Perth. Designer labels and one off samples all priced under $99.

In the Robinson Pavilion. There are also ‘Pop up’ market stalls of beautiful accessories, jewellery, handbags and shoes.

If you would prefer a complete outfit, our stylists create 20 outfits that will be auctioned at 11.30am.

This year trains are stopping all day at the Showgrounds station so come along and see what bargains you can find.

All proceeds go to The Australian Red Cross.

Click here to read Perth blogger Karen Cheng’s review of the 2011 event.

Bella Trousers #6011 Burda

I am very proud to present my first pair of trousers that make it to the outside world! (previous attempts have only been worn inside the house)

I used the burda pattern bella. It was featured a few weeks ago and I thought it was great. I was a bit concerned about how it will look in a “not skinny” person, but I am quite happy with the result.

Pattern sizing: The pattern has indications for size 34 to 46. I cut a 46 because of my hips, but I had to make the waist smaller. I think the measurements are a bit overestimated because I am quite sure that a 44 would have fit on the hips just fine.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were a nightmare! I had to wing the whole waist because I had no idea what I was meant to do.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

🙂 I looooooove high waist trousers. There is a bit of room for change in the pattern: pleats or no pleats in the pockets, pockets or no pockets and the most amazing one is the sailor modification.

😦 I ended up with so much fabric at the seam of the waist with the legs that my machine couldn’t make a button hole, so some of the bottoms are “fake” and they are actually a snap fastener (susssh don’t tell anyone)

Fabric use: Light denim from the sales at Homecraft Textiles.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t bother with the back pockets. The high of the crotch was way to low for me, but I only realized that when the whole thing was done.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would do it again one size smaller and with a higher crotch. I have already modified the pattern, just waiting to buy more fabric… so when are we going to the sale at intangible?

intangible are having a sale!

Hey everyone! I just recently received an email from fashion label intangible letting our club know about a sale they’ve got going on at the moment.

Dear Sewing Enthusiasts,

Due to the shutdown of our local production unit here in Perth, we have a factory full of exclusive imported designer fabric lengths, discounted remnants, bulk fabrics, fancy trims, embellishments, cotton and zips to clear.

We have been in business as a retailer since 1989 largely due to the exclusive quality fabrics we have sourced ourselves from overseas suppliers. Colour and coordination have been our strengths and you will see that with the variety of fabrics for sale that coordinate together beautifully. I can’t stress enough that you will not find these fabrics for sale elsewhere in Perth!

We are opening our doors to the public each Wednesday between 9am and 2pm, however we would love to invite you to organise a group to come through on either the Wednesday or by appointment on a Monday, Thursday or a Saturday. Groups of 5 or more will receive a 5% discount off our already amazing prices.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please call me on 0400 220 177, or email . We’d love to see you soon!

Warm Regards,
Jan Radu
Product Manager

If you’re interested in taking a look yourself, intangible is located at 322 Lord St, Perth (between Bulwer and Walcott Streets).