Monthly Archives: July 2012

Boxer pants meet

Our next meet on Sunday August 19th, has been designated Boxer Shorts day. It’s not obligatory to make them, but if you’d like to, here’s a bunch of patterns and tutorials to consider.

Now, call them boxer shorts and wear them to bed, or tap pants and wear them under skirts, they are easy to draft and quick to sew. I’ve included a few links to tutorials for various styles.

Simple & Modern: these are the easiest to draft and sew.

Sweet & Vintage: scroll down to the circular tap pants and download the PDF. These are a little harder to sew, but have the advantage of no centre front and back seams. And I’m happy to help, once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll never look back.

If you like the idea of the circular tap pants but want a pant that isn’t so full and uses less fabric, I have a draft in an old Women’s Institute book from the 1930’s or 40’s. It’s fabulous.

I also have a few patterns for simple pants and if I rummage around I have a couple of genuine vintage “bloomer” style patterns. (Just like my Nana used to wear, I couldn’t make them without laughing uncontrollably.)

A pair of boxer shorts can be whipped up in no time, so if you haven’t got something more pressing to work on, bring some cute fabric and sort out your summer smalls.



The great Dwellingup sewing retreat!

Finally! The post about the first ever BSC Perth sewing weekend away is finally here! About time, eh? *hides face in embarrassment*

So, here’s the story – back on Friday 15 July, 8 members of the BSC Perth sewing club (Sarah, Elle, Debra, Vanessa, Sandra, Fleur, Kate and Helen) travelled to Dwellingup!  Kids, husbands, partners, housework, gardens and other distractions were left at home for a sewing weekend away.

For the weekend, we stayed at the Forest Heritage Centre in Dwellingup. Despite the multitude of warnings received pre-departure about HOW COLD it was going to be … turns out it wasn’t so bad after all. Huzzah! (Of course, the  toasty warm fires going during the day, and the room heating at night obviously helped with that!)

When we arrived on Friday evening, dinner had been organised and was being prepared by Elle, assisted by those who arrived early. Delicious chicken and vegetable soup  and lemon pudding filled everyone up over conversations about what each person was hoping to work on that weekend, and what interesting things they had bought along to show/share.

We each chose one of the basic but comfortable rooms to dump our sleeping bag, and stowed our sewing supplies in the common room, ready to go on Saturday!

The accommodation block at the Forest Heritage Centre.

The common room was a great space for sewing – kitchen for snacks, a fire for warmth, wooden floors (for easy sweeping up of trimmed threads), a table and kitchen island for cutting, and a long table for the setting up of sewing machines.

On Saturday morning everyone got up for a full-cooked breakfast… then, it was time to get to work! A few us were working on dresses which we were optimistically hoping to have finished in time for dinner that evening, the others were working on a range of projects – including a skirt, trousers and a 1920s costume for a party in London! Here’s a few photos to prove we were doing more than just talking!

Elle and Sandra excitedly cutting out and discussing pattern pieces.

Here’s me working on my latest black work dress. This dress, which I finished on the day has become a work wardrobe staple! Hopefully a post to come…

Vanessa, concentrating on her hand sewing.

Here’s Fleur wearing her work-in-progress dress. In this picture you can also see Sandra helping make some adjustments to the dress to improve the fit. Sandra helped EVERY SINGLE PERSON AT SOME POINT this weekend… as well as sewing herself a new skirt. A. Sewing. Machine.  Thanks Sandra!

The concentration! The dedication! Look at all that sewing!

After a full and highly productive day of sewing, we set off by car/foot to a local cafe for dinner. Lamb shanks! Country prices! FTW! Here’s Kate and Debra clearly having a lovely time!

Here’s Elle and Helen!
On Sunday morning we went back to the same cafe for breakfast (because it was a nice cafe, and because the options were somewhat limited), and then went for a wander along the main street of Dwellingup, stopping in a few local craft stores. Then it was back to the Forest Heritage Centre for a little more sewing! After lunch it was time to start cleaning, packing up  and get ready to head back to Perth.
Everyone who came away with us agreed that this was a great weekend, and that it should definitely happen again. Watch this space for news about a future sewing retreat… it’s on the cards!
PS. Thanks to Helen who had the foresight to bring her camera with her and take some photos for us this weekend!

Another fabric sale

Now that you’ve got all those fab patterns in the Great Pattern Sale, of course you need fabric to make them up.

Lola Australia is having a studio sale for 2 weeks, with cottons, silk, embroidery, lace, jersey and trimmings.

The sale will be held at 20 Pakenham St, Mt Lawley. It will run from Wednesday 4th July until Wednesday 18th July from 10am-2pm weekdays.

Their contact details are:
T: 9471 8329