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March 2014 Sewing Camp (Part 1)

A few pics from the March 2014 Sewing Camp. A BIG thankyou to Elle for all your planning/organizational/culinary skills, without which this camp would not have happened.

Bunting! With my sewing group’s acronym = sewing geek heaven. Herald the way to sewing campdom… it’s not a sewing camp without some actual sewing going on….here are the ladies who put the “[sewing machine] pedal to the metal”during sewing camp weekend.

Kelly working on a mandarin collar:

Jacquie making another lovely knit top:

Kirsten tracing a pattern out of a BWOF magazine – see it can be done!’

Brenda -handstitching the lining on her retro style jacket (love the rust orange and navy combo!):

More pics to follow….



Burda Shirt Finished 7525

IMAG1048Okay ladies as a few of you maybe aware I do not like posting on our site unless it is Burda based, hence I can post about this shirt I have just made for Jeff for Christmas, and yes you are right upon closer inspection it is The Grinch That Stole Christmas material, he picked it and said he would wear it so here we go !!!!!

This is pattern number Burda 7525 and was quite easy to follow and put together, I did have to make some changes as my partner is very broad across the shoulders, still not quite enough so next time a tad more…

Have  a fantastic Christmas one and all….

Cheers Fleur


What happens at Sewing Camp…

elizabeth's_avatarends up on the blog!

It was a great weekend.  Unlike the last one, there were no car dramas, and we had the delight of a semi-tame kangaroo hopping around peering curiously at us.  The weather was gorgeous and some of us ended the weekend with a dip. Much wine was drunk and quite a lot of sewing happened.  We’re talking about the next one in April-ish next year.


Here’s Zoe concentrating hard on her hand sewing.










New member Kelly might not have been expecting to be photographed…









Vanessa, on the other hand, was warned and ready for the camera.



Kate was concentrating far too hard on her pattern alterations to even look up.


Helen brought along a project that’s been waiting for some uninterrupted sewing time for quite a while.


And here is Helen’s refurbished, verge-collection footstool. There was hammering involved and some very bad language at a couple of points!

Sewing Weekend Away – it’s nearly here!

elizabeth's_avatarThe lovely proprietors of Moondyne Convention Centre, Christine and Peter, are delighted we want to come back! They’re busy, but they’ve managed to squeeze us in between their scary corporate clients.

Come up on Friday night (8 November) after work and go home Sunday (10 November) after a couple of days of concentrated sewing. Elle will take care of the catering again, with a roster of sous chefs and kitchen fairies.

Accommodation is $50 a night (so $100 for the weekend) and all your food will be another $50, so $150 for an entire, catered weekend. It’s the best value holiday you’ll ever have, and THERE’S SEWING!

If you came along last time, you’ll know the rooms are warm and comfortable with ensuites, the views are divine, and there’s a dedicated conference room where we can set up our machines and cutting out and not have to pack it up each night.,+Australia&da…­

So far seven of us have RSVPed – so if you haven’t, you need to pay, and if you want to be part of the fun, there are eight places left…


September meet at Fleur’s

elizabeth's_avatarWhat a gorgeous day to visit Fleur’s house in the Hills for the September meet.  The sun was shining and Fleur’s garden was bursting into bloom.

Even Dino thought it was a beautiful day.


He is smiling there.

It was lovely to meet Maxine and Brenda who came along to their first BSC Perth meet.

Here’s Brenda concentrating hard.


And Fleur working on a pair of trousers.


And Fiona caught unawares!


And Irene tackling a Colette Jasmine with a tricky bias.


Sarah W has very generously offered to host next month’s meet.  See the Meetup site for details a bit closer to the date.

The next BSC sewing sleepover

elizabeth's_avatarChristine and Peter are rather looking forward to us coming up to stay at Moondyne Park in the middle of May.
It’s about 40 mins drive from my place in Midland, about 20km off the Great Northern Highway at Bullsbrook.

If anyone’s interested in going up in convoy, I’ll be leaving about 6pm. I’ve also got some room in my station wagon if anyone wants to ride with me.

There isn’t a Blue Wren Cafe equivalent, unless we want to go to the pub in Bullsbrook, so we’ll be cooking every meal ourselves. I’m happy to do most of this (I have a fab pumpkin scone recipe, for example).

Depending on how many people come, we should be able to do this for between $5 and $10 per person per meal. Which would work out for five meals, between $25 and $50 for all catering. I’m also happy to coordinate this, but would love a hand with the shopping and getting it up to Moondyne – I do have to fit my sewing stuff in my car too.

We can expect it to be quite cool at night, but the main dining/sewing room has a fireplace, as does the sitting room. There’s a huge covered outdoor area and a swimming pool. If you like walking, the property is breathtakingly beautiful and includes a bit of the Avon River.

The kitchen is very well equipped, and if we’re nice to Peter, he might let us use his barbecue, too.

So, who’s in?

January 6, 2013 – Unveiled!

sarahs_avatarThe WA Museum is currently hosting an exhibition all the way from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum – wedding dresses! Lingerie! Hats! Shoes! See website. From the website:

Relive 200 years of romance and glamour with this dramatic collection of wedding fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

This exhibition traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and shows how both brides and designers have stamped their own style on tradition. It considers the influence of the wedding industry, the effect of the increasing media focus on wedding fashions, and the excitement generated by society and celebrity weddings.

The exhibition features 65 wedding outfits and accessories of both brides and bridegrooms. The range of accessories includes veils, hats, shoes, wreaths, and lingerie.

Interested in going along and checking it out? Well, the exhibition is on display until 24 March 2013. But, a group from the sewing club will be heading along on Sunday, January 6 at 1pm. Visit MeetUp to RSVP if you want to join us!

Just for the record, 98% of the reason I’m going along is to see Gwen Stefani’s John Galliano-designed wedding dress (below)!!