Thursday, July 9, 2009

fabric porn (not for the fainthearted)

retro yumminess - for a few dollars off trademe.co.nz

My nana was a seamstress and lived in those days when it was the norm to sew your own clothes. Especially your children’s. My own mother followed suit and made many of my sister and I’s clothes. I will be forever haunted by a red terry towelling tracksuit she made me. During my teenage years i seriously contemplated purging the family photos of any evidence me wearing it. (My sister had a matching one) Now i think it’s cool. I wonder which of Jed’s handcrafted or thrifted clothes he’ll remember. Or more to the point, how he will remember them...ahem!


a treat (yes, even if it is cheap, it can still be called a treat)- marimekko fabric - i am dreaming up a bag...

Sixteen years of gypsy life meant no fabric stash. I would recycle clothes and grab what i could for specific projects. Apart from my 4 years with a manual Singer sewing machine, i mended and created clothes by hand. I sold a line of hats, hand painted t-shirts, re-purposed old found jeans into purses, bags and hats. A big bonus of being nested in one place now is that i can have a sewing machine. Yahoo. Working on a line of active little people trousers in all that spare time i have and uber excited about finding new bits of fabric for my growing stash. I live over the hill and far away from shops and can go oooh a month sometimes, without going into town so a stash is a darn good idea for me. Nothing like it when you have a great idea for a project at 8pm and no fabric to create it with...arghhh. I like to re-purpose hideous clothes into beauty and in my book (happily co-governed by my principles and my shallow pockets), cheap is good but free is best.

thanks em for this HUGE birthday piece of immaculate condition retro fabric
I got a tip-off about this fantastic fabric sale on the 18th July –fabricabrac – but, darn it all, its in Wellington’s Brooklyn. I was salivating looking at the pictures of last years fabricabrac. Its looks like a truly fabulous day out for the likes of craft crazy me. Hey, does someone with more spare time want to organise one in Auckland? Preferably out West....i’d be there. With bells on.


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