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Interested in …isms?

24 Jun

Picture this mes amis. Me, at the Arts Centre, with about 45 minutes to burn before meeting up with my Grandmother to go and see Swan Lake. With not enough time to walk up to Clegs or Tessuti (dammit!), what else was there to do but to head over to the NGV shop and check out their wares.

And check out their wares I did. In fact, I walked out with a new little book, Isms: Understanding Fashion


It the publisher’s own words, Isms is, “… a highly illustrated guide to the movements or ‘isms’ that have shaped the history of Western fashion from the 17th century…”

I like it as a nice, light introduction to the various trends, or rather ‘isms’ of Western fashion.

I must admit, I have barely started reading this, but already, me likey! The first isms are Restorationism, Baroque and Rococo.

I’m wondering, are y’all interested in me featuring some isms here on zee blog? Yay? Nay? Let me know!

Z xx


Happy New Year!

2 Jan

Wow, there’s been so much reflection going on in sewing blogger land. I haven’t quite caught up yet. But, I didn’t want that to stop me from wishing you all a very happy 2013! So, Happy New Year!!

I went back to work today (shock to the system), but here’s a quick update of what I’ve been up to during the last week back with the fam. Oh and my handmade Christmas crafting 🙂

Me made gifts for girls

Tote bags from Pip Lincoln’s Sew La Tea Do book.

Owls with a yoyo embellishment…


And butterflies with pretty buttons



And another one that I was too dopey to remember to take a photo of before wrapping – doh! I almost unwrapped, but I just didn’t have time.

Sewing gifts for lucky duck me

Fun new books…


And thread holders that go from wood look plastic…


to blue! With the help of some spray paint 🙂


And a shiny new pincushion.


What else has been happening?

Food, wine, friends and family – but of course.


A little bit of quilting (my holiday portable project)


And lots of puppy love



I also hung out with a bird


No sewing I’m afraid, but I’ll get there. I did catch up with the Frabjous Couture PMPS sew/draft along though!

What have you been up to?

Hope you are all raring to get in to 2013! I can’t wait to see where it takes us 🙂

Z xx

P.S: The lovely Ooobop nominated me for the very inspiring blog award! You’re too kind. I haven’t forgotten and will pass on the love soon 🙂