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Tag Archives: Melbourne

Summer loving

10 Feb

It’s been a busy few weeks in the land of ZoSews! Unfortunately not a huge amount of sewing has been done, but I do have a shiny new dress that I’ll share soon.

So far this year I’ve been back to work after Xmas, then on holidays again, and now back to work again!

In amongst that I completed Tough Mudder (22km obstacle race), spent a week at the beach (bliss!), went to the Australian Open, celebrated Australia Day, went the zoo, started French lessons, went to moonlight cinema for the first time, attended a wedding, started ballet and sewing for the year and finished a certain By Hand London dress on a crazy deadline. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been absent from blogland.

The beach

The weather has been fairly stunning here in Melbourne (sorry cold northern hemisphere folks!), which made for a brilliant week at Phillip Island with Mr ZoSews, his two mini people, plus Mr ZoSews’ sister and family.

Here’s a picture if the beach at the end of our street where we spent many an afternoon. The tide is waaay out, when it was in it came up to the pebbles. I attempted surfing here – which was a huge fail given that my body was still recovering from Tough Mudder at the time!

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And more beach…

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Pyramid Rock

Wineries, fishing, food, cocktails, barbeques and beach and backyard cricket also featured this holiday.

As did Tough Mudder. If you’re considering it, do it. It was so much fun!!! See…

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Electro shock therapy

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In and around Melbourne

As well as turning into a beach bum at Phillip Island, Ive been up and about in Melbourne.

At the tennis… We were treated to a brilliant early round five setter.

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And at the Zoo…

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And more…! Including visiting the local ‘beaches’ and *drum roll* hitting my one year blogiversary! Yay! Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and encouragement along the way 🙂

What have you all been up to? I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible while the weather’s good!!

Z xx

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Shopping: I went

22 Jul

I hit The Fabric Store‘s sale this weekend and got me some fun new things to play with – I thought I’d share my haul with y’all.

1. Papercut Patterns Undercover Hood

This looks like it’s going to be a really quick make (yay!). And, could this packaging be any more fabulous?

 

I was a good girl and traced it off and washed my fabric yesterday. Like my fancy pattern weight?

I’m going to make the Undercover Hood in a delightful pink and grey striped Marc Jacobs knit, also from The Fabric Store. Here it is  drying on the line. And, drum roll, I’m not making a toile – yep, this is me, rebelling.

 

2. Green and white silk

I’m planning to use this as lining for a Sewaholic Minoru 🙂 Don’t hold your breath on that turning up though!

3. Black wool

And this is the planned outer fabric for the aforementioned Minoru – inspired by the black wool Minoru from Sew Brunswick!

4. Black and white silk

Last one, don’t know what this will end up as but I was attached so bought it anyway. Don’t judge – we’ve all been there 😉 Let me know if you have any ideas!

I think The Fabric Store is my favourite fabric retailer in Melbourne – great range, I always seem to find things I like there, and finally the staff are really helpful, and lovely! My mustard jacket was made with fabric from there too 🙂 (v8146 – nearly there and Presenting v8146)

What have you guys purchased lately?

Z xx

Crescent skirt – comes with free sunshine

30 Jun

I went to see the Australian Ballet’s production of Onegin today with my Grandmother (yes – it was great!). But before the ballet, I sneaked in some cheeky fabric shopping at the Clegs stocktake sale. Surprisingly, I walked away empty handed – completely empty handed, not even a notion in sight! But, to ensure I had enough time for my shopping, (priorities!!) I went in to the city early, and was greeted by a stunning Winter’s day. Check out how pretty the Arts Centre looked!

Melbourne in Winter - Arts Centre

On my travels, I was wearing my completed Crescent skirt in a lovely bright yellow from The Fabric Store – which added even more sunshine to my day! I love cracking out a bright piece in Winter, it makes me feel much more sunny and upbeat.

Here’s me in the sunny Crescent skirt with my pretty dancing friend:

Crescent skirt

I did freestyle from the instructions a little, and used an exposed zipper. That was my only diversion from the pattern though – amazing!

Crescent skirt with exposed zipper

When making this skirt, my overlocker (serger) was threaded with black thread – which, had I used it to finish these lovely yellow seams, would have looked heinous! I was too lazy to rethread the machine, so instead I bound my seams with yellow ribbon that I had lying around. Which on reflection, took much longer than rethreading the machine would have taken! Duh.

Crescent skirt - bound seams

And just for fun, here’s a picture of the stage curtain at the State Theatre – isn’t it beautiful! You can see the orchestra pit down the front too.

State Theatre curtain

So that’s my sunny skirt – it’s positively un-Melburnian, i.e. not black. Do you wear certain garments to pick you up? How do the colours you wear affect (effect?) your mood?

Happy day of mothers!

13 May

It’s Mother’s Day! I am not a mother, so the day is not for me, but happy mother’s day to all the mummies out there! Hopefully your offspring have remembered to recognise you in some way, shape or form.

I may not be a mother, but I did however embrace the day by joining in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic for the first time with a group of folks from the office. I was convinced (peer pressured) into joining the 8km run rather than the 4km. We attempted some training, but the furthest we ever got was about 3.5km – there were lots of hills in that 3.5km though! So, anyway, I was skeptical as to whether I could in fact complete this so-called ‘run’ without ‘walking’. And there was also Melbourne’s charming weather to deal with, it was freezing, hang on, no it was sunny, hang on, no it was actually raining – oh what the heck, it was all of the above! Typical…

So what happened?

I RAN THE WHOLE THING! ALL 8 KILOMETRES! Needless to say, i was pretty darn happy with myself 🙂 My time was rather average, I think it was 61mins in total – but I don’t care, because I ran the whole thing! And, the only way is up right? And by ‘up’ I mean ‘down’ in time.

On the downside, I didn’t get any photos of me or the folks I did it with to share with you. But here’s a shot of the start of loooong queue to drop off your bag. (Doesn’t Melbourne look pretty..?)

MDC Melbourne bag drop

And here’s a shot of my medal/keyring/lanyard 🙂

MDC medal

So that’s my story. And the Mother’s Day Classic is actually a fundraising event, so if are inclined to sponsor me – yes, even retrospectively – please feel free. Funds go towards breast cancer research. Go on, it’s a good cause.

Apart from this, my weekend has been quite productive actually – amongst other, more boring things I’ve been working on my Beignet, made a delish pasta and self saucing chocolate pudding, and I have a pork belly marinating now… mmm pork belly. What have you been up to? Mothers – did you have a nice day?

Zxx

A sewer’s guide to Melbourne

15 Feb

I can get jealous of the vast available options for sewers overseas, especially in the US! There’s so much variety, and everything seems to be cheaper there too. ‘Down Under’ we can certainly purchase these bargains online, but the postage costs can be a killer. In fact, sometimes the postage costs more than the actual purchase!

Anyway, I find that half the fun of shopping for fabric and the like is the retail experience. I like to see the true colours, touch, rub, stretch, drape and play with fabric before I purchase it – it’s like the fabric and I are bonding!

Shopping in Melbourne

Shopping in a Melbourne laneway

Here in Melbourne, I have my tried and true favourite haunts, and every now and again I’ll come across a fabulous new ‘sewing resource’. It could be a new fabric store, or a perhaps a place that makes custom buttons and belts.

I want to share the local sewing wonderlands I know of and discover with other Melbournians (and visitors to this lovely city), so I’ve created what I’m calling the ‘Sewer’s Guide to Melbourne’. A map that shares all the local, fabulous sewing delights here in Melbourne.

You can view the guide on the My Sewing Resources page. The map is an ongoing work in progress that I plan to update whenever I find somewhere new.

Have a look and let me know what you think, and let me know of any other places I should add too! I hope you find the guide useful!

ZoSews’ top three from Tessuti’s Winter 2012 range (so far anyway)

6 Feb

So I check my email today, and what pops up? An email from Tessuti announcing their winter range has arrived! Gah! Barely able to contain myself, I jump straight on to the Tessuti online shop for a quick look.

There’s so many pretty things! But, unfortunately little miss ZoSews does not have an evergreen money tree, so purchasing must be constrained. With that in mind, I set about choosing some favourites for consideration.

So, here’s my top three from Tessuti’s new fabric range:

1. Cherry Peaks: Italian Designer 100% Wool Knit.

Div-ine! I love this Missoni look. (Is this in fact Missoni fabric? That is the question!) I’m thinking a wonderful zig zaggy maxi dress with this gem. Aren’t the warm, Autumnal colours lovely?

Cherry peaks fabric

2. Riverbed:  Italian Designer 78% Mohair 13% Wool 9% Nylon.

The colours just pop in this fabric. I’m imagining a fabulous coat, a swing coat…mmmm fabulous swing coat. There’s also a purple and black version of this fabric available – Lavender Forest.

Riverbed fabric

3. Last but not least, Black Night: Italian Designer  54% Alpaca 46% Wool Diagonal Twill Coating. Well I wouldn’t be a real Melbournian if I didn’t choose something black! I picture this as another fabulous, yet more classic or
serious coat.

Black Night fabric

So that’s it, my top three! Hopefully at least one of these makes it to my sewing room. (Did I say sewing room?  Darn wishful thinking – I meant kitchen
table! :o)

Have you looked at Tessuti’s new range? Which are your favourites?

Zxx

P.S – Pattern suggestions for these divine fabrics are very welcome 🙂

P.P.S – For those who love sewing news, I just received an email saying Kwik Sew Patterns are now part of the The McCall Pattern Company.