In my childhood world there was no Halloween, yes we knew about it but it wasn’t something that really was celebrated in Australia.

It’s only been in the last few years that you can now expect a door knock and little faces begging you for yet more sugar.

This year I have relented and will let my girls do a little ‘trick or treating’. The eldest was so excited that she coaxed/coerced her grandmother into helping her sew a costume on the recent Tasmania trip. They did an excellent job! My only contribution to this outfit was stitching on the droopy sleeve ends – the instructions were rather unclear and I think Grandma was also a little worn out by the excitement of Miss 9!

We snapped some snow shots while at the holiday house (as snow is a novelty for us!)

Halloween Costume 2012 - made by Miss 9 and Grandma

Halloween Costume 2012 – made by Miss 9 and Grandma

Halloween Costume 2012

Halloween Costume 2012 – made by Miss 9 and Grandma

She is my daughter so she insisted that she have a few more shots taken at home as she had finished accessorising the outfit. Yes, that’s my girl!

The witch and the vampire

The witch and the vampire

The little munchkin of the house is in the Halloween fun – but wearing a hand-me-down black velvet dress. We shall accessorise her Halloween look with some dripping ‘blood’ down her chin as she wants to be a vampire. Yes, it’s not enough that she sucks money from my wallet, she want your blood (and lollies) too!

While in Tasmania in early October, I stumbled over a poster in the fish ‘n’ chip shop on the Friday night I arrived. Hooray!

So after a brief stint at Salamanca Markets on Saturday morning (closing early due to bad weather on the way)…

Salamanca Markets, Hobart

Salamanca Markets, Hobart. Mount Wellington looming in the background

Grandma (my mother-in-law) and I took off to Frock Up Hobart. It was small but fabulous. They occur all over the place – check out their website for more details if you are an Aussie.

It was mainly clothes. Some very expensive clothes – I could not even find a price on this dress but the cherry necklace was $460… but the use of the border print is fabulous and would be easy enough to replicate…

Vintage Sundress

Vintage Sundress

There were a few patterns and magazine but not many. I did pick up this cute 1950s magazine…

Vintage Magazine

Vintage Magazine – no patterns but lots of lovely pictures!

I also found this little blouse pattern in my size, or close enough. Hopefully the pattern is kind to me as I would love sleeveless one with some capri pants!

Vintage blouse pattern

Vintage blouse pattern. I love the owner’s name! Thanks Lynette 🙂

My mother-in-law also bought me a super special birthday present… but you will have to wait until November 20… as it’s my birthday dress! Oh, it’s sooooo lovely….

Happy Halloween everyone!

And I hope those how have been sheltering from Sandy are safe. x


  1. Happy Halloween! I love that she made her outfit! When I had my gothic phase I had a top just like that! hehe! 😛
    ooo it is ur birthday month! cannot wait to see the dress! 😀
    Also love the blouse pattern! very elegant! Are you going to make capri pants? would love to see some tried and tested patterns!

    • She’s landed the part of ‘corporate lady’ in the Christmas play and apparently I have to make a suit for her!
      I want to make some Capri pants. I think I’ve got a pattern that might work… so many things to sew!

      • ooo congrats to her! oh a suit! wow! u will be so busy!!!

        cool about the capris! I want to do some more knit sewing soon! Saw some chunkier knit fabric perfect for a cardigan the other day but the car needed a service. sigh. Maybe I will sell more stuff on ebay like cds to get a sewing fund started! 😛

  2. Very nice work! I think my obsession with making my fancy dress costumes led to me to believe I could try making my own clothes! I see a bright future ahead of this little seamstress.
    I feel like I should remember where you travelled to from an earlier post, but wooooah snow?!

    • It makes me happy to think she might enjoy craft & sewing when she grows up.
      We stayed in Miena in Tasmania which is in the central highlands, alpine weather. I have to make a beanie or head wrap for my ears next time, the earache was extreme for me in the cold!

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