SEWING SURPRISES SWOP (and maybe a new Cambie…)

I’ve been amazed at how frantic life has been since my return from holidays. I should have posted this when I got home – however it was so sweet and lovely I wanted to take lovely pictures… thank you Sparkly Super Nova for organising this! On the upside this post has been lost in the tidal wave of posts following a swop!

Sewing Surprises from Musings of a Seamstress

First up – check out these lovely hair bows that Sarah sent to me for my girls. I know – soooo cute. You can buy these from Sarah Etsy’s shop which will help fund her adoption project – please take some time to read about it here

Bows for Adoption

Bows for Adoption – my girls love these!

She also sent me this necklace which is just perfection. I love love love love it. I know – green with envy? I’m not sure where Sarah got this but it’s perfect and I love it. Even the chain is beautiful and dainty.

Sewing Surprises Swop - neckalce

Sewing Surprises Swop – necklace

And watcha wearing with that Lizzy?

Sewaholic Cambie - Little Skulls

Sewaholic Cambie – Little Skulls. Note to self: iron dress before photos next time Lizzy!

ummmmmm, it might be Cambie No.4…. OK stop laughing. Cambie 1, Cambie 2 & Cambie 3 are all much loved members of my dress family and they wanted a little sister. She’s a bit naughtier than the others… if you look closely…

Skulls Sewaholic Cambie

Skulls Sewaholic Cambie

I love the sweetness of the Sewaholic Cambie shape combined with the quirky little aqua skulls. When I started knitting the cardigan I had an immediate vision the Little Skulls Cambie with it.

There really isn’t much I can’t tell you about Cambie that I haven’t already. It’s a lovely shape, well drafted and by far the easiest full lined dress I’ve made so far.


Sewaholic Cambie - Little Skulls

Sewaholic Cambie – Little Skulls with Icecream Marion

Cute cardie… did you make that too? Yes I did! I’ve been a bit ‘knit obsessed’ this year. this delightful little monster is Marion by Andi Satterlund. It’s a new release and I just HAD to knit it as soon as I saw it. I adore the cables and I really wanted a longer sleeved cardigan as I wear my Whole Wheat cardigan a lot – cream goes with just about everything. When this cream Malabrigo arrived from I was a little disappointed with the colour. Fortunately as soon as I started to knit it up, I fell in love. The colour reminds me of icecream and hence I call this cardigan my Icecream Marion.

It’s perfection with Cambie as it finishes right on the waistband… and Tasia of Sewaholic fame is in fact also knitting this, I spied her over on Ravelry with Marion WIP.

Marion by Andi Satterlund - available on Ravelry

Marion by Andi Satterlund – available on Ravelry

I love the buttons, they are coconut shell. The shop only had one card of four buttons and the pattern said I needed five. Then I read the pattern (I know, novel idea) and I only needed four for the smaller size. If I knit this again (and I’m tempted to in red) I will just do three button holes.

At the Historic Cemetery

At the Historical Cemetery

It just seemed perfect to photograph this dress in our Historical Cemetery. It is no longer used as a cemetery but it is where the free settlers were buried in the early days of European settlement in Port Macquarie, the graves are scattered randomly through beautiful grass and trees, it’s quite serene (this from a girl that freaks out at the idea of serenity). It’s now a beautiful park at the end of our main street.

Dress: Sewaholic Cambie (purchased from Sew Squirrel)
Cardigan: Marion by Andi Satterlund from Ravelry. Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted from

I’ve been fearsomely tired this weekend with a crashing headache for two days. Not great pictures but hopefully I’m not looking so drained for my By Hand London Victoria Blazer – which is not far off being finished!!

And my hair is HORRID. Off to get that fixed this Tuesday!

AND! I went to the recent Sydney meet-up organised by Kristy of Lower Your Press Foot – you can check out all the pictures here at Little Betty’s blog… I felt like I cheated but my 1950 vintage lace dress just seemed the perfect choice for High Tea!

The Sydney Meet-up outfit - 1950s lace...

The Sydney Meet-up outfit – 1950s lace…



We have had a ‘cold snap’ followed by rain. It’s gotten down to 2 degrees at night which is our version of an Arctic experience. So no Sewaholic Cambie View B pictures just yet. It should be sunny this weekend (touch wood) so photos then.

So what to do with no pictures to post? I decided to indulge my new Sewaholic addiction and tackle View A, the a-line skirt version straight away.

My original plan was to make it up in the same print (but on a black background) as my View B. It would have been a perfect balanced post. However I decided not to sacrifice myself to the blog gods just yet and picked another fabric from the stash instead.

On my ironing table is another rose print, more modern, in a black cotton sateen.

I love cotton sateen. It’s so ‘obedient’. It does not giggle or wiggle as you pin, stitch and iron. It just submits to the stitch.

Its also very forgiving. If you eat a little too much lunch, it stretches without complaint. It’s like a lovely neighbour who collects your mail, tells you look fabulous when you get a new haircut, makes you chicken soup when you are ill and takes in your washing when it starts to rain.

To further my Sewaholic addiction I ordered Thurlow and Pendrell tonight. I think Pendrell might be the perfect work top for me. I sense a flood of Thurlows will soon swamp blogland because any stitcher who has experienced the perfect Sewaholic fit knows this could be the perfect shorts/pants pattern… as soon as I hear they had landed in Australia I ordered mine from Sew Squirrel! I think they think I’m nuts but I’m OK with that :-)’




This is what is on my ironing board tonight, Sewaholic Cambie, view B.

After the grunge fest that was Colette Purple Haze’l, this is rather like eating icecream on a warm sunny afternoon. Yummy, delightful and old-fashioned fun.

I bought this rose fabric at Easter simply because it made me feel happy. Which is a perfectly sensible reason to buy fabric don’t you think?

I pictured it as a full-skirted summer dress. And then Cambie came along! Kismet!

I’m up to putting in the zipper, attaching the lining, finishing the straps, hemming… quite a bit really!

I’m really enjoying making this dress and hope the joy continues tomorrow. I have a plan for View A as well.

However I shall NOT wear my black cargo pants while sewing with white thread again (although my mum always told me if you were dirty it must mean you had been having fun).