Saturday, April 28, 2012

Short Courses at Newcastle TAFE

The Faculty of Creative Industries at Newcastle TAFE are offering a range of great short courses. Here are some in the area of Fashion - there will be more over the year as well.

Newcastle Campus (Tighes Hill) Block DD2.9
Date: Tuesday 1 May 4pm – 7.30pm
A hands on workshop for High School Students where you will learn how to draw a fashion figure, sketch a variety of garment designs, use colour and texture techniques to bring your illustrations to life and professionally present your fashion drawings.
Fee: $50 GST inclusive

Newcastle Campus (Tighes Hill) Block DD2.9
Date: Wednesday 16 & 23 May 5.30-8.30pm
Save money, help the environment and rejuvenate your wardrobe! Learn how to alter and repair garments using a variety of sewing techniques and tips from professionals. Bring in your own garments to work on.
Fee: $160 GST inclusive

PATTERN MAKING LEVEL 1 (BEGINNER) - 28807 Newcastle Campus (Tighes Hill) Block DD2.9
Date: Tuesdays 29 May – 16 June 5.30-8.30pm Pattern making is the key to fit and style. Learn basic pattern making techniques: how to modify simple garment blocks and produce simple pattern pieces.
Fee: $260 GST inclusive

Enrol online: or Phone (02) 4929 0351 Faculty of Creative Industries Office: 582-608 Hunter Street, Newcastle West NSW 2302 F A C U L T Y O F C R E A T I V E I N D U S T R I E S

Monday, April 16, 2012

Baby Shower

A baby shower .... it's a funny term isn't it .... anyway, there's a new McDonell baby imminent (and it's NOT mine) .... and every new Mum and Dad need a big bag for all that stuff ....
Here is the Beach Bag made into a Nappy Bag ..... featuring Saffron Craig's Parrot Fabric - a gorgeously detailed and pretty print ..... Three big compartment pockets - two on the outside and one in the lining, a zippered gusset closure ..... this is a fabulous bag pattern. Also has 6 cute purse feet on the bottom.

And .... another Dick and Jane Folding Travel Change Mat, pattern from the Clever Miss Nicole Mallalieu.
And the gifts were gratefully received ...... now to just wait and wait and ...........
And I have 4 Beach Bag Patterns left in stock - contact me if you'd like one for the SPECIAL price of $15 AUD and free postage in Australia.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Galaxy Dress @ Rockabilly Riot

Do you remember the Stray Cats? Well, when I was young I actually won their album (vinyl) in a Sunday newspaper contest ..... very exciting .... anyway, fabulous rockin music ...... when I heard that Brian Setzer was bringing his Rockabilly Riot to Newcastle I hot footed to get my tickets.  But ... this is a sewing blog so I'd better talk about the dress first.   Vogue 8280 - the ever famous Roland Mouret"s Galaxy Dress copy  made up in a cotton sateen from Queenstown, NZ.

I cut a 12 in the bodice and tapered to a 14 for the skirt, but I ended up taking the hip excess in - so I could have kept it as a 12. I shortened the bodice darts by 1.5cm, and other than that - it was all systems go. Very straightforward, the bodice is lined which s really nice - and it wouldn't be hard to line the skirt as well, if your fabric required it. So all in all, very happy with the fit - great dress for a great night out.
Here is the legendary Brian Setzer - an awesome talent ...
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE double basses - so to have THREE playing at once was simply AMAZING! The show really was a riot in the end - they were jumping and balancing all over the equipment and they played and played and played - those of you at Byron Bay's Bluesfest should also catch up with this great band.
And with that ..... a Happy Easter to you all!