TMS Frocktober Tiramisu…and bobbin envy

So October is Frocktober and the challenge was a frock/dress, (whatever you choose to call it).

I’ve already mentioned that Mum bought some fabric from Potters in North Perth, it was two $8 remnants of about a metre each. She has liked the Tiramisu (x2) that I made myself and it was on the cards that I would make one for her. The perfect excuse was her upcoming birthday and her trip to New Zealand next

The fabric is a wool/cotton mix and is a dream to sew (and wear methinks), soft and drapey, mmm…….delish! I helped her choose it, as she is a fabric conservative (like me) and I’ve pledged to come outside my comfort zone (Mum too). The green in this print looks beautiful with Mum’s colouring DSCN0302..and she never usually wears green!


Adjustments I made were to shorten the kimono sleeve at the shoulder edge (Mum’s request) and to take it down a size at the bust and waist. As she lives 2 1/2 hours away, I tried it on myself for fitting, knowing that if it was a bit tight on me, it would fit her 🙂   (I was a bit concerned looking at these pics that I had wonkified the bodice, but no; it’s just dodgy Sylvia who is wonky).

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The dress came together easily, I’m getting better with this pattern each time I sew it. I am having “issues” with my overlocker, so all seams were stretch zig-zagged instead, the finish is quite pleasing. I am hand-embroidering a label with a birthday message atm and then it is into  wrapping and off to the Post Office…Happy Birthday Lovely Mum!

On another topic, I sewed this dress on Peta Pfaff. She is a 17 year old Varimatic that I bought last year off an elderly Dutch lady and is in beautiful condition. downloadThe only gripe I have with her, is her bobbins. They seem to hold very little thread. When I fill them, it takes no time at all and there is a heap of space left over on the actual bobbin. download-4Compare that to old Trude Bernina (a 1969 Bernina 730 I bought off ebay earlier this year) download-3whose bobbins load as full as a goog and seem to last forever, and is it any wonder I prefer sewing with the big T? download-6I had to refill my Pfaff bobbin three times during the making of Mum’s Tira…grrr, very annoying!

Voices and what is on the make…

I am rereading this crime drama by Arnaldur Indridason, mainly because I had forgotten the story. There are very few books I read more than once (the most noticeable exception being A Mother and Two Daughters by Gail Godwin which I read every five years or so).

I got Voices out of the library because I had forgotten I had already read it and it is proving to be an interesting read all over again 🙂 voices

Erlendur is the main character and he is his usual drab, hopeless case. His life is so empty he would rather stay in the hotel where a murder has occurred, than be in his own place for Christmas.

The book itself looks at dysfunctional families, homosexuality, prostitution and of course, murder. I don’t think I would call it an enjoyable read, but it is engaging and I am champing at the bit to find out whodunnit.

As far as sewing goes, for Frocktober and TMS, I am making a Tiramisu (by Cake Patterns) for my dear Mum. Tiramisu-Thumb(

She and a friend are going to New Zealand for a holiday in November and she needs something in a knit fabric that doesn’t need ironing straight out of the suitcase. To get her sizing, she tried on one of my Tiramisu and I adjusted (with pins) accordingly. This morning I washed her lovely cotton/wool knit (from Potters in North Perth) and traced out her customised pattern. I think it will work quite well, but the actual making will have to wait as I am entertaining my lovely nephews/cousins who arrived from The Netherlands yesterday 🙂 Tomorrow they are spending time in Fremantle, the Freo Markets should be open, so I hope they enjoy it !