A make and more vintage finds

A make and more vintage finds

Smocked sundress #3 was sewn up this evening (see version #1 and #2).  This one is a present for a school friend of Miss A’s who turns 7 on Friday.  It’s the same friend who loves the knit racerback dress I made her last month.


This dress is a quick and easy make that allows the fabric to feature.  In this case, it’s a lovely voile from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom Collection titled Ornate Floral in Amethyst.  I purchased this fabric 18 months ago from Hawthorne Threads (they have a great collection of voiles) and it’s still available and currently on sale.

I had some more vintage find when my Dad and I attended the Ballarat Antique Fair last Saturday.  Dad and I share a passion for collecting hand painted Royal Doulton pottery from the 1920s and 30s.  The pattern I collect is accurately and unimaginatively titled ‘pansy’.  And yes, it’s another expensive hobby!

On Saturday, I added a small coffee pot and a miniature vase to my every growing collection.



Two vintage patterns also came home with me.  It was the v-neck (view D) in Vogue 6601 that took my fancy.  I will be interested to see how those darts from the side waist to the bust apex turn out.

Image Source:  Vintage Patterns Wiki

A square neck with sleeve and bottom hem ruffles (view B of 7014 Home Journal)…  I’m think I’m game enough to try it one day, would you be?


And finally, some glass beads (photographed wrapped around my wrist!).  I’ve always had a love for colour and all things square…


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  • What great finds! The pansy pottery is lovely…your beads look good with it!

    • The pansy is lovely and really come into it’s own when it’s grouped together. I now have a staggering 53 pieces! Most of it is in storage until our house rebuild is complete. I can’t wait to have them all on display again.

      • Wow – that’s a great collection. I have a friend who collects Clarice Cliff pottery – very bright and colourful – looks fantstic displayed around her house.

  • great finds at Ballarat, I love the pansy ware, we went up on sunday but could only stay about 20 minutes as the aircon musn’t have been working and it was about the high 30’s inside. very disappointed after an hour and a half drive up there.

    • I’m not surprised it was hot on Sunday. We arrived at 10:30am (just after opening) and left two hours later. The temperature during that time was climbing. Fingers crossed for a cooler March long weekend next year. Maybe see you there? 🙂

  • let’s hope it is cooler next year, I will look out for you. the only good thing was I came home with all of the money I took just in case I bought something from a non eftpos seller like last year. trip to my favorite fabric shop Darn Cheap Fabric in glenhuntly rd coming up soon!