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Simplicity 2258

January 20, 2015

So before Christmas I bought some Japanese Lawn cotton from Spotlight. I’ve wanted to buy some of the Tana Lawn by Liberty of London for a long, long time; but wanted to make something out of a less expensive version of lawn fabric first. Spotlight have some nice designs in their Japanese Lawn fabric so I thought I would pick some up. I pretty much know what I wanted to make with it as soon as I saw it – a skirt or shorts. I decided to go with shorts because they are more practical to wear around the house/to bed. As I haven’t sewn anything for myself in a while I wanted to sew something quick and easy that would require little to no modifications and I would get some use out of.


 Simplicity 2258

Since stocking up on sewing patterns in the middle of last year, I decided I needed to shop my stash for a pattern instead of buying a pattern. I decided to go with Simplicity 2258, view E. These are a simple short pattern with pockets and an elasticised waist. Perfect for a pair of lazy shorts. I modified the pattern to exclude the tabs on the sides on the shorts, but kept everything else the same.


Simplicity 2258

I traced the pattern first onto Burda pattern tracing paper that I picked up from Lincraft a while ago for about $3-5 per packet. A packet of this tracing paper will last you a while too! I used about half a sheet for these pattern pieces and there is 5 sheets per packet. I like to trace my pattern pieces to help preserve the original pattern so I can go back and make different sizes when needed and it is easier to make any adjustments straight onto the pattern.

Simplicity 2258

One modification I would make in the future if I were to make these shorts again from a similar weight material is to interfacing the pocket opening. The pattern doesn’t call for it and if you are making any of the garments from this pattern with a mid weight fabric you probably wouldn’t need to interface the pocket opening, but I would suggest cutting a 1 inch strip of fusible interfacing for the pocket opening to help prevent any stretching of the opening when using a light weight fabric.

Simplicity 2258

Overall, the shorts turned out well. I construct a lot of sewing patterns for looking mostly at the pictures/diagrams for each step instead of reading the instructions as I have a bit more experience sewing, but I found the instructions sufficient when I wanted to clarify a step. They fit well and have a simple shape so I think this pattern would be good for a sewing beginner as there isn’t anything too difficult in the pattern. A bonus is that it doesn’t take too long to sew up, even with over locking and pressing seams as you go.

What quick and easy patterns do you like to sew?

Paula 🙂


Sewing Pattern Haul

August 3, 2014

Spotlight recently had a massive paper sale – $5 for all paper patterns, including Vogue! ($4.50 if you were a Spotlight VIP member). Considering some of these patterns can be over $20, and majority at least $10- $20 normally, I couldn’t resist stocking up on some beautiful patterns for potential projects and to increase my collection further!


I ended up with just 22 patterns for just under $100 – Score! I was very happy with this!

One of the projects I’m looking forward to trying out when I get a chance is  this tunic top from Simplicity 2262 in some nice Tana lawn fabric I picked up from Spotlight a few weeks ago.

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New I just need time to transfer the pattern onto some Burda pattern tissue, make a toile to check the fit and see if I need to make a bust adjustment and then finally sew the final garment. I am very slowly getting a bit better at managing a better work-life balance so hopefully I’ll have a bit more time soon to work on this in bits and pieces.


Spoonflower giveaway – Spoonflower currently are having a fabric design book & 3 yards of custom Pique fabric giveaway over on their site until 6th August. Head on over here if you are interested in entering! No purchase necessary!


Did anyone pick up some good bargains at Spotlight recently? I’d love to hear what you got 🙂


Have a good week 🙂

Craft & Quilt Fair Haul

July 12, 2014

On Thursday I went to the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair at the new Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.  It was a nice venue, filled with lots of natural lighting and was easy to get to by ferry from Darling Harbour. It was a nice ferry trip there and back, taking in some views of Sydney Harbour.

Sydney harbour View of the bridge in the morning.

Sydney harbour The view of the lovely sunset from the ferry.

I picked up some craft goodies from the array of retailers there. There is a good mix of retailers there, but there was probably more quilting booths than any other craft. Plus there are all the major sewing machine brands there, so if you are in the market for a new sewing, embroidery quilting machine or overlocker, there are some good deals to be found. Plus you get to play test the machine before committing to purchasing one! I came very close to buying a new overlocker.

Here is my haul from the day:

Craft fair haul

I picked up goodies from Be Be Bold, Indigo Niche, Scissorman and Craft Into Cash.  All of the retailers there are very helpful.


One of the crafts I was interested in picking up something for is Sashiko – a Japanese embroidery technique. I picked up a table runner kit and some stitch samplers to try out. I’ve started one of the stitch samplers since Thursday. It was very easy to pick up, even if the instructions are in Japanese! There was clear diagrams and if you have had any experience with embroidery you should be able to figure it out along the way. The best thing is, the pattern is already printed on the fabric, so you just need to stitch along and then wash out any pattern markings you don’t want to stitch!

Craft fair haul

I’m thinking I will either turn this samplers into a cushion cover or a place mat once finished. I will wait and see which one I think will be better once I finish this sampler and the other two I picked up.

Overall, it was a great day and well worth a visit!


Happy crafting 🙂

Project Pan Update – Product Empties #1

June 22, 2014

So I have used up a few more products since my last post. Some have been my regular products, some have been one’s sitting around for a while that I finally got around to finishing. I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to finish some of these products if I hadn’t started this Project Pan. It has definitely made me more conscious about using up the products I already have.



So, in no particular order, here are some of my current empties!


Dry Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo from Pure Therapy by Purist

Would I repurchase? No – I  found this shampoo to be very drying and made my hair very difficult to manage unless I used a deep conditioning treatment after shampooing. I do like how it is sulphate and paraben free though.


Neutorgena Pore Refining Toner

Would I repurchase? Yes – I liked how this toner gave a very fresh and clean feeling without any tight feeling. I don’t know if it has tightened my pores, but I have noticed that they don’t get as clogged as they used  to and my skin feels smoother due to the AHA/BHA formula.


Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towellettes – Night Calming

Would I repurchase? Maybe – These face wipes were good at removing a lot of my makeup at the end of a day and did dissolve my stubborn waterproof mascara, but I found the packaging to lose it’s stickiness towards the end of the packet so the last few towels had dried out a bit. I also didn’t see how they were ‘night calming’. My face still went red after each use.



Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner

Would I repurchase? Yes – this was a nice leave-in conditioning spray. I liked how it added a lot of moisture to my hair without adding any residue or weight to my hair.  I liked this leave-in conditioning spray better than all of the supermarket brands leave-in conditioning sprays.


Organix Rejuvinating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Conditioner

Would I repurchase? Maybe – this conditioner smelled really nice and did an ok job at conditioning my hair. It didn’t provide as much moisture as I like in a conditioner, but if your hair wasn’t dry then this would make a nice conditioner to try.


Davroe Volume Sense Conditioner

Would I repurchase? No – This wasn’t a bad conditioner, however I purchased this conditioner (along with the shampoo – still using that up) to see if it would add any volume to my hair – it didn’t. So considering the price is a bit more than I usually spend on a conditioner and it didn’t do what I hoped for, I won’t be repurchasing this.


Total products used up so far: 5.5


I will add more as I get time. Enjoy your weekend!

Project Pan Update

June 1, 2014

Since starting my project pan I have used up a lot of products that have been sitting idly in my cupboards, only coming out for the occasional use. Some are the product I wanted to focus on, some aren’t so I think I’m going to expand my project pan from the original 10 I was planning. I will review each of the products soon when I get a bit more time. But in the meantime, I will leave you with a pic of what I have used up so far. Have a great week!


Project Pan update

My Project 10 Pan

May 10, 2014

So I have decided to join the ‘Project Pan’ bandwagon in an attempt to use up some of my skincare, haircare and cosmetic product; as well as save some joey in the meantime. For anyone who isn’t familiar with how a ‘Project Pan’ works, you don’t spend any money on skincare, haircare and cosmetics products until you have reached your goal of how many products you want to use up or hit pan on.  To start off with, my goal is 10 products, and then I’ll probably start another round once finished.


Some rules I want to follow are:

  • 3 samples will count as one product.
  • I can buy something if I don’t have a suitable alternative available.


So here are some of the product I want to focus on using up over the next month or so.

Project Pan

There is:

  • Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Leave in Conditioner spray
  • Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion
  • Fresh lip scrub, lip gloss and lip balm sample set
  • Napoleon Perdis primer
  • Clinique Pore Refining Solution correcting serum
  • Clinque blush in Innocent Peach
  • Soap and Glory Hand Food travel size
  • Aveno Daily Moisture Lotion


I know that it isn’t quite 10 product, but at least it is a start. I’ll see what else I’m starting to make a dent in for the last 2 product I want to use up.


So, does anyone have any advice on how to stay strong during this no-buy period? I’m not that great at sticking to my spending bans, which is why I chose 10 products to start with; but I can still see this being a problem. Any advice is appreciated!


Have a good week 🙂

Tips for an effective clean out!

January 24, 2014

At least once a year, I like to do a big clean out. I go through clothes, shoes, make up and anything else I think needs to be sorted through in order to decide what stays and what goes. I don’t believe in keeping things around because they might be useful “one day”. I also find getting rid of “junk” therapeutic – its a way to let go of things that are no longer useful and might be weighing you down. So here are my tips to help make any cleaning out session effective.

  • Have a “keep”, “chuck”, “donate” and “maybe” pile when going through stuff, in particular clothing and shoes. When looking at an item go with your instinct and place the item into the corresponding pile. Some things that are still in good condition but you no longer want can go into the donate pile, things that are worn out will go in the chuck pile and things your not sure whether to keep or donate can go into a maybe pile. When I have finished going through everything, I go through the maybe pile. Once again, go with your instinct. Often when looking at it again you’ll be able to make the ‘keep, donate or chuck’ decision a lot easier. And if you still aren’t sure, I say keep it until the next time you go through the cleaning out process.
  • Get rid of as much packaging as possible. Don’t keep that camera box just because it has your receipt, manual and warranty information in there. Set up a folder or plastic sleeve along with all your other important information where you can keep these documents and get rid of the packaging. It’s taking up valuable space!
  • If you store things under your bed, use storage boxes (the plastic tubs with lids) to store those items in. This makes it easy to get to those things when you need to and keeps your under bed area looking tidier. It also helps protect the items from dust.
  • Have a place for everything – avoid having a “junk draw” or somewhere you put things until you can sort them out. Having a place for everything will help you put things away as they come in and help reduce how often you need to clean out areas of your home.

What are some of your tips for cleaning out effectively?