Category: retro

Sew What!

I wish I could have fitted it all in, it's a huge lovely old building!

Have you ever heard of a town in rural Victoria called Maryborough? It is not a large town, but it is a growing town. I visited this town on the weekend. As we drove around having a look I spied a sign, it read…..”SEW WHAT”   It was like an invitation, it was like it was calling me, it was just too tempting, I had to know what it was all about. It is located in the old  Maryborough flour Mill and IT is fabulous.

Wayne and Judi McKail  have done a wonderful job of collecting, and restoring sewing machines in fact I joined a tour led by Wayne where he spoke about  their collection. The tour included over 250 vintage, antique and toy sewing machines,  and I loved it. I could have spent all day there.

The Vickers my favourite for too many reasons to mention

The handy carry sewing machine!

Sewing machines not only looked fabulous but as Wayne demonstrated for us, they sounded divine as they glided along to the gentle rythmn of the pedal. The tour was great, it is always exciting to talk to someone who is passionate about what they do. I don’t think any two tours would be the same! I love the fact that the whole  collection started because one day Judi said to Wayne that she would like a treadle sewing machine. Then look what happened!!

An old sewing machine that has been lovingly restored, works like a charm and looks like a dream is truly a thing of beauty.

The oldest machine in the collection.

This one when you open the door it is actually the seat! How cool is that!

Now the only problem was I ran out of time and I missed out on seeing the rest of shop and exhibitions they have on offer for. Guess I will just have to find another excuse to go to Maryborough.

If you want to know what I am talking about check out “Sew What” at the Maryborough Flour Mill.

Wayne and Judy


A old t-shirt

Have you ever wonder what to do with an old work t-shirt. You know the ones with an old logo on, or a company that you don’t work for any more, or even a band you once loved now you just can’t stand. Well don’t throw it out. You can renew it, make it look funky again. The trick is to make your own sew on fabric design and sew it over the top of any logo’s that you don’t like. You can stamp, fabric paint, or just cut out funky shapes.

Here is one I did a while ago. (My first attempt at stamping on fabric….you might recognise the bike stamp)

Riding the green one!

Hang on here’s a close up of my first stamping.

Now you can see the green one!

And as for the back I had to do something big to cover the logo there.

Yep it's a funky bike shirt, not to be worn with any lycra!


It’s very exciting…..I have agreed to run a market stall with a good friend of mine in October. Which means I will have to stop making things for fun and start to do it seriously. Well as serious as I get anyway. The stall will be part of the Ecofest in Geelong. My friends brand is Tresloulou and this is a photo of some of the spunky bags she has made from recycled fabrics.

Spunky bags for the Ecofest

Now I should get to work!  How exciting!

fabric discoveries

A little while ago, I made  a young boys shirt with some fabrics I picked up from a garage sale.  As I was walking down the street just the other day I saw the exact same fabric on a group of girls walking down the street. Not just one girl all the girls were wearing it. It was the fabric of their school dress. I cannot tell you what school they were from, as I was too stunned. When I realised what fabric it was, I just stood there staring. I didn’t even think to look around at what their bags might have said. I am just so glad that I didn’t just make a plain shirt out of the check fabric. It could have been way too weird. I do love a retro style clothes!

Here’s it is!

Not a school dress

Oh well I still think my shirt is far funkier than those school dresses could ever be.

At least I can now take a pretty good guess what the fabric pieces were from before I bought them. Someone must have either made their own school dress and this was the left over bits or…. someone cut up their old school dress and sold it for fabric!


lovely brooch

Check out this lovely brooch! I got it at a garage sale it has a small chip but  I just love it.

I also just figured out how to add a link in the middle of a sentence like check out this page Yeah! there is no stopping me now.

vintage clothing

I found it!
Now I can’t wait to get to Fitzroy and check out the shop!