A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Subtropical interludes and encores

Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with the husband in Brisbane,  he has been based in the inner city instead of the desert as normal.  He hates the city but I enjoyed the experience.

I spent my days exploring the shops and got very excited to be able to see (and touch) so many designer clothes etc rather than rely on photos for inspiration.  I fell in love with a Giorgio Armani handbag 

Image from http://www.savoirflair.com/

Sadly this remains in Brisbane for obvious reasons but I loved the simplicity of  design and will look around for something similar locally.

I had great fun acting the tourist visiting the South Bank and all the art galleries and museums – a highlight was the Afghanistan Hidden Treasures Exhibition.  It was well worth the fee and very interesting to learn more about the Silk Route and the role Afghanistan held at this time. 

I also stopped off at the California Design Exhibition and loved this dress and then spent way too much at the Gallery Shop, which had so many cool old-fashioned toys and art bits and pieces.

No trip can be without fabric so I set off to Alla Moda, as recommended by Lynda,. After a train trip then a longer than intended walk I entered another world of fabulous fabric.  The fabrics were sensational but pricey – I wonder if they ever have a sale? This is what came home with me; a gorgeous Italian silk print , and a remnant of fine cotton sateen.  

Italian Silk Border Print

Cotton Sateen
The youngest D has her eye on the silk as a easy top from Burda and the sateen is aging in the stash.

Back at home and an encore featuring the wonderful Heidi Cardigan.  First another version for me out of a fine cotton sweatshirting., this time I decided to line the hood.  I do not like this, it makes the hood a lot heavier.

Next up the youngest had requested a hoodie for herself.  She wanted it in the same fabric as mine.  I made her version in a Size 10 and she loves it!


  1. I really enjoy your posts Jacqui. Thank you for the photos of where you live and visit. Your daughter looks just like you! Love what you did with that fabric for both of you.

  2. Hi Jacqui - just checking in to see how you are doing.