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    I think I remember a post Liesl wrote ages ago where she said she quite liked reversing denim and having the back as the front because it was a visually more interesting. Possibly it was for a pair of puppet show shorts for S. Could the backpack be made out of the back of black denim?

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    Cuddling a two year old covered in spots from her crown to the soles of her feet. Happily the Dr assures me that measles are pretty much confined to the pages of history in Australia so just some harmless viral infection. Hopefully it will be the same worldwide soon. I’ve read some amazing stories in the last couple of weeks about the incredible drop in polio cases in India as a result of immunization programs over the past 2 years.

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    Thanks for the info LisaMichelle. Happily my book finally arrived today and yes it will be very happy sewing. It’s so lovely!

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    I was wondering if these fabrics will have a limited availablity period similar to the Heather Ross fabrics which are released for a set period? Her current fabric selection is only available until the end of March, so I’d better get moving and I’m sure some of the little things fabrics will maake their way into my cart.

    And I recommend the sateen as well. It costs more however it is quite a bit wider at 56″ vs 42″ for the quilting cotton.

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    I have an e-mail from the book depository saying mine will ship in the next couple of days. Yay! Justine did you receive one overnight?

    Will hopefully arrive in Oz just in time for me to enjoy as a pick-me -up after having 2 wisdom teeth extracted in a week and a half. Hopefully I’ll feel well enough to squeeze some sewing in while I’m off work.

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    My first was the lazy day skirt (though not sure if that counts) – http://www.flickr.com/photos/freyiris/4027777884/

    From a practical perspective my favourite is the puppet show short – http://www.flickr.com/photos/freyiris3/5383609603/ My girls aren’t really wearing a lot of skirts yet so I’ve made about 10 of these to get us through summer.

    For speed nothing can beat the storytime pjs – http://www.flickr.com/photos/freyiris/5144883232/ Armed with a rotary cutter these are just the quickest things to make. I can’t believe I held off buying this pattern for so long and then only purchased because I loved those Luke Skywalker outfits in the flickr group and was preparing for my son’s inevitable star wars phase. I’ve now bought it for the girls in the small size too.

    Though my favourite with the ‘I can’t believe I made that’ factor is the brunch coat. The finished product with the bound seams is just gorgeous. I’ve just finished one and working on the 2nd now. Love!

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    Justine, I think the bella solids are a tiny bit finer than the kona cotton but not by much. For reasonable price but limited colourways (I think they are gradually expanding) of kona in Australia you could try catherinesplace.com.au – just under $7! I also get my swedish tracing paper from them for tracing patterns.

    Even better than the bella and konas are the new A Day in the Country solids. I saw them at my aptly named lqs Addicted to Fabric and fell in love. Beautiful handle and vibrant echino like colours. And Australian to boot. Read Rita from Red Pepper Quilts post on them here http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2010/11/new-solids-by-day-in-country.html

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    I’ve made the ruffle halter top for my twins in Japanese double gauze gingham – one red one green, with cream linen puppet show shorts. I thought about making skirts but given some of Christmas day will no doubt be spent in the treehouse at the grandparents shorts were a more practical option. Hopefully I’ll get some pics on flickr but having problems with my account – my reminder question is now in Chinese!

    I’m also hoping to squeeze some storytime pjs in this week for Christmas morning.

    Like some others I’ve also been making dolls from Hillary Lang’s gorgeous Wee Wonderfuls book. The margot topsy turvey doll x 2 in memory of one my mum made me when I was a little girl. Whilst checking out the Wee Wonderfuls flickr pool this morning I spied this from a certain someone:

    mermaiden

    Isn’t it gorgeous. And aren’t the sequins are inspired. And isn’t the background from Modern Workshop a perfect match. And … I could go on and on!

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    Justine when you make something as cool as those echino shorts – these are the panther ones right? – it’s not surprising he can’t wait to put them on. I love those shorts!

    And that feeling of satisfaction is the perfect reward for all the time and effort you put in making them.

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    Wow I love your bridesmaid dresses! They made me think of another option for flowergirl dresses – the ruffled halter top extended to a dress by adding another ruffle maybe two. The silk duponi would give the ruffles a nice amount of structure. I’ve just made a pair of the tops for my almost 2 year old twins for Christmas and they love twirling in them and I definitely want to try making a dress version next.

    Here are two of my favourite versions of the halter from flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37482457@N06/4873417134/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sasikirana/4595240271/

    That said I love the clean lines and simplicity of the music box jumper!

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    Hi I’m Sharon. I live in Canberra, Australia with my partner and our 3 bundles of frenetic energy, 1 year old identical twin girls (with a penchant for table top dancing at present) and an almost 5 year old son. We’re lucky enough to both be able to work part-time and I’m even luckier to have a man who does ALL the vacuuming and dishwashing leaving me to my crafty pursuits in the evening!

    Whilst my grandmother and mum taught me how to sew when I was young, it wasn’t until the birth of my son that I really became interested again after a break of nearly 15 years when I wanted to make some dolls for him. Boy’s clothes didn’t appeal though. Then I found out I was having not 1 but 2 girls. Fatigue put paid to any sewing whilst I was pregnant so it wasn’t until the girls were almost 6 months that, just like Justine, I went to a craft fair and met Jane from BeBe Bold and saw the lovely O + S samples made up in Japanese fabrics. I was smitten. I walked away with a bundle of fabric and 2 patterns. My collection has grown since then. My mum is also very impressed at the sewing skills I’ve learnt thorough O + S patterns.

    But I also have a confession. I think I have crafting ADD. I start something full of enthusiasm then someone flashes something bright new and shiny at me and I’m off chasing a new project leaving others in various states of disrepair. Flickr is the main culprit here! So I’m trying to install some discipline – no new project until one is finished. Luckily I’ve just finished the last of my ice cream social tops from 3 months ago so I can look for something new.

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    Me too!

    *Another spoiler*

    I remembered reading about the new fabric line ‘Modern Workshop” in Lisel’s Q & A with Amy at Badskirt. If you search the O + S site for modern workshop you should come up with a short piece describing the new fabric line, the book and the 3 new patterns.

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    Justine – thanks so much for the tip. Off to pre order now.

    Though I can see The Book Depository becoming another guilty pleasure. I’ve noticed a lot of UK book sellers providing free shipping recently.

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    Just realised in my excitement I forgot the l in Oliver. Doh!

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    Nicole how exciting! Their shipping is always quick so hope to hear next weekend a big box of loveliness has arrived. I had an e-mail from an Australian retailer today saying that City Weekend quilt weight yardage had arrived – $22 a metre. I hate to think what the knit will be. I think the $40 shipping fee is money well spent.

    Also thank you for thinking of us. We are all much happier this week though shocked to discover just how much we relied on the dog to dispose of our food scraps. The compost bin is overflowing this week in his absence.

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