Category Archives: Thrifty Miss

Wardrobe Blues

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It’s nice to be able to finally join in with the new host of Wardrobe Wednesday, my lovely sister.

My clothing is currently on a ship wending it’s way back to New Zealand. How I miss my special friends! Consequently I’ve been wearing the same two pairs of jeans for the last four weeks and occasionally raiding my mother’s wardrobe when needed. Another perk of living with my parents. She also has one or two items in her wardrobe that I have made so they are a guaranteed fit.

This week I made a cute wee jacket. I wanted to make it from stonewashed denim but couldn’t find it ANYWHERE! Quelle horreur! So I found some nice denim-ish cotton in a somewhat checkout-chick blue and lined it with some very cute 80s fabric of my gran’s that had been languishing in my sister’s stash. Win-win. (It’s a trial run for a version I plan to make in raw silk that I bought in Cambodia. Watch this space.)

It’s not my best work as an overall outfit but I’m very happy with the jacket and my first ever lapel! Not an easy job.

Outfit breakdown:

Jacket – handmade; merino dress – handmade; longsleeve white t – secondhand; blue ballet pumps – trademe; jewelery – vintage; perky attitude – stylists own.

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The benefits of unemployment

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For the last ten months I’ve been unemployed. Not by choice, but by law. But just because you aren’t allowed to earn money doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. So here’s the list of what me and my trusty sewing machine have achieved since November 2011.

For me:

2 pairs of trousers

1 pair of shorts

2 dresses

1 blouse

2 long sleeved t-shirts

4 skirts

3 sleeveless tops

2 t-shirts

1 caftan

1 tunic

3 pairs of underpants

A quilt

6 napkins

For other people:

2 dresses

1 pair of African print trousers

2 pincushions

2 embroideries

1 gardening apron

1 pair of shorts

2 blouses

6 bags

7 purses

1 baby feely-mat

1 Christmas decoration

A wallet on a strap (for under clothing) for our travels

And a garter for a bride-to-be

And I’ll be off-line and having a blogiday (blogging holiday?) for a month or so, so thanks for you support and comments over the last few months and I look forward to connecting with you from the Southern Hemisphere in September some time.

The mayonnaise and mustard soup cook-off

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One of the discoveries in the Dutch cuisine has been mustard soup. We’d never heard of it before (even with my husband Alex’s Dutch family) and we think it’s delicious.

I’d also been talking to neighbour Inge about home-made mayonnaise. We try and make as much as possible from scratch to avoid nasty additives, preservatives, colours – you know, all those unnecessary numbers on the labels. She wanted to give it a try too and so after discussing how to make mustard soup we decided to have a cook-off.

It was a lot of fun and need I say delicious, or as we say in Dutch heerlijk!

I’ll show you mine. Show me yours?

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Anyone else out there make underpants? After a friend sent me this link which included a link to this blog I thought I’d give it a go!

The result: fun, super-comfy and custom sized knickers. The only down-side? Realising my inner thigh measurement is only 20cm smaller than my waist measurement!

Just one tip: underpants really need to made from two way stretch fabric as I found out when I tried to make my first pair – workman’s crack, oh yes!

Travel wear

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My blog is rather dominated by sewing posts at the moment. Rest assured we have a song on the way, and also I will endeavour to photograph some more food soon but in the mean time please indulge my frenetic pre-emigration sewing output.

In between leaving Holland and returning to New Zealand we will be ‘on the road’ for five weeks. And a lot of that time will be spent in Cambodia. I have to confess I don’t enjoy heat! I’m not a sun-worshiper and tend to get a little testy when overheated. Part of my coping strategy is knowing when I’m going to be hot and wearing the right clothing. So I’ve been making some travel wear recently.

I’m a low-maintenance traveler. I don’t bring makeup, heels or fancy clothes with me when traveling unless I know that an evening out somewhere swish is on the cards. My travel wear reflects this. I wear shapes and colours that I might otherwise consider not my best work. Comfort at all costs is my mantra!

I got the opportunity to road test three garments from my Travel Wear ’12 collection over the last few days in the very hot and sunny city of Barcelona (try not to hate me too much!) I was very pleased with how they fared.

Pictured: Harem pants – homemade; black T – free; jandles (thongs) – free; skirt – homemade; white singlet (tank) – free; green dress – homemade; green shoes – market find; bag – vintage from a shop Antwerp. Art by Gaudi and Miro.

Linking in with ladies who are not so warm here.
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Vintage leather

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I love this jacket. I bought it at Ijhallen – a massive monthly fleamarket in a warehouse in the north of Amsterdam. I haggled and haggled but the lady knew she had a wee beauty on her hands so I only managed to get € 5 off the asking price. However as much as I love it, I have to make myself wear it.I see it as a ‘piece’ rather than a jacket.

At the moment the weather is miserable. Rain every day and a quite cold for the beginning of summer. It’s perfect leather jacket weather. So I’m trying to wear it as a jacket – you know, just throw it on over the top over what I’m wearing and leave the house. I think it’s working.

Jacket – vintage; t-shirt – Vila; skirt – handmade; tights – market € 1!; boots – on sale from Ballantynes a few years ago; black pearls – gift from a friend.

Linking in here.

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Sewing with Inge

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I have a lovely next door neighbour. We have lots of fun sewing together and sharing our projects. It’s nice.

Last week we made a bag that she had seen on a blog she liked and we decided to have a go with some of the fabric from the great influx of May. Here are some photos of our progress.

I am wearing: Jeans – Vila; tank – homemade; cardi – Jason King in Utrecht; necklace – up-cycled vintage earring of my Gran’s; smile – stylists own.

Inge has also decided to have a blog too and you can see it here. It means At Home with Inge – it’s in Dutch, but you’ll get an idea in Google Translate.

Linking in here with Southern Hemisphere belles.


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