About Me

on the boat

This blog is what happens when you give up paid work and make a pact to sew ALL the clothes. I’ve sewn since I was a kid, but have given it away more times than I care to admit. If a thing doesn’t fit, I just can’t have it in my wardrobe.

I will not allow myself to be become a quilter until I have this ‘fit thing’ under my wing!! My 2 delightful little darlings of 17 and 21 bribe me to sew for them, especially Princess who, like me, is quite bustular. Sonny Boy Jim won’t ever get a tailored jacket until he demonstrates some room tidying skills.

My very understanding husband enjoys foot acupuncture – walking barefoot into the sewing dungeon is not recommended for the faint hearted.

Lesley x




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  1. Very clever… “Foot acupuncture”. 😃

  2. I love your artistry and style – all presented with great pictures. An inspiration to me to dust off my beloved sewing machine! 🙂

  3. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by, following and leaving a comment. Sorry it took so long to approve, but I only checked my comment queue today.

  4. Hi, I have nominated your blog for the ‘Liebster’ award – see my post here for more info https://leapinglife.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/thank-you-utesmile/#more-372 Have fun if you decide to accept and participate! 🙂

  5. Foot acupuncture is worst than lego acupuncture I have heard. My sympathies to your other half

  6. Hi. Would you happen to know of anyone in Sydney who can teach tailoring?

    • Unfortunately I’ve struggled on that front having even attended Ultimo TAFE some years ago – their course was decidedly RTW! There is a private sewing school on the North Shore, I think the Tessuti website may have a link to them as they carry their flyers in the Chatswood store. Worth giving the girls at Chatswood a call perhaps?

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