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sharpat | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi to every one

I am new to this group and have just spent the last 3 hours reading about everyones fabric stashes ect.

I live in New Zealand. None of my friends sew so I look forward to chatting and reading about all your experiences and adding a few of my own.

I am a self taught sewer and have been sewing (apart from at school) for 32 years.

I have a special interest in sewing for children.

Edited 5/23/2007 1:28 am ET by sharpat


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Welcome - you will really enjoy this forum.   Children's clothing is a real favorite of mine, but I have no daughters or granddaughters and sewing for boys is not quite as much fun.   My oldest son was in a rock band for many years and those were fun clothes to sew.  Ran across a box of rocker clothes not too long ago and boy, was he skinny, but then weren't most of us when we were young?

    1. sharpat | | #2

      I am sure I will enjoy this forum. It is 6.36am here in New Zealand and I am having a cup of tea and browsing in the forum before my day begins. I plan to make 2 polar fleece tops today. One size 3 fuchsia pink with Daddy's Girl embroidered on it and a size large maroon in colour.

      I bet you enjoyed having a son play in a rock band. Sewing for a rock band sounds exciting. It is different. I can imagine your creativity going wild. I am lucky as I have 5 daughters and one son. I have been able to enjoy years of girly clothes and ball gowns and 2 weddings so far. I must admit my son did miss out a bit. Now I feel a bit guilty so maybe I will make him a new work top over the weekend or even a dressing gown as he is my baby and has just left home and where he lives it is a bit colder than our house. I will let you know what I make when it is made.  

      1. solosmocker | | #3

        Hi and welcome! Lots of willing answers here to any question. You can probably teach the rest of us a thing or two with your wonderful experience. Have you done any heirloom sewing or smocking? I know it has a pretty large following in Australia and New Z. I have been sewing a long time to and my current passion is sewing for children also, preferably smocking and heirloom. I do make a lot of jammies for my grandboys however. Great to have you on board.

        1. sharpat | | #4

          Hi thanks for the welcome. I have not sewn any heirloom or smocking though I admire it greatly. I always admire with a touch at craft markets. I am into tops with lots of embelishent at the moment.

  2. ineedaserger329 | | #5

       Kids stuff is so fun, I don't like making kids clothes as much as I like making stuff for them.....toys, hammocks, ect....

       I'll stick to what I know when it comes to clothes....

       Any good fabric shops near you? I always ask....You never know when you might take a trip....lol.....

       Welcome and I hope you enjoy yourself.

    What is a "dressing gown"? Sorry, just curious....

    Edited 5/26/2007 12:06 pm ET by ineedaserger329

    Edited 5/26/2007 12:17 pm ET by ineedaserger329

    1. user-217847 | | #6

             A dressing gown, a garment you wear over your jim jams, wraps over at the front ties with a nice cord add slippers and you are set for the night in front of a warm fire. best I can do at 2am does it help.

      regards and happy sewing,


      1. Stillsewing | | #7

        The question "what is a dressing gown" prompts me to inquire, in the nicest possible way, why so many of the contributors to these threads are making pgs. I presume that these are pyjamas and are only worn in bed and so are not normally high on one's fashion priorities, ( in fact I only wear nighties) can someone explain please?

        1. ineedaserger329 | | #9

             I'm not really sure I know what exactly you are asking.......OOOh..... Sorry I just read it again, I couldn't get past a....nevermind....

             I know now that Sleep-Overs....or Slumber Parties are becomming more popular with older "kids".....Those in their 20's and 30's.

             Vacationing is another reason, suggest you went to a lush hotel and opened the door for room-service in your everyday PJ's.....Embarrasing?

             Plus, fashion re-creates itself, when my mom was little clam-diggers or pedal-pushers were all the fad and what do we have now, but Capris.... We went from spandex everything in the 80's to more of a comfort style now. I think People relate their PJ's to their morning and their day, they want to wake up comfortable and like the way they look to start the day.

             I love Pj's I wear some of them to dinner, they're so cute....I find sexy little numbers in stores, but not on lingere racks, but in with the regular clothes. If you are brave enough to wear it out, it's almost always acceptable. A silky, lacy top can give one heck of a kick to a pair of jeans and a jacket on a cool night out to dinner. If you're at the beach, lose the jacket.

             I don't suggest wearing your bathrobe...or dressing gown....(I love new words) to the club, but I have seen it done with the silk ones and a skirt.

          I may have gone completely off topic with this response, but I hope it answers your question

          1. Stillsewing | | #12

            Thanks very much for your answer. This thread has a real international flavour to it and I sure am learning. I think also there is a generational thing to it however - I'm not sure that at this stage of my life I would ever appear in PJ without at least a dressing gown on.Your ideas are very good for using light weight clothes but over here we don't worry too much about the heat so tend to cover up especially when like me, you have reached retirement age.

      2. ineedaserger329 | | #8

           Thank you!!! I don't know I guess I could've figured that out on my own, I have just never heard it called that...

            And I take it New Z. is colder than here, But I take it you know how to spend an evening, Sitting in front of the fireplace in slippers and all, but you forgot the hot chocolate, lol..... thanks again

        1. user-217847 | | #10

          Wombat here, hows things going?                                                                              Not to sure how cold it gets in New Zealand but here in Australia we are almost entering winter, the weather here lately is simply glorious during the day (I am on the east coast of NSW Newcastle to be exact) 19-25 deg. Cent. most of us are still wearing summer clothes, nights drop down 6-10 deg. Cent. Retailers are planning on bringing winter sales forward as nothingi s moving, seems nobody is interested in winter wear not while we're experencing such warm weather. The entire country is having funny weather large parts of the country areas are in drought mode 7 years or more, they have had some rain in parts but not near enough. I have'nt been cold for over 4 years so my jim jams are a pair of boxers and a singlet type top. Listen to me waffle on, my appologies.

          regards and happy sewing,


          1. ineedaserger329 | | #11

               No need to apologise, I am the one who should, I thought you were from New Z. my mistake.  Our weather has been fairily nice, too. It's been very warm the past couple of days, mostly in the 80's or 90's (F).  We are welcoming the summer heat, it was a long, cold winter. We got our last snow.....I think mid-April.

    2. sharpat | | #13

      The nearest I have been to making kids toys is dolls clothes. I make them for fun out of scraps and give them away. They are always welcome.  There is a good fabric shop one hour away in Hamilton called The Fabric Barn. They stock the cheap fabric from around $3.00 right up to almost $200.00 a meter. For real special fabric I have travelled to a shop in Auckland 21/2 hours away. That is an exclusive, one and only fabric shop. I buy fabric to make girls dresses to sell at markets and fairs. I buy the previous season fabric from that shop and pay around $3.00 a meter for quality cotton fabric. I live in New Zealand so it would be quite a trip (but exciting) for you.

      A dressing gown is what we over hear wear over pyjamas (nighties). What do you call them.

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