Monday, July 12, 2010

Hustling and Brussling

Good Monday morning peoples, How was your weekend?
I had a cracker of a time, My lovely man took me on a date into the city  on Saturday night to a little bar called Madame Brussels (You should really check it out if you are ever in Melbourne). Have a look at their website! It has a whole story on the history of Madame Brussels ( An ex brothel owner in Melbourne).
Here is a picture of the inside bar:

It was like stepping back in time. Fake grass, garden path, great music & waiters dressed in retro wimbeldon attire. And the drinks were amazing. Amazing! My man had a gin martini (I can't drink them, blegh! But he loves them) and we shared a few jugs of different punches. They were delicious. My favourite was a maraschino and gin punch with vermouth and soda... and something else I can't quite remember. We got a bit peckish and decided to try out their poached chicken, chive & Mayo toasted sandwich (recommended) and also the double smoked ham and cheese. Very tasty, and it hit the spot! We stayed there all night chatting and drinking and being merry.
Can't wait to go back and sit on the rooftop terrace when it gets a bit warmer, although the waiters do hand out blankets when it gets a bit chilly, how sweet.

Afterwards we went back to our lovely room at the citadenes and watched a movie (The Beach) and slept like logs!

On Sunday we had a lovely pancake breakfast and did a spot of shopping. I picked up:

From Route 66 (50% storewide sale thank you!), A cute little sailor cardi. (complete with flap!)

& this pretty little high waisted and pleated skirt (It came with a great belt but you cant see it in the photo)

So after all the walking around we were both getting weary, and decided it was home time, I was in great need of a cup of tea and a sewing session to relax.

I scored some great (And very very cheap) fabric from the Alannah Hill outlet store on Brunswick Street for some current projects, I'm not sure what type of fabric it is because they are not labelled but they feel great.
I got some lovely mustard coloured fabric for the Lady Grey by Collette Patterns (I know, I'm like a broken record, but they are great!). And some beautiful silk lining in the most vivid red!

(The mustard is much brighter than the photo)

I'm about half way through and its going swimmingly, although I havn't started on the lining yet....
There is lots of pretty topstitching, princess seams and that giant collar!

Also on the go....
A little 50's number in a dark royal type blue, I'm doing the dress, minus the jacket. I have cut it out and its ready to go... exciting!

So thats all folks. Have a great Monday and rest of the week!

What has everybody else been up to???


  1. i love Mme. Brussels - fabulous place

    great bargains as well!

  2. Oh I've always wanted to go to Madame Brussels! Sounds like the sweetest place.

    Adore the sailor cardi :))

    xox Claire

  3. I have never been to melbourne,but when I do I am sooo going to Madame Brussels!Looks divine.
    Cute little cardi!
    I really must try Collette Patterns,they do look rather fab.I'm just too stingy,I suppose,$22US is a lot in NZ$.But I have been looking at them!I really need to use more of my retro patterns that I have tonnes of that cost $2 or less,before I go gathering more though!

  4. I love the Lady Grey coat! I made it a while back and get so many compliments when I wear it. It's so very flattering! Can't wait to see your version :)

  5. Hi! Just wanted to say that I LOVE the name of your blog - so clever! I really need to try making something from a Colette pattern sometime soon. And that 1950s dress pattern is lovely!


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