My Diary

Make of the Week – Pedestrian top

This was an unexpected winner! Last December my husband, Andrew and I were enjoying a day in the city – it was my birthday and he was spoiling me. He dutifully followed me to all my favourite haunts, including tessuti. My of my favourite fabric stores in the city to get inspiration from. I have a routine in fabric shops where I do the rounds and then revisit my standout fabrics. I must admit, I completely missed this fabric first time round. Andrew found it though. He called me over and asked, “What do you think about this one?” I had to stop myself from my usual default response, “It’s too dark”, (I am not a monochrome type person) and “Nah, it’s Read More

Make of the week – Blue green straight line top

My Make of the Week. I really love blue and green together. I actually purchased this green/blue fabric online, which is highly unusual for me. I was drawn to it; I love the shapes, pattern and colours. There is just something about stripes and straight lines that appeal to me visually. Once the fabric arrived I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use it. So after a bit of thinking, I actually cut it out and made it into a skirt – yep this top was a skirt! The skirt didn’t workout as I would have liked. The pattern was a bit compromised due to the direction of the grain line of the fabric and the resulting hang. It just didn’t feel Read More

Make of the week – Contrasting black top

This is my contrasting black top. I was inspired to make this top after the workshop I ran last Friday (17th March). The pattern is a very simple basic pattern for a woven top. It only consists of four pieces – front, back, and two neck facings. I have always loved how fabric and trims can really make a simple design pretty special.  I love mixing fabrics to make something unique. For this top I have used a basic black linen for the majority of the top and added a beautiful blue/aqua/silver and black quilting cotton as a contrast. I saw the quilting fabric in a craft shop in Mornington and decided it had to come home with me. I Read More

December thoughts

The last month has been pretty amazing for me. The last Saturday in November we went to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, they are American friends and although I don’t know much about the history and tradition of Thanksgiving in the US, I really do like the idea of being thankful and taking the time to reflect. The next Saturday was my birthday. I have always loved birthdays and think they are a time to feel extra special and should be truly celebrated. I was totally spoiled with a massage, my husband following me around the city to all my favourite haunts and a completely over the top, delicious 12 course degustation dinner. We’ve also attended a good Read More

Radio interview

My 5 minutes of fame. My interview for Richard Stockman’s Big Brunch was on Saturday 22nd October on 1377 3MP. The interview was  part of the Never Walk Alone segment which is all about community. It is very brief but so wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to share the story behind Woven by Society. I was also able to mention the Opening Doors Community Leadership program and some of the work I am doing in collaboration with Our Little Caravan: The collective store. Here is the interview…

What do you do?

The dreaded question – “What do you do?”, not “How are you?” or “Tell me about yourself?” For a long time I struggled answering this question. I found after years of working, my job started defining who I was, as that was an easy and safe answer – I am Robyn I’m a (insert job title) and I work at (insert company name). Last year I started to realise just how much it was defining me. When I wasn’t in work mode I was still losing myself because I was putting on other hats all the time – mum, wife, daughter, but not just Robyn. How did this happen? I was so caught up in the everyday cycle I started Read More

Wardrobe Size – how many clothes do we need?

This has always been a tough one for me – need vs. want. This week I took a good look in my own wardrobe. I estimate that I have a 70/30 mix of clothes – about 70% homemade and 30% bought. I am pretty happy with this mix – especially now I am actually wearing more of the clothes that I make! Earlier this year I decided I would not buy any new clothes this year (with the exception of underwear and bathers). To date, I have only broken that commitment twice – both times in Bali. Nine months in and I feel confident I’ll make it to the end of the year without any more purchases. So far it Read More

Support and inspiration

I have been absent lately… Once the WBS website launched, I crashed a bit. I had some host provider issues which caused some delays and I allowed these annoying issues to build into major roadblocks. I started to beat myself up with thoughts like – I should have known about this and this is my doing and I even let the dreaded question what am I doing? sneak into my head. Now that I have some perspective I realise how unfair this kind of thinking is. So, I put this down as another lesson learned and one I got to share with my 10-year-old daughter. She was being incredibly tough on herself yesterday, so I could talk with her about Read More

Mothers Mean Business

In May I had the pleasure of attending the Mothers Mean Business expo at Dandenong market. The Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC) were showcasing a vibrant selection of businesses started by migrant women. It was an amazing opportunity to meet other women and learn more about the amazing volunteers and people associated with the VIRWC. A Youtube account for the VIRWC has now been established and you can even watch my interview by clicking here…

A Big Milestone

August 1st will be stuck in my head for quite a while! The Woven by Society website went live…what a year so far! It is so easy to forget sometimes how much we have done. When I think back to the start of the year, I was both excited and nervous about what lay ahead for me, but I really had no idea about the steep learning curve I would be on. By the start of February I had created a business plan, enrolled in a blogging course, joined an etsy online group and joined another group called RadMind, which was a small group of amazing women all following their dreams. This was all wonderful for the mindset and continued Read More