Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 17, 2022

I’ve been sewing

When I am home in Brisbane I like to keep busy. I like to sew and there is only so much I can make for myself so I make things and sell them in my friend’s shop. Savva has been a friend for almost 30 years and his shop is an easy walk from my house. It all started as a Pop Up but now I have a permanent space in Savva’s shop.

This year, as well as making clothes and accessories, I have been making tablecloths and napkins. I have also made lightweight cotton sleepwear. I have a stash of cotton and linen fabric collected on my travels and I am gradually working my way through it.

Here is a sample of what I have been making. A friend makes the cute Santas and another friend makes raffia baskets and earrings.




Savva  specialises in made to measure and alterations. He made this fabulous Christmas dress which is now in the window and ready to find a new home.

Savva’s shop is at 239 Boundary St, West End, on the corner of Corbett St, beside the Pasta Club restaurant.

I will be at the shop from tomorrow, Monday, and every day until Christmas from 10.00 – 2.00pm. After Christmas I will be there from Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 – 2.00 until I go back to Italy in late February.

If I don’t see you there have a wonderful Christmas!


  1. So talented. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Oh Debra you & your friends are so clever to create such exquisite things. Love them all ♥️🧑🏻‍🎄

    • Thank you. We like to make things.

  3. Love that red blouse!

    • It is very pretty.

  4. Beautiful fabrics.

    • It is my inability to resist buying fabric that has led to this.

  5. Just lovely! You are so talented. Quite the artists eye in clothing and in pictures (and I guess your garden too!).

  6. I wish I still lived in Queensland! Your garments are just lovely, and what a good idea to collect fabrics while you’re overseas.

    A happy and healthy christmas to you.

    • I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great 2023.

  7. Stunning fabrics Debra!

    • I have quite a lot of fabric in my sewing room.

  8. If I lived within driving distance I would be at that shop buying your creative and fun creations!

    • I like making things when I am not growing things.

  9. Lovely clothes and accessories, will try and visit next time in
    Brisbane, hoping mid February, shared to my fb.

    • I leave for Italy on 17th February. Savva is there when I am not around. Thank you for sharing.

  10. You inspire me to go back to sewing.

    • I have been sewing since I was a child. It is a good, practical hobby.

  11. Love those napkins! Watermelons and lemons please! See you after Xmas Wed-Saturday, Catherin

    • OK, have a great Christmas.

  12. How lovely and what fun! Clever girl! Have a happy Christmas!!

    • Thank you. Have a happy Christmas.

  13. Debra, everything you create looks so bright cheerful! I wish you and Jim a lovely (and warm! ) Christmas. It’s ice cold today in Switzerland. Happy Holidays and a good 2023! Love, Sondra

    • It is very warm here! Have a wonderful snowy Christmas.

  14. A lady with so many talents. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

    • Thank you! I hope your Christmas is full of fun.

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