Posted by: Debra Kolkka | November 11, 2023

Home for a while

There are lots of good reasons to be back in Australia for a few months. It is great to catch up with family and friends. Here are a few more reasons.

Mangoes and cherries are my favourite fruits. No doubt I will have had enough by February.

There is also the occasional breakfast out with a friend.

And now a shameless plug for the shop I share with my good friend Sam. The shop is his, he makes to order and I play in the front of his shop. I think we are a good team.

I will be in the shop from Wednesday until Saturday 10.00 – 2.00 each week until I go back to Italy sometime in February. Drop in if you are nearby…239 Boundary St, West End (corner Corbett St)

I make cool summer clothes in cotton and linen. I find fabric on my travels and drag it back home to add to my collection. I am trying to work my way through it but it seems to keep growing.

I also make tablecloths and napkins, good Christmas gifts.

I couldn’t resist some pretty baby fabric in Paris and Kyoto so I will be making a few items for babies.

New things are arriving in the shop regularly and Sam is working on some special Christmas party dresses. Come in and say hello.
There is a great cafe next door for a coffee. It is called Alphabet and there is a queue most mornings. Pasta Club (they make their own pasta) for on the other side but it is only open for lunch on Saturday.

Sarva…239 Boundary St, West End. (Corner Corbett St)


  1. Yes great combination. I love Sam’s brilliance with many special pieces he has created for me over the years. Also was delighted to find those nautical striped cotton summer pants from your stock on display at front of shop. No sooner had I admired and tried on they were coming home with me. Love your use of pure cottons and linens for summer. Thank you to both of you.

    • Sam is a treasure. I have known him since he was 20 (a bit more than 30 years ago) and we have been friends ever since.

  2. Such lovely fabrics, Deb – and I love the bucket hats. I hope you and Jim will have time for a trip up here before you decamp.

    • I like sewing, it has been part of my life since I was a child.

  3. Your suitcase must have looked like an Aladdin’s cave, full of wonderful colours.

    • My suitcases were full of fabric. I is difficult to see how I will ever work my way through it.

  4. Enjoy your stay back home. Mangoes and cherries are also my favorite fruits.

    • It is nice to be home.

  5. It must be winter in Europe! I love the food of summer and when I go to Melbourne- once a year – I eat and eat!!

    • I quite like winter in Europe, but I need to be in Australia for 6 months each year so I pick the months I like to be in each place. I will be back in Italy for the end of winter and spring.

      • That sounds wonderful!! And so lovely to have that choice!

  6. Hi Debra, what is the name of your shop in Brisbane. Looks fabulous, love the bucket hats and the colours are amazing.
    Maxene Page

    • It is called Sarva and is at 239 Boundary St, West End.

  7. These posts of your sartorial creations Always fascinate me; your choices, favourite fabrics, joyful colours and your natural talent. All hung up to entice; you sound so pleased and content. And why not? They’re beautiful; as well as that scrumptious fruit; your photos never fail to charm. And delight! Such a pleasure to share these interesting aspects of your Life. Thank you.

    • I appreciate that I am very lucky to enjoy life on 2 sides of the world. I have been sewing since I was a child and I like creating things. Thank you for following.

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