Christmas baubles and sewing supplies

Merry Christmas 2022!

Christmas is almost upon us… have you finished your gift shopping yet?

A Rare Notion will be open during the festive period for all your holiday sewing needs. Some postage delays may occur due to public holidays however we’ll do our best to get your parcels on their way to you as soon as possible!


2009 Fashion Short Courses – South Australia

TafeSA are offering a number of short courses related to fashion, dressmaking, lingerie and costume making between January and July 2009. Areas covered include corset making, pattern drafting, alterations, millinery and bra making, among others.

The following information is reprinted from the TafeSA Short Course Guide 09 and the TafeSA website. Please note: A Rare Notion is not affiliated with TafeSA nor does it endorse the listed courses. Information is only listed as it may be beneficial to some customers.
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Volume Discount Pricing!

A Rare Notion is pleased to announce volume discount pricing – now available on most of our stock!

Discounts are processed automatically when you purchase in quantities greater than 5, 10, 25 or 50 and will immediately appear in your shopping basket. Price breaks are shown on our new, improved product information pages which now also include information on stock quantities.


Truly Victorian Patterns

We now stock a small range of Truly Victorian patterns. Printed on paper, not tissue, these patterns are based on historical garments, drawings and descriptions, drafted to fit the modern form. Designs are basic versions with details of trimmings left off which allows them to be easily adapted into one-of-kind creations. Most are multi-sized and contain all sizes in the one package. Full instructions are given with each pattern, however some prior sewing knowledge and experience is assumed.

Due to the quality of each pattern they are best suited for creating historically accurate clothing for re-enactments, but could also be adapted to other uses. The 1880s Late Victorian Corset, for example, is historically accurate, but has been adapted to suit modern bust cup sizes for ease of fitting and would be perfect for creating anything from period underwear to modern outerwear.

Any of the Truly Victorian branded patterns available on can be ordered in. Lead time is approximately 2-3 weeks.

All Truly Victorian artwork displayed with patterns is the property of Truly Victorian.