Monday, July 6, 2015

Dear Prudence blog tour - Day 1

Today begins six days (over two weeks) of enjoying lovely Dear Prudence dresses made by eighteen talented sewing bloggers from around the world. Throughout the tour (which runs Monday, Tuesday and Friday this week and next), you can receive 15% off my latest pattern with code: PRUDENCE15 (apply at checkout).  You can buy Dear Prudence here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A retro ishi dress

Today I finished a retro style ishi dress for Emily that I started a few weeks ago.  If you haven't heard of the ishi dress, it is the latest pattern by the very talented pattern maker, sewer and blogger, An from StraightGrain. There are have been many lovely ishi dresses in blogland over the past few weeks as An has hosted a big blog tour for her pattern launch.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A softie for Jenya

Good morning:)  Today I am joining in with a surprise baby shower for my lovely sewing blogging friend, Jenya from While she was sleeping.  Jenya is expecting her second child in August and two of her kind blogging friends, Renee from Nearest the Pin and Alisa from A stitch in between, have rounded up some of Jenya's sewing/blogging friends for a little surprise 'baby shower'.  Surprise Jenya!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PATTERN RELEASE: Dear Prudence!!!

I wasn't going to publish this 'til 10pm, but I'm ready now so....I am very excited to release my latest vintage inspired dress pattern today - Dear Prudence.  I made my first version of this dress around eight months ago and today it is all finished and ready to share!! 

Dear Prudence is a vintage inspired and playful dress that has sweet details which make the design feminine and unique.  The bodice is lined and features a shirred section at the centre and a three quarter piped collar accented with little shirt buttons.  The front skirt piece features central gathers and deep piped pockets.  The back features a row of elastic to draw the back of the dress in.  The dress length sits mid knee.

The dress offers the options of sleeveless, extended cap sleeve and three quarter length sleeve.  The shirring detail eliminates the need for closures and means your girl can dress herself! The pattern name was inspired by the old Beatles song, “Dear Prudence…won’t you come out to play?”       

Sizing is 12 mo - 10 years.
The files includes:
  • 26 page file for instructions (FILE 1) and either 24 pages of pattern tiles (home printing) (FILE 2) or one large AO sheet for print shop printing (FILE 3);
  • detailed photographic and textual instructions for each construction step;
  • cutting diagrams;
  • glossary;
  • measurements throughout in metric and imperial;
  • detailed size charts;
  • fabric requirements;
  • printable in black and white or colour on standard printer paper;
  • AO size paper print option - no taping!
  • tips on achieving great shirring;
  • piping instructions.

Over the past ten days, eighteen fantastic testers have sewed up my pattern, helped me improve my instructions and given me the essential feedback needed to make a great pattern.









Thank you so much to Anke, Bethany, Candice, Erin, Evelyne, Jan, Kate G, Kylie R, Kate M, Kylie R, Liesbeth, Maarika, Renee, Marleen, Miranda, Nicola, Zee and Saskia - you all did a fantastic job!!!

YOU CAN PURCHASE DEAR PRUDENCE HERE. Use DEARPRUDENCE15 at checkout to receive 15% off until Saturday. Use #dearprudencedress on social media so other sewers can find you!

Hooray!! There will also be a blog tour in a couple of weeks - so lots of inspiration to be enjoyed!

Happy sewing and I hope you love the pattern as much as I do!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CALL FOR TESTERS: Dear Prudence dress (NOW CLOSED)


Hi everyone! I am excited to be posting today asking for some help from some lovely sewers who feel like testing my new pattern - Dear Prudence.  Being a vintage inspired pattern designer, I like to use pattern names that inspire nostalgia. I love the old Beatles song, Dear Prudence. Indeed, Prudence is such an old fashioned name and I think it is quaint and sweet. I hope you will love sewing up this pattern!

Dear Prudence is a vintage inspired dress that has sweet details which make the design feminine and unique. The bodice is lined and features a shirred section at the centre and three quarter piped collar accented with little shirt buttons. The front skirt piece features central gathers and piped deep pockets.  The back features a row of elastic to draw the skirt in. 

The dress offers the options of sleeveless, extended cap or three quarter length sleeve.  The shirring detail at the front and elastic at the back of the dress eliminates the need for closures and means your girl can dress herself!

You can see the other test versions of Dear Prudence I have sewn here, here and here.

Please only apply to test if your child's measurements fit (more or less) into the table below.

Testing will begin on Thursday 4 June and will run through until Saturday June 13.  Please only apply if you are able to make, photograph and provide feedback for this dress within this time frame. To apply please fill in this form.

Testers will be notified by email to join a facebook group to test this pattern. I will choose approximately 22 testers within the next day.

Thank you!!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Pattern progress - Part II

Hi there! I am back with another version of my new pattern (which I have named but am just making sure it is right before I share!!).  This is actually the same style as the first one I shared last year here. You can see my last post with the three quarter sleeve version here. I had re-drafted the collar and needed to photograph the steps for enclosing the bodice, so another extended cap sleeve dress was in order.

Monday, May 25, 2015

New pattern progress

Do you remember this dress I made Emily last year? At that point, I had the pattern half drafted then let it be for months thinking I wasn't sure I loved it. I also had the dress I am sharing today half made and was hesitant to finish it worrying it wouldn't look right on Issie - well guess what? It does! It has renewed my faith in the design and I am pushing on with finishing the pattern (with a few changes)...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Some Sunday stretch sewing

I went to Spotlight yesterday for an invisible zip for an Ishi dress I am making, and came out with some gorgeous jersey which was on sale as well.  'Spotty' has a great range of jersey these days.  Lots of gorgeous prints which are usually around $15 per metre. They were on sale for 30% off so I managed to make this outfit for about $12. Issie only had one pair of leggings and I thought, I really should make them, since I can, even though I could probably buy them for the same price.  I love sewing for my kids and they only took about 15 minutes of sewing time.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sewing for your girls: Book review and GIVEAWAY!

A couple of months ago, I was kindly given a copy of the latest Japanese sewing book by Tuttle Publishing - Sewing for your girls, by Yoshiko Tsukiori.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Juliette

Yesterday afternoon I received my favourite sort of mail - fabric mail.  Last week I ordered some fabrics for Emily's big girl quilt and filled up my cart for same the postage rate with fabrics for lovely dresses or whatever I pleased.  I let Juliette and Issie choose a fabric each from Leah Duncan's range and Juliette chose this beautiful blue floral so I madly sewed up this dress last night for Juliette's birthday - which is today!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kids' Clothes Week: Two hanami dresses

Today for Kids' Clothes Week, I am sharing two dresses I made this week. One for Issie and one for her best friend who turned seven this week and had a little party today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kids' Clothes Week: A Verona dress

I have got a sewing bug at the moment and since it's Kids' Clothes Week, I started this dress yesterday for Emily and finished it today. It is not in keeping with the "Wild Things" theme of this season of KCW, but I can still share, right?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kids' Clothes Week: A deer top

I am sewing along with this season of Kids' Clothes Week (which, for those who do not know, is sewing an hour a day for your kid/s for one week and sharing your makes). The theme for this season is "Wild Things". My girls (particularly Isabella) love animals, so this theme is perfect.  I did start this top on the weekend but finished it today.  All up, it probably took about 90 minutes.

Friday, April 17, 2015

An autumn peplum top

Following on from my late posting of this dress (that was made six months before I photographed it), this top is finally on the blog after I made it around about the same time.