Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Sullivan dress for Emily

Today I finished a new dress for Emily. Since Isabella and Juliette wear school uniform for most of the day, five days a week, Emily is my most frequent dress wearer!  Juliette does insist on wearing a dress every day to school (she can also wear track pants), but she only gets to wear her other dresses on the weekends and sometimes she will wear one after school. For Emily I made a Sullivan dress. The pattern is new and was created by Abby from Sew Much Ado.

Monday, August 8, 2016


Today I am sharing with you my version of the Hoppe pattern - the latest pattern by And from StraightGrain.  An collaborated with another Belgian blogger and sewer - Fabrienne from the blog 128 to design and produce this latest gorgeous pattern. And although it is certainly not jumpsuit weather here, I was excited to make a Hoppe - as it is a bit of a change for me to make a garment like this.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

An Antalya dress

This weekend we went away to Daylesford - a picturesque little town set amongst hills, beautiful old buildings and a big lake. Today we went down to the lake and I realised it was the perfect place to take some photos of Juliette in her new Antalya dress

Friday, July 1, 2016


Today I am sharing two dresses I made that are 'Anspired'.  Today I am among great company in sharing a creation that is inspired by An of StraightGrain.   An is one of my favourite bloggers and has become a good blogging friend whom I have known know for a few years.  I love An's style and find myself often choosing fabrics, trims and designs that have an element of her style in them.  An makes gorgeous clothes for her two daughters and loves many of the things I do too - mustard accents, mint and soft pink, print mixing, neon piping, fitted bodices, invisible zip, landscape prints and cute details.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Top Knot dress

Today I am joining in on the Top Knot tour! The Top Knot romper/dress is the latest pattern by new designer, Gabriela of Chalk & Notch.  I didn't know Gabriela  but when she asked me to join in, I had a look at her pattern and was really impressed by how professional it looked, so I signed up.  When I received the files, I couldn't believe this pattern was the work of a new designer. It is the most professional and cleanly finished pattern tutorial I have seen from an Indie pattern designer. Well done Gabriela!! Such a fabulous first pattern!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Moiano coat

I am excited to share my Moiano coat today. The Moiano coat pattern is the latest fabulous pattern created by my blogging friend An from StraighGrain in Belgium.  An only learned to sew when her first daughter was a couple of years old. Since then she has become a self taught pattern designer and she sews beautiful things for her two daughters. I have sewn many of her patterns and Moiano is awesome!

Friday, May 27, 2016

An Umbrella Prints Miss Polly

Have you heard of the Australian fabric designer and manufacturer - Umbrella Prints? They create beautifully screen printed organic cotton and cotton/hemp. For the past seven years, Umbrella Prints has held a fun competition to showcase their fabrics. The Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition invites sewers to purchase a pack of their trimmings - which are small off cuts of their fabrics - and creating something unique from them.  I decided to join in this year as I would just love to win the awesome Umbrella Prints prize, and because I thought the trimmings pack would make a great Miss Polly dress pocket.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A vintage inspired winter coat

A few months ago, a friend of mine gave me a lovely gift.  A beautiful blue coat that she wore as a girl of six or seven in her then home country of England.  The coat has beautiful lines and details and fits Isabella perfectly.  You may have seen this picture I posted on instagram recently. I was inspired to reproduce it and so made a coat for Juliette.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

(Little) lady in red

It was a glorious day today here in Warrnambool and though I should have been outside, I spent some time behind the sewing machine and I sewed up this dress within an hour from start to finish. Bragging a bit, I know, but I have sewn up this style of dress so many times now that the steps now require very little thought!  Shoulder seams, press, neckline, arm scyes, turn right side out, presss, kirt side seams, neaten and press skirt gather, attach bodice to skirt, press,  instal zip, press, enclose zip seam with bodice lining, press, centre back skirt seam, press, dress hem, press and blind stitch bodice lining hem and press!  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Miss Polly frenzy - Part I

Over the past few weeks, I have sewn up three Miss Polly dresses that I have not yet shared. I sewed up a long sleeve flannelette one using some green vintage fabric, a capped sleeve soft cactus one and this one - made with vintage denim and home decor fabric! Yep, this one is made from the leftovers from some cushions I recently made for our loungeroom!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A new dress design

After I published Miss Polly I sewed up a prototype of a new design I had been planning in my head for a while. You may have seen a couple of sneak peeks on instagram. I finished this dress a few weeks ago and Juliette has already had lots of wear it out of it. I am really pleased with how the first version turned out. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Emily's quilt

Last month Emily turned four last month and I made her a quilt. I bought the fabric for the quilt top around eight months ago and cut it around a month later then started sewing about a month after that! I actually changed my mind about three times over the fabrics and design of Emily's quilt and originally my husband and I picked these fabrics on line for a double quilt for us. But when it arrived and I started piecing it on the lounge room floor, Stefan realised he may have had a red wine too many when picking the fabrics as they were certainly feminine rather than neutral. So, a quilt for Emily was decided. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Miss Polly blog tour - Day 6: While she was sleeping, Erin Always & AnneLuSe

Today is the last day of the Miss Polly blog tour. I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the gorgeous Miss Polly dresses as much as I have! For the last day of the tour, I have Jenya from While she was sleeping, Erin from Erin Always and Annelies from AnneLuSe.

Today is the last day you can receive 15% off the Miss Polly pattern with the code: MISSPOLLY15 (discount applies to all sewponyvintage patterns throughout the tour). Don't forget to use #misspollydress to tag your dresses on social media so I and others can find you!!

Jenya, from While she is sleeping, is one of my good blogging friends who lives within a few hours of where I live. She is super nice and although we met only once a few years ago, I feel like we get along very well. Jenya sews mostly for her elder daughter, R. Although with the arrival of baby L around seven months ago, some baby sewing has been happening on Jenya's blog too. Oh, and Jenya also sews a little for herself. Go Jenya! I love the look of this denim Miss Polly with the lovely orange piping! See more at While she was sleeping.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Miss Polly blog tour - Day 5: Emma en Mona & Skirt as top

Today is Day 5 of the Miss Polly blog tour. I have Griet from Emma en Mona and Kristin from Skirt as Top blogging today.

Remember, throughout the tour (April 4 - April 15) you can receive 15% off the Miss Polly pattern with the code: MISSPOLLY15 (discount applies to all sewponyvintage patterns throughout the tour). Don't forget to use #misspollydress to tag your dresses on social media so I and others can find you!!

Griet, from Belgium, writes the very popular blog Emma en Mona - named after her twin daughters. She sews gorgeous clothes for her kids. She uses bold prints and does gorgeous photo shoots. I competed with her in Project Run & Play a few years back where she stole the show! Her Miss Polly is made from a sample of fabric designed by Melkbrigade (do you remember the swan dress and vintage kitten dress I made)...The fabric is gorgeous. She has added a detachable collar. Go to Emma en Mona to see more of this stunning dress.

I have followed Kristin's blog, Skirt as Top, for a long time now and I love Kristin's style. Kristin lives in the US and she sews for her three gorgeous kids as well as herself. Her photos are always gorgeous and beautifully composed. Her eldest child, Em is close in size and age to my Isabella. Kristin sews her the loveliest clothes. Today she is sharing a corduroy Miss Polly - pinwale corduroy is the perfect fabric for this dress. Head over to skirt as top to see more!

Thank you very much Griet and Kristin for taking the time to sew and share your Miss Pollys!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Miss Polly blog tour - Day 3: A Jennuine Life, Liivi & Liivi, Aamore

Today is Day 3 of the Miss Polly blog tour. I have Jenn from A Jennuine Life, Maarika from Liivi & Liivi and Anke from Aamore sharing their dresses.

Remember, throughout the tour (April 4 - April 15) you can receive 15% off the Miss Polly pattern with the code: MISSPOLLY15 (discount applies to all sewponyvintage patterns throughout the tour). Don't forget to use #misspollydress to tag your dresses on social media so I and others can find you!!

Jennifer blogs at A Jennuine Life in the United States. She writes a blog where she shares her sewing for her two daughters and sometimes herself. She has her own pattern line - Jennuine Design and has released lots of great patterns. You can see more of this sweet Miss Polly here