Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
We celebrated Isabella's seventh birthday this weekend. I can't believe she is so grown up! Naturally, on your childrens' birthdays you reflect back to the day they were born. Probably the biggest highlight of my life was the moment Isabella came into the world! I made her a Jaanu dress for her birthday.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Hi everyone. Today is the final day of my blog tour. I am excited to have five dresses to share today! I have three bloggers originally planned to share today as well as Rachel from Stitched Together and also Mie from sewing like mad. Mie is 'officially' not on my tour, but since she blogged about her dress this week, I thought I would share her dress too!!
Throughout the tour you can receive 15% off my latest pattern with code: PRUDENCE15 (apply at checkout). You can buy Dear Prudence here.
Firstly I have the lovely Kristine from Townmouse. Kristine lives in Melbourne and has run a successful children's boutique brand - Townmouse from her home studio. I have been told that one of Kristine's garments was sold to Princess Mary for her daughter Princess Isabella - Kristine will have to confirm that one!! Kristine has a fresh new business - selling PDF digital patterns of the designs she sold under her clothing brand. You can see Townmouse patterns here! Kristine made a beautiful liberty Dear Prudence for her daughter. I can't wait to see more! Click here to see.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hi everyone. Today I am taking part in a really fun sewing series hosted by Sara from Made by Sara. It is called Alice in Wonderland and marks the 150th anniversary since the publication of the famous book by Lewis Carroll. Sara has organised a bunch of sewing bloggers to sew something inspired by the magical story. You can read Sara's introduction here.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Today for the Dear Prudence blog tour, I have two lovely bloggers - Frances from Miss Matatabi and Marta from Do Guincho. Rachel from Stitched Together is an apology due to sick kids - she will be blogging about her dress next week:)
Frances from Miss Matatabi is an Aussie born blogger, sewer and beautiful fabric shop owner who lives in Japan. Her web store (of the same name), Miss Matatabi is now well know all around the world and sells a beautiful array of fabrics. I have shopped from Frances several times now and I am always excited to receive one of her lovely parcels in the mail! When Frances is not flat out running her blog and shop, she likes to sew for her daughter. I am very excited to have her on my blog tour. today. Head over to Frances' blog to see more of this beautifully colourful dress!
Monday, July 13, 2015
Today for the Dear Prudence blog tour, I have two guests. Maria from mycozyco and Nicola from createnic.
I am a new follower of Maria from mycozyco. Maria was born in Colombia, but lives now in the UK. She writes her lovely blog in Spanish and English. She knits and sews for herself and her children and all her makes are lovely. I love the Ishi dress she made recently. I am very happy to have Maria on my tour today. You can more of her gorgeous dress over at mycozyco.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Today I have three more lovely dresses to show you for my Dear Prudence blog tour. Sara from Made by Sara, Anke from Amore and An from StraightGrain are sharing today.
Sara blogs from Portugal at Made by Sara. Sara makes beautiful clothes for her kids and also sews for herself. She has a real passion for sewing and it shows. Sara is hosting a very exciting sewing series next week which I am participating in. Head over to Made by Sara to see more of this beautiful colour blocked Dear Prudence dress.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
For day two of my Dear Prudence pattern tour, I have Sophie from Bobby and Minouch, Jenn from A Jennuine Life and Renee from Nearest the pin.
Sophie blogs from Belgium at Bobby and Minouch. I discovered her blog a few months ago and just love her photography, use of colour...and her daughter's hair!!! What a beautiful colour! I was very excited when Sophie accepted my invitation to be on my blog tour and I am looking forward to seeing more of this lovely dress...
Monday, July 6, 2015
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
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
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
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!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
(Edited: This CALL FOR TESTERS IS 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.
Friday, May 29, 2015
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
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)...