Friday, October 14, 2016

The tic tac toe dress! CALL FOR TESTERS

I am excited today to finally be ready to have my tic tac toe dress tested! I have been sharing some sneak peeks on instagram and have been happy to hear lots of you are looking forward to sewing up your own tic tac toe dress! The name was inspired by the Cloud 9 fabric designed by Rashida Coleman - Hale.  The crosses reminded m of the old fashioned game that my girls and I still like to play! Please scroll to the bottom of the photos for size chart and tester application link!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Made for Sara

Today I am joining in with a little surprise for the birth of a baby.  Sara (from Made by Sara) is a lovely lady who blogs lovely things from her home in Portugal.  She has just welcomed her fourth child.... a baby boy.  Another lovely blogger - Victoria from As it seams (based in the UK), thought up the idea to surprise Sara with some baby gifts from around the world to welcome her new boy. Sara makes beautiful clothes - mostly for her two daughters.  She has sewn up all three of my dress patterns. You can see her Sunday picnic dress here, her Dear Prudence dress here and her Miss Polly dress here! Thank you Sara!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Today I am happy to be sharing my version of the Tulip top (and dress) - a beautiful new pattern released by two talented Belgian ladies! Eva from With love by Eva and Katrien by Kaatjenaaisels, released this pattern collaboratively about a month ago in Dutch. This week, it is now available in English! They were kind in asking me to join in their blog tour.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A blue dress: pattern progress

We are enjoying September school holidays at the moment, and I have had the opportunity to get some sewing done! I am making some progress with sewing up some prototypes of my new pattern.  Do you remember this dress I shared some months back? Well I have developed that design since then - I have removed the pleating of the top piece and added the options of: half/full collar, epaulettes, three sleeves, V or regular back and an optional tie. The design can include a piped bodice which joins with piped pockets to create a unique (I hope!) look at the front.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

See you at six...

Today I am taking part in the See You At Six blog tour hosted by Maaike from Maai design.  See You At Six is a beautiful new collection of fabric available in Maaike's shop.  It is viscose/rayon and has a beautiful drape. Ideally suited for shirts and dresses for women.  I chose Cracks Pastel for this project (and also some Triangles Blue for something lovely in the future). Like the Soft Cactus fabrics, See You At Six is also 145cm wide. I love that!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sewing for kindergarten

Today I am participating in Sewing for Kindergarten - an annual series hosted by Mie from Sewing Like Mad. The series celebrates sewing for our new school kids. I am excited to share the school dress I made for my second school girl, Juliette.

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!