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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A bee dress

I made this dress about six months ago for Isabella and am only today finally getting around to photographing and blogging about it. Isabella has worn this dress many times since about September last year.

Monday, March 16, 2015

When we were young: Tasha from Glitter and Wit

It's When we were young time again!  Today I have my lovely friend Tasha from Glitter and Wit guest posting. If you are not familiar with Tasha's blog and her sewing, you will be inspired.  She is extremely talented and always makes something a bit different.  I love her fun style and I'm very excited to have her guest post here today. Tasha is the youngest guest I have had here for my series and today she is sharing some early 90's fashion!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Unfinished project # 5: A vintage Sunday picnic (pillow case) dress for Emily

Today I am sharing Emily's pillow case dress.  The floral component of the dress is made from a vintage pillow case.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our baby is three!!

This time three years ago I was taking sideways glances at our third and final child in her plastic crib as I lay stilled by an emergency caeserean. Our little Emily was born at 4pm on March 4th and has been a joy in our lives every day since then.

Monday, March 2, 2015

An Antoinette dress

I am determined to keep plugging away with finishing unfinished projects.  This dress was a bodice with no zip and just the skirt cut out when my sister delivered it to me in a bag.  We planned the dress together for her daughter Lucy and cut out the fabrics from the lovely Antoinette pattern by Nele from Spiegelstiksels (no longer available).  My sister ran out of steam with the dress and had too much on her plate.  I didn't actually have this on my 'to finish' list, but I dug deep into the basket and found this dress in pieces and decided to finish it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Lotta skirt for me

In December last year, my friend Marte from Compagnie M, asked if I would like to sew up one of her newer patterns (Thank you Marte!!).  I love Marte's designs and I decided I would like to make something for myself, so I chose the lovely Lotta skirt. This skirt sat half made in my overflowing 'to finish' basket, until a few days ago when I finally finished it off.