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

Hoppe


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

Anspired


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.