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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Miss Polly blog tour - Day 2: Petrol + Mint, Maai design, Just add fabric

Ready for three more gorgeous Miss Polly dresses? Good! Today I am sharing dresses made by Marleen from Petrol + Mint, Maaike from Maai design and Emi from Just add fabric.

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!!

Marleen blogs from Petrol + Mint in Belgium. Marleen has sewn up a few sewpony vintage dresses now and I love her style- choices of fabrics, styling and photos.  I am excited to see more of the Miss Polly she made her daughter as she has only shown me a sneak peek. How cute are those socks and shoes!! Head over to Petrol + Mint to see more.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Miss Polly blog tour: Day 1 - Inspinration, Stahlarbeit, Lily & Woody

Today is the first day of the Miss Polly blog tour! Some lovely sewers are on board to sew up a Miss Polly from all around the world, this week and next, and I am really excited to see them all! 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!!

Today I have three lovely international bloggers sharing their Miss Pollys.  Miranda from Inspinration, Bettina from Stahlarbeit and Sylvia from Lily & Woody.

Miranda blogs from the Netherlands at Inspinration.  Miranda was one of my testers for Miss Polly and has also helped with testing for me with Dear Prudence. This is Miranda's third Miss Polly. You can see her first two here.  This dress was recycled from a pair of denim pants.  Miranda made this dress with functional shoulder flaps! So cool. Head over to Inspinration to see more.


Monday, March 28, 2016

The cutest fabric ever - another Miss Polly dress


I started sewing up another Miss Polly dress to retest the fit of the three quarter sleeves a couple of weeks ago and finished it just before the Easter weekend. I have had this fabric in my stash for nearly a year. I originally bought it to be the main fabric for Emily's quilt. But after changing my mind several times with the colour scheme and design of her quilt, I ended up going with completely different colours. Which meant I had about two metres of this gorgeous fabric to use for the girls. The fabric is so adorable. It is called  Harajuku in Rose from the Tokyo train ride collection by Sarah Watts. I thought it was still best suited to Emily in a dress since it is so playful. The colours are gorgeous - a dusty browny pink with lipstick red, cream and mustard. Little bunnies, cats, rabbits and dogs all squashed in together.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Miss Polly: A thank you to my testers!


Behind the scenes when releasing a pattern to sell, is the need to have the pattern tested in all views and sizes to test for fit and also ensuring the clarity and correctness of the instructions. I was very lucky with the Miss Polly pattern to have 15 lovely women sign up to test. These ladies were so thorough with the proof reading and with testing the fit of Miss Polly - I am very thankful and grateful as it means I have a pattern that I know fits well and makes sense!! Win win. Above is Anke's lovely dress made from Bambiblauw fabric - love it. You can see more on her blog here!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Miss Polly PATTERN RELEASE (and discount)

I am very excited to release the Miss Polly pattern today! I have had sixteen fabulous testers working hard over the past two weeks making up one, two and three dresses each! I have been very excited seeing all the photos coming in from these lovely ladies and am now excited to be able to have this pattern listed in my shop! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A soft cactus dress for my birthday girl


Today I am taking part in an Australian blog tour showcasing a new online fabric supplier - Maai design. The owner, Maaike is the loveliest lady. She is Belgian but now lives in Sydney. She stocks Belgian fabric and it is divine!  She also writes a blog where she sews things for her kids and herself using her gorgeous fabrics which is a great way to see them sewn up. Her main brand is Soft Cactus. I had seen Soft Cactus fabric around the blogosphere and was really excited when I found Maaike's shop.  Maaike invited me to choose some of her fabric to make something up and share it.   I cannot speak more highly of Soft Cactus and of Maaike's shop....more on that in a little bit.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A vintage kitten dress


Last week I was lucky enough to receive this most gorgeous fabric in the post.  It flew all the way from Belgium and Isabella was so excited when I told her it was coming - she loves cats!  You might have seen a sneak peek of this dress on instagram. I'm new over there so come say hi!



The fabric is called "vintage kitten" and was designed by Petra - her brand name is Melkbrigade and it is supplied by the beautiful Belgium fabric store - Bambiblauw.  The back story to this print is that after An from StraightGrain sent me the gorgeous summer swans fabric (also designed by Melkbrigade) and I made this dress, Petra saw it on facebook and commented and showed me what her new fabric looked like (vintage kitten). I told her how much I loved the look of the new fabric and asked if I could pay to have some sent over. Leiselot from Bambiblauw graciously replied and sent me the fabric as a gift - thank you very much! The fabric also comes in a jersey. The cotton fabric I received is beautifully soft and drapes very nicely.