Saturday, May 04, 2019

Roberts Collection Dungaree Dress

I've been stashing this amazing Kokka fabric for several years waiting for the right project to pop into my head. I suddenly realised last week that the Roberts Collection Dungaree Dress by Marilla Walker would be perfect.
This pattern is fantastic, well drafted, great instructions and very quick to sew. It is a very roomy pattern and I definitely could have sewn a size smaller, but it is very comfortable and I've already worn it a couple of times.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Lino Cut Pebbles

A little pebble lino cut I made last month. I've really enjoyed carving outside in the morning sun over summer, it's so calming and relaxing. I might need to set up a place by the fire for winter. 




Thursday, March 14, 2019

Applique Ideas

My ideas for quilts don't just come to me when I'm playing around with fabric. A few weeks ago I had 15 minutes before I had to leave for work so I grabbed some paper and began cutting and gluing and this is what i came up with. Four little blocks. 
The flower block has inspired some large applique flower blocks.


And the other ones have inspired a long piece of applique. I'm not sure where this one is going, but I'm enjoying sewing it.

As a bonus my paper collaging became the basis of a fantastic art activity in a primary school class I was teaching later that week!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lino Cut Flowers

A few little lino cut prints I made in February, perfect for cards and the front of notebooks.




Sunday, March 10, 2019

Springfield Top and Jalie 3668

The Springfield Top and Jalie 3668 are both perfect to sew when you have limited sewing time. 
I used some seersucker fabric with neon spots from the stash for the Springfield top. I've been saving this for the perfect pattern and this was definitely it. I made this a few weeks ago and have worn it several times.
 Eva was desperately in need of a new rashie. I found this crazy bright blue swim fabric (I can spot her in the pool or river instantly!) in the stash and used Jalie 3668. Jalie would have to be some of the most reliable patterns I've ever used and this one is no different.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mixed Tape Charlie Caftan

My new favourite dress - the Mixed Tape Charlie Caftan.
When I was screen printing simple things onto t-shirts last year using I thought a cassette tape would make a great print, but I knew it was probably a bit complicated for a contact paper template. So I found some drawing fluid and screen filler in an art shop (Riot and Spotlight stock it if you are in Australia). I'm pretty happy with how it turned out for a first attempt. 
They were a great Christmas present for the brothers'-in-law.
Olive has no idea what a cassette tape is.
Before I cleaned that screen and re-used it I thought I'd print some fabric for myself.
I used some chambray from Spotlight.
And I used the Charlie Caftan pattern from Closet Case Patterns.
I've made this pattern a couple times and I wear them lots. 
I'm really enjoying learning how to create my own textiles, what patterns work and the best way to get prints onto fabric. And at the end I have a dress I absolutely love.




Friday, February 15, 2019

Circles of Stars PDF Pattern

Circles of Stars was featured in Homespun Magazine a while ago and the pattern is now available to download!
You can find it in my shop and also on Etsy!




Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lena Pants and Sointu Kimono Tees

I first made a Sointu Kimono Tee over a year ago and since then I've made three more. I love this pattern, so quick and easy to sew and it's perfect in a woven rayon.
When I first saw the Lena Pants pattern I knew they would work perfectly with my Sointu Tees. I made two pairs this summer, one from rayon and one from chambray, and they have been worn lots!
Both patterns are have great instructions, are quick to make, and very comfortable to wear. I'm sure I'll be making more of both!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Peppermint Jumpsuit

And now for something completely different.... a jumpsuit!
I really didn't feel the need to make a jumpsuit until I saw the In The Folds collaboration with Peppermint Magazine and then I really needed to make one!
I used some chambray I bought at Spotlight and made no alterations to the pattern except to shorten the pattern 6 inches before I cut it out.
I love it! I'd be surprised if there isn't another one made soon. 

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Swimsuit Sewing

The girls always have two weeks of swimming lessons in January and Olive was desperately needing new bathers/swimmers/togs/swimsuit (depending on which state you live in - we call them bathers in WA). A perfect opportunity to buy some of the awesome coastal fabric from Ellie Whittaker.
I had planned to make the one piece in the new Style Arc pattern, but Olive finds separate bottoms and tops easier so I made the top from the pattern. I basted the collar together first and checked that I could fit it over her head and when it fit I decided not to add the zip so this was finished very quickly. The only other change I made was to shorten the sleeves by a few inches as they seemed quite long. I did make the bottoms but they were a bit big and didn't fit quite right so I pulled out an old Kwik Sew pattern (2605) and made new pants with that. 
I love this fabric, I kind of wish I had bought enough to make myself some bathers or a rashie top.