Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Edinburgh dress

So here it is!
I went for the single pattern in the end, partly out of simplicity and partly out of necessity (as always time was running out), but if I had more of this stuff I would love to make the other version too.
Apologies for the terrible hotel room lighting below...  We were at a wedding in Edinburgh and I wore this to the party the night before.  Behind me is the most beautiful view of the city, right in front of the Scott monument.  Had it not been so freezing iced cold I would have taken these pictures outside, but had to stay warm and cover up with my giant trusty trench. 
Happy sewing! x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

fabric art

I got to visit a beautiful fabric store in Basel, Switzerland a few weeks ago - Stofftraum.  I was on the look out for some Swiss dot fabric (cheesy?)  but dropped quite a few francs to take home this repeat floral cotton print.   This pictures don't do it justice but it's a mix of blues, greys, greens and golds and looks hand painted - I was very close to framing it!

I went for a simple shift dress but the big decision was with the pattern placement.  I really underestimated how the placement of a repeat pattern can change the look and feel of a dress.

When I look at the one on the left I think modern and fresh, maybe even edgy (?) while the one on the right makes me think pretty, ladylike, elegant....
It took me a long time to decide and even my hubby waded in, and my mom and sister from across the pond.
Which would you choose?

Sunday, 10 May 2015

a coat for mom

Happy Mother's Day to all the gorgeous mommy makers out there! 
 I hope you are reading this with a glass of bubbly in hand and your feet up (or on the sewing machine pedal!)
 Today is a good day to let you know how in awe I am of your talent and creativity, the way you juggle making, blogging and creating beautiful homes for your families, and that magic trick you have at finding 10 extra hours in a day.  One day maybe you can share your secret with me.

In honour of the most important lady in my life, my teacher, cheerleader, confident and purveyor of fine vintage hand me downs, here are some pictures of a coat I made for my mom. 
It's the Burda 3/2012 pattern I made for myself previously and the first time I have made a proper garment for someone else.  It's an easy one if you are thinking of doing the same.

Love you, mom xxx

Saturday, 25 April 2015

glorious green

Every year about this time I become obsessed with green, just as thousands of versions of the gorgeous shade start to dot the urban landscape...talk about colour therapy.
You might know I also became obsessed with coats this past winter, and this 'coatigan' is the last in my series.
  While I was drafting this I also became obsessed with drop shoulder styles, and found myself following people down the street to get a closer view of their coats (really sorry if that was you...)
I'm not totally satisfied with this one so I'll try it again at some point -- until then I'm making dresses!
Happy Spring!

Thursday, 2 April 2015


I nearly called this the 'stag weekend' dress because I spent a weekend locked up in my flat drafting this pattern while my other half was away in Dublin celebrating. (Whoop!)...it's not often I get to spend 48 consecutive hours designing, dreaming, pattern drafting and sewing - but this is the result.

In fact, I can't even remember if I brushed my teeth or ate anything other than cheese on toast, but I do recall that the whole series of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt played on Netflix in the background until 3am, and I'm still not really sure if she went back into the bunker or not.
bought this super lightweight pink suiting for $1 a metre at a Fabricland blow-out sale, which I think makes it the most economical dress for a wedding I have ever made.

I'm happy with the overall result but it's one pattern I can't stop thinking about. Specifically, should I have cut the first radiating pleat on the bias or straight grain? (It's on the bias). 

Any ideas?

Happy sewing everyone!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year...

...and Prosit Neujahr from Vienna!  Wishing you much sewing happiness in 2015.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

the stockings were hung...

Christmas stockings finished just in time for the jolly man's arrival.  To make these, check out Scandinavian Needlecraft and don't forget to arm yourself with a vanishing fabric marker pen.
Merry Christmas to you.