dulcie dress

nine!

July 24, 2017


Today my lovely Isabella turned nine years old! She came into the world in the wee hours of the morning and looked like a little a doll. Perfect in every way and so small!!! She is a beautiful girl and I love watching her grow.  Last week she asked if she could have a 'friends' party.  Since Isabella hasn't had a 'friends' party since she was in prep (first grade), I, of course said yes.  She then asked if she could have a Harry Potter themed party. I, of course said no (way too late notice!!) and  we settled on a rainbow theme instead!

cosmo dress

Introducing the Cosmo dress

July 19, 2017

Today I am excited to share more photos and details and also invite testers for my newest pattern, the Cosmo dress!  I designed the first prototype of this dress late last year but it was pushed aside by other projects until a couple of months ago when I developed it more, added more options and began testing the pattern.  The Cosmo dress is semi-fitted A-line silhouette with a pieced front and side pockets. The front dress seams and pockets can be piped or left plain. Three different half collar options can be added at the neckline.  The dress closes with an exposed zipper at the back, which gives the dress a modern edge. The dress is unlined, but rather finished with facings. The dress can be made sleeveless, with pleated short sleeves, flutter sleeves or plain three quarter or long sleeves, making the dress wearable in any weather.  The Cosmo dress also lends itself to some creative colour blocking!  


These dresses are both made in fabric designed by Cosmo. The grey woodland fabric was purchased at Spotlight and inspired the name of the pattern. The gorgeous brown cotton linen was a gift from Kawaii Fabrics.  Kawaii not only generously gifted me the cotton canvas I used for this coat, but also this beautiful floral.  I felt like the brown Kawaii floral was a good match with the grey bear fabric without being too 'matchy'.  I also could have chosen this fabric, or this, or this, or this...... So many lovely choices, which would all make gorgeous Cosmo dresses!  Kawaii also offer really great shipping rates with minimum spends qualifying for free shipping - often the shipping is what makes shopping on line less attractive, but fill your cart for the equivalent of $100 AUD and the shipping is waived.  Win!! Thank you Maggie and Kawaii for the gorgeous fabrics! I can certainly recommend Kawaii to all of my readers! 


The Cosmo dress also features an exposed closed zip at the back.  This means the back dress is cut on the fold, instead of two mirrored pieces.  If you haven't sewn an exposed zip before, don't be afraid! It is very straightforward and just requires some care and some accurate pining! I am working on a video currently that will be available to view when the pattern is released to guide you step by step if you need further clarification aside from the written/photographic instructions.  


Emily's dress features the pleated short sleeves and sailor collar.  

While Isabella's dress features long sleeves and the tie collar option.  As you can see in the opening pattern cover pic, there is also another collar option that I will show you in the coming days. 


My new friend Marjolein from the lovely blog and IG account: Flaflinko helped me with sewing the sleeveless view and will also be sharing her gorgeous dress soon! So make sure to follow her to see! I asked for Marjolein's help for three reasons...1/ She lives in the Northern Hemisphere (Belgium) so her daughter is more likely to get wear out of the flutter sleeve dress at present, 2/ I love her style, and 3/ It is much more fun working on a pattern with a friend! As I discovered working with Jill on the Juliette pattern! Thank you Marjolein! 

Would you like to apply to test the Cosmo dress? Testing will begin this Friday 21st July and finish on Saturday 29th July. Please only apply if you can commit to this time frame.  You can complete the application HERE. Edit (20/7/'17) -TESTING APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Thanks for applying!

Giveaway

KAWAII MOIANO COAT AND GIVEAWAY!

July 04, 2017


Today I am sharing with you a new coat I made for Emily from some amazing cotton canvas fabric sponsored by Kawaii Fabrics. I was really happy to be contacted by Kawaii Fabrics about a month ago asking if I would like to try some of their fabric....well, yes!! This was quite the coincidence since I had not long before begun working on my new pattern which was made from this fabric  (but in the grey colourway...currently unavailable) which I purchased here in Australia at Spotlight...I was searching its availability online to try to find inspiration for a good name for said pattern, when I found it was also available from Kawaii.  So when I was contacted by Maggie from Kawaii soon after, I think it was meant to be!

Dresses

HOPSCOTCH DRESS

June 27, 2017


Today my two big girls enjoyed a student free day and I decided I needed to make something for Isabella using one of my stretch fabrics. She loves to wear comfortable clothes and prefers to wear leggings and a top rather than a woven dress these days. I don't like seeing my girls in store bought clothes for the majority of the time, so it is time for me to start sewing some more every day clothes.

Dresses

WINTER LAURE

June 21, 2017




After I saw this dress An made on Instagram, I had to sew a long sleeved Laure dress too.  I love long sleeved dresses, especially ones made from Japanese lawn!  I found this pretty navy floral lawn at Spotlight in the remnant bin for around $8 for a metre.  I bought it not knowing what I would do with it.  Then after I saw An's dress and how pretty Laure looked sewn up in liberty, I knew the lawn would be perfect.

Dresses

NOVA

June 12, 2017



Today I am happy to be taking part in the Nova blog tour! Nova is the latest pattern released by the uber talented An from StraightGrain.  You probably already know I am a big fan of An's. Her patterns are all AMAZING and Nova doesn't disappoint!  For Emily I made the simplest version as  I was time poor and also because I love the simplicity of the single box pleat paired with the peter pan collar.