issie pattern


August 11, 2019

The weather in my part of the world the past few weeks has been cold, wet and dreary.  Today was a perfect day for some sewing.  The girls were happily playing lego and setting up a cafĂ© in the kitchen while my Mum and I spent some time sewing in my sewing room.  

Emily spent some of her pocket money yesterday at Spotlight on this gorgeous tiger iron on transfer.  I told her I would make her a new top for it to go on.  I was lucky yesterday to also find this pretty apricot stretch jersey at the op shop - the perfect match for the sweet little tiger.  I used my Issie pattern.  This is a size 7 (I usually make Emily a size 6) so it is a bit roomy but will fit her next year too.

issie pattern


June 10, 2019

Some of the wonderful perks of being connected with creative people around the world is being sent amazing fabric to sew with!! My lovely friend Sofie from WISJ lives in Belgium with her husband and two sweet daughters. I first 'met' Sofie when she tested one of my patterns.  I quickly became a fan of her style and sewing.  Sofie makes gorgeous patterns too!  But today I am talking about her first line of fabric created in conjunction with About Blue Fabrics!  Sofie's four designs are titled 'Home' and are printed in lovely French Terry.  You can see the four prints and read more about it here.  The fabrics are now available in many online shops.

sewpony patterns


May 06, 2019

Today I am very excited to announce the release of a new sewpony pattern - Sorella!  Some fabulous testers and I have been working quietly the past month or so on this beauty, and I hope you will love it!!  My daughters sure do.  The Sorella pattern is a super versatile design offering many options for dresses, tops and sweaters.  Two full colour block options are possible for the dress options and the tops can also be colour blocked.  Both dress and top offer a short dolman sleeve, long straight sleeves or long puffed sleeves – which look particularly stylish in the jumper style top.  A gathered sleeve ruffle can also be added.  The colour blocked dresses offer in seam pockets at the waist.  The top can be made as a T-shirt or with cuffs as a jumper.  With so many possibilities for colour and print combinations, you can let your creativity shine! Sorella is Italian for ‘sister’.  My three girls have Italian heritage and are best friends as well as sisters so this pattern is named after them.  The pattern is sized 12 months - 12 years and is available in both English and Dutch - a big thank you to Tessa for the Dutch translation!!  YOU CAN FIND THE ENGLISH VERSION HERE, AND THE DUTCH HERE.  Use the code SORELLARELEASE to receive 20% off until Friday 10th May (midnight Melbourne time).

Below you can see some of the possible options for sewing the Sorella. Dresses - plain or colour blocked, with or without sleeves, with or without inseam pockets. Tops - cropped or regular length, with waistband or without, plain or colour blocked and sweaters - plain or colour blocked, regular or gathered sleeves.  You can really get creative with colour combinations!!

Project Run & Play


April 11, 2019

There is currently a pretty awesome sewing contest going on over on Instagram.  You can read all the details here.  In summary, sew up at least one of the patterns from the Project Farmer's Market collection and share at least three photos tagged with #prpdesignercapsulecontest by May 1, and you could win some amazing prizes with a combined value of over $600 USD.  This is what I would have entered if I was allowed!  An Upbeet tee and some Seed shorts.

Project Run & Play


March 11, 2019

I am very excited to let you know that the Seed pattern is now available to purchase!  (The Seed pattern is currently on sale - no code needed). This pattern has been in the works for a few months and I've only been able to share little snippets of it's details.  For the past four months I have been collaborating with seven other designers to design a spring capsule wardrobe of sewing patterns!  Some months ago, Audrey, the director of Project Run + Play contacted me asking if I would be interested in contributing a pattern to such a collection.  I participated in the sewing competition many years ago now but am one of the several past contestants who have gone on to design PDF sewing patterns for kids. I decided to jump in since I was in great company and knew I would enjoy the enthusiasm and encouragement that a group can bring.