finch dress

thrifted finch dress

June 16, 2018

I think you know by now that I love sewing with thrifted fabrics.  I especially love pattern testing with thrifted fabrics because there is no financial risk if the pattern doesn't turn out the way I wanted. During pattern testing for the Finch dress pattern, I made this sleeveless version for Juliette from a thrifted table cloth!.  I liked the small floral print and the colours and could see it as a dress. 

finch dress


June 14, 2018

Yesterday I released my newest pattern - the Finch dress!  You can purchase the pattern here.  Until tomorrow (9pm AEST Friday 15th) you can receive 15% discount with code: FINCH15. Today I am sharing some of the photos from my twenty lovely testers! They all made such beautiful dresses!  Thank you Atia, Barbara, Beth, Bridget, Britt, Claudia, Deborah, Evelien, Fanny, Jenya, Kate, Lucy, Maria, Marie-Paule, Marjolein, Noortje, Rineke, Sofie, Tessa and Thao did a wonderful job! In no particular order, here are their Finch dresses! Photo above: Beautiful flamingo Finch dress by Rineke from @plus2is5.

finch dress


June 11, 2018

Today I am sharing a Finch dress I made for Emily using some beautiful Indian Ikat cotton.  A few weeks back the lovely ladies at Fibers to fabric emailed me asking if I was interested in sewing something up in one of their fabrics.  Fibers to fabric are based in India and specialise in Ikat, batik and embroidered fabrics.  I have a soft spot for Ikat prints so was keen to try it.  The fabric is beautiful and soft and shipped in no time.  They offer free shipping to some countries too.  Currently this particularly print is sold out but there are other colourways available like this gorgeous one.

sewpony floral

sewpony floral

June 02, 2018

Happy June everyone! Today I am sharing the new theme for the sewpony sewalong series...for the month of June, the theme is #sewponyfloral ! I love floral fabrics, whether they be big and bold or small and dainty.  To sew along, simply tag a photo of a garment you have made using a floral fabric and a sewpony pattern with the hashtag.  In this post you will find three inspirational garments made by the sewpony team along the the floral theme and also find out the sewalong winner for the May theme of #sewponythrift! (Scroll to the bottom of the post).

finch dress


May 29, 2018

Today I am excited to announce the details of my new pattern - the Finch dress.  The Finch dress is a relaxed fitting, feminine style dress with lovely details.  The rounded neckline is finished with bias binding and the dress back features a keyhole opening with the bias being sewn into ties to create the back closure.  The waist is drawn in with thick elastic which can be sewn all the way around or three quarters of the way around and accented with buttons at the front.  The dress can be made sleeveless and finished with bias binding or gathered sleeves can be added in three lengths.  The sleeves are drawn in at the ends with elastic.  Lightweight woven fabrics like rayon and cotton lawn are recommended. A great pattern to use all year round.  Sizes 12MO - 12Y. 

I am looking for around 24 testers to try out this design.  To apply to test, fill out the application form HERE.  Testing will begin Thursday 31 May and will run through until Saturday 9 June.  Successful applicants will be emailed on Wednesday 30 May.  Testing will take place through a private FB group.

jeune pattern


May 27, 2018

Today I am sharing a Jeune top I made from a thrifted pillowcase! The Jeune pattern is great for beginners and for sizes 12mo-7years, the top can be cut from a standard sized pillowcase. For this top, the outer and the lining are pillowcases.  I love the 70's vibe of the brown floral print.  I originally made this top for Juliette but when I asked her if she would wear it today, she told me she didn't like it because it was 'brown'.  Apparently brown is not a pretty colour according to her.  I tend to disagree!  Isabella happily claimed it as her own and luckily they are pretty much the same size.