sewing for children

ZARA PATTERN

November 11, 2019


Today I am very excited to introduce you to my latest sewing pattern for girls - Zara!! For the past month I have been drafting, sewing, drawing, writing and with my team of testers, the pattern is now ready to sew! Let me tell you a bit about Zara...The Zara dress is an easy wearing and feminine silhoutte that suits light weight woven or knit fabrics (YAY!). The Zara pattern offers a scooped front waistline to create a high-low hem, or a regular drop waist hem.  Ruffles can be added to the front bodice.  The skirt is gathered and falls nicely from the relaxed fitting bodice. Gathered short or long sleeves are possible both finished with an elastic hem, or the dress can be made sleeveless­.  The back closes with a button and loop and the neckline is finished with a bias hem.  Perfect for any age and season.  Zara is also the perfect pattern for beginner sewists!

issie pattern

Roar

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

WISJ FOR ABOUT BLUE FABRICS

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

NEW PATTERN RELEASE: SORELLA!!!!

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

UPBEET TEE AND SEED SHORTS

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.