Little black dress

11:52 PM

As a pattern designer and passionate sewer, sometimes I get so inspired by an idea I just have to see it through until it's done!  Everything else on my sewing/pattern drafting 'to do list' got pushed aside over the weekend and I decided to make this dress. I had been inspired by pleated bodices worn by an Australian newsreader (Janice Peterson for my Aussie SBS viewers!) for over a year and wanted to make one in girls' sizes. I needed over a metre of fabric for this dress and landed on this beautiful black floral I had been hoarding for about 18 months (fabric details at the end of the post). Isabella had ear marked it for herself and so I turned it into this dress which she absolutely loves (always a win now that she has become more discerning over what she wears)!


Dolman dress - Take II

9:13 PM

Did you follow sewpony when we lived in Melbourne? Most of our photographs were taken against our side fence.  The fence has been absent for the past three years in my blog posts.  Luckily for me though, our next door neighbours have one, and it provides a good neutral and non distracting back drop for this dress.  After making the blue and white striped dress for Emily for kinder a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted to work on the design and improve the fit and draft it properly.


blue and white

10:36 PM


I 'frequent' my local op shops about once a fortnight. There are four in my town and I always check out the haberdashery and fabric section.  I find vintage buttons, zips, patterns and best of all, fabrics! Yesterday I found this gorgeous blue and white striped cotton.  Over two metres for $1.50! It was asking me to turn it into a kinder dress for Emily. So I did.



11:28 AM

Today I am very happy to be part of the Laure dress StraightGrain blog tour! Laure is the latest pattern released by the brilliantly talented An from StraightGrain. This pattern was created in collaboration with An + AnneMie.  It features many options (as all StraightGrain patterns do). Three different collar options, four different sleeves, shift dress or drop waist.... I went for the classic qipao style dress - mandarin collar, shift style.  See all the options in the StraightGrain shop. The dress closes with an invisible zip.



11:28 PM

Hello! My first blog post for 2017.... Today I am sharing the dresses I made the girls for Christmas! We enjoyed a completely wonderful Christmas day (last!) year.  The weather was perfect (about 31 degrees C) and we enjoyed our lunch under the shade of our big trees in the back yard. We had 25 people in total for Christmas day, including one baby and seven children. Everyone had such a lovely day.



5:39 PM

Today I am taking part in a blog series promoting Gingercake patterns.  Gingercake patterns and blog is owned and written by Virginia Lindsay. Virginia designs and sells PDF patterns to create bags, soft toys and accessories. I chose to make the Sleepover Tote for this tour.  This pattern is a beginner level pattern and can be used to fit any width of fabric to create small, medium or large tote bags.