dear prudence


2:04 PM

A couple of months ago I was contacted by an ex work colleague who I worked with at a Melbourne School. She remembered that I loved sewing and wondered if I would be interested in some fabric from her mother's sewing stash.  Yes I would! Since we no longer live in Melbourne, my sister kindly visited my colleague's home and picked up some great pieces of fabric.  This bold orange, navy and yellow floral was one of my favourites.  I decided to sew it up with my Dear Prudence dress pattern. I get an extra kick out of making things from thrifted/vintage fabric.  Thanks Carolyn! 



12:58 PM

Emily turned five on Saturday. For weeks she has been so excited about her birthday and about her birthday party.  She had a fabulous day with her sweet little friends and she feels so grown up now!  I made her this Miss Polly dress for her birthday from some beautiful fabric I purchased from a store I'd not heard of until a few weeks ago - Ministry of Fabric. Ministry of Fabric is a lovely online store and I bought a bunch of fabric on sale - this is the first thing I have made.  It is, of course, Les Fleurs fabric by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel.  This colourway is called 'Rosa Periwinkle' which is quite apt for our property, since much of the fence line is covered in periwinkle...a pretty weed.  I paired the periwinkle fabric with some light indigo brushed cotton and powder blue piping...even Emily's badge matches her dress! This was a coincidence!


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.