A quick update

I have actually done quite a bit of stitching lately. This will be a quick photo update of what I’m up to, I’ll write more later!








This wasn’t intentional I swear…

I started out by cutting two dresses – one for my boss and one for myself out of a gorgeous double sided charcoal/sky-blue wool knit fabric. There was a bit leftover so I thought I’d cut out a little one for Miss H.

My boss requested that hers be reversible so I got to a certain point on hers before I got stuck. I’ll finish that off in the next few days once I get my head around the part that I’m stuck on.

So then I started stitching Miss H’s hem, armholes and neckline and thought I’d try some decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I turned her hem the opposite way to normal so that there’s a sky blue contrast band at the bottom with the decorative stitching in charcoal thread. Then I decided to do the same stitch in sky blue thread around the neck and armholes.

Well, I loved how it turned out, so I ended up using the same stitch to finish off my dress! I totally didn’t intend on making matching mummy/daughter dresses but there you go, a bit more matchy than I intended. Oh well. The actual dress patterns are different but the stitching is the same.

More to follow in the next few weeks!







Toddler dress production line complete!

I’ve been getting through a toddler dress production line. I think it’s much easier to make more than one of the same garment at once, so I dove straight in and made five, yes five of these ones! (Yes I’m crazy.). Two of these are for my little monkey Miss H:



One of the same dress but with a collar is for Miss H’s friend little Miss B (this is her birthday present, sorry to spoil the surprise Mum Mrs R!):


And one each of these will be listed for sale – once I have washed and ironed them I will post the link to my Etsy store listings:


Next in line I am planning on finishing a few more in-progress dressmaking projects, and I’ve been working away on the Oriental quilt in the background here and there, I will update soon on these.

Oops Just realised a few of the photos above are sideways but I don’t know how to immediately change that sorry! 🙂

Happy stitching!

Dear Sickness…

Dear Sickness,

Please go away.

Sincerely, Emily.


I have been extremely under the weather with continued sinus infections.  If you are a close relative, friend, or just anyone who sees me regularly and you are sick, PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM ME – I don’t want your germs!  🙂  Every little cough and cold that people have and pass on to me goes straight into my sinuses and turns into a lingering sinus infection.  I am back to the surgeon in a couple of weeks so hopefully I get an answer soon.

Anyway, back to the point.  I’ve been slightly productive in the last couple of days – I finally got my overlocker serviced and she’s purring again (name suggestions anyone?). Thankfully – I was about to throw her out the window. And $100 for a service is a bit better than $899 for a new machine!

So I’ve finally been able to get back into some dresses I had cut out for others, a couple are now finished and on their way to their new owner (Hope you love them Mrs R!).  Notice the new labels! (https://www.etsy.com/au/transaction/196108773)

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I also finished one for myself last week but forgot to take a photo, I’ll update that next week with the next gift dress.

My next production line is five toddler dresses (yes, five.  I know, I’m insane).  One is set to be Miss B’s birthday dress, two are for my own Miss H, and two will be listed for sale – they are in size 2-3 toddler.

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Dresses, quilts and more….

Despite my lack of recent blog posts, I actually have been doing quite a bit of preparation and stitching!  I’ve been fighting with my overlocker so the hot pink tartan miniskirts are on hold, so in the meantime I have cut out four new dresses (two for a friend, one for myself and one for my mother-in-law’s belated mother’s day present):

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I’ve also finished a skirt for myself:

photo 2(1)and gotten underway with an embroidered lingerie bag for a friend to use on her upcoming travels:

photo 1(1)Oh, and nearly forgot, started on two Christmas presents as well – little lap quilts:

photo 4(1) photo 5So, there you go – I’ve been busy but with a whole heap of boring preparation and background work.  I’ll hopefully have more to update in the next day or two.

Happy stitching!


Deerfield Embroidery

As part of a Home Study Course I’m completing in crewel embroidery, through the Embroiderer’s Guild NSW, I completed a Deerfield piece inspired by a project in Inspirations issue #56.

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I’m not ordinarily a “blue” person, in all honesty it is probably one of my least favourite colours.  BUT for some unexplainable reason, I LOVE Deerfield embroidery which is primarily blue on white.  I received my assessment back from the teacher and I was again praised for my stitches and tension control in my embroidery.  In this piece I experimented a little with using negative spaces/minimal stitch use and thankfully, that gamble paid off.  The teacher’s comments to this effect were:

“…you observed the tonal values of the blues from very dark to very light create a wonderful effect of light, shade and perspective…”

“…I note that you wished to experiment with minimal stitch use and the result is very appealing, I like it very much – for the pattern of open seeding stitches used on the body, the solid New England Laid stitches on the wing and around the neck, and the solid satin and French knots in two of the three circles [berries]…”

I’m pretty happy with my progress in this course so far.  Hopefully I can clear up this sinus infection that I yet again have, so that I can get cracking with my next module.

Three finished dresses!

My photos this time are a bit dodgy so I apologise in advance  🙂  I just wanted to hurry and post this before I lost track of these projects completely!

I’ve finished three dresses recently, you may recall the fabrics that I was using for these:

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A lilac cotton for myself:

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A grey check (I forgot to take a photo of this one completed before I handed it over) and an orange elephant print for my boss:

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This time, I kept track of how much time I spent on these collectively, as well as the fabric and thread costs.  I was pretty surprised with the outcome!  I did think it would take me longer, but considering I have to stop and start my stitching in between work and life, I think I did pretty well.

I spent a total of $108 on fabric and threads, and spent 4.25 hours cutting, overlocking, pinning and stitching these dresses – so, if I was to say my nominal rate of “pay” for creating the garments is $25 per hour, it “cost” me approximately $215 to make three dresses, or approximately $72 per dress.

I did get the very high quality fabric on sale, but I would really love to hear your thoughts my pricing these dresses at $75  – I welcome all responses – and of course, I’m open for orders for these dresses!


Fabric:  Lucky Lantern http://www.luckylantern.com.au/ (closing down – get in quick for a good bargain!)

Threads:  Gutterman from Spotlight http://www.spotlight.com.au/departments/sewing/haberdashery/thread/