Oriental quilt progress

First row is complete! I’m in love… Jo, you’ll be lucky if I can part with this!






2014 Tessuti Jaywalk Sewing Competition


After receiving the above blog post from Tessuti Fabrics in Sydney, I have decided to enter the competition!  I went online and bought three metres of the black/natural stripe jersey fabric and am now in a complete panic as to what to make!  Since I love dresses I will probably end up with a dress – however suggestions are more than welcome so please please let me know your thoughts.  What do you think – a dress, skirt, top, cardigan….???   Three metres is plenty of fabric so I may even end up making two garments then deciding between them which one to enter.  I can’t wait to get started, and hopefully I’m in with a chance to win the top prize of $1,000 cash or one of ten $100 Tessuti vouchers.


Too much sewing!

I ran out of thread! That’s obviously a sign that I’ve been quite productive recently. Below is today’s effort, more progress on the Oriental quilt (120 seams to be precise), and I got through 1.5 dresses when bang, my machine ran out of thread. I’ll have to hunt some more down in my stash today. And also below is what my one year old gets up to while sitting at my feet when I’m sewing… We now have about four metres of maroon bias binding stretched out over the floor. On the plus side, we have found a new use for Bernina sewing machine feet – teething rusks apparently!

Happy Easter and happy stitching





Three dresses in progress

As mentioned yesterday, I have three new dresses in progress – one much needed one for myself, and two for my boss – gotta keep the boss happy!

I had some time at lunch yesterday to cut them out, and have managed to overlock and pin them today.  I’ve made good progress on these so far so hopefully they will be finished within a few days.

I’m using a pattern that I have used previously – the one that I made for my boss out of the pink & gold Aboriginal print fabric (shown below on the front cover of Stylish Dress Book).  I’m not 100% positive that it is particularly my style, but I’m willing to give it a go, especially since I picked up the lilac cotton fabric at a bargain price.  Hey, if I don’t like it when it’s on I can always sell it, can’t I!

In the photos below, you’ll see the three dresses – the lilac cotton is for myself, and the pale grey check and orange elephant are for my boss.  I very nearly stuffed up the elephant print when cutting out and in fact upon pinning them together today I have realised that I did in fact stuff up cutting out the sleeves so I need to cut into more fabric to fix that up.  Obviously it’s a directional print, I cut the front piece first with the elephants’ legs at the bottom as they should be, and when I looked again, I had pinned the back piece with the elephants’ legs at the top so they were standing on their heads – oops!  Lucky I noticed that before I actually cut the fabric!

It is quite early in the season but it is absolutely freezing here where I work in the Southern Highlands.  I have realised how depleted of warm winter clothing my wardrobe is, so I have set myself a goal of making myself at least one new garment every fortnight until the end of winter.  Hopefully the motivation stays with me as I unfortunately can’t just rug up in jeans, jumpers and ugg boots to work each day!

I received my Deerfield embroidery back in the post yesterday from being marked for the course I’m participating in.  I was very happy with the comments although I only had a very quick read.  I will post a final photo and summary of my course progress so far at a later stage.


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Toddler party dress photos and credits

Now that the toddler party dresses are finished, I better get some credits for the sources/suppliers on here!  Just to refresh your memory, photos are below, as well as one more rare photo of the party girl Miss H in the second party dress made last week.

Pattern:  The Norah Dress and Tunic from Mouse House Creations:  https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/166573189/the-norah-dress-and-tunic-pdf-sewing?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=norah+dress&ga_ship_to=AU&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Purple party dress:

Rainbow hearts party dress:

  • Fabric rainbow hearts print from a store in Cabramatta (I can’t recall the name!)
  • Lining 100% cotton fabric in red from The Village Quilt Shop in Mittagong
  • Thread (Gutterman) and Hook & eye closure (Birch) from Fabric Finesse

Remember, the remaining Rainbow Hearts party dress is for sale in my Etsy store:  https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/186134598/baby-girls-rainbow-hearts-dress-100?

The remaining purple Cinderella print dress will be listed for sale shortly as well.  I have another production line set up at work for ladies’ dresses, stay tuned for updates…


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Toddler dresses – nearly a disaster!

Two of the four toddler party dresses are finished, the two for Miss H. It very nearly ended in disaster though – I made size 18 months, thinking that she would get quite a bit of wear out of them in the next few months. Well, lucky I didn’t make the size smaller, these only just fit her, with quite a bit of contorting of her arms to squish them in there! Oh well, I should’ve paid more attention to actually measuring the sizing before I cut them. She will get one wear out of each of them this weekend and then I’ll make a bigger size next time.

And of course, trying to take photos at home without Miss Zoe the cat photobombing is a rare occurrence… The big black blob in one of the photos is the little ratbag.

Those of you who know me well know that I’m not a fan of our daughter Miss H being displayed too often online but in a rare occurrence, a photo of her in one of her new dresses is below. I think she likes it, even after having her arms positively squished into the dress!


Toddler party dresses – nearly there!

How rude – I was so busy at work last week I didn’t get time to stitch at lunchtime! So the toddler dress production line slowed somewhat, but I made good progress today. I’ve got the main one (which is required for Miss H’s birthday lunch on Sunday) just about done, only the back seam, side seams, hem and closure left to go! I’m really happy with how it’s turned out. The other three on the production line are only slightly behind and with any luck Miss H may even have one of the rainbow hearts ones ready to wear to preschool on Friday. I may need to pull an all-nighter (well, a late night at least) to achieve this – let’s see if my body can handle it!

Remember, one of these purple party dresses will be shortly listed for sale on my Etsy shop, as soon as it’s finished – toddler size 18 months.

Happy stitching!