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!



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/

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.


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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Aboriginal print dress

Well, my boss is wearing the Aboriginal print dress today, and the compliments have been non-stop! Everyone has been asking where she got it from and saying how much they love it! I’m over the moon with how it turned out, I was happy enough that she liked it but to hear at least six people this morning comment on it is amazing.