Two blue Aubepines – one for me and one for Mum

The Deer and Doe Aubepine dress pattern is a popular favourite among sewing bloggers, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a dream to wear and I’ve had no end of compliments each time I wear it. There’s just something about those tucks in the bodice that make it stand out from the norm. I…

Hedgehog blouse – New Look 6395

It is impossible to walk past hedgehog cotton double gauze fabric. Completely impossible. And it is a perfect match for New Look 6395. Honestly just look at those hedgehogs! They’re really very sweet and subtle enough that people won’t notice what they are until they look closely. And then we’ll get to have a conversation…

Inspiration from the SS17 fashion shows

The best thing about sewing for yourself, is you can make whatever you like. And one of the many great things about living in Australia, is that we get to see the Spring Summer 17 fashion shows in time to sew them up for Spring Summer in 2016. So we’re way ahead of the fashion…

Fun with fabric leftovers

Have you ever had that thing where you make something small from your leftover fabric, and end up loving it every bit as much, if not more than the original garment? Sometimes leftover fabric is just too nice to waste. So here are a few ideas for turning fabric scraps into something useful and lovable….

Pink Ogden Cami – using leftovers!

I didn’t have a lot of the pink silk/linen left over from my Carme blouse – but it was just enough to make this… Ta da!! I’m starting to think I’m going to love every True Bias pattern. Certainly I love this one (the Ogden Cami) and also loved the Emerson Pants pattern when I…

My Pinnock Super DeLuxe

Have you ever fixed up a machine that wasn’t working? I did, just this one time, and it made me so happy when it actually started to sew. I found my vintage Pinnock Super DeLuxe sitting in a second hand store on Goodwood Road here in Adelaide. Not a sewing store, just a regular second…

My bionic gear bag

I think my bionic gear bag is deserving of a post in its own right. Because this thing is incredibly cool. It sits at my right hand whenever I am sewing, whether it be on the machine or by hand. It contains all the bits and pieces I need, all in one place and neatly…

My Carme blouse collection

Here it is – my new pink linen/silk Pauline Alice Carme blouse. It is already being worn a lot.   I made it on my green vintage Pinnock, because my new(er) Pfaff is in for a service at the moment. But the Pinnock sews a beautiful straight seam and (with some help from my overlocker),…

Welcome to Stitch and Finish

Welcome to my first ever blog, and my first ever blog post. I have created ‘Stitch and Finish’ as a place for me to share my sewing creations and connect with other sewers. I have an enduring love of fabrics, and particularly adore cotton, linen, silk and wool. I live in Adelaide, South Australia with…

Emerson pants – wearable toile

Oh my God I love my new True Bias Emerson pants! They are incredibly comfy and even though I made this first pair in a less than drapey cotton sateen, I can already see I will wear them often. I made them longer. I am only 5’1″, and was not sure about cropped pants, but…