First ever leather skirt – Vogue V8766

I’ve never sewn leather before, and I was pretty sure it would be tricky. But it’s not all that tricky as it turns out – what on earth was I worrying about?! I posted yesterday about my visit to D.S. Horne here in Adelaide to buy my leather, and then Melann’s Fabric and Sewing Centre…

Buying garment leather

I had never bought garment leather before, so yesterday’s trip to D.S. Horne in Adelaide was something of a revelation. It’s across town from where I live, so it has taken me a while to get over there. I’d heard it was a great place to buy leather, and wow it absolutely is! It’s a…

Sewing plans for 2017 – the #makenine2017 challenge

So there’s a #makenine2017 challenge on Instagram, and I thought I’d join in the fun. It’s about planning what to make ahead of time, but also going easy if you change your mind. But it did get me thinking – what do I really want to add into my wardrobe? I posted this on Instagram…

Velvet pants refashion – my almost Birkin flares

Wowowowowow!!! Birkin flares! I love this new pattern and even though this post is only about my ‘almost’ Birkin flares, I am definitely making a proper pair very very soon. But let’s go back to the beginning of the story. There is a beautiful little fabric shop in Adelaide, which my daughter introduced me to…

My Grainline Archer shirt

I’ve been stalking the Grainline Archer shirt pattern online for longer than I can remember, and finally bought it from the Drapery here in Adelaide a couple of weeks back. Check out all the different versions on Instagram – I mean seriously, this pattern is the megastar of Indie sewing patterns. It’s a dartless shirt…

Summer pyjamas in luscious Cotton+Steel rayon – McCalls M6659

I am officially in love with Cotton+Steel rayon, and will definitely be buying more. It feels so beautifully soft, looks gorgeous, and is even great to sew with in spite of the almost silk-like flow of the fabric. It irons like a dream and that definitely helps the sewn garment to come together neatly. And…

Le Pooch gets a new dog bed – that’s good enough to eat!

This started well, but ended with something close to tragedy. I’ll explain. Pasha has a very good life, and sleeps on his bed on the floor of our bedroom most nights. Currently, his bed is made up of a section of foam mattress, which I cut down from a single bed sized foam mattress purchased…

A True Bias Ogden Dress – for the hottest of hot days

The Christmas/New Year’s break is always hot here in South Australia, and this year has been no exception. We’ve had several days over 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit), and that is definitely beyond my comfort zone when it comes to heat. There are many great ways to cope here when it’s hot. Among other…

Hard times, comfort sewing and sad songs

I know I’m not the only one feeling it at the moment. A sadness, and a need for some comfort. Not that sewing can change anything. But it’s a peaceful activity that can make you feel slightly better, in spite of what else is going on. I certainly felt the need for this over the…

Fast fashion/slow fashion

I bought a shirt from Big W today, and it cost me $5. Even at the marked price of $25, it would have been cheap. At $5, it genuinely feels like stealing. I know it is not possible to sell a shirt for $5 without exploiting someone, and probably multiple people, involved in its production….

Cotton/silk dressing gown – McCalls 6659

It rained and it poured last week here in Adelaide. So what’s a girl to do when stuck inside all day on a long weekend, I ask you? So my new dressing gown is done, and it’s great. Soft, floaty, cute and comfy. Everything a dressing gown should be. It really was a rough day…

Which fabric for my new dressing gown? McCalls 6659

I have two absolutely gorgeous fabrics to choose between, for my next project. And I can’t decide. I am making a light summer dressing gown. I’m using McCalls 6659. I’ve made this pattern before and I love the swing of the skirt once it’s on. And it’s a nice, simple cross-over front which I find…