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…

Bringing together my 2 favourite things – sewing and camping

I absolutely love camping. Even more than sewing. And I really love sewing. I’d like to be camping this weekend, but alas the weather has been, err, complicated. As in, you know, bad! But we had one day of beautiful sunshine today, so I brought the camper out to check all was well ahead of…

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…