Tessuti Frankie cycling dress

This is a really useful basic pattern, which I’ve deliberately made into a dress suitable for cycling in. And given the rain started just as I was about to head out on my bike today, I thought I’d delay my departure and take a few pics instead. It is of course useful for many things…

Inspiration update – from the Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion shows

I’ve been browsing the Autumn Winter fashion shows online, and they have blown me away. So much creative energy and the most stunning results. There was a real depth and richness in many of the shows this year. I’d never heard of Paco Rabanne until now. But he had a crush on silver this year,…

Blue ponte wiggle dress – Vogue 8766

I made this dress ages ago and never wore it. It had sleeves (originally) and they made it very uncomfortable for me to move my arms. I felt like I was wearing a straight-jacket so after that first day of wearing it, it went into the wardrobe and never came out. So I took the…

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…