Finished Items 2016

Berlin Coat – Straight Grain

It turns out I really like coat making! This is my second so far this year and I’m already planning more for me and the rest of my family. I enjoy the challenge of learning something new and so when my daughter lost her second coat at school(!!) with winter months fast approaching, I decided I would sew her one rather than hit the shops. In hindsight this may have been a little ambitious given it was already October. Cue the Berlin coat blog tour with numerous beautiful versions shared from across the globe and it wasn’t long until I caved and bought the pattern. Pattern and design details There are lots of features I love about this coat, like the big hood, pleat and tab at the back, which all help to make it a bit different. Another plus for me was that it included adding batting to the lining for a little […]

Grainline love and a Hemlock Tee

Long time no blog! I can’t believe that the last time I posted was back in August… feels like an age ago. A lot has happened in the past 6 weeks including starting back at work in a new job. After 4 years of being at home with the kiddos this has been a big shift for the whole family. I have rather jealously guarded sewing as essential down time – but blogging has really taken a back seat as we all get used to the new routine of life! Hopefully I should be back a bit more now with A LOT to fill you guys in on. Namely a wedding outfit I made in the summer, fabric picks and sewing plans following SewBrum, a finished knit for my husband, a winter coat for my daughter and a bit of a Grainline love affair – which starts us off today. I […]

Moneta Dress – Colette Patterns 3

Two blog posts in one week!? I know crazy eh! I have been making so much recently that blogging has fallen behind and I wanted to catch you up a bit. This one is a simple one – yep I have jumped onto the Moneta bandwagon. And what a wagon it is. I’ve been eyeing up the many different versions that have been cropping up on my instagram feed… My slight hesitance in going for this pattern is that I wasn’t sure I wanted anything too clingy around my tummy. And I’m never entirely convinced about waisted dresses on me. But then this fabric arrived. I did a big order at fabworks back in the spring for both me and my mum. This fabric was part of her order and when it arrived I had major fabric envy. I loved the big bold floral design and the texture of the fabric […]

McCalls 6887 5

The sun is out. THE SUN IS OUT!! A hot 32ºC today which basically leaves me melting. I’m not great in the heat if I don’t have my own shady place by the pool to keep me cool and relaxed… Which reminded me that I have two summer dresses as yet unblogged. A fact that I mean to rectify today. I mentioned in my post about my Orla dress hack that I made 3 dresses before our holiday and I thought today I would share with you my McCalls 6887 – my palm tree dress! I discovered this particular pattern when I found Nina’s version and lurved the cut out detail on the back. I decided it was a must have for my holiday and I was excited to get started as it was set of new challenges to tackle. In the short time that I have been sewing I have not made […]