Sewing Swimwear – Soma Swimsuit

I grew up loving the water and spending every moment at the beach. My first email address was beach_chick. However, in recent years I developed a fear of drowning after a series of horrible nightmares. Looking back it’s sad that I  let nightmares hold me back from enjoying the water. Recently Paul and I decided…

Celestial Dress

I came across the pattern designer Pattern Fantastique through my friend Blogless Anna. Nita-Jane the pattern designer of Pattern Fantastique stocks a range of beautifully drafted patterns and kits in her store. I have been admiring the Celestial Dress pattern for a while. It is a simple pattern that allows a number of options depending on the…

Farrow Dress

When the Farrow dress was first released I wasn’t drawn to the pattern as my body shape doesn’t always suit boxy dresses. As time has progressed, I’ve been inspired by the other versions of the Farrow that have appeared on Instagram. Including these ones by Arrowmountain and Katilulemakes. I made the Style Arc Mila dress a few months ago….

What I wore

During the month of November, I documented and shared my outfits on Instagram. The process of documenting and reflecting is a great tool to reassess my sewing needs. I have been trying to thoughtfully create garments that suit me and fill holes in my wardrobe. Below are photos of the garments in day order. I…

Sewing Goals for 2017

New Years is a wonderful time for reflection. I created a record 84 garments in 2016 and only purchased three ready-to-wear garments. I really want to work on refining my style more as my skills develop. My sewing goals for 2017 are: -Make fewer basics and work on more time-consuming pieces -Make a men’s shirt (I’ve…

Seamwork Catarina

This summer we have three weddings to attend, the first is coming up next week in Melbourne!  I can’t wait to catch up with family go fabric shopping, eat, drink and explore. Because I’m in town some of the Melbourne sewing ladies and I are getting together for dinner and drinks. I can’t wait to…

Helen’s Closet Winslow Culottes

I was excited about the release of Helen’s Closet first pattern, the Winslow Culottes. Personally,  I wasn’t sure if I could – do culottes! They would either be amazing or I would end up man-repelling.  For me, the great thing about sewing is that it’s a learning process. I don’t let myself get stressed about a…

Seamwork Adelaide Dress

My summer closet was seriously lacking in cute sleeveless dresses so I made this version of the Seamwork Adelaide as (hopefully!) wearable muslin. The fabric was a lovely cotton/ linen sourced from my stash. I had recently taken an amazing class at Made on Marion called “Mad Skills” which focused on finishing techniques. The class taught me…