Make of the Week – Marimekko Shift Dress

This week’s hint of summer in Melbourne (and the upcoming Spring Carnival) inspired me to make this dress. I used the  gorgeous Marimekko Puketti fabric I bought in Auckland’s Bolt of Cloth store. (And I must say, the staff were amazing – so friendly and helpful). I’m really enjoying this shift dress design – it is simple yet stylish. As soon as I saw this fabric, I connected with it and knew it was coming home with me. It reminded me of a 70’s retro dress my mum used to have. The light blue with the red and white flower pattern is happy and cheerful with the perfect blend of colours. I decided to use the red and feature it as the contrast in Read More

Make of the Week – Vintage kimono panel skirt

Today I had a meeting with the Mayor of Monash, Rebecca Paterson. The meeting was scheduled for 12 noon. So at  9.30 this morning I decided to make a skirt to wear to the meeting. I had made a dress yesterday, but today it just didn’t feel right. As often is the case, an idea for the design just popped into my head and I decided to go with it, (and it was a good distraction for the meeting). I thought I’d use some of the vintage kimono silk I had purchased a few weeks ago. I realised that this is often my go to fabric – Japanese style. It makes me feel good, comfortable and confident. Maybe it is the Read More

Make of the Week – two tone merino jacket

This is my test jacket and I couldn’t be happier. I always test new patterns and designs with my fabrics from my stash. I like to get the feel for the fit and the sewing techniques before I use quality fabric. However, I have had these two quality merino wool fabrics in my stash for a while now and have been wanting to use them together. So I got thinking about how I could utilise them in a way that is slightly different from my usual basic merino wool long sleeve (which I do love). This brought me to a new pattern – McCalls M7199 This jacket allows for contrasting fabrics and I really liked the versatility of it. The weight of Read More

Make of the Week – Sleeveless wool cowl neck

I was playing with a new design this week – it is relatively simple, but really effective. I took inspiration from an old Knitwit pattern from my mum’s stash of 70’s and 80’s patterns. I have had this fabric for about 18 months now and have been struggling to visualise it in a design. I wanted to make sure I honoured the fabric and the fabric pattern. It is a lightweight wool, so I wanted to be able to wear it in Winter, but felt too much of it would be overwhelming. To find a co-ordinating fabric was tricky as it has to be spot on with colour and weight. I decided on a sleeveless cowl neck to wear over Read More

Make of the Week – Hand dyed cashmere top

Two years ago when I first saw this cashmere I was blown away. It was hand dyed using all natural products. The dye is mainly eucalypt from the Blue Mountains in NSW. I was intrigued by the colours and patterns it produced. I was immediately interested in what natural dyes could produce. I decided I had to buy it straight away. And that is how I cam to buy this cashmere scarf, yes scarf. I found the scarf at a market in Canberra in 2015. I had flown up to Canberra on a Friday night to meet my amazing friend, Cathy. It was the first time I had done anything like this. I was having a girls weekend interstate! We spent Read More

Me Made May 2017

Today I joined the  Me Made May challenge #MMMAY17. Me Made May is a challenge run in May each year to encourage people who enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting etc. to wear what they make and be proud of it. There is more information about the founder and the challenge on So, Zo…what do you know? I have pledged to wear something different and me made everyday for the whole month of May. I did this challenge last year and although daunting, it was so wonderful to not only wear my own creations for a whole month, but share them on social media. Last year the biggest positive for me was gaining confidence in my dressmaking. I was able to wear some of my Read More

Make of the week – Marbled zip purse

This was such a great experience for me. A great friend offered to teach me some marbling techniques. Robyn (she was featured in the Weaving Stories through Craft blog), has been marbling for many years, mainly on paper, but some fabrics. Obviously I was interested in marbling on to fabrics. I really love the idea of being able to create your own designs and patterns, with different colours combinations and techniques…the options and outcomes are limitless. We started by using three colours and it was really fascinating to see how the paints acted once they hit the solution and then how they reacted with each other. Once I felt more confident with the process, I added a fourth colour and Robyn showed Read More

Make of the week – Liberty Art tee for Jas

It is so nice to be behind the machine again. We’ve been in Sumatra for the last 10 days having a fabulous adventure, but I missed my sewing. So I decided to get a quick fix… This t-shirt is a simple design and one I’ve used many times for Jas, my 11 year old daughter. The pattern itself has a pretty special connection as it is a sewing pattern my mum bought when I was about 10 and she used it to make t-shirts for me. I love that I am now using exactly the same pattern to make my own daughter clothes. It is a quick and easy design, but I like the subtle customisations I can do to make Read More

Make of the Week – Pedestrian top

This was an unexpected winner! Last December my husband, Andrew and I were enjoying a day in the city – it was my birthday and he was spoiling me. He dutifully followed me to all my favourite haunts, including tessuti. My of my favourite fabric stores in the city to get inspiration from. I have a routine in fabric shops where I do the rounds and then revisit my standout fabrics. I must admit, I completely missed this fabric first time round. Andrew found it though. He called me over and asked, “What do you think about this one?” I had to stop myself from my usual default response, “It’s too dark”, (I am not a monochrome type person) and “Nah, it’s Read More

Make of the week – Contrasting black top

This is my contrasting black top. I was inspired to make this top after the workshop I ran last Friday (17th March). The pattern is a very simple basic pattern for a woven top. It only consists of four pieces – front, back, and two neck facings. I have always loved how fabric and trims can really make a simple design pretty special.  I love mixing fabrics to make something unique. For this top I have used a basic black linen for the majority of the top and added a beautiful blue/aqua/silver and black quilting cotton as a contrast. I saw the quilting fabric in a craft shop in Mornington and decided it had to come home with me. I Read More