Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Lisette Sew Along - Bea's Place

We've reached the end of March, and we have fifteen dresses finished so far. Amazing!

Allison from Bea's Place made the dress for her daughter.

But, what is even more delightful, is that her hubby chose the fabric at Spotty.

Have you worked out what it is yet?

Love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun Allison!

If you've finished your dress, please add it to the Flickr Group, and if I've missed your post, please let me know!

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Stop and Smell the Roses

Go for a ride

Get your motor running

Dress like The Village People

Wear silly glasses

Indulge in a picnic

Have a happy Friday ....

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Perfect Match

A little while ago, I made B-Fab and Boyance a personalised cushion as an engagement gift.

I knew that they were moving into a new place, and buying a new couch, so I was having a massive dilemma trying to choose the design colours. 

There was only one solution. I had to engage the specialised spying services of a double agent to find out the colour of the fabric on the couch, and make a cushion to match.....

But, the cushion was blue and grey.... and totally not B-Fab's colours at all.

So, a quick brainwave and.....


The Happy Couple now have the perfectly matching set!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I've got a lovely bunch....

.... of new flower brooches.

I thought I'd share a little bit of the behind the scenes processes that go into making each little batch of colourful florally goodness.

These two, plus a couple of other more Wintery/Wintry (not quite sure of the spelling there) coloured flower brooches are heading to Gleaners Inc today.

Of course, there are also a few lovely ones listed in the shop...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Lisette Sew Along - Narioka, Spindrift, and Maika

I have a special triple treat of Sew-Alongers to show you today...

First up is this gorgeous version by Julie from Narioka. I'm loving it with a cardi and boots, especially considering the sudden cold snap!

 Thankyou Julie!

Next up is this lovely version by Sally from Spindrift.

I'm so excited that this is Sally's first dress EVER. That's what blogging and sewing challenges are all about (in my opinion anyway). Getting out there and having a try.

Trust me - it's good for the soul.

Thankyou Sally!

Dress A Stylish Dress Book

Then for today's finale, we have this fabulous dress by Caroline from Maika.

It's Dress A from the Japanese 'Stylish Dress Book' in the Lisette cotton lawn fabric.

Dress A Stylish Dress Book

I bought the same book last year, but was really worried about the sizing so I'm yet to try anything. But, now that I've seen Caroline's version, it's time to retrieve it from the bookshelf!

Oh, and looking at these photos... what a lovely garden you have - thankyou Caroline!

We're running out of days in March, but we already fourteen finished dresses on the list in the sidebar. Please pop in and visit everyone and check out their blog posts, and don't forget the Flickr Group too!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

On a Wing and a Prayer

I'm kicking myself for forgetting the before photo on this project.

Can you guess what it was originally?

Here's a clue... a leftover wing (metaphorically speaking).

Carly found this very pretty 'what was formerly know as a floral shirt' at a secondhand shop and asked if I could transform it into a skirt.

Always up for a challenge, I took it on.

My original intention was to use Nikki's A-Line Skirt Pattern, but there wasn't enough fabric in the shirt, so I just went freestyle (that's where the prayer came in), based on Carly's measurements.

She wanted little heart shaped pockets, which have actually worked quite well. They're stitched up to the top side of each heart, and are quite functional.

The final step was to add a lining..... and voila - one finished Wing and a Prayer Shirt Skirt!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Snippets

Some fun photos from an action packed week!


PS - Did you know that March 18-25 was National Bacon Week?

Playing Sunday Snippets with Tinniegirl

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Lisette Sew Along - Onto the second one....

When I began the sew-along, I never dreamed that there would be sooo many dresses, and that some lovely crafty peeps would make two!

This is Sarah's second version of the Continental Dress. I love this fabric, and the non-matching tie!

continental dress #2

This is Yana's second version of the Continental Dress in the Lisette Cotton Sateen. Most Spotlight stores ran out of this fabric immediately!

Thanks so much for your fabulous sewing dedication ladies!!!

Channelling Ita

I picked up my gorgeous new Polly Pratt Shift Dress from Gleaners Inc on Thursday.

I feel like I should be on the set of Paper Giants.

Or, joining these 60's hipsters...

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Lisette Sew Along - Virtually Sally

an awkward model

Check out Sally's gorgeous Lisette Continental frock!

It also has such a sweet story to go with it...

I love that making and blogging gives us the confidence to step out from behind the camera (which is where we usually find ourselves).

Thankyou Sal - you rock that frock!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Creative Space.... Cushions

I'm sewing up a cushion storm this week... which is kinda perfect considering the cool blustery change which is making me want to snuggle up on the couch and catch up on all the eps of Footballers Wives that are currently lined up on my Foxtel IQ.

I'm playing my creative space early this week as I'm off to Transplant Clinic tomorrow.... but before I get there, I'm heading to Gleaners Inc to drop off Sunshine Plantation and Tropical Floral.

I've popped We Crossed The Nullabor and Puppy Eyes in the cushion cover section of the shop, just in case anyone falls in love with them and feels the need to snap them up....

The Lisette Sew Along - Loz and Dinny

When Gemma from Loz and Dinny signed up to the Lisette Sew-Along challenge, she already had this Passport pattern in the stash, so the timing was perfect!

I'm loving the cute 50's styling....  and the polka dots and red shoes

After reading Gemma's Sew-Along blog post last week, I decided I need to make one of these too.... only it must be the only pattern I didn't buy. Back to Spotty for me...

Thanks for joining in Gemma!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Exciting News - You Sew Girl Patterns now in stock

It's been so hard to keep this a secret over the last few weeks, but from today, I'm stocking You Sew Girl patterns by Nicole Mallalieu in my online shop.

I was very fortunate to be able to work with Nikki for a couple of years.

In that time, I learned an amazing amount of information about sewing, bag making, and garment construction. As a fairly newbie self taught sewer, her patterns were the first ones that actually made sense to me.

They're jam packed full of step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photos to guide you through your project from start to finish.

Most patterns also have lots of variations included, so that you can use the same pattern over and over again to create something completely new.

Pop on over and check out the pattern section in the shop!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Lisette Sew Along - Thornberry

Simplicity 2059 - neckline gathering and binding

I was very excited when Lara joined the Lisette Sew Along...

Simplicity 2059

Lara is an amazing dressmaker and I really enjoy her reading her dressmaking blog posts. I often add patterns to my 'want to make' wish list after seeing them on her blog.

Simplicity 2059

In her blog post, she describes the way in which she incorporated the border print into the front of her dress, and a quick and easy tip for the binding.

Thankyou Lara!

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PS - if you've blogged your dress and I haven't yet added it to the sidebar, please let me know!