Oh baby! 

As soon as I heard the news of my dear friend’s sweet girl I jumped out of bed to start sewing! 



First up, this little watercolour heart cat dress. I was so happy to have enough fabric left over from my own dress! 



Of course, once I had made the first version of Rae’s free little geranium dress, I loved it and couldn’t stop at one! The first version was in lawn, and the second quilting cotton, but both were easy to work with and looked cute at the end. 



I highly recommend this pattern! Super cute outcome, easy to sew, you get a great finish, and the contrast potentials are really fun! You can find it here. The method Rae recommends for gathers is genius! Rae was very generous to make the littlest size free, and I will definitely wanting to buy the bigger sizes once I have some older girls to sew for! There are tons of cute variations in the full version that I’d like to try!



I finished the backs of both dresses with little snaps, firmly hand sewn on. I still need to figure out how to stop the stitches showing on the other side! Any good tips? 



All up, a very fun project, and the new parents really liked them! Yay! 

Windrush Shirtdress

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A little while ago some amazing Liberty fabric caught my eye… As I googled the various colourways, I stumbled upon this amazing story on uppercase magazine about just how the print was made. Helen Musselwhite hand cut the whole thing! Definitely a worthy read…

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I didn’t think I would splurge and buy any of this fabric, until my mum offered to buy some special fabric for me for Christmas. I ordered it online from Shaukat.

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I wanted to make a dress, and to choose a pattern that would help break up the repeat a little. I flirted with the idea of a BHL Sabrina dress for a little while, but then settled on the Pauline Alice Camí dress. I quickly made up a toile and had the whole dress done over one weekend because I was determined to wear it on my first day at my new job!!

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What a great print matched with a great pattern! And funnily the fabric name ‘windrush’ is pretty appropriate to the pattern – walking in the city you can get some good billows!! But the skirt is not indecently short by any means so no major troubles so far!

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This dress sewed up very nicely, and after making so many Archers I didn’t really need to spend too long reading the instructions! The invisible zip made me most nervous, by my new Janome I treated myself to last year handled it well. Hooray for invisible zipper feet! And automatic button holes!

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The buttons are from the Alannah Hill factory outlet store in Fitzroy, they match so nicely! I should have taken a close up.

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I loved making and love wearing this dress, and I have another cut out! The next version will be in a very different but still very lovely floral… Hopefully this weekend sees some sew time!

Double Gauze Baby Blankie

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Aaand the present for the new mum and bub is unveiled!

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Almost as soon as I knew there was a baby on the way I jumped online and ordered this double gauze from Miss Matatabi (always beautiful fabric and sweet service there!). This blue colourway seems to be sold out now, but this yummy pink is still in stock!

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The girls at BHL really helped me out with the corners. I was super sceptical, but their instructions for perfect corners were actually amazing. Sorry for doubting you girls!! You are fantastic!

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I like how this project worked out – particularly the spots lining up so nicely on the borders!

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And even better, I think my lovely friend really liked it. I’m looking forward to meeting her little babe soon!

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Scout and Cloud

I have another scout-out-fit for you today!

I love wearing this scout! Batik fabric from Thailand, hem straightened out to keep the selvage, it’s crisp and happy.

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This is how I wear my scouts most often/ what I wear most often full stop. Scout, skinny jeans, flats if it’s warm, cardi and boots if it’s cool. Too easy! And I get to enjoy wearing lots of fun fabrics!

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Isn’t this little cloud cute? Stumbled upon him and was happy I was wearing something unblogged! Thanks mum for the pics!

What’s your go to outfit?

Indigo Monsoon Dahlia

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A few weeks ago I received my order from Stitch 56 all wrapped up nicely in pink tissue. Rarely for me, I chose my fabric and pattern at the same time.

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I sewed up Colette Pattern’s Dahlia in a straight size 4 and was super pleased with how it turned out. I also made it up first in a quilting cotton first, which was nice too, but it definitely benefits from the nice floaty drape of this fabric.

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My only real modification was to use the selvedge for the hem, and so had to straighten out those pattern pieces.

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Comfortable and pretty to wear, and fun to make, this pattern is a winner!

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I like how the fabric is a bit ocean-y – A wide sandy strip, turquoise shallows, and then a deep blue.

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I think this dress will be getting a lot of wear!

heather ross zip pouch

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I sewed up this little pouch a few weeks ago, for a sweet soon to be nine year old whose birthday party I was helping out at.

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I just love this fabric! It’s by Heather Ross, from the Briar Rose collection. Earlier this year I snapped up a half yard bundle of all the prints from Simply Sweet Fabric on Etsy. I’ve been making a log cabin quilt with it, but knew it would be so cute for this little project too!

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I used the excellent tutorial from Flossie Teacakes on how to make a lined zip bag, just tweaking the dimensions to suit the zip I had. This is the second time I’ve used this tutorial, and it is fab!

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I see myself making more of these!

Scoutfit #1

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I have a love affair with grainline patterns.

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Along with the archer shirt, the scout tee and the moss skirt are to blame.

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I probably wear a few scouts a week – usually with black skinny jeans to work or shorts to the beach on the weekend. But I really needed to find a way to keep these tees in rotation in my work wardrobe during the summer months! So I was super pleased to see how well this skirt turned out.

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This is my third complete moss skirt, I have another partly sewn and another cut out. But I began this skirt about a year ago! I excitedly sewed it a bit each day, only to run out of top stitching thread. I bought some more, but the mojo was gone, I didn’t think it was going to look good on me, and it sat unfinished. (Actually I did wear it to uni a few times with a safety pin!!).

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Jen’s patterns always come together so beautifully, and I loved going crazy with the top stitching on this one. Hopefully I will catch some more scouts on camera and I will end up with a few more scoutfit posts!! (And I hope I remember how good it feels to revive a long unfinished project!).

water colour heart sparkle button dress you are fun and silly.. I mean whimsical

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This is my second Alder shirt dress by the lovely Jen of Grainline Studio. I am a huge fan of Jen’s. I have made 4 moss skirts, 8 scout tees and 3 archers with more of each in the works! I love the drafting, the construction, the versatility, and the way the finished items fit so well into my wardrobe.

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I never know which buttons I will use when I begin. I like to audition them right near the end of the sewing process. I’m always a bit in awe of other bloggers who seem to know right from the start just what to choose. In the end I thought seeing as I went with the cute gathered skirt option, in cute kitty/heart water colour fabric, I may as well go all out and choose the cute sparkle buttons!

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Two weeks ago I accidentally sewed one of my french seams back to front, and then last weekend I didn’t read the instructions and struggled with the first right angled french seam, but today I plucked up and finished the dress. I’m super happy and relieved because I love it!

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My bro even helped me out and took the photos for me! In the photo below I was trying to get him to give me pose ideas… Yeah I’ll be working on that! But I do love this dress!

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wip: purl soho advent calendar

Ok, so it’s quickly becoming apparent here that I like to work on lots of projects at once.

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This is another wip which I’ve been enjoying spending time on for the last few weeks.

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This lovely kit is from the Purl Soho, and my lovely parents gave it to me last Christmas. I’m hoping to have it all stitched up in time for this Christmas!

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I dove straight into sewing up the little ornaments, they are irresistibly cute. They are the perfect size to fit in the palm of ones hand, and I am really enjoying the way the glitzy beads and sequins look with the more rustic texture of the wool felt.

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These are so much fun to sew, and I’m looking forward to seeing them all together on the tree.

Trim Treasure

Today I’ve been enjoying a lovely day off work, eating out at some of my favourite spots and doing a little shopping.

We ended up at a tiny haberdashery, jam packed with fabric and notions. I picked out these two trims.

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They aren’t destined for this fabric – but they may be part of another elisalex dress!

Recently I have been feeling very inspired by the colours, fabric and embroidery in collections by Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. I’ve been on the lookout for supplies that would work to make my own dress inspired by these fun, floral, extravagant vibes. I know these trims will be just right. Now to find fabric!