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Tales of a Rusty Seamstress

By Erin, 12/04/2016 - 14:42

Peplum Top for $4.00 - What a Bargain !

Just a quick couple of notes for this one!

Loved this pattern, it was so much fun to make. The V neck back is awesome and so it the peplum. The only thing I would change for me next time though is that I would add a couple more centimetres to the peplum. I feel it’s a little short for me as I am quite self conscious when it come to my mid-drift.

By Erin, 11/25/2016 - 13:18

Sew To Grow Fremantle Frock Pattern Test

My first attempt at pattern testing and I actually learnt A LOT! What a great way to learn about how things sit on my shape and how to alter a garment so they actually do fit and all the while helping a friend release their new pattern!

So I was on my way cutting into my first ever piece of Liberty Tana Lawn for a pattern test, not sure if this was a wise idea, but it all worked out in the end! Ah ha!

Sewing this up was a breeze and has really nice finishes – bias binding neck line, a great facing on the hem and lovely princess lines with concealed pockets. And the best thing is (besides the pockets) is that there is no zippers or buttons. It just pops straight over your head. How easy it that! I sewed the Fremantle Frock up in no time at all with no great issues with the pattern, so it was great.

I try it on; unfortunately not so great...the neck line was huge on me.

By Erin, 11/21/2016 - 21:08

Millionaire Hotseat and the Lani Tunic

My Mother in Law was on an episode of Millionaire Hot Seat with Eddie McGuire in October which was very exciting, even though she didn’t win anything I took up the opportunity to make her a tunic to wear on the TV.I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I was super excited that some fabric I sell was going to be on the television in a garment that I had hand made for my mother in law!!

By Erin, 11/02/2016 - 08:01

Sew Pony Vintage - Tic Tac Toe Dress Blog Tour

I was lucky enough to be chosen to pattern test Sew Pony Vintage’s new girls dress – the Tic Tac Toe Dress.

It comes with heaps of options too!! Piping, pockets, bodice lining, 4 different sleeve options,  a half peter pan collar, full peter pan collar, back tie...there are just so many combinations, it’s just fantastic!

I decided to sew up the dress with the half collar, back tie and rectangular sleeves in size 3.

By Erin, 09/23/2016 - 08:31

Sofilantjes Down Under Blog Tour

When I was asked to join this blog tour I was more than willing to test out some of the Sofilantjes patterns, I was unfamiliar with Sofilantjes patterns but once I headed over to their website and saw the options I was more than impressed.

Make sure you check out the blog post and enter the competition for your chance to win a copy of the Iridis Girls Dress PDF Pattern and receive the discount code for 15% off all summer patterns!

By Erin, 08/21/2016 - 20:59

Building Sewing Confidence with Darling Ranges & AGF Denim

I had put making this dress off for about a month knowing damn well that all I had to do is dive in and everything would be alright. I hadn’t done button holes or a placket for over 5 years, so procrastination was winning with a fear of stuffing it up on this awesome denim. I knew I would be stealing a bit of this fabric when I ordered it for the shop because I loved it so much!

By Erin, 07/06/2016 - 21:08

Sewing Sylvie & the Dressmakers Do

Had a couple of hiccups with this dress...but only because of my own stupidity...

This fabric is super easy to sew and I love the structure. The Sylvie usually comes with a gathered skirt version and this is where I hacked it. I changed the full skirt to two pleats either side at the front and a couple of darts at the back for a little bit of shape. I also halved the waist band.

Well the darts were originally pleats at the back as well but when I tried it on I realised that butt pleats were only for the imagination and should not be witnessed in real life...on this dress anyway.

By Erin, 05/18/2016 - 20:02

Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour!

These patterns are awesome and so easy to sew up. I started with just making the dress and found that if I was smart with the fabric I could also fit in the peplum top variation of the dress and the shorts too!

The dress was heaps of fun to make as were the short and peplum top. I just folded the fabric as wide as widest pattern piece and just kept on doing that and ended up with 3 size 3 summer pieces for my little daughter. I also have a little left over to make a couple of scrunchies as well! I cut a metre of the fabric, the width is 152.0cm

The patterns are really simple to follow and Liz (from Thread Faction) makes sure you get the right fit by including beginner friendly pattern alteration instructions. There is also an information sheet for anyone that is unfamiliar with sewing with knits.

By Erin, 04/27/2016 - 14:44

Sewing for Friends Part 1: Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress

My lovely friend is having a baby later this year and she was having trouble finding maternity dresses that she liked, so I put my hand up to make her a dress one night after a couple of wines and was feeling quite generous. She’s not a huge print fabric fan so this knit fabric was a great pick by her as it’s not too out there.

We both thought that the Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress was the best for her increasing baby bump.


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