Holiday sewing factory


Did I mention I love holidays? My house is going to rack and ruin but the sewing corner is humming.

I will have to start buying bigger lengths of fabric – this is a metre that I bought a year or so ago to make something for my baby, but I only just had enough for the style I had in mind now she is so tall! This is a very old pattern that I first made years ago for my niece, who is now 19. Very simple, but lovely and twirly, and I love that the shoulder button fastenings mean no zip is needed!

Not so secret Santa


It’s that time of year again, and here is the pressie my EB Secret Santa sent me. One metre of cute apple fabric, a roll of red and roll of green thread and a gadgety thing that makes bias binding.

A couple of days later and here is it all sewn up into a twirly dress for the self-tattoo artist (don’t you love the self-decoration?!) This was pretty easy to sew and I just added some sparkly green buttons to the front for fun. The pattern is McCalls 5084.  It’s even pretty enough and comfy enough to sleep in.

How not to save money…

I decided that as I have spent so much money on fabric lately, I really ought to prove that sewing saves me money, by recycling some old jeans into a pair of overalls. The plan was going well – take a pair of old jeans, some paisley corduroy I bought for $2 / metre at the end of winter, use an Ottobre pattern that I already have, use old sample swatches for the applique – alas I had forgotten the pull of ‘the perfect button’… I am such a sucker for a beautiful button!! Don’t go near Lincraft anybody, they have the most gorgeous range of new buttons. So all up – overalls, about 50c, buttons $7 *blush*.

Getting Faster


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And another pair – seemed like a good pattern, so I left out a lot of the panels and kept the basic shape and here they are 2 hours later.The gorgeous velour towelling is actually a couple of face washers I bought at Best and Less. The brown corduroy is some left-overs from tigerboy’s shorts from 2 years ago.Aren’t they so cute? Milly will be very snuggly!!

And cheap buttons this time – one on top of the other with contrasting thread.