I thought I would start the year off by making something really quick and easy to compliment my Christmas presents. I have been learning to surf so I got a small pack of surf accessories to go with my brand new board. So I decided to make a summer themed pencil case to fit all of my accessories. These pencil cases are perfect for so many occasions, especially for kids going back to school.
I found the pattern from the Craftsy Boxie Pouch but instead of doing the boxed edges I just sewed it straight to make a standard pencil case.
Happy New Years everyone!! I hope you all had an amazing night/holidays and enjoyed a very merry Christmas with your friends and family.
My holidays have been nothing short of amazing. I’ve been learning to surf this summer to make the most of our beautiful Queensland days and even got spoilt with a new surfboard for Christmas!
Whilst I have no idea what weekends I’ll be able to chill at home and get back into sewing, I do know that there are a few items that I would love to check off my list this year!
New Swimmers – Butterick 6358
I’ve never worked with lycra or swimwear material so I feel that this will be a great challenge. Fingers crossed I can make them this summer!
The Remnant Warehouse has some beautiful swimsuit material including this gorgeous hibiscus fabric.
In 2015 I went to the USA, which seems like a lifetime ago now! The best part about the whole trip was getting to sew and create outfits for the events that I’d been so excited to get to. Also, meeting up with Ping from Peneloping and Emily from Dressing the Role in San Francisco.
The first stop was LA, where you basically just did all the touristy things and saw all of the main attractions including the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Boulevard, the Griffith Observatory and much more.
Las Vegas Baby
Second stop was Las Vegas, where I went to Electric Daisy Carnival (a three day music concert at the Las Vegas Speedway) with some of the biggest DJs from around the world. I had been researching the festival and wanted to go as something really bright and fun, so I made my own outfit with the Lekala Dress pattern. This also inspired me to create my first Spoonflower floral fabrics.
I used to think sewing buttons on, especially for work shirts would be tedious and painful. However, after creating a number of work shirts I soon discovered some really useful tips and tricks for getting them done quickly.
Mark your button holes
Mark with pins or an erasable pen where you want your button holes to go. For a work shirt I measured 2 inches apart but each garment will be different so just follow your pattern instructions. Attach your buttonhole foot, which comes with your machine. Pull down the buttonhole lever and select your buttonhole setting.
Download your user manual
If your machine is like mine and doesn’t display the buttonhole settings on the front of your machine, you can simply download the user manual from the manufacturer website, such as Brother Australia. This is a really great way to store your user manual.
Description: This chic button-up blouse can be cut short to wear with a skirt or pants or made long to be worn with leggings. It features dramatic cuffs and darts for a flattering silhouette.
Material: 100% cotton material
Pattern: BurdaStyle Button Up Tunic
I’ve been slowly growing my work wardrobe but I don’t think you can ever have enough work shirts for a bit of variety. Therefore, when I recently got a new job working back in the corporate environment, I decided to make some fun, flattering work shirts.
Gotta love my little pug baby – star of the show
I originally cut out a Vogue shirt pattern that I had made previously with sheer, see-through fabric, however it was a bit too big to use with 100% cotton material. So I opted for a more fitted style shirt by BurdaStyle, which included vertical side pleats on the front and back.
I’m sure everyone has heard about Spoonflower, right? Well, I first used it to create my own pug fabric, drawing my two pugs Busta and Bella into a retro pop-art design. Since then, I have come up with a number of designs to sell, so whenever I remember to check back I’ve usually earned enough money to fund my fabric addiction.
Recently I took inspiration from my Pinterest Clothing Inspiration board to come up with the design below.
The best part about making your own fabric is that you get an instant creators discount, you can create something that’s unique and perfect for you, it can be from an outfit you love but want to create in a different pattern, plus you can then sell it to make money.
Description: Personalised gifts to celebrate a friends engagement.
Material: Flannelette for the Dogs Coat
Pattern: Echidna Sewing Dog Coat
I created this gift as something a little extra for a friends engagement present. It’s basically personalised bath/lounge wear for the whole family, including two dressing robes and a dog jacket.
The two embroidery designs included a four leaf clover from Ultimate Stash (since he’s Irish) and a monkey with a syringe from Etsy (since she’s a nurse). I found that the registration on the monkey embroidery design wasn’t that great and probably needed a bit of work to fix the density and pull compensation.
I ended up hooping the robe in the hoop, rather than floating the fabric and baste stitching it down. Mostly because the robe material wasn’t very thick and it was just easier to line it up. Here are the results…