BurdaStyle Kids Harem Pants

Description: Harem style kids pants with drop crouch and stretch waist band. Also a knotted drawstring for an extra touch of decoration.
Material: Stretch Knit and ribbing from Spotlight
Pattern: BurdaStyle Children’s Button Jumpsuit

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I had been searching the internet for an easy pair of harem pants to make for a friend’s son, without having to pay $15 – $20 for the pattern. I found this great one by Burda Style B9342 but I just didn’t have time to go to the shops, since it wasn’t downloadable.

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Baby Burp Cloths, Booties & Sleeping Bags

Description: Baby Sleeping Bags, Baby Booties and Baby burp clothes.
Fabric: Flannelette, 100% Cotton and terry towelling.

These are the cutest little baby gifts that are essential for newborns. Also perfect for gifts if you’re trying to find something for a baby shower, since they’re super easy to make.

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I’ve made most of these from flannelette or 100% cotton, which is soft, affordable and comfortable. It’s always best to try and find fire retardant fabric when you’re making items for babies or children, just to be on the safe side.

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You can find a number of patterns and projects like these online, which are often free to make, including those on Craftsy. Otherwise feel free to check out ideas on my Pinterest Craft or Sewing board.

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A super-quick little project for everyone!

Happy Sewing

Erin xx

Learn to sew – Pattern Review

Right after I got my sewing machine sorted, which was the first step to starting my sewing journey, I started Googling. Thankfully one of the first websites that I landed on was an online sewing community called Pattern Review.

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This website became my sewing bible and lead me down a interesting journey reading up about patterns, finding people’s sewing blogs, learning about fabric types, good patterns, bad patterns, patterns that would suit my body type and much more.

If you’re starting out sewing, you’ll probably go out and buy a few well-known commercial patterns and one of the best things about this website is actually seeing what they look like finished. Plus, you can read about what people thought of the pattern, what problems or challenges they faced and if they recommend it themselves.

Even now after years of sewing, I still use pattern review to see what people think of the pattern before I make my purchase. Also, if you’re new to sewing, you can stick to the patterns that have been recommended for beginners only. You can identify these by their easy labeling such as, Very Easy Vogue. However, it’s still great to get feedback from what other thought worldwide.

While you’re on Pattern Review if you find someone who is a similar shape and size and if you love what they’ve created, then click on their blog and see what else they’ve made. Chances are, you’ll be overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration for things you can make for yourself. Really, the opportunities are endless!

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If you love Pattern Review as much as I did, you can purchase a yearly subscription and become a member yourself, which unlocks everything on the site. As you start to create and finish your own projects, why not take photos yourself and jump online to post your findings as a beginner sewer. You’ll be amazed at the incredible people you connect with, who will encourage you to keep learning. They can also offer you help and advice when you need it.

I can safely say that I’ve created some incredible friendships with women over the years from all across the world. They’ve never ceased to inspire, encourage and help me grow.

Megan Neilson Tan Kelly Skirt

Description: Button front pleated skirt with pockets. Pattern sits on the natural waist and features button front placket, wide waistband, large scoop pockets and pleating in the front and back.
Material: Demin
Pattern: Megan Nielson Kelly Skirt

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This skirt is a great little pattern by Megan Nielson. I’ve now made it a few times and I think the thinker the material the better. The fabric I have used is a tan denim so the pleats really sit firmly on my waist.

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Learn to Sew – Buying your first machine

The reason I’m writing this to start my “Learning to sew” blog posts is because working in the sewing and embroidery industry for almost three years, it became quite apparent that this step (the very first one) was often the most detrimental to someone’s experience in sewing.

It was more often than not, people would go out and purchase the cheapest sewing machine, that looked fancy but probably wasn’t even computerised or easy-to-use. These machines mostly came from larger retail stores. In Australia we have Spotlight or Lincraft. Some even came from Target, Kmart, online on eBay or other stores that were difficult to go back to and ask for advice.

While larger retail stores are getting better at classes and offering more for its customer, it’s unlikely that you can call up and speak to a staff member who can answer your questions about ‘why your bobbin thread and needle keeps getting jammed and how to fix it’.

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Vogue Dress 1313

Description: Semi-fitted dress has partially lined yokes, seam detail, no side seams, side front pockets, front exposed zipper and topstitching.
Material: Linen and Linen blend with a cotton lining
Pattern: Vogue Pattern 1313

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Over the Easter break I decided to whip up a few dresses to wear to work. I have so many patterns but thankfully landed on this nifty Vogue number. I’ve always loved the colour block type dresses so I pulled out my floral cotton sateen that I bought a while ago at Spotlight and pieced it together with some black cotton sateen. I also included a lightweight cotton lining.

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