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…
Description: The elegant blouse features tucks down the front bodice, flowing sleeves and an adorable button-back opening
Material: Wool Challis, Polyester and Cotton Drill
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde Blouse
A few years ago I made a few versions of the Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde Blouse. Mostly after seeing some really gorgeous versions of this top including Maude’s. Tops are always a great addition to any wardrobe and this is one of those patterns I will always come back to for a wardrobe filler.
This is a really beautiful pattern and ended up being a perfect fit, even suitable for wider shoulder widths. There was no pulling at the top of your shoulders, which some tops tend do when they’re too tight a fit. I loved it so much, I did what I typically do when I love a pattern…. I made it 3 times 🙂
Tilly has also done a wonderful job explaining this pattern step-by-step. Her instructions are so easy and you end up making a really beautiful, well finished top in a matter of a hours.
Also, make sure you check out the Makers Gallery for more inspiration!
Happy Sewing! Erin xx
Description: Baby overalls with front pocket, elastic back and straps with snap buttons.
Pattern: Burdastyle Baby Overalls
Fabric Used: Printed Cotton from Spotlight
Spotlight has had some pretty gorgeous fabric for kids lately so I ended up buying up a heap and created these cute little baby overalls to test out the pattern. My friends little bub is pretty chubby so I made the largest size available, which is shown below.