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.
Description: Make your precious pup stand out from the crowd with these dog jumpers.
Pattern: Simplicity 3939 Dog Jacket
Fabric Used: Fleece or sweatshirt knit, plus ribbing knit
Over the years I’ve made the pugs a number of jumpers but the pattern I have always gone back to because it fits them perfectly and don’t overheat them, is the Simplicity 3939 (Option C) jumper. It’s perfect for the cold (but not so cold) months that we have here in Brisbane, Australia.
Below is a few versions I made back when they were younger. I even appliqued the letter ‘B’ on them for ‘Busta’ and ‘Bella’.
The last thing you want to hear is that a friend or family member has cancer because there’s nothing you can do to help, fix or change the diagnosis. At the start of year someone very close to me found out that they had stage four renal cancer, which you can read more about on Andy’s blog, Cancer Does Not Discriminate. I’m in complete awe at how well he’s done so far and the progress he’s made. Watching him go through this, understanding the difficult decisions he’s had to make had been really rough but he’s pushed through it and tackled each day like a complete champion.
So at a time when there was nothing I could do or say, I reverted back to doing what I do best.. I got crafty.
The logo below was something that I found on Instagram, which I based on the hashtag he had been posting on his photos. I designing it up in Corel Draw, imported it into ScanNCut Canvas online software and then cut it out on a vinyl sticker with my Brother CM900 ScanNCut.
Pattern: Crazy Little Projects Laptop Bag
Description: Created a laptop bag to suit my larger Apple Mac laptop.
Fabric Used: Combed cotton Spoonflower fabric Summer Sky Blue Floral Trellis by Willow Lane Textiles.
I absolutely love Spoonflower fabric and have saved many of their beautiful designs onto my Pinterest Fabric board. You can also see my latest favourites on the Spoonflower website. These fabrics are perfect for smaller home, decor and accessory projects like this one. Plus, they are so simple to create.
It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.
After finding out that my older sister was pregnant in 2013 with her first child (the first baby in our family) I wanted to make something that I thought she would love for her little boy to have. Therefore, I decided to get a whole heap of Mickey Mouse themed presents since we grew up with Disney. It never seems to go out of style either so hopefully it’s something he can keep forever.
I ended up getting a basic quilt design going with blue, red and white themed to match the Disney characters. If you enjoy creating projects like this, your can purchase Brother Disney embroidery machine’s specifically for the Disney embroidery design range.
This 1.5m x 1.5m was the perfect size for her to put in her cot or to use in her playroom. Since the quilt only took about two weekends to complete I ended up having enough time to paint her a Mickey Mouse canvas, to match all the presents. Painting has always been something I’ve really loved doing so this was fun just in itself.