As I type, preparations are well under way. Those of you on our mailing list now know that our Melbourne store will be open this Saturday 2nd May. That's right, this Saturday. I know it looks kind of bare but since these pics were taken, I can confirm that stock has arrived! So if you live in Melbourne, love fabric (you may even be mildly curious) and happen to be in the Flinders Lane 'hood on Saturday, please do pop in and say hello. We would love to see you. A shop with no customers, well that's just no fun at all...
Finally, we have our very first pattern review on one of the dress styles from the Lutterloh pattern classes we held at our stores last month. Catherine has made up this classic stylish shift dress (Lutt. patt #03) in our beautiful Japanese 100% cotton weave 'Osaka Orange' - there were only slight tweeks Catherine needed to make to the pattern after her initial fitting, like taking in a bit more on the side seams at the hip to hem and pinching out a bit of extra gape at the neckline. I know Catherine was very pleased with the end result....
and looked fabulous when she wore this into our Chatswood store a couple of weekends ago - she paired the dress back with a great pair of peep-toe flats in the perfect burnt-orange and navy and this little bolero jacket - modified from McCalls pattern 5106. Obviously omitting the collar and shortening the sleeves, and body to sit just on the waist.So chic!
I hope you all had a lovely Easter break. I know this stunning bride did... lovely Samara was married in the Rose Gardens at Sydney's magical Royal Botanic Gardens last Thursday. Samara's bridesmaids, her sisters Hannah and Leah, looked wonderful in these dresses made by Bernadette Doherty, in Tessuti's 100% silk georgette 'Fudge Chocolate' and lined in 100% silk crepe satin 'Cocoa'.
It feels funny. Good funny. In the build-up to opening our Melbourne store, we had so many stop-starts that now it feels kind of surreal. But we have actual signs (OK, so they're really just A4 sheets of paper but it's a start) up in actual windows. It's really happening and the wheels are really in motion. And it's really very exciting.
With the benefit of hindsight, we should've been a little more mysterious about our location. You Melbournians sure do know your lanes, don't you? And yes, we're opening up at 141 Flinders Lane, in the ground floor space accessed via this gorgeous doorway and situated on the corner of Oliver Lane, near Russell Street.
We're still pinching ourselves that we'll be situated in such a beautiful part of Melbourne's CBD. We hope you love the spot (and shop!) as much as we do. Oh, and the button and needle number on the building? Well, we absolutely took that as a (pardon the pun) sign that this was where we wanted to be!
Melissa emailed me this great shot of her beautiful daughter Sybilla in these super funky harem pants (her own pattern) made up in Tessuti's Japanese 100% Cotton 'Night Flowers' . This lovely lightweight cotton fabric has a wonderful subtle seersucker effect. Just perfect for these cute pants.
Melissa says, 'I used to sew a bit when I was a teenager, but I hadn't really got back into it until recently. Making baby clothes is loads of fun, you can have fun with proportions and prints while they are too young to have their own opinions!'..... So true!
Thanks again Melissa, for the pic. Feel free to email me again...we'd absolutely love to see more of your weekend sewing projects!