Sunday, June 26, 2011

Feature Fabric of the Week - (Black or Blue) Tabu Tori

It doesn't happen often, but now and then we get a customer who buys a fabric and then walks back into the store, only days later, wearing their latest garment made up in aforementioned purchase. Aside from marvelling at their sheer speed (and, speaking for myself, envying their discipline) it really is such a pleasure that a fabric either inspires them so much so they have to make it up NOW, or it totally fits the (fabric) bill for a pattern they've been planning on making up for quite some time.

Over the last week, we've had two such lovely customers in our Melbourne store. Jacinta popped in last week sporting this skirt she whipped up in a weekend.

The fabric is our Black Tobu Tori and the pattern is Sewaholic's 'Crescent Skirt', a gathered skirt with fitted yokes. You can't really see it in the photos, but I do so love the red top stitching and the gathered back.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Jacinta chose to have the birds flying upwards because it was "more optimistic"*!

Pamela, another Melbourne regular (*and, I might add, not at all un-optimistic), also took a shine to our Tobu Tori fabric - this time in Blue.

The pattern is (OOP) Vogue 2527...

Pamela made the following changes:

- I cut out size 12 so it would be a bit bigger/boxier
- I added 5cm to the length
- I added 20cm to the elastic that goes through the hem so it would sit down on my hips rather than up near my waist

- I deleted the sleeve cuff, lengthened the sleeve by 5cm and created an elastic casing (had to make a facing pattern)

- I deleted the buttons from the concealed button placket down the back and just did some decorative stitching plus stitching on one fake button at the top.

- I deleted the button/buttonhole from the front.

My instinct is to sign off this post in a really cheesy manner and say, "Clever birds, aren't they?". But instead, I'll sign off and say...

Love your work, ladies. Thanks for sharing.



Monday, June 20, 2011

New York Cape Pattern - Now For Sale!

Sorry for the blogging dearth folks. Colette's had her nose to the grindstone getting our first pattern in production for your sewing pleasure. And so here it is (available online only) - the New York Cape Pattern (*now available in PDF (A4 Print at Home) Version)

The kit includes a full-scale pattern sheet and instructions with photos (fabric and notions not included). PLEASE NOTE pattern size is for ONE SIZE ONLY and fits Australian standard sizes 10 to 16.

As this is our first foray into producing and selling a pattern, we've only produced a limited quantity of 35.

Happy sewing, and we can't wait to see your version of our cape.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Silk Organza Ironing Cloth

Here's a great tip I got recently from my classes with Bernadette:

When pressing open seams, darts etc, use a piece of silk organza as an ironing cloth. It's ideal and also very handy to see that you aren't ironing creases into your work!

Great weather for sewing in Sydney at the moment.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Meet beautiful little Piper Nina Rose, born on April 7th. Her mamma Emma has been enjoying creating gorgeous little clothes for her, like these cute little bloomers and appliqued work on summer rompers in Liberty Of London cottons and silk prints. Just the thing for balmy Singapore weather!

Hope to meet you very soon little one.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New York Cape Pattern

I've finally finished the hooded capes! I made two in fact, one in a Italian felted wool 'Red Wine Check' (sold out), and the other in a double sided charcoal felted wool 'Grey Hinterland'. This New York Cape pattern will be available for sale on the online shop very soon just finalising printing of the pattern with concise instructions.

It really is such an easy pattern to put together, with most of the work in the binding (Hong Kong Binding) on the seams/facing edges and around the outer edge. The best result I could get for the outer edging was with our Mokuba 100% Wool Binding, available in various colours. The cape does require just on 5mts of binding, but it's totally worth it.

So glad I finished these, they're just the thing for a chilly winters day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Stylish Dress Book 2 - Pattern F

Pamela loves Liberty. Pamela also loves Japanese pattern books. Good job we can help her out with both. This sweet, simple dress is Pattern F from Stylish Dress Book 2.

The only change Pamela made was to the belt. Instead of a drawstring...

...she created an elasticized waistband but still included a tie at the front.


Unfortunately, we've sold out of this fabric. But you can check out our latest Liberty delivery here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pattern Review - Vogue 1207

Had a wonderful couple of days spent at Tessuti Melbourne over the weekend and whilst in the shop on Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting Julia. We spoke about a stunning dress I had seen featured over at Burdastyle in our 100% silk twill 'Coloured Glass' - sadly this fabric has sold out completely (bummed that even I missed out on this one!)

Julia kindly agreed to let me post these gorgeous images. Julia says:

As promised, here are some pictures of the dress I made back in January using the fabulous 'Coloured glass' silk twill from your store; I used Vogue Pattern #1207

Julia pointed out over on Burdastyle :

If you are thinking of making this pattern, do yourself a favour and make a muslin first. The sizing was all over the place for me, but luckily the dress lived happily ever after.

So S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G! Now I'm really upset that I missed out on this fabric...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Winners of The Kores Bag giveaway are...

Thank you to everyone who entered our fun Kores Bag Giveaway, now without further ado...

.. the two lucky winners are comments no:11 and 15

Congratulations to Jenny (Miss) and Larah. Please email your details by the end of this week to and we'll organise to have your bags sent out to you as soon as possible.

Extra special thanks to Kores bag designer Kalina, for her generosity!
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