A while ago my lovely friend Brooke of Retro Novella sent me a heartfelt package including a pair of hand knitted booties, hand cream that supports the local community, a plush camel and a gorgeous card featuring Aboriginal art. She is incredibly generous and sweet. We gave birth to our sons only a few weeks … More Plush Porcupine.
I’ve never made a shirt, but I hoard shirt and shirt-dress patterns! I still don’t think I have the skills to make a proper shirt, so I want to practise making elements of a shirt – like collars, plackets, buttonholes – one at a time in different garments, before I attempt to sew a shirt. … More Grey Asymmetrical Dress [Vogue 9186].
I don’t really do costumes for myself, but I think babies dressed up as characters is hilarious. So I made one for my baby’s first halloween. I saw the pattern Simplicity 8030 and knew I had to sew it up! It is Baby groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Pattern: Simplicity 8030, View … More I. Am. Groot. [Simplicity 8030]
I have the honour to be recently featured in the Sewcialist Blog about my handmade maternity wardrobe, together with the lovely Brooke of Retro Novella. You can read the post here. I just realised that I haven’t made a summary post of the maternity dresses I’ve made, so here they are! Clicking on the individual photos … More Summary of DIY Maternity Wear.
The Vogue 8780 drape cardigan is my first DIY garment after giving birth. I needed to take into consideration my postparTUMMY, hence I don’t think I’ll be making anything too fitted for a while. This loose cardigan is the natural choice – it’s easy to throw on, offers enough warmth in our mild Queensland winters, … More Dotti Dotti [Vogue 8780].
Many people talk about new parents feeling a loss of self-identity when they have their babies. The lack of sleep, energy, me-time and perhaps resources to do what they have enjoyed in the past. I have thought about this notion, and wondered how my life would change. I want to be as prepared as I … More Foreign Coins Chest Vol.1
Warning: Photo heavy We went to the Balkans last year (ah, the carefree, childless days). I searched up fabric shops in Zagreb, Croatia as we spent a little bit of time there and hubby came with me treasure-hunting! We only went to those we could reach on foot from our hotel, which is in the … More Fabric Shopping in Zagreb, Croatia.
I’m slow at sewing and dressmaking. It took me a long time to fill up Volume 2 of my Dressmaking Scrapbook series (with 20 garments in each volume). I averaged about one completed garment a month. I’m glad to finish this volume JUST before my child is born, since I have no idea how much … More Dressmaking Scrapbook Vol.2 [Garments 21-40].
Well, here I am, at full term. This will be my final handmade maternity dress for now. I chose to make it even though I only have a short time left of my pregnancy – because it is a pattern designed specifically for nursing as well! So it can get plenty of wear afterwards. Pattern: … More The Final Countdown [Simplicity 1469].
I previously bought a few maternity patterns on sale, and since entering my third trimester I finally started sewing them. I realise I won’t be able to get through them all, as my usual sewing rate is one garment a month, and there are only so many months (and only so much energy) during pregnancy! … More Botanical Delight [Burda 6957].