A dressed up BIB

A dressed up version of the reversible BIB cut from a heavy weight printed canvas with a contrast inner in uncut chocolate cord.  Daniela ably demonstrates its layering potential combining a simple silk top, jersey skirt and tailored jacket.

Both BIB fabrics were found at Tessuti and were actually left overs from previous projects; the matt black ribbon for the ties came from Luccello.  The pattern is available now from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14.  For international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.


new pattern BIB

The idea was to add an extra layer without additional bulk through the upper body and sleeve.  The end result is part vest, part apron, it's reversible and definitely keeps my middle section warm.  Throw over a cute little cardigan and you're all set.

The BIB sewing pattern is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14, for international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.

The polka dot stretch canvas was found at Tessuti in MelbourneA version for little girls with frills and floral binding is also in the works so stay tuned mother of tween.


new pattern HOOD HAT

Ever wanted to detach your hood from it's body and just wear the hood bit?  Well now you can.  The HOOD HAT sewing pattern is now available from my Etsy shop.

For this version the outer was cut in a felted wool cashmere combined with a quilted cotton lining.  I quilted my own lining and a HOW TO quilt fabric using batting can be found right hereDesigned with extra width and depth to allow for the additional padding the HOOD HAT could easily accommodate a faux fur lining and as an added bonus it won't squash your do.

 The buttons came from Buttonmania and the hand stitched buttonholes are the work of tailor Jose Zarpan conveniently located opposite the button shop on the 2nd floor of the Nicholas BuildingBoth the inner and outer fabrics came from Tessuti in Melbourne.


Knicker making at the HANDMAKER'S FACTORY

Live in Melbourne?

Free on the 14th or 31st of July?

Always wanted to take a class in knicker making?

Well you're in luck!  I'm going to be running a couple of workshops on these very days at the Handmaker's Factory.

This beautiful creative space is run by the very talented Nichola Prested and includes workshops in screen printing, knitting techniques, stamp making, weaving, macrame and a whole lot more.   

Information about and bookings for the SEW YOUR OWN KNICKERS workshops can be found right here.


HOW TO quilt fabric using batting

A new pattern I'm working on called the HOOD HAT can be lined with either faux fur or a quilted fabric.  Options for quilted fabrics are limited so I made my own, here's how I did it.

You're going to make a fabric sandwich so you'll need the outer fabric, some wadding or batting and then some backing fabric. 
I opted for batting in 100% bamboo which I sourced from Lincraft.

1. Press your outer fabric and then mark your stitching lines using chalk.  I'm using a simple diagonal grid pattern with lines 5cm apart.
Smaller pieces are easier to handle so I worked out how I was going to cut out my pattern pieces first and then cut the outer fabric into suitable shapes.

2. Layer your pressed, crinkle free backing fabric down first, followed by the batting and then with the right side facing up, the outer fabric.  Make very sure that all the layers are flat.  Using safety pins, pin all the layers together at regular intervals.

 3. With the outer fabric facing up stitch through all layers following the chalk lines marked onto your fabric.  For my HOOD HAT I'm using heavy top stitching thread and a HOW TO can be found right here.

4.  Complete all the stitching in one direction first and once you're finished switch and do the rest.  Importantly you need to check that the backing and outer fabrics are flat as you sew.

5. Give your completed sandwich a press and you're ready to cut out your pattern piece.

6. Treat your quilted fabric as one and cut and stitch together as normal.

My completed HOOD HAT lining...