new pattern SHORTY

I originally set out to design a cape, an extra winter layer that I could pull-on without inflaming an injured shoulder.  The pattern was created by draping directly onto the stand and the end result lands somewhere between cape and shrug, the best of both worlds.  

It's made here in an open weave wool and will work best in medium weight winter coat fabrics with a soft drape.  You could use a heavier felted or boiled wool but I'd probably recommend going up a size.  The gently sloping shoulder line and relaxed open sleeves combined together with elasticized bands create shape without restricting movement which means it's easy to put on and take off, perfect.

The SHORTY is available from my Etsy store in Australian sizes 8-14, a size conversion chart can be found right here.   It's shown together with THE LONG SKINNY made in a wool blend printed jersey found at Tessuti in Melbourne.


raw rolled edges

Below a new pattern I'm working on called the CLASSIC COWL made up in a 100% cotton single jersey.  For this example the neck, cuffs and hem edges were all left raw so they'd roll back on themselves.  It definitely sped things up, cutting it out actually took me longer than overlocking the pieces together.

The sewing pattern will be available from my Etsy shop in the next few months and will be offered in Australian sizes 10-16.

If you're opting for a raw rolled edge always leave a trail of overlocking threads at least 10cm long at the end of each seam.  Detailed instructions showing you HOW TO darn them in can be found right hereVery easy and super fast.


Silver Lining pt 4

Lucky last, Red Flower TopsWith just 62cm to play with and Christmas just around the corner I thought I'd make up a collection of little gifts.
...so three months later, here's what I actually did with it.  

Firstly a bias cut version of a new pattern I'm working on called the CAMISOLE TOP, and

1 pair of SKIMPY knickers in Australia size 10 which are available from my Etsy shop right here.

View parts 1, 2 and 3.


PAOM Crazy Flower

I clearly remember the night I downloaded some GIF making software for the first time...and then it was morning.  Similarly yesterday I fell down a Print All Over Me rabbit hole and 6 hours in the only thing that stopped me was having to go to work.
  A couple of versions of my Crazy Flower abstract are shown below and garments/ objects you can actually buy can be found right here.  I also added a greeting card to my Etsy shop.

Great way to support emerging designers, find unique items and lessen the impact of unwanted stock on our precious world.  Need a print?  I love making them, email me.


new pattern RETRO RAGLAN

The RETRO RAGLAN made up in a mottled French Terry found at Tessuti in Melbourne.  The fit is relaxed through the body, darts at the shoulder add shape and you can cut the tapered sleeves in two different lengths, 3/4 as shown or full.

The RETRO RAGLAN sewing pattern is now available from my Etsy Shop in Australian sizes 10 to 16, for international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.


The pattern is suitable for the lightest of jersey through to bulky brushed fleece, if you select a bulky fabric I'd maybe consider going up a size.  I mashed a couple of prints together which also worked and I have plans for an oversized version in combination with a silk screen workshop at Handmaker's Factory...just need to finish my design and book.