Triangle Bra

The LITTLE 'GIRLS' TRIANGLE BRA is designed specifically for smaller body sizes and bust shapes...no under wire and no lining.  The sewing pattern is available in Australian sizes 6-12A & 8-14B from my Etsy shop and is made from woven fabric cut on the bias, in this case a Liberty print called Tatum in aqua.

In order to make the bra you'll need to purchase three different types of elastic, sliders, rings, plus the back hook and eye closure.  For supplies I've found a great resource in Bra Makers; an on-line retail store based in Ontario, Canada.  They also have loads of patterns for larger bust sizes.

Apart from the instructions included with the pattern I've written three different HOW TO posts each with step by step instructions.
HOW TO attach lingerie (knicker) elastic
HOW TO make basic bra straps
HOW TO attach under-bust elastic

The LITTLE GIRLS TRIANGLE BRA is shown above with the TRIED AND TRUE KNICKER, sewing pattern available in Australian sizes 8-14.  A size conversion chart can be found right here.


HOW TO bag out

No not a lesson in hurling insults, in this case bagging out describes the sewing of two pieces of fabric together and then turning them right side out.

A new pattern I'm working on called the APRON TOP includes the option of adding front pockets which I recommend bagging out before attaching; here's how I did it.

1. Cut out the outer and inner pocket pieces and press.

2. To form a crisp top edge, with right sides together stitch the outer and inner pockets together using a 1.5cm seam allowance.

3. Press the seam allowances toward the inner side and then, on the right side, make a line of stitching close to the seam.

 4. Fold along the top edge and pin with right sides together.  Using a 1cm seam allowance stitch around the outside edge leaving a small opening in the bottom of the pocket.

5. Clip the top corners and around the curves.  Cut away half of the inner seam allowance so the edges are uneven.

6. Turn the pocket right side out through the small opening in the bottom edge.  Carefully push out the corners and then press.

7. I added a line of heavy top stitching across the top of my pockets.  The pockets are now ready to stitch on.  Pin in place, try on and check in the mirror to make sure you're happy with the final position.  Stitch evenly around the sides and bottom close to the edge and you're all done.

 Both of the fabrics used in this example are from Liberty.



To THE LONG SKINNY I added the JUMP PANT, a sweater called JACK and an extra long scarf.


Model - Daniela Balcazar
Original Music - Catherine Rewha 
Photography, Styling, Editing - Pamela Cupit

The sweater is knitted from Kidsilk Haze and can be found in Rowan Knitting magazine 30 (pattern in kids, women's and men's sizes). The scarf was made by combining an Annyblatt yarn called Astrakan with Rowan's wool cotton and was knitted for me by my mummy.


new pattern THE AVIATOR

A little cap inspired by a truly inspiring women.

Amelia Earhart was one of histories great adventurers, an aviation pioneer with a fabulous sense of style.  She disappeared in 1937 somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to fly around the world, a mystery which continues to intrigue people to this day.  

THE AVIATOR takes very little fabric to make, in fact both of the photo samples were patched together using leftovers.  To highlight the contrasts top stitching using a thick thread and a zig-zag stitch was added.  You have the option of adding buttons and a frill or just keep it simple.

Of course I can't help myself, the more fabric textures, colours, patterns the better.  A tutorial showing HOW TO sew with heavy top stitching thread can be found right here and the pattern for THE AVIATOR is now available from my Etsy shop.


Clothes that move!

In 1820 the inventor Thomas Hancock patented elastic fastenings for gloves, shoes, suspenders and stockings.  He founded the British rubber industry and invented a little machine called the masticator which made it all possible.

I avoid making things that require buttonholes, partly it's because my old clunker does a lousy job of it but mostly I'm just really fussy so it takes me ages to get them right...ever unpicked a buttonhole, not easy!  Thank goodness for Mr Hancock.

I love love love working with elastic, it adds shape instantly, creates fullness and texture whilst adding the additional element of comfort...clothes that move with you like the skirt and top shown below.  

The newly released PRETTY BLOUSE is now available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 6-14.  It's shown here with the equally versatile FLASH N' DASH skirt.