Truck Stop Top

A girly version of a sporty classic; presenting the very practical TRUCK STOP TOP.
The printed jersey came from Tessuti in Melbourne and since the edges of the hem and bindings have been left raw all you need is an overlocker and a couple of hours.

The pattern for the TRUCK STOP TOP is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 6 to 14 and it's worn here with the BUSTLE BACK MINI

A post showing HOW TO make a jersey binding with rolled edge can be found right here


My Olympic Bloomers

Just for fun a sporty pair of bloomers from team TMJ....maybe a cool down outfit after a training? 

Brianna Read, the creator of Jack of Diamonds, whipped up the knitted top (called the Doublet Redux) especially for my shoot...she was darning in the threads as I arrived.   Brianna creates beautiful made to measure knit garments and also hosts classes for small groups in her studio.   Three per class is ideal; you can walk in a machine knitting novice and leave with a beautiful garment under your arm!

To give my BLOOMER more fullness I cut the sample in a size 12. For the leg and waist openings I used a satin bias binding in red and then threaded it with elastic cut to fit my model.  The pattern for the BLOOMER is available in sizes 8-14 from my Etsy shop.  The fabric, called Kissing Hearts, came from Tessuti and the ribbon was found at L'uccello


Craft & Quilt Fair Melbourne

The Craft & Quilt Fair starts in Melbourne on July 26th and a selection of patterns will be available during the fair from the Kelani Fabrics stand.

Aside from a vast array of amazing fabrics Elissa has plenty of samples to inspire your creativity including the WEEKEND TOTE BAG made up here in two large scale original prints.

Craft & Quilt Fair
July 26 - 29
Thursday - Sunday
Open 9am - 5pm daily
2 Clarendon Street

Kelani Fabrics - Stand D19


Marni mix-up

I love Marni! wild combinations of colour and print, disparate textures, lightness with solidity....it's all so fearless and exciting. 

Some favourite shots from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection inspired me to try a little mix-up of my own.  From the stash a wintry chenille check which I combined with a Liberty floral found at Tessuti.

 The shape is an adaptation of the SURREALIST DRESS which I designed for last years Tessuti awards.  I took off the frill and then had second thoughts so I made a petticoat; frilly at the back and straight through the front.



A selection of patterns will soon be available at Tessuti stores in Surry Hills and Melbourne including the FREDDIE VEST shown below.

I'll be in the Melbourne store on Saturday the 7th of July taking a FREDDIE VEST sewing class and will have the entire pattern collection available for sale on the day.  See you there!