A Tale of Three Coats: No.1 BurdaStyle Vintage Kim Coat

I heard someone say recently that the upcoming Melbourne winter would be the coldest on record. This piece of news made my spine freeze up. I’m not much good these days with extremes in temperature. I dread those (albeit stunning) summer days of 30°C heat, and equally, the chill cold of winter totally does me […]

Silky Merino Cat Cay Cowl

I’m so, so happy to have finished this cowl! I’d bought the wool from Wool Baa in Port Melbourne back in September 2016, on the way out to Horsham with my daughter. It’s the gorgeous Adorn Silky Merino 4 ply 420 – Sapphire. I had just found the Cat Cay Cowl pattern by Ann Budd […]

A New Spring Wardrobe

Sometime early in July, I was introduced to the ingenious concept of “capsule wardrobe sudoku”, and after consulting Guru Google to learn more about the process, I very excitedly clicked on the “create” tab of the Polyvore website, and began diligently and with great enthusiasm to scroll through the pages and pages and more pages of […]

Susan Khalje & my Dupioni Coat – Pt1

As soon as I heard that Susan Khalje was coming to Melbourne, I signed up for the “Couture Sewing School” 6-day class, and the “Couture Techniques” 2-day class. The excitement built up and up, as I started thinking about what pattern to work on for the 6-day, and I managed to narrow my selection down to not one or […]

Utilitarian Skirt Project

I sniffled and coughed a little as I got dressed this morning. Seems my darling little grandsons may have given me more than I realised for my birthday! I felt a chill in my throat and chest, and went off to get me some warmth. The first thing I grabbed was my pair of black leggings, a […]

My Nita Wrap Skirt

I’m wearing my new Nita Wrap Skirt by Sew DIY. Every now and then, I see requests to test patterns. And sometimes I’ve even put my hand up, offering to take on the task of making up a pattern that’s just moved through the designer’s creation process from idea to draft. And I love being part […]

My Aeolian love affair begins!

Although it’s taken me oh, at least six months to make this pattern, I am completely in love with it, and am already lining up fabrics for more. I first came across Pattern Fantastique when Nita Jane emailed me at Stitch 56, asking if I’d like to carry her patterns in my shop, saying she was introduced to me by […]

Supremely Satisfying Sophie

There’s nothing like that moment when you realise it’s Saturday morning, and you’ve got an event to go to on Sunday evening,, and you don’t have anything to wear! It was my cousin’s Bat Mitzvah, and the weather guy forecast a sunny 27°C, and as I did a quick little mental walk through my wardrobe, […]

Reliably Lovely Sorbetto

I love this pattern. It never lets me down. And there are times in life where working with something you can count on to work as designed, as promised, as you hope it will, as you expect it should, is to be celebrated. Sarai from Colette Patterns was coming to town, and thought it only […]