Vogue 1236 Work Dress

Hello corporate world! This week I created two new garments to add to my work wardrobe. This little black and white combo is super comfy and perfect for any corporate office. You could even dress it with a large waist belt.

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My work is in Brisbane city and is VERY corporate but I seriously love it. Despite them moving our teams up and down the floors every few months, it’s a really cool place to work. They hold some crazy events and last week they gave away free gelato in the foyer. Next fortnight they are having a puppies and piccolo coffee day! Every time an email comes around we all Skype each other, “PUPPIES & PICCOLO!!!”

So yes, being in a fun, corporate office means that I love to dress up and get involved with work events and just enjoy being around some of the most amazing, talented and friendly people.

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Butterick 5949 Dress

In 2012 I was living down the Gold Coast in a suburb that couldn’t access the internet, so to entertain myself I borrowed a sewing machine off my mum. Looking back, this was probably one of the best things I did because I ended up with a hobby and skill that I just can’t get enough of. Over the years I’ve also learnt to appreciate how valuable having your own hobbies and interests are. I sew because I love everything that I get from it. Being able to create something that you love, at a very little expense, is pretty damn amazing. Plus, I also get to chill at home with my pug furbabies.

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This dress pattern is also one of my ‘oldie but goodie’ patterns that I’ve pulled out of the cupboard for my own 2019 “Me Making” challenge. I’ve also created a slim fitting skirt version using some blue Spoonflower fabric.

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BurdaStyle Black Seamed Dress

You can’t really tell from the photo below but I’m soooo excited to be posting my second dress for 2019. I’ve had a great start to the year and that’s mostly because of the people that I have in my life right now. It’s amazing how much you grow as a person when you surround yourself with positive, influential people who inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

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To make things even more incredible my good friend, who got diagnosed with stage four cancer two years ago is almost in remission. He still has a long way to go and fortnightly cancer treatments but it’s the results that all of us hoped for but didn’t see coming. Last year he was even asked to tell his story at the Cancer Councils annual White Orchard ball, which made us all so proud!

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Colette Macaron Dress

Hello to the gorgeous dresses in 2019! This year has been so amazing for me, I’m at a point where I’m so happy and content and really want to get back into doing more things that I love, and that includes sewing! I’m taking a step back from some of my side projects and focusing more on myself! So what better way to start by creating a brand new Colette Macaron dress… or two!

Description: This is a beautiful two-toned dress including front pockets a pleated skirt and small capped sleeves. Perfect for beginner sewers as Colette includes easy-to-follow instructions.
Pattern: Colette Macaron Dress
Material: Cotton sateen and cotton jersey

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Pug Embroidered Pencil Case

If you’re looking for some easy sewing patterns check out Craftsy. There are heaps of pencil cases available and some you can download for free.

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When it comes to embroidery designs I love Urban Threads because they do loads of cute characters, like this little pug design.

The final outcome looks so similar to those you would find in stores like Typo! Plus, it’s super easy to make and you only need the starting range embroidery machines to create this, which includes a 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoop.

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And because I like to create more than one project at a time, I’ve experimented with a few different types of fabrics and layouts.

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Here is a quilted example.

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Finally, since I also love my Brother ScanNCut I also created a “Pug Life” pencil case. So easy to set up and iron on!

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I hope you enjoy this quick project!
Erin XX

Blueprint Toys – Sew Desu Ne

I found this designer on Craftsy, which is now called BluePrint and unfortunately it’s super quite hard to find independent pattern designers like this Sew Desu Nu. So instead I’m recommending you to go straight to her blog – Choly Knight.

Designer – Sew Desu Ne

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She has the most gorgeous makes with a huge number of free patterns as well as the affordable patterns in her store. I’ve only made one of her toys but so far I’m really impressed. Her patterns are really well written with step-by-step picture diagrams, which is perfect for any beginner sewer. Plus, they’re absolutely adorable!!

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This is an example of her Bat Plush Toy that I attempted and absolutely love!

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I’ve never really made toys before so I would consider myself a beginner in this field. The brown bat I accidentally put the ears on the wrong way but gosh, he’s still so cutie patoodie!

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If you have kids or friends you can create or give these to, I highly recommend going over to Choly Knight’s blog and checking these out.

Happy Sewing!
Erin xx

Summer Sewing Projects

It’s summer time in Australia, which means it’s time to start stitching up some of my favourite outfits, including dresses, shirts and skirts. I haven’t really made anything for myself for a while, despite sewing most weekends for freelance work.

Here are a few of my top picks to create this summer. Now I just have to make sure I have some nice fabric lined up ready to go!

Dresses

I love making dresses that are trendy for work and that you can also wear on weekends. Here are a few of my latest favourites.

770x967_bs_2017_07_116a_heft_largeBurdaStyle Asymmetric Dress

770x967_bs_2018_05_114a_heft_largeBurdaStyle Striped Sheath Dress

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