Reusable Face Masks

If you’re in the sewing world it’s highly likely you have been creating face masks to help protect yourself and family against COVID-19. I’ve made a few different types of masks but these have been my favourite pattern so far. I’ve even started selling them on my Honey Love Handmade Etsy Store.

The best fabric I found is the Duck Cloth Cotton, Drill, Denim or Linen, which is quite thick and soft on your face. As you can see I’ve made a huge range for adults and children’s sizing.

Description: Pleated Masks with a split in the back to include extra filters.
Sewing Pattern: Sarah Maker – Pleated Face Mask
Fabric Used: Cotton Duck Cloth, Drill and Linen

However, if you’ve been to Spotlight or any local fabric store you might have found the 3-6mm elastic is completely sold out everywhere. The best way to get your hands on elastic is to go direct to suppliers, such as Homecraft Textiles (for Australian readers). I purchased a 100m roll and they shipped it out that day via express post.

If you’re interested in buying any of these masks they are still available on my Honey Love Handmade Etsy store. Otherwise this is the perfect beginner sewing pattern to get started in your sewing journey!!

Hope you’re all staying safe during this tough time!!
Erin xx

BurdaStyle Wool Boucle Jacket

I stuck to my sewing goal and created a second jacket from my Top 5 Jackets to make this winter. This was another BurdaStyle jacket made with some beautiful brown checked wool fabric for the outside and a plain light brown wool for the lining, both from Spotlight. This is also the fabric combination I used to create my long Wool Parka Jacket.

Description: Oversized and rounded collar flatters the decolleté and shoulders, while patch pockets and a double row of silver buttons are refined finishing details.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Boucle Jacket 114 02/19
Fabric: Wool from Spotlight

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BurdaStyle Wool Parker Jacket

This is the first time I’ve purchased wool and made a large warm, winter jacket! This wool jacket by BurdaStyle is the perfect Parka Jacket and it’s soooo warm. Almost too warm to wear for our Brisbane winters but hey, it might be great for travelling!

Description: This variegated wool jacket can function as a cozy cardigan or as a jacket for days that aren’t so cold.
Pattern: Wool Jacket101 |Burda Style 01/20
Fabric: Wool fabric and lining from Spotlight

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10 Tips on health and well-being at home

This year has been a really strange one for us all. In the first few weeks I thought I hit the jackpot working from home and being able to pump out a number of cute sewn outfits. Plus, my relationship is still within the first year, so staying in wasn’t a big deal for us. However, because I was home so often I started snacking, not even realising that I was starting to put on weight.

The third month in I completely stopped sewing, had to deal with my current rental selling (due to the owners unfortunately losing their jobs) and looking for a new place to live. This was a good kick up the butt for me because I’ve been wanting to purchase my own property for a few years now. I started to look around and within a month made an offer on a townhouse. Then like clockwork, my house mate moved out and my boyfriend moved in. He didn’t even bother unpacking though because I settle on the new place in another weeks’ time. However, the stress levels went from 0 – 10 really fast and I started to notice that I was becoming more irritable and upset at the smallest things. I really had to take a step back and find ways to readjust and focus. And I’m thankful I did because I’m much happier now!

The one thing I’ve realised is how important it is to have routine in our daily lives. My work is also saying that we could be working from home for the remainder of the year! So here are my tips to stay sane during covid and improve on your health and well-being while being stuck at home.

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Top 5 BurdaStyle jackets to make this winter

As the weather starts to cool down and we’re still in lock down I’ve started looking at a number of jacket patterns to make this winter. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from but here are my top five BurdaStyle patterns that I am hoping to create this winter.

I’ve picked BurdaStyle because I know the patterns fit me really well and they’re so easy to download, print out at home and (most of the time) create.

#1 BurdaStyle Boucle Jacket 114 02/19

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Blue Wool Work Dress

As the days start to cool off in Brisbane it’s nice to use some warmer fabrics like this blue wool blend from Spotlight. Even though we’re still in COVID lock down this will be perfect for when we are finally back at work.

Description: Dress with low shoulder sleeves, pleated skirt and pockets.
Pattern: This dress uses a self-drafted top and the bottom is from the BurdaStyle Smocked Back skirt section.
Fabric: Blue wool blend material from Spotlight

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Create your own painting

For those of you who are looking for something else to do with your isolation time (apart from sewing) here is a great idea! Over Easter Anthony and I pulled out my painting supplies and completed one of the Cork and Chroma paintings. Definitely check out their website to see what sessions they are holding for a guided approach.

Considering Anthony hasn’t painted since primary school he was a little unsure how he would go. However, once I quickly showed him how to smudge the acrylics he was off and loving it! We had snacks and beverages and took about three hours to complete our paintings. It was such a fun afternoon and the pugs certainly enjoyed the attention.

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Yellow Summery Sia Dress

It has been the most amazing weather in Brisbane lately which is perfect for a dress like this. I have previously made this Sia Dress in blue linen. The Rayon was also a really nice comfortable fit, being light and airy.

Description:  The dress features a low V neckline, front bust pleats, back bodice darts and a shaped waist band with optional self fabric ties.
Pattern: Sia Dress – Marsha Style
Fabric: Rayon material from Spotlight

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Lilac dress with ruffled sleeves

After turning my sewing room upside down I was so excited that I found a paper pattern of the BurdaStyle Smocked Dress that I made a few years ago. Unfortunately the new BurdaStyle website hasn’t got this pattern online yet but a cool tip that someone gave me was to check out the German version of the site. You will have to use Google Translator but I found that pattern here –  Burda Easy Ausgabe F/S 2014 version.

Otherwise, similar patterns to this dress are Mimi G’s Jessica Dress, Lekala Dress with straps or the Closet Case – The Fiona Sundress. If you do end up trying any of those I’d love to check them out!

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