If you’re crazy about buying sewing patterns then you’ll love learning with these inspiring and helpful sewing books. Here are some of the most adorable books which have really shaped me on my sewing journey.
1. Vogue Sewing
Vogue Sewing is the perfect book for beginner sewers and also an incredible guide for the more advanced. It guides you through the basics of pattern tracing, adjustments, cutting fabric, sewing techniques, machine advice, shaping, finishing and much more. Even after years of sewing I always find this book useful and am continually learning something new.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Here is a quilted example.
Finally, since I also love my Brother ScanNCut I also created a “Pug Life” pencil case. So easy to set up and iron on!
I hope you enjoy this quick project!
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
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!!
Bat Plush Toy
This is an example of her Bat Plush Toy that I attempted and absolutely love!
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!
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.
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!
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.
BurdaStyle Asymmetric Dress
BurdaStyle Striped Sheath Dress
Description: These adorable animal potholders are so much fun and easy to make! All views have appliquéd back, quilted front, lining and a hanging loop.
Pattern: Kwik Sew K0238 Quilted Pot Holders
Material: Cotton, Teflon coated heat proof batting and standard batting
I picked up a bunch of Kwik Sew accessory patterns when they were on sale the other day to make some fun little projects for kids. These adorable kitchen mittens are perfect if you have some little chefs in the house.
It’s a great way to introduce kids to sewing while combining them with something fun like baking! I think it’s a win, win for parents!
I made two out of the three designs on this pattern but once you get the general layout of the front you could easily create and applique your own face onto them.
It was certainly a quick, easy and fun project to make, I highly recommend to all parents. Or if you have nieces or nephews like I have, it would make the perfect gift!
Description: Easy Zipper Box Bag Tutorial is the perfect size travel, accessory or make-up bag.
Material: Cotton Blends
Pattern: Easy Zipper Box Bag Tutorial
These bags would have to be my favourite travel, accessory or make-up bags due to the size and shape of them. They fit so much inside without being too large or bulky.
Happy New Years everyone!! I hope you all had an amazing night/holidays and enjoyed a very merry Christmas with your friends and family.
My holidays have been nothing short of amazing. I’ve been learning to surf this summer to make the most of our beautiful Queensland days and even got spoilt with a new surfboard for Christmas!
Whilst I have no idea what weekends I’ll be able to chill at home and get back into sewing, I do know that there are a few items that I would love to check off my list this year!
New Swimmers – Butterick 6358
I’ve never worked with lycra or swimwear material so I feel that this will be a great challenge. Fingers crossed I can make them this summer!
The Remnant Warehouse has some beautiful swimsuit material including this gorgeous hibiscus fabric.