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What to do, what to do?

I haven’t sewn any clothing for quite a while so to try to get my sewing mojo back I looked through some of my patterns to get some inspiration.  It’s Autumn here in Australia now, so the weather’s getting cooler, and I thought I should look at some season-appropriate patterns (i.e. anything with sleeves).  These are what I came up with as some potential next projects:

I love the skirt with the frilly hem, but I would never wear anything like this unless it was a costume, but the one I want to make is view B with the pleats at the back.  I have the perfect fabric too…I just hope I have enough!

I’ve never made a jacket before, but this pattern seems pretty simple.  I like the styling of view B, but adore the bow on the back of view A – maybe I’ll add a bow to back of view B…if I ever make it!

When I opened this pattern to check the sizing I found that it had never been used, and had the cutest little pamphlet inside for Beutron Buttons…

I mentioned that I hadn’t sewn any clothing for a while, but I did use a newly learned skill to make a small quilt for a one year old boy.  I taught myself embroidery after purchasing Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching.  It contains the coolest embroidery patterns you’ve seen.  I decided the space themed patterns were too awesome to not use, so I made the little man a space themed quilt.


Big rocket

Tiny little rocket

Space ship with its alien pilot (the alien is hard to see but he's there!)



Hi there!

I’ve decided to start this blog, after much hemming and hawing, to both track my progress in my (fairly) new hobby of sewing and dressmaking and to try to keep myself true to my sewing goals (if I’ve put it out to the blogosphere it has to happen, right?). I’ve been sewing for almost a year, and tend to go through spurts of extreme productiveness and periods of doing nothing but staring dolefully at my sewing machine as if it’s telling me I’m lazy…

I’ve found that I have a definite pattern crush on one particular garment that I’ve now sewn up four times – Gertie’s Gathered Skirt, the tutorial of which I found here one night when I was considering breaking out the sewing machine for more than just hemming pants.

Each skirt is different, and I love them all for different reasons.  The floral version is the first item of clothing I ever made, and the polka-dotted version I whipped up in about 40 minutes one morning before attending a Christmas party (it was so awesome, by the way, to be able to say when complimented on it “Oh thanks – I made it this morning!” Show off?  Me?  Nah…).