Top Knot Tee

The Top Knot romper, dress and tunic pattern by Chalk and Notch has been around for a little while now. In fact, I participated in the promotion tour and 'hacked' this pattern into a long sleeved tee for Miss R. That 'hack' was an enormous success! It made sense to sew a summer version of my hack. The only pattern piece I needed to print was the cuff. Too easy!

LOL swing top and Satya shorts

When Jenn from Jennuine Design released the LOL swing top pattern it was love at first sight. This gorgeous top has a classic A-line front, racerback yoke and nearly half circle back. It can be sewn in either woven or knit fabric. Despite falling in love with this top it took me a very long time to finally sew it.

Shiny blue Ileana dress

Choosing an outfit for a wedding is exciting. If you are six years old, you know exactly what you want - a super twirly dress with pockets and a collar. Together we looked at a few patterns that I shortlisted, and Miss R chose the Ileana dress pattern* by Compagnie M. The Ileana dress pattern offers a lot of options, however that did not slow down my girlie. Within a minute she picked a collar, sleeves, pockets and a skirt she wanted.

Family reunion dress

My sister in law got married a few weeks ago. Of course I had to sew something special for my girlies, something fitting for such a joyous occasion!

Today I would like to show you the dress I made for Baby L :)

Sewing block party: the Tip Top tunic

Whoo hoo! A party! And what a party! It is a month long Sewing Block Party featuring Petit a Petit patterns. Celina is an amazing person. Her creativity is inspiring and her style is impackable.

Baby L is ready to party in her Tip Top tunic.

Sofilantjes down under: Nivalis dress

My big girlie prefers to wear dresses. Since I made her first knit dress last year Miss R has been asking for more dresses made from 'stretchy' fabric. In fact, she wants me to make ALL her summer dresses from stretchy fabric.

I started with Nivalis dress by Sofilantjes patterns.

Tulip tunic

Eva from With Love by Eva is a very talented seamstress from Belgium. I have been following her sewing adventures for a while now. Eva recently released her first sewing pattern, the Tulip Dress and Top pattern in collaboration with Katrien from KaatjeNaaisels, another wonderful Belgian sewing blogger. Today I am pleased to show you my take on this pattern.

MaaiDesign Tour: see you at six

I enjoy looking through my old sewing projects. I am still proud of some, others make me cringe, but I learned something from each and every one of them. One of the things I have learned is that the choice of fabric can be crucial.

When Maaike asked if I would be interested to join her blog tour promoting the new range of fabric in her shop MaaiDesign I did not hesitate to say yes. I have purchased fabric from MaaiDesign before, and I was always happy with it.

Sewing for kindergarten: the Moiano raincoat

We have celebrated a lot of 'firsts' this year. The first smile, the first tooth, rolling over and sitting up for the first time...

But there has also been the first day of school, the first reader, the first parent-teacher interview...

My cheeky big girlie is a school girl now. Which means I can finally participate in Mie's annual Sewing for Kindergarten series! The series celebrates children who start the first year of compulsory education. For us in Victoria, Australia, it is Prep. Australian school year starts at the end of January - early February, so Miss R is over half way through her first year of schooling.

Lotta skirt

I started working on a pair of jeans for Miss R a few weeks ago. She said she would not wear them. So I made her a skirt instead.