bed linen

 The only real difficulty when making your own bed linen is finding a space big enough to lay out the fabric otherwise it's mostly just stitching rectangles together.  For cushion covers finding good quality feather inserts (not foam!) in a range of appropriate sizes proved challenging until I discovered The Bedroom.

The linen above in extra wide width came from Tessuti in Melbourne and the Osbourne & Little print Berber was ordered from the UK.  It's sitting on top of another fabric called Mala found buried during a house move and also turned into a quilt cover.  

Purchased more than a decade apart both were designed by the late Victoria Waymouth.  They share a surprisingly similar colour scheme so either I haven't evolved much or I just know what I like. 

Berber by Victoria Waymouth and below it...



Triangle Bra

The LITTLE 'GIRLS' TRIANGLE BRA is designed specifically for smaller body sizes and bust shapes...no under wire and no lining.  The sewing pattern is available in Australian sizes 6-12A & 8-14B from my Etsy shop and is made from woven fabric cut on the bias, in this case a Liberty print called Tatum in aqua.

In order to make the bra you'll need to purchase three different types of elastic, sliders, rings, plus the back hook and eye closure.  For supplies I've found a great resource in Bra Makers; an on-line retail store based in Ontario, Canada.  They also have loads of patterns for larger bust sizes.

Apart from the instructions included with the pattern I've written three different HOW TO posts each with step by step instructions.
HOW TO attach lingerie (knicker) elastic
HOW TO make basic bra straps
HOW TO attach under-bust elastic

The LITTLE GIRLS TRIANGLE BRA is shown above with the TRIED AND TRUE KNICKER, sewing pattern available in Australian sizes 8-14.  A size conversion chart can be found right here.


HOW TO bag out

No not a lesson in hurling insults, in this case bagging out describes the sewing of two pieces of fabric together and then turning them right side out.

A new pattern I'm working on called the APRON TOP includes the option of adding front pockets which I recommend bagging out before attaching; here's how I did it.

1. Cut out the outer and inner pocket pieces and press.

2. To form a crisp top edge, with right sides together stitch the outer and inner pockets together using a 1.5cm seam allowance.

3. Press the seam allowances toward the inner side and then, on the right side, make a line of stitching close to the seam.

 4. Fold along the top edge and pin with right sides together.  Using a 1cm seam allowance stitch around the outside edge leaving a small opening in the bottom of the pocket.

5. Clip the top corners and around the curves.  Cut away half of the inner seam allowance so the edges are uneven.

6. Turn the pocket right side out through the small opening in the bottom edge.  Carefully push out the corners and then press.

7. I added a line of heavy top stitching across the top of my pockets.  The pockets are now ready to stitch on.  Pin in place, try on and check in the mirror to make sure you're happy with the final position.  Stitch evenly around the sides and bottom close to the edge and you're all done.

 Both of the fabrics used in this example are from Liberty.



To THE LONG SKINNY I added the JUMP PANT, a sweater called JACK and an extra long scarf.


Model - Daniela Balcazar
Original Music - Catherine Rewha 
Photography, Styling, Editing - Pamela Cupit

The sweater is knitted from Kidsilk Haze and can be found in Rowan Knitting magazine 30 (pattern in kids, women's and men's sizes). The scarf was made by combining an Annyblatt yarn called Astrakan with Rowan's wool cotton and was knitted for me by my mummy.