Upcycling my purse

A new pattern I'm working on called the BIG BUNNY combines what was my Ichigo bag (carefully picked apart) and leftovers from the MINNIE MINI Charlie is wearing with her POCKET TOP.

You can find out HOW TO make an Ichigo bag right here.  
The BIG BUNNY sewing pattern will be available from my Etsy store  in a couple of weeks.  It stands around 35cm from base to top, 30cm wide when seated and fits snugly up under your arm.

For step by step instructions showing HOW TO sew with top stitch thread and HOW TO quilt fabric using batting follow the links.  

The sunny yellow outer is a design from Alexander Henry called Rolling Hills and it's combined with two fabrics from Umbrella Prints, Rock Dots for the inner strap and Stone Flowers on the side panels.  The contrast top stitch  thread is Gutermann #722.

A quilted PARTY DRESS is also in the works, super short, very sexy and yes quilted.


HOW TO darn in your overlocker (serger) threads

Finishing off sewing projects so there are no weak points or thread ends showing is especially important when making tops in jersey fabrics.  Two new patterns suitable for lightweight single jersey through to french terry or brushed fleece could leave you with lots of pesky threads, or you could just do this...

1. So here it is, the ugly trail of overlocker thread.  If you're a knitter pull out a darning needle and thread the overlocking threads through the eye.  A darning needle has a rounded tip so it won't pierce your fabric, and a nice big eye so threading should be really easy.

2. Gently push the needle back up the seam in between the two layers of fabric for a couple of centimeters and then out.  Pull the threads through and trim off the excess.

It's simple, fast and importantly it secures the end of the seam so it won't unravel.

This method works especially well when working with jersey fabrics where the hem edges are left raw to roll, THE LONG SKINNY is a perfect example.  

The patterns for the Raglan and the Cowl will be released soon,  Clean basic styles designed to be made up in knit fabrics and available in Australian sizes 10-16. 


The Shed

There are lots of new patterns in the works but the biggest project I'm working on right now is this one.  These photos mark a point of no return, this is me saying out loud "this is happening"

What was once used for local dancers will be transformed into a light filled studio (where local craft classes can be held), tool shed and garage.  Step one is to come up with the plan and for that I need an architect.

The story continues...


A dressed up BIB

A dressed up version of the reversible BIB cut from a heavy weight printed canvas with a contrast inner in uncut chocolate cord.  Daniela ably demonstrates its layering potential combining a simple silk top, jersey skirt and tailored jacket.

Both BIB fabrics were found at Tessuti and were actually left overs from previous projects; the matt black ribbon for the ties came from Luccello.  The pattern is available now from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14.  For international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.


new pattern BIB

The idea was to add an extra layer without additional bulk through the upper body and sleeve.  The end result is part vest, part apron, it's reversible and definitely keeps my middle section warm.  Throw over a cute little cardigan and you're all set.

The BIB sewing pattern is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14, for international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.

The polka dot stretch canvas was found at Tessuti in MelbourneA version for little girls with frills and floral binding is also in the works so stay tuned mother of tween.