Lodo dress times three

The Lodo dress from True Bias is my new favourite summer dress pattern. Three so far! So much to love about this pattern. It has a nicely shaped V neck, it’s loose through the waist, has excellent shoulder coverage, is designed for a stable knit, a woven fabric is used for the facings and (bonusContinue reading “Lodo dress times three”

When Fiona met Christmas prints: Closet Case Patterns Fiona sundress

A Christmas sundress for an Aussie Christmas. How could this not be an excellent idea? This is Closet Case Patterns Fiona sundress in a Chris quilting cotton from Spotlight. I made it in a size 14 with a FBA and some other bodice side seam tweaks to get the fit right. I used a reasonablyContinue reading “When Fiona met Christmas prints: Closet Case Patterns Fiona sundress”

Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins

I know. Its halfway through January and no-one. No. One. cares about Christmas cakes. But they were so cute. I just couldn’t not blog about them. This is almost entirely the work of He who Cooks. The sewing related contribution was very minor, and only added the finishing touch. Yes. It was cutting the ribbonContinue reading “Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins”

Christmas dresses

It’s already a week since Christmas and I haven’t posted about Christmas sewing yet. Outrageous. Anyone would think I’ve been on holidays! Two Christmas dresses were sewn this year. One for me. One for Felicity. Both Burdastyle patterns. Both in novelty cottons from Spotlight. Both with pockets. Mine was BurdaStyle 04/2016 #114, lengthened to theContinue reading “Christmas dresses”

Christmas dresses for my nieces

When I said the blog would return to garment sewing, I didn’t say that all my Christmas sewing was over! Reindeer Retro Dress Before the final fitting (after which, the hem went up about 10 cm) Pattern: BurdaStyle 02-2011-101 I’ve made this pattern before, for Felicity. One of the 13 year old nieces likes retroContinue reading “Christmas dresses for my nieces”

I heart recycled stuffed toys

It’s that time of year when I descend into kitsch craft sewing for Christmas. Bear with me, garment sewing will return soon! I was inspired by these garlands at Woolworths He who Cooks thought something like this would make great nameplace holders for the Christmas lunch table. He’s brilliant. They will. The hearts are allContinue reading “I heart recycled stuffed toys”

Christmas fruit cake in June

Being baked on the winter solstice makes it Christmas cake doesn’t it? Even when the winter solstice is in June? The cake can’t help being in the Southern hemisphere can it? Whatever. This isn’t ordinary fruit cake anyway. Its delicious. And very easily made gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, if that’s what you needContinue reading “Christmas fruit cake in June”

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas

There’s a wreath on the front door. thanks to Gardenmamas terrific tutorial, Felicity’s excellent execution and my fabulous fabric scraps The tree has been decorated. This important event required Felicity and Rory to wear appropriate clothing. And one of the decorations put on her party dress too. He who Cooks is constructing a gingerbread village.Continue reading “It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas”

Panettone trifle

Last weeks Australian Review recipes section had a great recipe. Even She who Sews could make it. And she and Felicity did.   Ingredients Panettone (we used one with dried fruit in it, but any sort would be fine) 250-300 g fresh or frozen raspberries 900 mL cream Grated rind of 1 orange 2 tablespoonsContinue reading “Panettone trifle”