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Knickers Baby!

I’m sitting at my computer, it’s late and I’m typing this post in my new knickers. They are fancy and I’m feeling pretty good.


Image – Liberty London

Wait….where did your mind go? Not that type of good.

Of course I’m referring to The Makers’ Journal ‘Tried and True’ knickers. I mentioned them in a previous post and I’ve now made 2 pairs. I think I am converted to hand made pants.


The pattern encourages the use of Liberty Fabrics (fabulous!). The only reason I haven’t here is because I wanted to make a few test pairs before going crazy with the tana lawn. And crazy I might just go, because I really really like these.

Like enough to post a bottom photo? I think so.






After spending 2 weeks on my dining room table this sucker is done. The verdict – I freaking love it! This is the second Victory Pattern I’ve used and again no major modifications were needed. I cut a size 8 and pretty much followed the instructions step by step. This was a nice easy project, aimed at beginners. Nothing was too challenging here, even the curved sleeve hems were stress free.

The only thing I did different was to reinforce the button holes at the sides.


Skinny 2 inch long fusible interfacing to renforce buttonhole. It’s not visible from the outside.

The Satsuki reminds me of the Black Milk butterfly top, except it’s not quite as slinky. However the cotton/ rayon blend does have some good drape going on.



The fabric I picked up by chance from the remnant pile. I scored 2.6 metres for half the original cost. Addicted to Fabric win!

I’m just going to go ahead and post a bunch of out of focus photos now. This is what you get for engaging a 7 year old photographer. I resisted the urge to pretty them up with fuzzy, shiny filters.

Happy days x

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Oh my glob Melissa!

The 7 day shirt

In pieces no longer, this is the Creative Cate Top from the Australian pattern company Style Arc. I really like their stuff, everything I’ve made using Chloe’s patterns has lived up to their philosophy of industry standard clothes that fit. In fact this is the second time I’ve made this top. It’s quick (ahem) to construct, fits great with no modification required and doesn’t feel like it’s come straight from a high school design and textiles classroom.


love me a cowl neck and crazy hair

Mind you with the high quality stuff kids these days are making that last remark is a little unfair. Teenagers have come a long way from the stitching happy pants. (Damn I wish I had these still, fondly remember the fluro scribble fabric I used back in 1993. Would be bang on trend today). 

Where was I? Oh yes. The t shirt that took me a week to make. I’ve used a white linen knit that is honestly frigging rad. It’s a little see through, but all the better for layering over catsuits right. I’ve also got some navy squirrelled away. I seriously recommend you try some if you are the fabric buying type. I found mine at the always wonderful Fabric Store, but I am loving the colours available online at Tessuti Fabrics now. 

My next project will be meeting the challenge thrown down by my good friend and sewing rockstar Amanda. Check out her mad style at bimbleandpimble