Adventures in Weaving

About a month before school finished for the year, I was giving some serious thought to what to make for gifts for the boys’ teachers. Both boys have been incredibly lucky to have teachers that they adored, and who thought my boys were pretty good too, so I wanted to make something a bit special! … Read more

Classes at Made Marion Craft

Exciting news to share! After some discussion, I will be running sewing classes for children, hosted at Made Marion Craft from term 3. This is a really exciting option for those that are unable to come along to the Tuesday classes, or found coming across to the main studio a little difficult.

Teaching Space

After a lot of hard work and furniture moving, the teaching space is ready for classes! My bright sunny room has been transformed into a sewing haven for my fabulous students. We have a sewing machine, and sewing kit box at each station, and a cutting table that can be stored away when not needed. … Read more

Drumming to the beat

My younger son has been doing drum lessons for a few months now, and really enjoying it. We recently got him some proper drum sticks to practice with, so I made him a case for them to keep them together in his school bag. He chose the fabric, and I made a long skinny pouch … Read more

Seasonal Sew Wardrobe Sewalong

One of the Facebook groups I belong to is a Sewalong group. They have previously done a monthly sewalong of a specific pattern, but earlier this year put forward a wardrobe sewalong.

The start date and format were similar to a Pattern review contest, but rather than the 2 month time frame over there, this sewalong had a more sensible (to me) four month time frame.

The general premise was that in the time period you sew up 8 pieces that can be worn with each other. No orphan garments here please!

I started with a big list of patterns that wanted to make, and then loosely decided that I would follow a 2 dresses, 2 tops, 2 bottoms, 2 toppers plan to make up my wardrobe.
I also decided I would like to try and make it all from stashed patterns and fabric.

Style Arc Toni Designer Dress / Maven French Dart Shift Dress

Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck / Hot Patterns Breton Tee
Sewing Rabbit Cowl Sweatshirt / Swoon Scarf Neck Cardigan
Trousers from my trouser block / Style Arc Allison Skirt
With a few patterns swapped in and out over the course of the sewalong, I finished up my 8 piece wardrobe and kept to the plan!

All of the fabric is from my stash, and only one of the patterns, the French Dart Shift, was purchased after the sewalong began, so I’m calling that a win!!

This has been a fun experience, and these pieces are already getting a good workout in my wardrobe.

Women’s Cowl Neck Sweatshirt

Is it just me, or does everyone have a sewing unicorn? – you know, that elusive sewing pattern where you kind of know what you want, but can’t quite find the exact right thing you imagined. For me it was a sweatshirt / jersey that had the potential to be slouchy and comfy, or more … Read more