Melbourne Fabric Shops





I recently went on a weekend trip with some girlfriends to Melbourne.  I love Melbourne, the food, the bars, the shops and the cocktails.  However I do believe that Perth is a beautiful city and we certainly have many gorgeous shops and cafes around.  I would love to do a long weekend, child free, with girlfriends, pounding the pavement in the fine city we live in.  I think we would find some treasures for sure!

Fabric Shops in Melbourne…amazing!  Perth unfortunately cannot compare.  I was overwhelmed when I walked into The Fabric Store, I have never seen so much fabric, every type in every colour range.  I walked out with nothing, it was too difficult to decide. Hopefully I will go with a bit of a plan next time.

Here are my favourite fabric shops in Melbourne.

The Fabric Store – 184 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Every fabric in every colour!  I would love this shop.  They had a lot of stretch fabrics, designer fabrics, silks, wools, you name it!

Tessuti – Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tessuti have an amazing range of dress fabrics including designer fabrics.  Tessuti run classes and workshops and often have sewing competitions.

Clegs – Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Velvet…mmm I really love and never get tired of looking at it.  Suiting and wool fabrics, also lots of Liberty fabrics.

There is another place in Melbourne, it is the Alannah Hill outlet store.  They have a few other labels there like Gorman.  Take a walk upstairs and you will find fabrics and trim for sale.  It is a bit junky, but always bargains to be found.

The address is 188-192 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Do you know of any Melbourne fabric shops?  Would love to hear from you!

Happy shopping!

iPad and Zap Book Cover

As most of you know we are renovating at the moment.  It has been talk for a long time and now it is finally happening, although very slowly.  Apart from fixing up our family space we are building an extra room just for me…and you!  It’s part of the house but its a room that will be filled with all things sewing and I don’t need to pack it up after every lesson.  (Squeal) I can’t wait!

So whilst this is all happening we have had to move in with my parents (and Im sure most of you are cringing right now), but honestly it has been really wonderful.  The hardest part is living away from my work (I am still running classes from my home).  Last year I had in my mind that I need to find a studio away from home as I felt somewhat swamped.  Now that I am away from work, I realise how important it is for me to in fact work from home.  I also feel extremely disorganised and am constantly wondering where items are…I have to ask myself, is it at home, at mum and dads or in storage?  I have recently counted up  several seam rippers between home and my parents place…they are everywhere!  On my bedside cabinet, in my beside cabinet, in my car, one in my bag and a few in the classroom (home).  And notes, I love writing notes to remind myself things and then find myself collecting several pieces of paper or notebooks.  Time to get more organised, I have a new term starting soon and absolute beginners joining me next week…iPad and my new ZAP book, big enough to hold plenty of notes.  Now I just need a cover so they don’t get ruined.

I decided to make a quilted cover with different fabrics, with different textures.  I have used velour, silk, cotton, corduroy and a cotton/linen blend.



A bit of quilting done here.


I also quilted all around the radios, however my pictures do not show it very well.


Do you have a collection of batting scraps?  Me too!  Just piece them together and hand stitch them to make one large piece.



I even left the selvedge in, I couldn’t bare to cut it off, this one was soft and fluffy.


And this fabric came from some old kimono pieces.  This is silk and to die for, just stunning.  Thankfully I have plenty more, it would look great as a cushion!

If you would like to make one let me know and I can assist with fabric amounts etc.

Absolute Beginners Class – Term 2

A new class has been scheduled for Term 2.

Saturday  29 June  1pm – 4pm

Saturday  6 July  2pm – 5pm

Saturday  13 July  2pm – 5pm

Saturday  20 July  2pm – 5pm

Cost is $240

Enrolments open Tuesday, 4 June

To enrol please email your details and mobile number (from the 4 June only).  I will confirm your place and then send on class info and an invoice which requires a $50 deposit to be paid immediately.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me




New Girls Dress


A new dress on the way!  Now this one will take a little time as I have new blocks and patterns to make.  I started with a size 6 and as the size requests come through from my students they will be made.

I used a fabric that has a little elastine in it, so it has a slight stretch.  Im not sure how well this will work with a cotton fabric, but hope one of my students will be happy to try this one!

Sleeves can be tricky to insert.  These sleeves were unpicked a couple of times, the pattern adjusted (with help from my mum) and then finally I did it.  The initial sleeve had quite a few gathers at the top of the sleeve but I really wanted them smooth with as little gathers as possible.

I also popped in a little bit of elastic, just to nip the dress in a little.

The cross over front has a facing attached.

Ruffles…I love ruffles.  I cut these strips on the bias and then simply gathered them up.  I did experiment a little with these too.  I didn’t know whether to run two lines of gathering stitches and then stitch in between them, or just run one line and then stitch right over it.  I chose the one line of gathering stitches, it created a bit of a messy look and I really liked that.  It was a little tricky sewing the ruffles to the sleeves as it was such a small opening.

So I would love to hear from my students…do you want to make one of these?  If yes please let me know what size and Ill get a move on.  And I just need a name for this dress too!  This dress is not really suitable for an absolute beginner.




The Elle Dress






Cute fabric plus a best friends birthday party equals a new party dress.  My inspiration came from one of my students who made a similar dress from a commercial pattern, for her daughter Elle…I honestly don’t think there is one pattern out there that I follow step by step.  My students will agree that they often hear me say, when reading through the instructions, “I don’t know why they would do it like that?”.  I know they are experts but most of the time I think their instructions should be so much easier, especially for you beginner sewers.

Thankfully I can make up my own patterns and this one was simple to do.  I wanted to include a zipper in this dress, I love an invisible zip.  Never mind tacking it in or ironing it out…come to Miss Mary Sewing Classes and I’ll teach you the easy way.  Just on the weekend I had two of my new students insert invisible zippers into a skirt and a cushion cover and they did a brilliant job!

I also made the piping.  Here in Perth it is really hard to find nice piping so I always encourage my students to make their own.  Whilst it may take a little longer, you are able to get the perfect match for the the outfit (or cushion).


I haven’t quite finished making all the sizes in the range so please email me well before your class so I can make sure it is done.  If you are shopping for fabric now you can purchase 1.5m, you will also need a 20cm invisible zipper.