Colette Pattern – Moneta Dress


Its not often I purchase a pattern and make a dress for myself, simply because I have the drafting skills to make my own and because most patterns I buy I end up altering somehow because Im so particular and fussy.  This time I wanted to find a pattern to suit the fabric I had bought, a garment I could literally whizz up.

I found the Colette Patterns Moneta Dress Pattern and I love it!  It comes in a broad size range and this is the type of dress that would suit all body types.  Its perfect for stretch fabrics!

Be sure to head to Colette Patterns to purchase your pattern.


The Berkley Dress

The Berkley Dress named after my little model here is the perfect for the cooler months.  Wear it long sleeved, with tights or on its own.  It has fake pockets to add a bit of interest.  Be sure to sew down the corners though because they are bound to rest their hands in them!

I used a beautiful linen fabric which I purchased from Calico & Ivy in Mosman Park.  They have a variety of linens including french linen and crushed linens in classic colours.  You can pretty much use any fabric for this dress.  Why not introduce a feature fabric for the pocket or add a Liberty binding around the neckline.  I made my own bias binding with the left over fabric.

The Berkley Dress comes in sizes 2 through to a girls size 14 .


Size 2 & 3 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 1.4m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 1 metre

Size 4 & 6 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 1.6m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 1.3m

Size 8 & 10 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 1.8m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 1.8m

Size 12 & 14 – 112cm wide fabric you will need 2.4m – 150cm wide fabric you will need 2.10m

There should be enough left over to make your own bias binding, otherwise 1 metre of purchased binding would be plenty for the neckline.




Kids Sewing Classes in Perth – Sept/Oct 2015

Kids sewing classes are open for enrolment and I was a wee bit excited coming up with this project…

Strawberry PJ Bag

I recently took the children to Bullsbrook Strawberry Farm so we could pick our own strawberries.  It was fun and we came home with a stack of them, although admittedly we ate so many while we were there that most of them went into the freezer ready for sorbet and strawberry daiquiris!

So this is what we’ll be making…check out my Kids Classes on the menu to get all the details.

And Im thinking a tutorial might be needed for this beauty!

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Bunny Apron – Just In Time for Easter

I found this on Pinterest a little while ago, it is adorable!  You know me Im not one to try new patterns often as I have so many of my own ideas and never have enough time in my week to produce them all.  Such a gorgeous idea, I encourage you to buy this pattern and support independent designers, it costs only $12AU (approx).

Here is the link and you must also check out Anneliese’s other patterns…simply divine.

Lieschen Mueller – Bunny Apron Pattern

It is a dress pattern, however I didn’t purchase enough fabric so made it into an apron.  I photographed this on Lulu with nothing underneath but she will wear this with a white tee and some skinny jeans or leggings and still wear it as a dress and not in the kitchen!  I used poplin so hopefully little or no ironing will be needed.

I will go searching for some other fabric as I really love the way Anneliese has put this together with an adjustable elastic back just by using the elastic and left over elastic you probably have at home…no searching for adjustable elastic!  When you do purchase fabric for this, make sure the fabric is 150cm wide, otherwise you will need about 1.50 metres of fabric and you will need to alter the pattern slightly.   It’s simple enough, just cut the skirt piece into two pieces.

Oh and the other thing…I take these photos of Lulu, I took about fifty photos Im usually happy with two or three but this shoot I could only narrow it down to about twenty so you have to see all of them.



























Lulu Dress

This dress is the cutest!  It includes many skills for the beginner sewer…invisible zipper, gathering, top stitching and make your own bias binding.  Admittedly not for the absolute beginner but after a few lessons a perfect dress for you to master.








As this dress has a zipper it means you really need a perfect fit.  Please bring a chest measurement with you so we can choose the best size.

Fabric Requirements

18cm invisible zipper required for all sizes

Size 1-18 months

Fabric – 1 metre and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 2

Fabric – 1.10 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 3

Fabric – 1.2 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 4

Fabric – 1.3 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 5

Fabric – 1.4 metres and 40cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 6

Fabric – 1.5 metres and 40cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding


A-Line Wrap Skirt – Ladies

Back by popular demand as the last pattern went walking…this is the perfect skirt for any size.  Everyone of my students who have made this skirt absolutely love it.


Im so sorry I do not have any pictures of this skirt!

It is A-Line, so is extremely flattering.  It has a couple of darts in the back.  This skirt is best made in a cotton fabric and then lined in a cotton fabric as well. It is secured with a button and a hook and eye.

Available to make in a Size 10, 12, 14 & 16 if you need smaller or bigger we can easily make it.


Size 10, 12 & 14

Fabric  1.5m

Lining  1.5m

1 button & 1 hook & eye

Finished Length is 46cm (above knee).  If you want to add length so it comes to the knee, add an extra 30cm of fabric and 30cm of lining.

Size 16

Fabric  1.8m

Lining  1.8m

1 button and 1 hook & eye

Finished Length is 55.5cm (to the knee).  If you want to add length so it comes to mid calf, add an extra 50cm of fabric and 50cm of lining.

Peplum Ladies Top


Due to the popularity of the girls Peplum Top I have made an adults one too!

This is a loose fitting type of top, you can go down a size if you like, however as stretchy fabrics are not recommended it means you may need to squish yourself like a sardine to get it on!

Sizes Small, Medium and Large you will need 1.2m of fabric.  If you would like it longer, just add extra fabric, at least an extra 40cm should be fine.

You will also need some bias binding to trim the edges or alternatively you can cut some facings from your left over fabric.

Peplum Girls Top




This top is so very cute and so very fashionable at the moment!

For the BEGINNER SEWER, this top includes attaching bias binding and gathering skills.


Size 2, 3, 4 & 6  50cm

Size 8  60cm

Size 10  80cm

You will also need some bias binding 12mm wide, you can find it in a packet of 5m.  Also think about what you would like to tie the shoulder with, I use bias binding folded and sewn in half.  You can close the shoulder up if you prefer.


Twirly Skirt



I made this skirt a few months ago now.  The Twirly Skirt is made up of 8 panels…4 for the top skirt and 4 for the under skirt.  I used a fine cord for the top skirt and my scraps were used for the underskirt.  You can use whatever fabrics you have for this skirt…choose just two if you wish.

You will also need fabric to make the ruffle, 40cm should be plenty otherwise use your scraps and piece them together if necessary.  Also not forgetting some elastic…I used 12mm wide elastic.

I found an iron on badge I had bought from Etsy, although I always sew them on.  A scrap of ribbon was laying around so that was sewn in too!

Here are the fabric requirements!

Size 2, 3 and 4

Yolk/Waistband 15cm

Underskirt 75cm

Top Skirt 50cm

Size 5 and 6

Yolk/Waistband 15cm

Underskirt 80cm

Top Skirt 60cm

Size 7 and 8

Yolk/Waistband 15cm

Underskirt 90cm

Top Skirt 70cm