Tutorial // How to pattern match with ruching and gathers

October 28th, 2014

A question i get a lot is how to pattern match designs with ruching and gathers (specifically for my Ruched Maternity skirt and Ruched Maternity tshirt). I know everyone wants their stripes to be matched perfectly all the time, but when it comes to these designs the ruching is not symmetric, so perfection in pattern matching just isn’t possible. Sorry.

You can get close though :)

The same is true for any seam that includes gathers, you can pattern match seams that are equal distances, but once you hit those gathers, everything is going to be off kilter.

So if you want to sew a ruched maternity skirt in stripes like i did when i was pregnant and have them nicely matched up at the side seams, you can only do so up to a point.

Here’s what you do: start from the hemline and go up! When you hit the ruching notches stop trying to pattern match and instead go with the flow. Once the ruching is completed, the ruched sections will be all gathered and the pattern mismatch won’t matter, but everything below it will be nice and straight! It’s that easy :)

disco or something like it

October 23rd, 2014

So Bunny’s teacher had this idea to have a class party // with a dress up theme. SIGH> I feel like this year i have had to make so many costumes! Don’t get me wrong, i love making costumes for Bunny, but there have just been a lot in the last few months. So i was feeling a little tapped out!

The theme was Disco (honestly, what?), so i decided a loose interpretation was my best bet for knocking this out. I used some silver sparkly spandex to make her some leggings (left over from these leggings of mine), paired with her glittery nee nee top, a ballet cardigan and silver booties, and overly high pony tail.

Even though this was a very loose interpretation of Disco, i think it works. AND she wears these leggings all the time, which means it’s not just a “costume” YAY, that makes me happy. I love it when we get a lot of use out of things. Which reminds me, that sometimes it’s best to keep things nice and simple!

Tutorial // How to make a bow headband with free pattern!

October 18th, 2014

If you follow me on instagram  you may have noticed that i got a little obsessed with making Baby Bird headbands this week. Finally an adorable way to use up the fabric scraps i can’t part with!

And since so many people asked, i decided to make a little tutorial and free pattern for all of you to use – yay! If you don’t have a little girl, i think this project is still for you as they would make great gifts for little girls or for baby showers/new baby pressies. Someone even suggested giving them out as party favors for little girls birthday parties, which i think is an awesome idea that i might steal for Bunny’s party next year!

This is such a simple project, don’t worry if you are not the worlds best sewer, you can do this! And the results are awesome. I can’t even tell you how many mums tried to buy these off me at school this week.

Ok enough of me blabbing, who wants to see a tutorial and more pictures of Baby Bird being adorable?! After the jump!

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the golden brumby

October 16th, 2014

Oh you guys, the warm weather is here! I love winter in Perth, but must admit, this year i’ve just been really looking forward to some sunny happy weather. I started wardrobe planning a few months ago as per usual, and i found myself in a real Brumby skirt mood. Remember that one? It’s from my Perth collection. Here’s a little look at what my plans looked like

And after a rather stressful time for our little family, i finally found myself with a little bit of time to myself this week (yay!). So predictably, i made something. Chris was a little scared when i pulled out the gold coated denim, but i think it turned out really well! The one mistake i’m not so happy about is the sizing, and it was a stupid mistake. I didn’t re-measure myself before i cut, assuming i was the same size i was a month ago, but turns out i’ve actually lost about 2 inches from my waistline. Which yes, i am pretty freaking jazzed about, BUT does mean that this skirt is sitting way too low, much lower than i would normally wear it, and it’s irritating. I may not end up keeping this for myself. Oh well.

So i think todays lesson is always measure yourself before you begin sewing, don’t assume anything about your measurements! Also, gold denim is rad. That is all. Hugs to you dears! xoxo

updated// pattern tester list

October 11th, 2014

Hey lovely friends! Ive been getting a lot of questions recently about how to become a pattern tester, so i thought it was time to make it a little easier! I’m so grateful for all of the help we get from the sewing community testing patterns before they are released, you guys are quite literally the best!

There are no special requirements for pattern testing, you don’t need to be an expert seamstress or have a blog or jump through any hoops. It’s just a matter of letting me know you want to. I know, so easy right? Previously i’ve done this through compiling a list from blog post comments and emails, but that has gotten quite messy, and relies on me being good at updating the database properly (ahem, not my strength). So i’ve decided to make a sign up sheet available all the time, so that if you want to put your hand up you can!

So if you’d like to add yourself to our tester list, CLICK HERE, fill in your details and that’s it! Pattern testers are chosen pretty randomly, but i do try to work my way through the list so as many people as possible get a turn, whilst choosing a good cross section of sizes and skill levels to make sure we are covering all our bases.

Well that’s enough boring admin type stuff right? Have a lovely weekend!! XOXO

madeline costume

October 8th, 2014

I think this might be my favourite costume ever!

When book week came around at Bunny’s school it was time to think about costumes, and Madeline was obviously at the top of the list. We love Madeline, and i knew it would make a really great costume for Bunny.

Much like i did with Rainbow Dash and Ariel, I made this costume into component pieces so that each could be worn separately. This costume is really made up of three parts: Dress, Capelet and hat. She also wore a long sleeved shirt under as it was cold, and obviously socks and black shoes.

The dress is very simple – it’s half of a tshirt pattern with a skirt attached. I added the pleat because well, does that need explanation? i just like pleats hehe. The capelet was very simply a circle with a peter pan collar, and red bow. I think the capelet is really key to Madeline, and i think if you’re thinking about making something similar,  you could actually get away with just making a capelet, and pairing it with hat, navy top and navy skirt (or dress).

The thing i love about this costume is that piece aren’t really too much work, but they really scream Madeline! Im even more excited about the fact that the dress is just cute on its own, so it has more value than just being a costume. that makes me so happy. All the happy dancing.

But i think best of all (as per usual) was how much Bunny loved this costume, it really makes all the work worth it!