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fabric wrapped presents // four

December 15th, 2014

You guys! This is the fourth year that we have wrapped our Christmas presents in fabric! I am SO excited! When i started doing this i really hoped that it would be something we could continue each year, and i’m just thrilled that it’s worked so well! In four years we haven’t bought any wrapping paper! YAY! Now if only i could reduce the amount of waste packaging in the presents themselves i would be a really happy girl (sigh).

If you’d like to try this yourself, click through for all the info, tips and tricks you’ll need to know!


Summer wardrobe staples

December 13th, 2014

My friends, summer is upon us in Australia and i couldn’t be happier about it! This winter has just been one illness or medical drama after another in our family, so i’m really looking forward to months of sun, warmth and healthy days ahead!

This year Cascade skirts and Briar crop tops are my wardrobe staples. With a nursing baby and two kids to run after this outfit is the perfect mix of style and convenience for me. I must admit, when i first designed the Briar pattern, i never foresaw that it would be such a great top for feeding a baby in. I like to keep to my own personal style during pregnancy and nursing, and make my wardrobe work around it as best as possible, so i’m definitely more than a little jazzed to find that one of my favourite designs is so perfect for me right now! Happy dance? of course.

Oh and! This skirt! So this Cascade is one of the first samples i made when i was designing the pattern. At first i wasn’t sure i would keep it for myself, because come on, you know how many Cascades i own, it’s kind of ridiculous. But I find myself reaching for this skirt so often that i’m really glad i did. How cool is the print? I am such a sucker for a cool print. Right now my next goal is to make a jersey knit Cascade skirt, because i’ve seen you guys making some cool ones and i want in on that action!

That’s all for today, hugs! xoxo

photography by Sabatomic

[make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Get the pattern
Skirt: Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt // Get the pattern
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high 

Bunny’s elephant quilt

December 9th, 2014

Quite some time ago, when my Bunny was only a toddler, i posted about her love for Elephants – and at 6 years old, Elephants are still her favourite. She has so many elephant toys that it’s somewhat ridiculous. But somehow, i find so much comfort in her steadfast love for elephants. Is that silly? Possibly, but i think it’s just so ingrained as part of her personality that i can’t imagine Bunny not loving elephants.

Anyway, i digress. Last year, my mother in law and sister in law paid a visit to Tessuti in Melbourne, and bought this gorgeous pink and white elephant fabric for Bunny. For the longest time i wasn’t sure what to do with it, because when you have a special fabric it’s kind of hard to cut into it without freaking out, am i right?!

Bunny kept asking me to make it into a blanket, but the amount i had wasn’t quite enough, which is when i realised using it in a quilt was a good solution. Her old one was way too small for her, so it made sense. She chose the fabrics aside from one which was part of my bedding set as a child, i’m nostalgic like that.

The back is just made up of lots of different green and pink fabrics, and the binding is all of the scraps sewn together. Though this is the 5th quilt i’ve posted, it was the third i made (i made it before my collection scrap quilts one and two) and i think it’s nice to look at it now and see that i’ve improved. Well at least i feel like i have hahaha

It’s an extra layer in winter, now summer is here it is her main blanket, and it’s always the centrepiece of any backyard picnic she sets up, or fort/cubby house she makes (almost every week heehe). I must admit, not many projects gets as much love as a quilt!!

Tutorial // How to lengthen a hem with lace

December 3rd, 2014

photography by Sabatomic

I’m not sure if you remember, but last year i posted about one of the first Tania culottes samples i made and how they were way way way too short. The only way i got away with wearing that sample was in winter with tights. Thats just sad. They needed to be fixed and i had a plan. Which i took a year to implement hehehehe.

My usual preferences for lengthening a too short skirt or dress are to let the hem out, or add a band of the same fabric or similar. Letting the hem out doesn’t work when your hem is only 1/4″ wide, and adding a band doesn’t work when there is a curve this steep, and a pattern to match, so i had to come up with a new plan. LACE!

I really love this solution because it adds a cool detail to the culottes, without them looking like they were repaired.  you know what i mean right?! Obviously they are still short, but those extra 2 inches mean that now they are wearable, and that’s a game changer.


rosie the riveter costume

November 27th, 2014

Yes. This happened.

I dressed up Baby Bird as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween. Possibly my favourite costume ever because every piece is wearable on its own. Cue angels singing. You guys know i love costumes that are multi use! Also feminist icons FTW!

So I know Halloween was weeks ago now, but i really had to blog this make because i love it too much. We’re cool with more costumes right? Though i feel like i’ve blogged a tonne of costumes this year hehehe

This was so easy – there are only 3 elements: a white onesie, denim romper overalls and a bow headband (FREE pattern here).  A lot of people have asked me how to make this romper and it’s dead easy – it’s literally bloomers with a square sewn in the front and straps. That’s it. It was super quick. I know there are tonnes of bloomer/diaper cover patterns out there if you’re thinking of trying something similar.

I’m honestly so happy with how this turned out! The oooonly thing i’m going to change is the addition of snap closures in the front. I was trying to make things easy with the elastic straps and they worked fine for one day, but they’re a bit of a pain for nappy changes, so i will definitely need to fix them soon.

I know i often forget to share detail photos of my makes with you – but i actually remembered this time!!! I hope it helps get a little clearer idea of what i did :) So if you’d like to create your own baby Rosie, you’ll need:

  1. A white/plain onesie
  2. Overall rompers which you can DIY using a bloomer pattern
  3. Bow headband using this tutorial
And you’re done!!

GAH i love this baby! She is so cute!

coming soon // sneak peeks and the like

November 19th, 2014

Sometimes i’m never quite sure whether to tell you all about what i’m working on, or wait until i’m done, and be all like, SURPRISE!

But i’m so excited about this next pattern that i really want to talk to you about it – so helloooo epic sneak peek!

I get so many emails from beginner sewers asking me about what patterns to try when they’re starting out, and though i have a lot of fantastic beginner level patterns (see Eucalypt, Cascade, Virginia, Briar) i feel like i want to offer something more. As you know, I love beginners, and part of my goal as a pattern designer is to simplify simplify simplify to make sewing great garments more accessible. So i kept coming back to this idea of the perfect beginner pattern. One that could be used for wovens and knits, one that was stylish and classic, and that was absolutely 100% beginner friendly but still interesting enough for intermediate sewers. And then i thought, whats more beginner friendly than being FREE?! Yes i did say free, wink wink.

So my dear friends, my next pattern will be a free PDF downloadable pattern – You may remember the Chantilly skirt from my 2011 winter ready to wear collection? She’s the one!

It will be a kick ass wardrobe staple circle skirt, with two waistband options, optional (completely rad) pockets, and a woven or knit option. I’m so excited its not even funny! Right now i’m at the stage of making a zillion samples and making sure everything is perfect before sending it out for testing. The only thing i’m up in the air about is whether to change the name – as there is a lovely dress by Colette with the same name, which may be a tad confusing, thoughts?

*update* thank you so much for all of your feedback! i’m so glad that everyone is so excited! Thanks for all the feedback on the name, it was a huge help! After some thought, I’ve decided that it will be called the Veronika skirt after my lovely friend Veronika, whose blog was one of my greatest inspirations during the time i first designed this skirt (though she closed her blog Tick Tock Vintage quite some time ago, all her outfits are still available on Flickr and she is on Instagram)

If you follow me on instagram, then you’ve probably already seen a few behind the scenes snaps of me working on this particular skirt. I’m so happy with it, especially since i’ve been saving this silk crepe since we lived in Virginia, and it magically matched a vintage zip i thrifted eons ago perfectly. I mean come on! fate! fist pump!

So my darlings, what do you think? tell me tell me!

photography by Sabatomic

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top // Get the Pattern
Skirt: Megan Nielsen // Pattern coming soon!
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high in “natural”