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Friday, October 31, 2014

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you all know that I'm going to be away with unknown internet access until Sunday next week. David is graduating with his PhD!

So, if you try to get in touch and I don't answer you straight away, that's why.

I'm looking forward to some warm spring Sydney weather, see you soon...

Photo from my Instagram.

Pattern Parcel #6 and some House Keeping...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So, if you've been living under a rock (which I totally don't blame you for, I really need to get one of those...) you may not have been aware that Pattern Parcel #6 (all about the ladies!) is currently out in the world and I was completely honoured to have contributed The Bronte Top to the parcel pack.

Not sure what the Perfect Pattern Parcel is? Basically, you get to decide how much you want to pay for a bunch of awesome patterns while supporting independent designers AND contributing to some wonderful charities all at the same time. Selfish sewing just got a whole new meaning.

In their own words...

Support Indie Designers:
Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they're thoroughly tested by real people. Indie designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favourite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping make dreams come true.

Support PPP:
We ask you to dedicate part of your purchase to support the mission of Perfect Pattern Parcel. Our mission is to support indie designers, give to charity, and expand awareness to further those two primary goals. PPP funds cover the cost of all hosting and payment processing fees so the designers and charities don't have to. With any dollar we spend as a PPP expense, our goal is to earn that dollar back and then some. Every dollar that isn't used to cover expenses is reallocated to charity.

Support Children's Education:

Donors Choose is an organisation that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimising educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, your support will help address educational inequality and grow generations to come. To date, you've helped us raise over $13,000! 

As of posting this there are currently just over 4 days left to purchase your very own Pattern Parcel #6 before it's gone forever. If you're still sitting on the fence, then let me tell you, the amazing-ness of the patterns contained within has meant that this parcel has been the biggest one yet! So, what are you waiting for? 

In other news, did you see the new Sewing Pattern Directory is now live? Jane has done such an amazing job. And, oh, there's a wee interview from yours truly featured on the front page, you know, just in case you're interested. The Sewing Pattern Directory is pretty much where it's at if you like using patterns produced by independent designers. They feature the ones you already know and you'll be able to discover new ones.

Phew, what a month it's been, and November looks set to be another busy one, but in a whole different way...


Introducing The Cressida Skirt Pattern

Thursday, October 16, 2014

View 1 - Front
View 1 - Back

It's an age-old conundrum for seamstresses across the world - what do you love more? Buttons or pockets? Well, why do you have to choose? Your love affair with both buttons and pockets need no longer be kept a secret, as you show both your craft and love in the ultimate skirt, Cressida.

View 2 Cressida Skirt worn with a Long Sleeved Bronte Top

Cressida is a gently flowing semi-circle skirt with your choice of a single or double breasted button placket, sweet button belt tabs and inseam pockets, which means you certainly won't disappear into obscurity.

Any number of different fabrics can be used to make your Cressida skirt, from breezy summertime linens to cozy woollen fabrics worn tucked up by the fireside. Deep pockets leave plenty of room for hiding all of your treasures, tokens and secret love notes.

It was bound to happen wasn't it? It's no secret my love of a circle skirt and a button or two, so why not combine the lot, add in a pocket and call it a day (or a Cressida).

So, what do you think?


Oh Where, Oh Where have you been...?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Well, I've certainly not been in London visiting with the Queen, though she did ask... *wink*

I haven't really been anywhere to be honest. I've just needed some time out from the ol' blog to concentrate on new patterns and catching up on various things-that-are-all-of-a-sudden-important things. We're off to Sydney at the beginning of November for David's graduation, stopping to see my parents on the way, so there has been planning for that under way. We've been building fences, planning spring and summer vege gardens (while it's been snowing of course...), fixing silly website issues and a whole host of other things.

Ah, patterns :) I've received the feedback for the Cressida skirt, which I'm working my way through at the moment to hopefully have to you next week. The cosy Enid Sweater - I'm just polishing off the instructions (and making more line drawings because I always forget to make one or two) and then it'll be ready for testing. And then a dress. Oh yes, another dress. More on that later.


Pictures are from my Instagram feed - mostly from around our house & garden.

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