Month: August 2017

Interview with Kylie Gersekowski from Little Moo Designs

Kylie Gersekowski makes absolutely gorgeous bag patterns. Bag making is not yet my forte (the list is too long!) but Kylie’s bags look absolutely professional and fashionable. Kylie is local to me but hectic schedules kept us from meeting in person and so we spoke via email. Kylie is intelligent, hardworking and dedicated to whatever she puts her mind to.   Beth: How did you start sewing? You’re self taught, is that correct? Kylie: My mum and nan taught me to sew when I was young however I didn’t take up sewing seriously until after I had my daughter, eight years ago. I...

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Making Father’s Day with Love

There is something special about a home made gift, that dad can use all year round, to be reminded of how awesome he is. These are all free patterns and tutorials and will use fabrics from your scrap piles or stash. A couple may require a trip to your local craft or fabric store for supplies, but overall low cost. Tells us what you are making for dad in the comments! The Tech Dad This is my kid’s dad – the tech man! I made him the cable cosy last year and he uses it when he travels for...

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Allie Top Pattern Review

Today I look forward to sharing with you this sweet little top pattern, Allie by Violette Field Threads. It’s simple construction and versatility make it a terrific little project for our hot Australian weather!   The top features a flattering a-line shape which gives it almost a swing-top look. It includes a cute pintucked bodice, a keyhole back neckline and a simple necktie that ties into a bow. Don’t be worried if you’ve never tried sewing pintucks before, the instructions make it so easy to follow and you’ll soon be adding pintucks to lots of your other patterns.  ...

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Interview with Ann Martin from One Puddle Lane

Ann Martin is the creative force and owner behind successful pattern company One Puddle Lane. She really knows her sewing stuff, is incredibly passionate and was an absolute pleasure to talk to. We spoke via email. Beth: I believe you have a background as a professional drafter. When and what did you study? Ann: “Between 1981-83 I studied a Certificate in Dress Design. A certificate was the only thing that was offered then. Now you can get a Diploma and Bachelor in Fashion Design. I studied at the Seven Hills College of Art in Brisbane. It was the best...

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Show me your knits!

Do you go cross eyed reading the shear madness of knit fabric specifications on a pattern? The cross eyed hang over is usually cured with a toss into the “to do next week” black hole. It’s okay, we all needle little help sometimes. Time to push up your sleeves, arm yourself with your sharpest shears and load your pin cushion because we are going in to the abyss of knits… Cotton Interlock Cotton Interlock Knit is a perfect place to start as she is thicker than most and holds her shape quite well meaning she sews a lot like...

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