Thursday, 24 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: MISS MATATABI.

Today's guest on the Pattern Parade needs no introduction on my blog, she is like an old friend and if you've been hanging out here for awhile then you will know who Miss Matatabi is! Frances (the girl behind Miss Matatabi) is an Aussie living in Japan and she runs an amazing fabric store, Miss Matatabi, specialising in modern Japanese fabrics. Because Frances actually lives in Japan, she manages to get her hands on rare and unique fabrics - many of which are suitable for sewing clothing - and she sells them for a great price too!

Frances' daughter, A is wearing a sweet Zip-It dress in the Parade today. Frances used a soft (double sided) cord from her shop for the dress and it is so pretty. I love how she used the one fabric for the whole dress, with no contrast. It really takes the dress to a different level. See more at Miss Matatabi!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: IMAGINE GNATS.

Rachael from Imagine Gnats is joining us on the Pattern Parade catwalk today! Rachael is a busy blogger, fabric shop owner, pattern designer and Mum of two cute little girls but still she, like most of us sewing enthusiasts, manages to find time to sew lots of gorgeous things.

Today Rachael is showing off her new Waterfall Blouse. Isn't it just pretty? Visit Imagine Gnats to see more lovely photos of Rachael in her blouse.
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: CUT CUT SEW.

Kicking off week 3 of the Pattern Parade is Miss Kelly from Cut Cut Sew. If you haven't visited Cut Cut Sew before, I suggest you go get yourself a drink and something to eat because when I first started reading Kelly's blog I was stuck there scrolling through pages and pages of inspirational sewing projects. She has tackled heaps and always shares informative reviews and photographs.

Kelly has gone maxi with her Coastal Breeze dress for the Pattern Parade - why have I never thought to maxi the Coastal Breeze dress before? Just beautiful, isn't it? See more at Cut Cut Sew.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

.Taking Stock #1.

Making: dresses galore...for a couple of new patterns to be revealed very soon!

Cooking: a butterscotch self-saucing pudding for Sunday night dessert.

Drinking: Ecco. I don't know what made me want it all of a sudden, but I remember my parents and grandparents drinking it all the time and I'm hooked!

Reading: The Fault in Our Stars. I finished this book in 3 days (fast for me!). It was so good. Easy to read, super sad. I was sobbing on the couch at 1am one night trying to get it finished! I don't read much anymore, I love reading but don't make time for it like I used to so it was a nice break to stick my nose in a book for a bit.

a new camera lens. Has been on the "wish list" for a long time...still waiting...

foward to moving into our new house at the end of the year.

Playing: with my new overlocker. Seriously...the best sewing purchase I have ever made. Did I mention it threads itself and has automatic tension? It is AMAZING!!!

Deciding: on what knitting pattern to tackle next. I'm swaying towards a shawl.
Wishing: that I could spend less time at the computer and more time on things that I want to do.

Enjoying: Tangellos. One of favourite fruits.

Waiting: for the kids to go back to school so I can get back into routine and stop eating so many delicious and naughty treats!

Liking: that I washed the floors yesterday.

Wondering: what to sew next for myself out of my long list of selfish sewing projects. This pattern may win.

Loving: this photo with my Mum and sisters.

Pondering: my brain is too tired to ponder.

Considering: carpet and paint colours for the new house. Too hard to choose.

Watching: Thursday night Suits.

Hoping: that Harvey sleeps past 7am for the last morning of the school holidays tomorrow.

Marvelling: at the world we are blessed with.

Needing: to start exercising again.

Smelling: cold, crisp air outside - it's going to be a frost tonight.

Wearing: my boots. Pretty much every day. My Winter accessory.

Following: one of my favourite inspirations on Instagram: @confettis

Noticing: little fingerprints - everywhere! How does such a small person leave a trail wherever he goes?

Knowing: that children grow up too fast.

Thinking: I need to go on a fabric-buying fast. My stash is out of control.

Feeling: the sun. A Winter's day blessing when the sun comes out and the house gets hot without the heater and the kids can play outside.

Admiring: All of the lovely makes in my Make It Perfect Pattern Parade.

Sorting: through the giant pile of Lego on the sewing room floor. Oscar and I decided that it would be easier to find pieces if we sorted the Lego into colour groups...what was I thinking?! Like any project, once I'm committed I'm in for the long haul and find myself sorting little plastic blocks through out the day!

Buying: from online shops is addictive and dangerous! Especially when you live away from decent shops...particuarly bad after midnight when tiredness fogs your better judgement!

Getting: meal plans ready for the next two weeks.

Bookmarking: ideas for Lil's "make your own jewellery" themed 7th birthday party. Like these cute invitations we made with a free download from here.
Disliking: sad news on the TV.

Opening: cookbooks. I haven't used a real cookbook for a long time.

Giggling: at Tommy's funny little conversations today. Like how his bran is really in his elbow and his stomach is in his head.

Feeling: sad because I stopped breastfeeding Harvey when I wasn't ready. But he chipped his top tooth and it now has a really sharp edge that was so painful when he fed. Another chapter over.

Snacking: Saladas with butter. So good!

the lovely Summery photos showing up from the other side of the world on my Instagram feed.

Wishing: for a cleaning fairy to come and scrub my house.

Helping: 5 people at the same time. Mums (and wives) are tricky like that!

Hearing: talking, laughter, playing, fighting from 4 little ones who have been on school holidays for just long enough...I think we are all ready for back to school routine on Tuesday!

A glimpse of my happenings Inspired by Meet Me At Mikes "Taking Stock" prompts.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: HORRIS & DEEDLE.

Marnie from Horris & Deedle is with us on the Parade today. Marnie is a long-time friend of mine and one of my faithful pattern testers. She also sews like lightning - seriously, I'll send her a pattern to test and before I've even had a chance to make myself a hot Milo, she's finished it!! Marnie churns through the projects and gives really informative pattern reviews on her blog, she is the queen of modifications and always manages to alter patterns to suit her style body shape. the Shearwater Kaftan she has made for the Pattern Parade. After sewing a wearable muslin kaftan (which I really like) she made alterations to turn the kaftan into a dress to wear over swimmers on a recent family holiday to Fiji. I love her take on the kaftan and it reaffirms to me how awesome sewing for yourself can be - even more so if you are game enough to get adventurous with the pattern! Read more about Marnie's alterations on the Horris & Deedle blog and check out photos at the end of the cute Uptown Girl jacket she made for her daughter this Winter. Oh, and there's a free pattern up for grabs too - make sure you enter to win!
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Friday, 18 July 2014

.Pattern Parade: GIRL LIKE THE SEA.

Tara from Girl Like the Sea is with us on the Pattern Parade today. If you are looking for an honest (and often humorous) blog to read, then look no further than Tara. She shares pieces of her life and crafty makes in an amusing and entertaining fashion. 

Tara is just starting homeschooling Montessori-style with her littlies and thought that a Discovery Bag would make a great addition to their play resources. Read more on Girl Like The Sea - and yep, her children are perfect creations!
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: THINGS FOR BOYS.

I first properly met Abby from Things For Boys when I used one of her great tutorials to add fold-over cuffs to some of the baby clothes I made for Harvey. Abby is the Mum to two gorgeous boys and her blog has loads of boy-friendly stuff on it as well as lots of sewing for herself too.

Today in the Pattern Parade I am excited to share Abby's pretty Shearwater Kaftan she made ready for Summer. Abby is an Aussie girl too, and like me, dreaming about Summer in the depths of Winter. Love her shortened sleeves too, I've never seen anyone make a Kaftan with short sleeves and I think it looks great! See More at Things for Boys.
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Well, my dear audience members of the Pattern Parade...we are half-way through the month! Hope you've enjoyed meeting some new bloggers, picking up some inspiration and seeing all of the wonderful creations as much as I have!
Joining us on the catwalk today is Laura from Craftstorming. Laura lives in the UK and is an avid sewer and baker - you will find lots of great sewing creations and tutorials on her blog, as well as mouth watering sweet treat baking. Laura has also designed a couple of great sewing patterns for children that she sells under her Titchy Threads label.
Check out the beautiful Poppy Tunic Laura is sharing in the Pattern Parade - this is still one of my absolute favourite patterns...makes me want to sew another! And she added pockets too, which I always wish I had done after I finish!!! See more and win a PDF pattern over at Craftstorming.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: A HAPPY STITCH.

Melissa from A Happy Stitch joins us on the Pattern Parade today - welcome Melissa! Melissa is an avid sewer and her blog is a great one to follow...she sews pretty much everything - clothes for her boys, clothes for herself, quilts, cushions, bags...and she also teaches sewing classes locally and has a lot of knowledge to share.

For the Pattern Parade, Melissa is showing off her TWO newly-made Make It Perfect creations. A comfy Coastal Breeze dress which makes for easy Summer wearing and a lovely Honey Blouse that she pulled out some hoarded liberty print for the trims - love it! See more of these two great items on Melissa's blog!

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: DOGUINCHO.

Joining the Pattern Parade all the way from Portugal today is Marta from DoGuincho. (, huh?!) She sews bright and happy clothing for her two super cute daughters and all of her posts include English translation, which is good for us non-Portuguese readers and way easier than using Google Translate!!

Marta is sharing a gorgeous Zip-It dress she has sewn for her daughter in the Pattern Parade. Doesn't it scream "Summer"? I think she needs an ice cream cone to top it off! I think just about any little girl would love a dress that looks as cute as this one! Visit DoGuincho to see more photos of Marta's creation.
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Friday, 11 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: SKIRT AS TOP.

I love a bit (well, a lot) of selfish sewing - it's fun to sew for the kids but really, sewing something for yourself that you will actually wear is such a satisfying feeling! And knowing that it is going to fit you for more than a year is good motivation to put in the effort too!! When my Pattern Parade girls were selecting their patterns to sew, over three-quarters of them picked women's patterns!
Today Kristin from Skirt As Top joins us in the parade - I've been reading Kristin's blog for awhile now and I love her style. She is a mother of three and sews a lot for her children, but lately Kristin's selfish sewing has escalated and it looks as though she has caught the bug!! (Not a bug that you want to get rid of though!)
Kristin is modelling a beautiful Shearwater Kaftan that she made with this dreamy Nani IRO double gauze. I know from Shearwater Kaftan + double gauze combo experience that it only gets better with time and will end up being a very well worn shirt. Say hello to Kristin and read more about her experience with sewing her Shearwater Kaftan. Kristin is also hosting a giveaway to win a Make It Perfect PDF pattern so make sure you enter today!
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: SANAE ISHIDA.

Making her way down the Pattern Parade catwalk today is the lovely Sanae Ishida! Sanae is passionate about design. She sews like crazy for herself and her daughter and everything she makes has a carefree and comfortable look to them. Aside from being a talented seamstress, Sanae is also a super talented artist - you will see her beautiful watercolour illustrations popping up all over her blog and she is currently illustrating a children's book! 

Visit Sanae's blog to see more of the Coastal Breeze dress she has made for herself for the parade -isn't it pretty? You can win a Make It Perfect PDF pattern too!
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Gail from Probably Actually is one of my favourite sewing bloggers. I would describe her clothing sewing as "understated elegance" - she has a knack for mixing just a little print with some pretty solid and ending up with a wow-factor garment every time. Sometimes I think I need to take a lesson from this kind of style and not go so crazy with print and pattern all the time!! 

Gail's precious daughter Lila is showing off her brand new Mini Poppy in the Pattern Parade today and once again Gail has got her magic fabric combinations happening! Pop over and visit Probably Actually and enter to win a free Make It Perfect PDF pattern. Oh, and while you're there, tell Gail to bite the bullet and get sewing for herself...I can only imagine the beauties she would come up with!!
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

.MIP Pattern Parade: NOODLEHEAD.

Entering the Pattern Parade today is a girl who always inspires me...every time I read her blog I get that "ooh, I want to make that" feeling!  If you've been reading my blog for awhile you'll know who Anna from Noodlehead is. Everything she touches turns into a work of art. Anna designs great bag patterns too - a few of which I've tried out over the last few years. Here, here and here.

Anna has chosen to sew herself a pair of Essential Shorts for the Pattern Parade - aren't they the cutest? And in double gauze too, I can only imagine how lovely the feel on. Ah...all these photos of people wearing Summer clothes while we are in the middle of Winter are making me jealous! Visit Anna on her blog to see more great photos of her Essential Shorts - I love them!
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