How to sew a french seam on a party dress

How to sew a French Seam

Picture this … your overlocker is in for a service and not expected back for another week, but your niece’s first birthday is just a few days away and you still haven’t finished her party dress. You really don’t want to have zigzag finished or pinked seams on such a special dress so what on…

How to handstitch your bodice lining

How to Ladder Stitch

Have you ever topstitched a waist-seam and thought that you were catching the lining on the inside as you went, only to proudly turn your dress right side out to reveal … a crooked mess!   There’s a heap of different methods to catch that sucker and keep it where it’s meant to be while you…

how to sew a bow belt

How to make a Bow Belt

You’ve finished a party dress, but its missing a little something … the fabric you choose was perfect and you’re so happy with the style … but hmmmm … you’ve even resorted to asking your kids their opinion. . . Suddenly you realise, what this dress is missing, is a belt.  Problem Solved … or is it?  When…

Easy ways to get new looks

You’ve got this amazing fabric that you’ve been hoarding for just the right pattern …  You’ve finally found the right pattern, but when you go to cut the fabric out you realise the pattern and the fabric just weren’t meant to be.  Your pattern canvas is just a smidge too small for the fabric design …  uggghhh…

a cocoflowercrown for Hannah

A Coco Flower Crown for Hannah

I think one of the absolutely best things about being an Aunty is you can ENJOY it when your nephews and nieces are painful for your siblings! My niece Hannah is totally adorable AND she has such a fiesty little personality! I totally LOVE everything about her.  She reminds me so much of Kt when she…

spin that pattern - alyss dress

Make a Sleeveless Alyss Dress

Have you ever had an idea for a dress that completely takes over your mind?  You find yourself getting in trouble with your kids because you’ve just been busted “hmmmming” along to a conversation.  You lie awake thinking about your pattern stash and how to bring your idea to life!   Some of the best pattern…

Bow Peep with sewn in sash

A Bow Peep Variation

For this dress my friend wanted to use a stripey fabric for the sash.  One of the main features of the Bow Peep dress is the loops at the front that the sash threads through, but for this dress it wasn’t really necessary as the fabric choice gave that effect anyway. We decided to sew…

How to add a zip to your Bonfire Jacket flyer

Add a zip to your Bonfire Jacket

When he was little my brother LOVED dinosaurs.  I’m hoping his son is the same.  Isn’t this just the cutest knit fabric!!! … now getting back on track – for my littlest nephews Bonfire Jacket I decided to add an opening zip. If you don’t have the Bonfire Jacket you could definitely use these same…