I was thrilled for the opportunity to help Megan Nielsen out in the development of her latest gorgeous pattern – the Karri Dress. Meg has been such a fabulous supporter of my local sewing endeavours and it turns out we’re practically neighbours, it would have been rude to say no!
There’s nothing quite like the release of a gorgeous new European fabric collection to get Aussie sewing bloggers stitching up a storm! That’s what’s been happening this week and last on the Maai Design blog tour with Maai now stocking the See You At Six collection and we all can’t stop raving about this stunning rayon.
First though, the make.
A few weeks ago, Maaike of Maai Design emailed me to ask if I would sew something for her upcoming blog tour. What brilliant timing! I’d been looking for an excuse to use some of delicious Soft Cactus fabric for another pair of Carolyn PJs and it was perrrrrrrfect!
Why hulloooooooooooo long lost blog and readers (readers? are you still there?)
It’s been a ridiculously long time between posts but the reality is I’ve been ridiculously busy and something just had to give. Ok, so maybe a few things, but my children are still fed and (mostly) clothed so as far as I’m concerned #winningatparenting.
Jeans. One of those hallmark moments of a sewists journey where you move from…
“There’s no way I could ever do that“, to
“Hmmmm…maybe they wouldn’t be so hard“, and then
“Come ON girl, let’s do this!”
Of course afterwards there’s the inevitable,
“Why the hell didn’t I make them sooner??”
It was Lauren of Baste and Gather‘s recent callout for pattern testers that finally swung me into gear.
I ask you…what could be better than an idyllic weekend away in the country with 13 other sewing-obsessed ladies and their machines? If your answer is “nada” then throw your hands in the air and declare us BFFs!
I’d been looking for a sewing retreat to join for a while but I never could find one that was just the right demographic, just the right timing, just the right location. I figured I couldn’t be the only one in Perth who felt the same so as ideas for my sewing business evolved last year, I knew a retreat was going to play a major part.