A selection of my 2014 makes

I thought I would showcase a selection of my sewing projects from 2014.
Last year I made a few dresses, my favourite pattern is the By Hand Anna dress I also made a Gather Mortmain dress, I want to combine these 2 patterns this year using the Mortmain bodice with the Anna skirt.

I made a few skirts last year as well, I fell in love with Tilly & the Buttons Miette pattern, I made 2! A gorgeous denim lawn one and a fantastically colourful baby cord one. Another Amy Butler Barcelona skirt and I made a few Colette Mabel skirts as well!

To go with the skirts I made a few blouse’s, my favourite pattern for 2014 was the Sewaholic Belcarra Blouse, here are 3 of them! (I made 5). And I couldn’t resist another Colette Jasmine which was one of my favourite patterns of 2013.

I also made lots of knickers using the Trixie Lixie Knicker pattern, nothing unusual there, I probably make about 30 pairs a year!

I did quite a lot of unselfish sewing last year, a Colette Moneta for my Mum, a Sewaholic Saltspring dress for my beautiful daughter, a Sewaholic Gabriola for my bestie and some cute Tutu skirts for my gorgeous little niece’s.

I also made a few tote bags as gifts.

My favourite month was Me Made May, I had a great time showing off my handmade wardrobe that month!

I have loads of projects planned for 2015! Here’s to another year of happy sewing!

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Wedding reception outfit.

We went to a lovely wedding yesterday, it was outside in a paddock and the weather stayed fine until late afternoon but then the heavens opened! This is my handmade outfit.

tracy33For the shrug I used the Cake Cocoa rif pattern and some of our lovely cream lace fabric.

cake-patterns-riff-cocoa-shrug-1670-p[ekm]237x288[ekm]The dress I made a few years ago for my cousins wedding, it is a mash up of a Burda dress pattern and a Colette Macaron. The fabric is from an Amy Butler range that is no longer available. We are offering 20% off Colette patterns this month, the discount code is in Love Sewing magazine, I have contributed withan article on my favourite Colette patterns.

Love SewingAs I said the weather didn’t stay great so I ended the night in different foot wear!

Wet wedding attire for TrixieLixieFor those of you who do not follow TrixieLixie on facebook or Twitter here is a taste of the funny sewing posts that we like to do on a regular basis:

Europe’s Rosetta probe finally delivers TrixieLixie order to Comet 67P

Another TrixieLixie delivery!I will be back soon with more posts of my makes, but in the meantime I have to go & do some pattern testing for a friend. HAPPY SEWING!

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Sewing in the summer

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front but I have still been sewing away although I do find it hard to spend time in the house at my sewing machine when the sun is shining. I really like to sit in the sun and read a good book in the summer, I love to look at sewing books and plan what I am going make, I always end up with an enormous list.

At the beginning of the month it was my gorgeous daughters birthday and I wanted to make her a summery dress the Sewaholic Saltspring is perfect!

Sewaholic Saltspring dressDoesn’t she looks lovely in it! I used some of our delicate and floaty voile fabric Field Study Sinister Swarm, a strange name for such beautiful fabric!

We now have the new patterns from Tilly and the Buttons


I made myself a Miette skirt using some of the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Cord

tracy-mieteIts a wrap-around skirt, so very easy to make, no zips or buttons! The patterns are lovely and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

We have also had the mens sewing patterns from Thread Theory a very exciting addition to our range, I want to have a go at making the Comox trunks.

thread-theory-comox-trunks-sewing-pattern-1894-p[ekm]230x288[ekm]I love this picture from their blog, I don’t think I will get any of the boys in my family to model in their underwear for me!

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How to make a Pom Pom scarf

This is my favourite scarf at the moment! It doesn’t keep your neck particularly warm but it looks amazing and every time I wear it people comment and say how lovely it is.


I knitted the scarf first, using a ball of double knit wool and size 5mm (US 8) needles

Here is the pattern:

M1: Make 1 stitch by picking up the strand between the stitch on the right-hand needle and the stitch on the left-hand and placing it on the left hand needle, then knit into the back of it.

Cast on 8 stitches

Row 1: knit to end of row.

Row 2: Knit to end of row.

Row 3: Knit 1, M1, knit to end of row.

Row 4: Knit to end of row.

Row 5: Knit 1, M1, knit to end of row.

Rows 6,7 and 8: Knit to end of row.

Row 9: Knit 2 together through the back of the stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 10: Knit to end of row.

Row 11: Knit 2 together through the back of the stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 12: Knit to end of row.

Row 13: Cast off 4 stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 14: Knit 4.

Row 15: Cast on 4 stitches, knit these 4 stitches, knit to end.

Repeat rows 2 -15 until the end of the ball or until it reaches the length you like.

When you have finished the scarf, make lots of pom poms to attach to it. I used my Clover pom pom maker and made 2 different sizes of pom pom.




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