Tag Archive: MADE & WORN

White Dove blouse + that time I went to Melbourne

A little over a week ago I visited my lovely sister in law Annelise in Melbourne. We had been planning this trip for a while, and I was super excited to visit her and see the city, and honestly it did not disappoint. It was a pretty jam packed weekend, and I managed to squeeze […]

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Matching sets and faux rompers

Do you know what i hate about rompers? They are super uncomfortable and way impractical. I own a really gorgeous RTW romper, and it looks awesome on, but you literally don’t want to take a bathroom break or you will  have to entirely undress. I find that really irritating. And I have to be honest, I […]

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Birdie’s gold heart Mini Briar sweater

My friends this is one of my favourite makes… and also one of my stupidest. Who makes a cream sweater for a toddler? It makes no sense and I did it anyway hehe. But don’t worry, I got my just deserts. I made this little cropped Mini Briar sweater for Birdie last year when she […]

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Matilda dress from an old sheet!

My friends, there are insufficient words to describe how much i love these dress. I have been wanting to share this one with you for so SO long! This is one of the samples we made of the Matilda dress during development. It’s made from an old sheet from a thrift store (i don’t know […]

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the wrong right dress

This was one of those makes that kind of surprised me. Mostly because it’s red, and I’m not a red person. The fact that a red dress has become a summer wardrobe staple is highly unusual given my penchant for grey, grey and more grey. And secondly because this dress is an imperfect draft, and yet, […]

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Buddy’s Book Week 2017 costume: Robin Hood

One of the things I really love about Buddy is that he thinks things through really carefully. He is more likely to try and find a solution himself than ask for help, which is sometimes good and sometimes not hehe. When the kids and I started to chat about Book Week costumes this week, Buddy […]

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Buddy’s Book Week 2017 costume: Robin Hood

One of the things I really love about Buddy is that he thinks things through really carefully. He is more likely to try and find a solution himself than ask for help, which is sometimes good and sometimes not hehe. When the kids and I started to chat about Book Week costumes this week, Buddy […]

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Bunnys Book Week 2017 costume: Matilda!

And Book Week has come to Perth once more! I love Book Week and the excuse to dress up as your favourite book character. This year Bunny decided she wanted to dress up like Roald Dahl’s Matilda, one of her  favourite books. Though in all honestly, this kid is such an avid reader that she had […]

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Vintage Simplicity 5591 Hang Ten sweatshirt for Buddy

I have been on the hunt for the perfect sweatshirt pattern for Buddy for quite some time. But i kept stalling, never quite finding exactly what i wanted, and doing that classic sewer thing, where i convince myself i shouldn’t buy a pattern because I could draft it myself. Umm no. Don’t tell yourself that. […]

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layering reef and rowan // aka salvaging a sewing failure

If you asked me what was one of the silliest trends i wore as a teenager in the height of the 90’s, I would tell you it was camisole tops over t shirts. Paired with cargo shorts, Superstars, a stupid choker necklace with “meg” on it, and a heavy swipe of sparkly blue eyeshadow. Shudder. […]

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How to draft a scoop neckline // A Rowan tutorial

Sometimes i really struggle when i’m designing a new pattern, because i want to include ALL the possible variations i can think of, and sometimes, there just isn’t room. With the Rowan bodysuit and tee, a variation that missed out on inclusion was a scoop neckline, so today i’m going to show you how to […]

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How to sew a knit maxi dress using the Rowan sewing pattern

I’ve been really wanting a maxi knit dress that has a fitted bodice lately and as soon as I saw Megan’s newest pattern, the Rowan, I knew I just had to turn it into a dress. I’m absolutely in love with this dress and I’m so excited to share with you how to put it […]

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lightning // the tee i never meant to wear

Let’s just file this under: Things I Never Thought I’d Wear Out the House. So here is the back story. Last year our kids school had their annual fundraiser night, and all the parents had to dress up to a “Glam Rock” theme. I wasn’t sure exactly what to do about that, and after a […]

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Rowan meets Brumby

Last year I noticed a trend in my sewing: grey. Loads of grey. Evidently this is going to continue in 2017, I hope you’re ok with that hehe. I think its probably my favourite neutral and I’m really enjoying how well it pairs with other colours. But you know whats better than one grey? TWO GREYS! […]

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My favourite Flint pants

Blogging when you are a business owner can be so weird sometimes. I really really hate keeping quiet about things i’m working on, especially when i wear them allll the time. You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit quiet in the blogging-things-i’ve-made department for a few months, and that’s because the things i’ve been wearing most […]

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My favourite Flint pants

Blogging when you are a business owner can be so weird sometimes. I really really hate keeping quiet about things i’m working on, especially when i wear them allll the time. You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit quiet in the blogging-things-i’ve-made department for a few months, and that’s because the things i’ve been wearing most […]

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handmade hand-me-downs

As you may recall, when i was developing my line of sewing patterns for girls I used some of my dear friends little ones as my fit models. I made them all a little something as a small thank you, and as my friend Mel was learning to sew I gave her the patterns too […]

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Sleeveless scrappy Karri dress

I am so excited to finally share with you my sleeveless scrap Karri dress!! This project has been in various stages of completion since before Christmas, and it was making me crazy that i wasn’t finished yet. My original plan was for this to be my Christmas dress, you know the nice dress you wear […]

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Ruffled Sleeve Briar Tee Tutorial

Hi my name is Sarah and I have a scrolling addiction to Anthropologie’s website. Honestly, I find inspiration for my sewn garments all over the place, but Anthropologie probably provides more inpiration than any other retail store. Fortunately, I sew, so I can often take a garment I see on their website and make my […]

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Lets talk sizing conventions

I’ve been thinking a lot about sizing conventions recently. I chose my current sizing convention of XS-XL back when my business was focused on ready to wear clothing. I wanted to stay away from numerical sizing as i knew that they differed between countries (for example a US 2 is equivalent to an Aussie 6 and […]

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How to sew piping into any seam // A Karri dress tutorial

Piping is a really fantastic trim for hi-lighting style lines and accentuating interesting seaming – which makes it a perfect match for the Karri dress pattern! Karri has really distinct style lines, and you can make them even more of a feature in your garment by include piping into some or most of the seams. […]

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How to sew princess seams // A Karri dress tutorial

I love princess seams – out of all the ways you can make a flat piece of fabric mould to a womans curves, it’s my favourite. I feel like the fit of a princess seam is always cleaner, smoother and closer. I remember when i first sewed a pattern with princess seams I didn’t quite […]

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Birdie’s stripey Mini Briar tee

You guys i think it’s been way too long since we’ve seen Birdie here. Hasn’t she gotten so big?! I’ve been making her lots of cute things, but I’ve been terrible at getting photos of them. Probably because she’s a gorgeously messy little 2 year old, and everything she touches gets dirty immediately hehe. But on […]

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Perth Sewcial Soiree!

That time of year has arrived again, when a bunch of gals who love sewing have an excuse to make a new outfit and hang out together yabbing about french seams! Perth Sewcial Soiree was this past weekend, and happened to occur on the same night as Brisbane Spoolettes Frocktails and CBR Sewing Crew Spring Fling […]

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Bunny’s Twilight Sparkle headband

Bunny as you may recall if you’ve been ready this blog for a while, has loved My Little Pony for a loooong time and used to absolutely adore Rainbow Dash. She would dress up as Rainbow Dash for absolute hours, and insisted that she was actually her invisible friend. Then she turned 8 a few […]

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grey for days

I have noticed a definite trend in my recent making. Grey. So much grey. I was shocked but not disappointed when i noticed that. And then like a freak who constantly overanalyses everything, i couldn’t stop thinking about it. And then I decided i was ok with grey. I feel like grey is the new neutral […]

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Dove Dress Hack!

I’ve always wished I lived in the late 60’s for the fashion. I love a more bohemian look and have been loving some of the new trends that have a more modern spin on the 60’s style. I’ve been eyeing bell sleeves for awhile now and was contemplating adding them to a pattern because I […]

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The third little pig costume

One of the things i have always loved about my kids is how individual they are – and Buddy, that is him 100%. This year the second bookweek was talked about at school, he came home declaring he wanted to be the third little pig. I was confused, so he explained that he wanted to […]

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Fern from Charlotte’s Web costume

Last week was bookweek for my two big kids, and seriously I love book week. I always have a bit of a panic attack about making costumes at short notice, but at the end of the day, i really love it. This year – I got really lucky with Bunny. My darling girl is usually […]

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Tutorial // Harper Pants Hack

Hello Design Diary readers! When Megan released her Harper short pattern, I fell in love with the higher waist and patch pockets. I recently moved from southern California to northern Virginia, however, and I am now in desperate need of fall/winter clothes since I haven’t really needed any the past 8 years. I decided lengthening […]

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