Monday, 31 August 2015

Sewing for myself - Cynthia Rowley 2497

It's been a long while since I've  hit the sewing machines to sew something for myself. I have a wedding to go to on the weekend and thought it was an opportune time to dust off the machines, pull out some fabric from the stash and get sewing again.

One of my favourite patterns of all time is the Cynthia Rowley 2497 pattern from Simplicity. I have made this dress a number of times and love the shape and fit of it. It's a classy dress perfect for a wedding and very easy to sew.

I've previously made this dress in a navy coloured cotton poplin, a purple silk and this time I've decided on a coral cotton sateen. I really like the sheen of sateen and cotton is comfy in our north Queensland climate. It's already quite humid and it's only the end of August!

I've found a couple of lovely sewing blogs too that have reviewed the pattern with both seamstresses altering the pattern by moving the side zipper to the rear of the dress. You can find all the info on the pattern reviews and moving the zip here , many thanks to the Slapdash Sewist and 'no time to sew', moving the zip was a light bulb moment! As such, I've decided to do the same as I always found the fabric to slightly pucker out at the side with the zip. It also made it harder to take in the side seams when I adjusted the fit on the sides of the navy dress.

I'll post some pics of the final dress at the end of the week (yes it's Monday and I aim to finish the dress by Thursday eeek!)!

Wish me luck and Happy Sewing! x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Nursery room makeover - part 1!

In my nesting time I've had the pleasure of renovating and decorating our spare room for the impending arrival of our little girl.  My handyman hubby had the painting job whilst mine was the fun part, styling the room and buying things!

After watching too many episodes of 'The Block' I had an idea of the type of room we wanted - bright, crisp, airy and not pink (nothing against pink, I just wanted something different!). I had more of an idea when I fell in love with the Mercer fabric range by Dear Stella fabrics. I love navy and we had chosen a light grey colour in Dulux (limed white half strength) for the room's paint colour.  I love coral and peach too and when I found this fabric I knew it would be perfect!

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So with the fabric in mind, I started a pinterest board of things I found online - similar colour palettes, wall art, nursery decor, all things girly, etc. You can find the nursery board  here!

I knew too that we had to do this on a budget. We've always tried to save money here and there and this was an opportunity to really challenge ourselves. So to save some money we did the following:

* Used our family's baby cot - it's an heirloom really, my husband, his sisters and most of the gran kids have spent their first years sleeping in it. It's such a nice cot too and with a coat of paint it came up like new again.

* Painted old furniture:
We had an old pine bookshelf that, let's face it, was ugly. I bought some dulux paint in Lexicon half strength (a brighter white paint) and it came up looking fabulous too. A tip too: always prime furniture with an undercoat, you always end up with a better paint result that lasts longer.

* Nursery art: Over the years I've saved pics from our travels, museum art cards (love renoir), old birthday cards and letters. I chose a selection of them to use in picture frames on the walls and also hunted around on etsy for some nursery wall quotes/art. I bought some white frames from Kmart which made for the perfect wall collage. I bought some gold wall sticker dots too to decorate the cot corner. I've only placed them on one wall as I wanted to give the room a 'clean' look without too much art on one wall.

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I also made some felt wall art using linen, an embroidery hoop and coloured felt in our colour palette. This was the easiest thing to do! I've pinned some felt flower tutorials on our pinterest nursery board and on a new board called 'felt'. Here's a link to 'Salsa Pie's tutorial' on how to make the pretty roses! I used 100% wool felt which is a little more expensive but tends not to pill as much as the synthetic felt.
       I literally made the flowers and hand stitched them onto the linen. So easy and so pretty on a wall! It's a little special too in that it can be kept for years to come!


 Other money savers we used:
*Gumtree  - I was gumtreeing on a regular basis, looking for any bargains and good quality furniture. My ultimate goal was to purchase a white baby change table and I managed to score one for $20 in mint condition! It was a quite a shock when I started pricing brand new furniture, especially cots, drawers and change tables!

* Storage: Our storage space is at a premium and I needed to make the most of every inch of space. Rather than purchasing new furniture, I bought some rattan type baskets to use for storage on both the change table and the book shelf. I prettied them up by cutting long strips of fabric approx 10cm wide and then rolled hemmed the edges on the overlocker and tied them onto the baskets. I think they look pretty fab!  We'll pop up another post of the finished room soon!
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Happy Crafting!

Kate x


Monday, 20 October 2014

To new horizons

It's been a busy little time for us! We have re-opened our online store and we've had our first release of our Christmas dresses! We're so excited to be open again and bringing you our range of Australian handmade designs, it really is our pleasure to bring you gorgeous clothing and homewares from not only us but other Australian designers too!
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So what's new? Well, we've been accepted into the Australian Handmade Co-operative, a very special place for all things Australian Handmade. They are the place to go for all things shopping handmade not only for kids but for homewares, candles and gifts. There are so many talented Aussie designers out there and this is definitely the place to find them! You can also visit their facebook page here!

I'm very excited about next year, there are lots of new fabrics to be cut and a couple of new outfits already in the works! We spend many hours looking for the perfect designer fabrics to use and we have many long chats over cups of tea, nutting out patterns and deciding which fabrics, laces and trims are needed to create our signature style. Over the next couple of months I'll be busy with a new little bubba and bringing you more pink tulip handmade goodness over the summer months. We really strive to be a niche brand, that stands out from the crowd and we hope that this comes across in the clothes and homewares that make their way to you!

'Sew' here's to the next couple of months and bringing you lots of pink tulip handmade designs

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Sneak peeks of things to come!

So we're very pleased to announce that we're re-opening very soon! Here's a peek at what we've been working on for our spring/summer collection! I love pastels and this fabric is just gorgeous! I love the lace detail we added to the flutter sleeves too!

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And here's a taste of what's to come in the way of Christmas fabrics. We're thinking gorgeous dresses and lots of ruffles to fill those Christmas stockings! We wanted bright and fun fabrics for Christmas this year and we think we got it right!

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