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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copyright 2014 pink tulip designs

copyright 2014 pink tulip designs

copyright 2014 pink tulip designs

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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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pretty infinity scarf tutorial

So it's been a little chilly up here in North Qld over winter, which never happens! Winter in north qld is normally still warm with some cool weather for approx 2 weeks (it's true I know we shouldn't actually call it winter it's really cool summer weather). BUT! This winter has had some really chilly mornings. I never thought I'd ever get back into my flanny pjs living up here but I was wrong!

I decided to make a nice light scarf to wear on the mornings I was going to freeze. I have a lovely stash of Mercer and Tule fabric that I'm in love with at the moment. I also chose to use some lovely peach chevron fabric from Dear Stella and I just happened to score the last of the bolt for free too so that was an added bonus!

To make the scarf, I followed Katy's tutorial over at Sweet Verbena. Her tutorial is so simple and easy to follow! She made her scarf out of lace with a backing fabric.  I had a hunt around on Pinterest for other tutes and loved Katy's explanation of what to do.

I made one scarf exactly according to Katy's measurements (18 x 45 inches) using the Tule by Leah Duncan fabric. I used two fabrics either side to make the scarf and by following the instructions just chose one side of the fabric as the 'backing' as per Katy's tute.

I used the chevron spot as the backing for one side and the
triangle fabric for the other. 

Whala! The finished product! I love this fabric combo!
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For my second scarf I wanted to use my gorgeous dear stella chevron fabric. One problem I had though is that I only had one yard.  In Katy's tute she says to use a 45 inch x 18 inch rectangle. So for the length I didn't have enough fabric. I wanted my chevrons to go across the body yet they would only fit if I had 45 inches of fabric in length. So I decided to make the scarf shorter and see how it went.
I used my one yard to make up the scarf length (36 inches instead of 45) and kept the width the same.  I thought the scarf would turn out too short but it was the perfect length!  I actually like the shorter length on me as I'm tall and the scarf sits perfectly.

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If you wanted to make a scarf to double around your neck you could try doubling the length and seeing how you go. A good way to measure is with your measuring tape wrapped around your neck like the scarf. You could even make a 1.5 times length scarf so you could wear it with one bigger loop at the bottom and a shorter one at the top.

And don't worry, if you can't sew, we'll be releasing some of these gorgeous scarves for next winter. I should have them in our store by April '15 for our grand reopening! ♥

Happy sewing!

Kate x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

One great love..."Burda"

I haven't spent much time in my sewing studio lately. I miss immersing myself in my sewing books and Burda Style sewing magazines and it's obvious they've been gathering dust! It's been a long time since I've sewn anything for myself (we're talking 6 months!) so I thought I'd share with you a dress I made a while ago. I still haven't got the time to sew as yet, there are too many things going on around me, including a house renovation - eeek!

I have been a longtime lover of Burda patterns. I love their european style and the patterns are easy to follow. I have a few of the Burda magazines and early in 2012 I joined their Burda Style website and must admit, I didn't use it all that often (too much PTD sewing going on!). It wasn't until my holidays that I realised how fabulous this site really is! It has to be the one site that now takes up most of my down time!

So what is Burda Style? It's a website that delves into the world of the Burda Style sewing magazine. You can peruse and purchase the latest patterns, browse through the sewing resources and tips and see what other seamstresses around the world have made! There are crafty projects on there too and you can share other creations you've made from other patterns and even add your own pattern. The best section I have found is the projects section - basically when you find a Burda pattern you're thinking about purchasing, you can see the other 'projects' aka items other seamstresses have made from the same pattern. It's good to see what the patterns look like on people too and not just a model.

I love that the patterns are only $5.40AUD approx and are an instant download too! If you sign up for a free account, the patterns you purchase will save to your account so you can access them again and it's easy to remember which patterns you already have. I did find some of the instructions, depending on the pattern, a little vague with not enough detail at times, however Burda are going through the patterns and updating/adjusting their instructions to make the patterns easier to follow.

Burda Style magazine is available in Australia from selected newsagents for around $15 and the magazines include the latest patterns. The patterns come as a paper insert and you just copy the pieces you need from the sheet. To make the process of copying easier, there are Burda tracing kits available from Spotlight stores too.
If you love it as much as I do you can apply directly through Burda for a subscription which is much cheaper than subscribing through one of the Aussie companies offering the subscriptions. You just send an email to Burda and ask that you'd like the english version (otherwise you may end up with the German version which is printed in German).

So what have I made from Burda so far? I made this has an elastic waist and slips over your head. There are no zips and is a great beginner pattern. Here's the link to the pattern:

Image courtesy Burda Style

Image from Burda Style
Here is my version:

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I loved this pattern and will definately be using it again! I made the dress out of cotton sateen fabric and made a couple of changes to the pattern: I didn't add the arm band cuffs as I was happy with the length of the sleeves so I just hemmed them and I didn't add the elastic waist as I love my tanned belt and thought it suited the dress. I did add the button holes to the waist just in case I want to add the elastic later. This dress was very easy to make and took me around 2 hours to cut the fabric and sew the dress together. I have a couple of other fabrics to try with this dress. It's such a relaxed fit too. I think next time I will make a slightly smaller one as it's a little on the big side.

Other projects I am currently working on is a shift dress made from eyelet. I bought some gorgeous fabric from Tessuti fabrics on a trip to Melbourne. They have gorgeous dress fabrics perfect for that extra special project. They also have sewing classes and gorgeous lace from France!

Happy Sewing!

Kate x