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15 Apr '19

Sewing Room Makeover

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Over the last 6 years or so my sewing room has always been a little bit of a work in progress. By nature, I love to rearrange furniture in our home, always searching for the perfect flow and look! Of course the sewing room has had many many changes, with the addition of new machines, fabric and sewing ''stuff'' there is always the need to keep things organised and tidy.
I recently won a fantastic prize package from Cricut - including the gorgeous champagne coloured Cricult Maker. I dedicated a whole area to this section, so there is enough room to use the Maker and the Easy press on the table and not have it stored away. I hung all the cool little tools and the mats directly on the wall using handy 3M hooks. I have all the vinyls and papers stored in a some stackable draws too, which keeps it all organised. My wonderful friend, Sarah Scott, from Piccolo Studio made the most gorgeous fabric bunting for me, which is the perfect inspirational piece to hang directly above this area! Sarah made the CREATE bunting using the upcoming Michael Miller fabric range - Little Sewists - designed by the company I design patterns for - Little Lizard King. Isn't it gorgeous?! There are Little Sewists pieces all over my sewing room, the fabric makes me sew happy!

In the past 12 months, I've been really committed to sewing my existing fabric stash, and have it down to just 9 cubes on my shelf. I use handy comic boards to wrap the fabric around them, which holds them nicely and keeps them neat. Its great to see what is actually on my shelves clearly too! I bought a few packs from eBay, and they fit perfectly into the cubes. 

I found these great mini jars at our local store, which keeps my size tags separate and in order. How pretty are the little rose gold lids?!

I had a lot of wall space near my embroidery machine, so with the help of my trusty 3M hooks again, i keep all my little sewing notions hanging from them and don't have to go hunting every time I need to find things like my button gauge or bias tape makers.
The Birch tutorial on how to make these gorgeous little fabric baskets is a fantastic way to use up some scrap, and create fun little storage units for your sewing room.

I also love having a peg board to hang lots of things like labels, cottons, scissors, rulers etc. Its so useful and looks fun! Another storage unit i love is the Ikea RASKOG trolley - i love that i can wheel it around and have it next to me at the sewing table if i need it. (Ellie is wearing the Malibu dress here - one of my fave patterns).

In keeping with the Little Sewists theme through my sewing room, i designed this free pincushion pattern  which is a fabulous way to use up some scrap fabric. This particular little girl on the Little Sewists fabric is inspired by my daughter, Ellie. How cool is that? The whole range was designed by my fabulous friend and co worker - Elise - check our her amazing work here.

So that's pretty much where my sewing room is up to now... its ever changing and improving so Im sure ill have some more updates soon!

01 Apr '19

Lecien Memoire A Paris X LLK Lenox Dress

Posted by Ellies Handmade
I've been working on a super fun project with Lecien Fabrics this month, I'm sewing up some of their wonderful new releases to take with me to Quilt Market in Kansas City Quilt Market in May. When I opened the parcel that arrived from Japan, from Lecien Headquarters, I was in awe at the stunning prints in the box.
The first that jumped out at me was the stunning Memoire a Paris prints. If you have never worked with a cotton lawn before, I urge you to run out right now and get your hands on some of this range. The lawn is so smooth, and so soft, it is a DELIGHT to sew.

Over at Little Lizard King, we happened to have a gorgeous dress pattern in the works, Lenox, that I thought would be so perfect for this fabric.
Combined with a trip away to Huskisson for the weekend, I sewed up this stunning fabric into a Lenox mini length dress, and headed out for a sunrise photo shoot. Seriously - the beach I went to took my breath away! The whitest sand you could imagine, gorgeous soft waves. Needless to say we went back later that day for a few hours of fun in the sun.

You can find the Lenox Dress pattern here, sized 12 months through to 14 years.
13 Mar '19

Albany Dress

Posted by Ellies Handmade
I absolutely love designing new patterns, my latest is the Albany Dress. This was created with Easter in mind, a classic dress with two necklines, squared or curved. It has a gorgeous scooped back, and optional big bow and pretty flutter sleeves!
Isn't the bunny and floral fabric just divine? I ordered it from Hawthorne Supply Co, and it (like all prints by Shop Cabin) did NOT disappoint. So cute. The dress is sized in our girls range, 12 months through to 14 years.
12 Mar '19

Meet the latest Little Lizard King Pattern - Birmgham

Posted by Ellies Handmade
Meet the latest LLK pattern - Birmingham!

What a fun little dress this is. It's got the cutest triangle feature back and darling bib on the front which is just perfect to embellish. I used an older fabric for this one, but one that I had hoarded, as the pink its the prettiest shade, and those florals. Its Lecien Flower Sugar of course!

I recently purchased a great little embroidery machine, and thought this dress pattern would be the perfect opportunity to try out my first pattern. I used a pattern from Oopsidaisy Embroidery on Etsy. So much fun. The whole embroidery process took me around an hour and half or so, but i was so happy with the result.

As always, the LLK girls size range for patterns is 12 months to 14 years. Grab the pattern here.
26 Feb '19

Signature Style - Project Run and Play Final Week

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Wow, can you believe its the final week already? Project Run and Play has been an extremely fun challenge, pushing all of the entrants to be creative, and sew outside of our ''normal'' styles. One of the things I have loved most about taking part in this season, is getting to know the other girls, supporting one another and seeing our Australian talent shine!
This weeks theme is ''Signature Style'' - what a hard thing to decide on, I wondered how on earth I could possibly even know what  mine is. So I set to work on this grand tulle dress, it took me quite a long time to do, I hand gathered around 80m of tulle into a layered tulle skirt, took one look at it finished and thought, well, this is not my signature style. (cue tears here). A good friend confirmed that it definitely wasn't my signature style, thanks girl, and reminded me to go back to what I truly loved about sewing and why. Then it was clear. I loved sweet, pretty, feminine dresses, that little girls would love to wear. Styles that could be worn at home, out and about, or to a party, and my signature style has always been beautiful florals and pretty fabrics. 

For Ellie, I drafted a classic styled bodice, with a slightly wider front neckline, and v shaped back with a 2 button closure. I wanted to create a really pretty umbrella style sleeve, and set to work on drafting the sleeve so that when sitting over the shoulder, it would fall in that gorgeous shape. Embroidered fabrics have always been my absolute weakness, I go slightly crazy when I come across them, especially if they have amazing scalloped borders or cut out features. The blue broderie I had in my stash was just perfect for this dress, it was lightweight enough that the sleeves sat beautifully and the hem was the perfect feature - when The Styled Magnolia released this fabric range, I might of bought it in every single colour - whoops! I lined the sleeves so that from every there was no seams or hems visible. I understitched the neckline and encased the bodice seam.
For Ellie's friend, Ariana, who is slightly younger than her, I drafted a pinafore style dress with a rounded neck and shallow scooped back, with a little twist. I love pinafores, but always feel conscious that the sides are open, so I worked in a little piece that connects the front to the back of the bodice, with an elastic casing that keeps the bodice sitting gently on the body. 
Of course this style needed some ruffles, which were lined in a co-ordinating light pink so that if you looked from the side you would catch it. I used a gorgeous floral print that I had been saving for just the right dress!
I am so grateful to have been included in this round of Project Run and Play and wish everyone the best in this round! To cast your vote for your favourite designer click HERE.

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