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19 Jul '17

Twig and Tale

Posted by Ellies Handmade

I've recently discovered the wonderful world of Twig and Tale patterns, and as the name suggests this darling pattern company is all about a natural look, with designs that allow for kids to really be free, both comfort wise and with the ability to create tales of adventure and wonder. So far I have made several of their patterns up for my son and daughter, and I just love them!

Here is a few of my favourites!

I used the Little Red Riding Hood Cape pattern and extended it down to "a really super long cape" at Miss Ellie's request, this little cape has already been made favourite in our dress up box. I did cheat a little and decided to leave it unlined, and edge it in a lace that I bought from a vintage sale. (if you want to see how to extend the cape pattern to floor length, follow the blog post here)

Recently I made the Driftwood Blouse, a simple and sweet smock style with a bias neckline (there are quite a few options, including dress lengths and various sleeve lengths. Ellie wears this one with jeans quite often.

Last but not least I truly love the love the Wild Things Coat - both my son and daughter benefit from the pattern (actually, many of the Twig and Tale patterns are unisex - I am guilty of not sewing a lot for Jack). This year Ellie chose the bunny version and Jack the little Bear. 

While rummaging through my Nannas sewing room this winter I found a piece of wool at the bottom of a crate, which Nan told me she bought some 25 years earlier for a skirt for work that she never made, erm BINGO, perfect size for Master Jacks new coat.


Ellie chose a bunny, so we used a vintage Liberty Twill fabric for the outer, and a friend gave me some of the lining (some kind of cross between a fur and a shearling type fabric?) but its lovely and soft and super warm.

Hope you have loved reading about these lovely patterns, and have fun sewing them up!


Happy Sewing

31 May '17

La Conner and Princess Rose

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Its always this time of year that I start to look forward to all the new fabric ranges coming out, in USA the Spring Quilt Market sees the launch of all the pretty florals that I adore, and I was stoked to get a pretty parcel from Lecien Fabrics in the post a few weeks, filled with gorgeous fabrics from the Princess Rose 2017 collection and a new range from Quilting in the Rain, La Conner.


Lecien's Princess Rose Collection is guaranteed to bring soft pastels and the prettiest of florals, and never disappoints. Its hard to pick a favourite, but for me its between the blue medium sized floral, and the pink! The large flowers also make up so beautifully, I can see so many beautiful dresses ahead in this range.

Here is a dress I made Ellie, I decided to make her a pretty hi low dress with a nice ruffle, and an open back, something summery and pretty so that I could pretend we aren't headed into winter here in Sydney (yuk, today is 16 degrees Celsius). Here are some pics.

I also used the delightful blue in an Amsterdam maxi dress (pattern by Little Lizard King - looooove this pattern). And in the pink I made a Penelope dress (pattern by Violette Field Threads)

Now to Jera Brandvigs beautiful La Conner range - it was hard decide which of the gorgeous fabrics to use first, I was so drawn to the aqua tones in this range, and they have the sweetest little gold flecks that give the fabric that extra something special. I made the Tea Party dress first, (pattern by Tadah Sewing Patterns) and added a pleated hem and bodice detail. Aren't the little strawberries on this print delightful?!


I also kept on in the aqua theme and made an Amsterdam Dress in strawberries too!

Jera has such a beautiful blog, shes an extremely talented quilter, completely in awe of her! Here is the link if you would like to have a read!  http://quiltingintherain.com/

appy sewing!




12 May '17

The Amsterdam Dress

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Gosh Little Lizard King patterns have been blowing me out of the water this year. The fresh new styles and pretty feminine designs are just so gorgeous and a perfect fit for Ellies Handmade! 

This week I have been part of the testing team for the Amsterdam dress (which comes in maxi, dress and top lengths) and its simply gorgeous. Its got a beautiful little fitted bodice, dainty little straps that tie in a lovely bow and the shape on the back that just really is such a feature without being too revealing! 

I made the maxi version first, and used a light blue floral from the upcoming Princess Rose collection by Lecien Fabrics, I loved the end result for this one! Here are some pics of the maxi 



Ellie loved it too, i loved how she picked up the skirt as she was running around, she looked so sweet. Shes 5 now ( I don't know where the time has gone really) and while i love taking pics of her in dresses I've made over the  years, she not always willing to pose. This time though, she did seem to channel her inner diva and blew me a kiss... I must admit I love this pic. Her sweet little watch from Marlee and Co was a gift this year as shes learning to tell the time, we aren't quite there yet but shes almost got the hang of quarter past and half past.  


I also made the Amsterdam dress in a gorgeous summer floral in knee length which i totally adore, this time I opted for a gorgeous floral from Clothworks.

For my sewing friends i hope you have fun sewing this pattern up, its truly a gorgeous one,  I certainly can see many being made for Ellies Handmade!



01 Oct '16

Ellie and Jack meet Goldie and Grey!

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Its a super windy Saturday here in Sydney, and once we finished Ellie and Jacks swimming lessons we decided it was better to spend the afternoon indoors. What to do?

Millhouse Collections sent me a pretty parcel last week, and amongst the pretties that came in the parcel was a wonderful Doll Fabric panel designed by See Kate Sew for Riley Blake Designs.

The panel features a boy (Grey) and Girl (Goldie), which you simply cut and sew (theres some instructions on the panel which you can follow) and a cute little ice cream, skirt and bows.

So Daddy got the task of cutting out the shapes, while Mummy quickly  stuffed and sewed the arms to attach to the bodies before sewing around them. For the stuffing we used a Hobby Fill from Spotlight (1kg was around $18 - which was wayyyyyy to much btw, half that would have been ok - so plenty left for other projects!)

The kids then had so much fun stuffing the dolls, we had to help with the legs but other than that their little hands were able to fit through the gap so easily and once they were ready I hand stitched the gap closed (don't look too closely, hand stitching and me really aren't friends).  


Here is Ellie and Jack with their new dolls, and matching ice creams which I'm told were super tasty. 


Happy Sewing!


You can find the panels available in Australia at the following stores

Fabric Pixie 
The Patchwork Angel
Cotton Rose
GJ's Discount Fabrics
The Village Patch
MK's Sewables
Bubble & Squeak Stitches
Self Confessed Fabric Addicts
Kornacraft Sewing Centre
Fortunes & Fairies
Fantazia Fabric Land

19 Sep '16

Cascade Maxi Dress

Posted by Ellies Handmade

I recently had the chance to join in testing the newest pattern from Chalk and Notch - The Cascade Maxi.


Its such a pretty dress!!!  Its cut on the bias so it falls so beautifully, and has hi-low hem line with an option for a contrast hem too. The neckline features a small box pleat. This was a great dress to sew, the pattern was clear and accurate and gave options to extend or shorten the length and is available in sizes 2-12.

I opted to make view A, and selected a gorgeous Crepe De Chine from The Remnant Warehouse to make it in. The fabric was so vibrant and pretty - absolutely perfect for summer.

Needless to say, I am obsessed with how this dress "cascades" from the back - my daughter loved it too!

You can buy the pattern right now from here - or if you would like to order a dress they will be available to order very soon.