Marbella Dress Blog Tour

Dress, Pattern Testing, Skirt

strike a poseI had the opportunity to test this lovely dress pattern, called the Marbella dress, which is the debut pattern for Itch to Stitch. It is an elegant dress featuring a boat neck, princess seams and an above-knee tulip skirt.


I spent far too long trying to pick the fabric, and after purchasing 2 other fabrics from the store ended up using a lovely bit of vintage fabric I had stashed at the bottom of the fabric pile. I absolutely love the result and think this would be perfect to wear to the Melbourne Cup 😉


The beauty of sewing your own clothes, is that you can tailor it to fit perfectly. I am 6ft tall and most of my height is in my torso and my giraffe neck. So I added some extra height, which kind of makes it look a little drop waisted, however, this is where my waist is 😛


This pattern features individual cup sizes too which takes out all the guess work, and the fit was perfect. The darts in the back of the dress ensure this style is flattering from all angles.

poser much?

The pattern is currently 20% off or you could win a copy from Itch to Stitch. Thanks for stopping by, please excuse my posing, I much prefer to be on the other side of the camera 😉

check out my butt ;)


Here’s what you missed.

Wed, October 15:
Ann from The Pattern Studio by 1 Puddle Lane
Lindsay from Design by Lindsay

Thursday, October 16:
Debbie from Stitch It Now
Jaime from Jaime Johnson

Monday, October 20:
Darcy from Ginger House Designs
Stacey from All Sewn Up by Stacey

Tuesday, October 21:
Diane guest post on Itch to Stitch
Ajaire from Call Ajaire


Lil Luxe Collection Dressathon

Dress, Pattern Testing

Today I am joining in on the Lil Luxe Collection Dressathon Blog Tour, celebrating the release of three great dress patterns – the Modern Belle Dress, the Starlight City Dress and the Socialite Peplum Bubble Dress.

I go to test my favourite, the Starlight City Dress. This dress is stunning, with two sleeve lengths, a sweet collar and an amazing open back feature.

Starlight City Dress

I made the dress using a plain lilac fabric and omitted the collar, but even in its simplest form the dress is just beautiful, I am in love! It is a quick straightforward sew, that comes together beautifully. Yet it looks intricate and complicated, making you look cleverer than you really are (bonus).

My Sunshine

Unfortunately little miss was a reluctant to model this time, so I haven’t got many of the front of the dress. But the back is my favourite bit anyway. It gives it the wow factor, seriously check out those sweet curls 😉

Sweet Curls

I’ll definitely be making many more, and will be sharing more pics.

Jess has designed this and three other dresses as part of her fall range, but they are perfect for all seasons. The different sleeve lengths make it ideal for the Spring weather here in Australia. She also has some other lovely patterns, I previously tested the Summer Soiree Dress which is divine.

Spring is here


I can’t wait to sew up her other patterns, and you can too as right now she is offering  a 25% off discount, but today’s the last day so hurry over to Lil Luxe Collection and use the code word “dressathon”.

Have a look at what the other testers have whipped up. Kimmie Sew CrazyConversas de HermanasCall Ajaire, Sewing Sober,Creative Needle and Threads and How I Make Stuff

Best smile I got ;)

Pattern testing the Primary Pinafore by Ellie Inspired

Dress, Kids Clothes, Pattern Testing

I was asked to test a few of the new “back to school’ collection for Ellie Inspired. First up was the Primary Pinafore and Blouse pattern. I love this pattern, and so does Piper. It is designed to be suitable for a school. Most schools in Australia have a compulsory school uniform, so I just made this to be worn anywhere, and the polkadot blouse goes with anything.

my sunshine

I absolutely adore the blouse with the sweet peter pan collar.

Polkadots and sparkly buttons

I also added an exposed zipper to make it a bit less like a school uniform and modernise it a little. I love it! It was much shorter than the suggested zipper length (as this was the largest I could find) but had no trouble with getting the pinafore on and off.

Exposed Zipper

And here’s a few more pics. To grab this pattern and many other great “Back to school” patterns head to Ellie Inspired.

Pretty Piper

Pretty dresses and scuffed shoes

Cover girl


Simply Elegant

Dress, Kids Clothes

Today I am part of the Bebelambs Mummy and Me Blog Tour, showcasing the Berkley dress and Labri Maxi Dress patterns.

I am a blessed mumma

These patterns are suitable for beginners, and I wanted show how simple can be stunning, and created an elegant outfit for a special occasion.

love my girl

The Berkley dress is for women of all shapes and sizes, and has loads of options. I made a few simple alterations to make it my own.

To make this style of halter neck I simply added about an inch to the top of the bodice and eliminated the top dart. The skirt has some additional width as I was sewing with slippery rayon and wanted to avoid cutting so just used the width of the fabric. I opted for the shirred back, but in hindsight perhaps should have gone with the elastic method, as the weight of the skirt pulled the back down. I also added a very slight high-lo hem.

awkward poses

this is me ;)

For Piper’s dress I lowered the height of the bodice a little and made the straps narrower than the pattern suggested and gathered them in as I still found them to be a little wide for my liking.

princess piper

princess for a day

getting more and more beautiful everyday

I absolutely love the back of this dress, that bow, those shoulders, divine!

simply gorgeous

The beautiful floral crown and flowers are from oh fleur, but unfortunately due to bad weather by the time I got to taking the photos they had lost a bit of their lustre.

thanks for the flowers oh fleur

love her smile

thanks for stopping by

You can win a copy of these patterns through this Rafflecopter giveaway (Sorry couldn’t work out how to get the picture to come up, but just click the link)

Or you can by your own copy here and enter the code mommyandme for a 20% discount, yay!

Make sure to check out the rest of the tour

July 20 Grammies Dolls – July 21 BabyFish Designs – July 22 Sew Like That – July 23 Hello Sunshine – July 24 Dribbles and Dots – July 25 How I Make Stuff – July 26 Milileke

Pattern testing the Summer Soiree Dress

Dress, Kids Clothes, Pattern Testing

I was given the opportunity to test the Summer Soiree Dress Pattern by Lil Luxe Collections. This is Jessica’s debut pattern and it’s just beautiful.

Baby girl just turned 3!!

One of my favourite features is the gorgeous deep v at the back, it looks so sweet and slips straight over, so you don’t need buttons or zippers (yay!).

I was hoarding this gorgeous fabric, which happens to be called Soiree and I new it would be perfectly sweet on Ruby.

Looks at those scrumptious curls

But when you have 2 girls, you can’t just make one dress.

and look at these scrumptious girls

So I made another for Piper and tried to make them a little bit different.

The pattern has beautiful panel detailing, and I’m a sucker for seersucker so I thought I’d highlight the panels with the stripes.

My beautiful big girl          What can I say I'm a sucker for seersucker

These two have my heart

 To celebrate it’s release Jessica is offering a 20% discount til June 2nd. You can find the pattern on etsy. Just use the code “DebutDress” for your discount.

the details… fabric (Spotlight), hair accessories (this little light of mine),