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


Pattern Testing the Catherine Shirred Top by Bebelambs

Kids Clothes, Pattern Testing

I recently tested the Catherine pattern for Bebelambs.

It was a simple sew with a great result and can be made as a top, tunic or dress.

Here is Ruby looking super adorable in hers

love his girl

so sweet

i think she likes it


yep, she's a cutie

crazy kid

You can grab the pattern here

Thanks for stopping by. I will be participating in the Bebelambs Mummy and Me tour on July 23rd, so be sure to come back and have a look.


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),


Pattern Testing the Alder Skirt

Pattern Testing, Skirt

Some more pattern testing, but this time it’s something for me. The womens Alder Skirt by imagine gnats. There is also a girls version that I can’t wait to make for my girls.

Given that we are heading into winter, I decide to make this skirt with a heavy weight fabric, and team it up with some tights.

I found this olive green denim at the op shop and knew it would be perfect.

love the top stitching

I much prefer to be on the other side of the camera, but have to thank hubby for letting me boss him around. Now I just have to make something for him 😉how great is that wall

Thanks to Rachael for allowing me to test this pattern. This pattern covers a large range of sizes and I found it easy to follow. The skirt came together quickly and easily and I love the top-stitching detail.

You can grab your own copy and a great range of patterns for men, women and kids here.

Pattern Testing the Elm Poncho for Willow & Co Patterns

Kids Clothes, Pattern Testing

Ok, so this is super exciting… my first pattern test!

If you haven’t heard of Willow & Co Patterns than you seriously have to go check them out.  A whole bunch of amazingly creative people working together to create a fabulous collection of patterns.

So, I got to test the Elm Poncho which was designed by Celina at Petit a Petit and Family. It’s a super cute poncho, with lots of options. Including welt pockets, visor or chipmunk ears (cute). I was asked to make the visor option with patch pockets, and added some mini pom-pom trim for some extra cuteness.

Elm Poncho

We had about 3 drops of rain, but Piper was super keen to test it out.

I think she likes it!

It's a winner

Little Poser

Oh those eyelashes

the details… fabric and trim (Spotlight), snaps (Lincraft)