Pattern Review Jeans Comp – Runners Up!

Well low and behold – it would seem my Turquoise Terror Jeans have landed runner’s up in the Pattern Review Jeans Competition! To those who voted for me – thank you so much for support!

They even were the most viewed review on PR for a short time!

It would appear I’ve won a $50 voucher over at Fashion Fabrics Club. This definitely brought a smile to my face – who can turn down an offer of more fabric? Totally stoked!

A big congratulations to the talented seamstress sfshaza of Communing with Fabric for her win with jeans pattern from French pattern company Au Bonheur des Petites Mains :)


The Marfy SS 2012/2013 Collection


I’ve been stalking the Marfy website at least twice a day for about 3 weeks now, and finally it’s here…. yay! What I mean is – Marfy have been kind enough to grace us with pictures (and the ability to order them without having the catalogue) of a small selection patterns from their Spring Summer 2012/2013 collection.

The themes are ‘minimalism’ and ‘romanticism’, which suit me fine. I would say I was a bit concerned at the reference to the 80’s… but I’ve recently acquired a few patterns from this era that I really like (one coming very soon to a blog post near you!) so I’ll keep quiet on that score…


2748 – A sheath dress with a cross-draping motif. Looks like it would be rather low cut, but I still adore it!


2827 – A dress with cap sleeves and some draping at the waistline. Depending on your fabric choice – this could be something rather dressy or casual.

F2422 (dress) and F2745 (jacket)

I am absolutely purchasing that pleated jacket pattern. and the sleeveless dress looks gorgeous as well – I’ve got a bit of a thing for square necklines at the moment!


This sweetheart neckline dress (2758) is fabulous and the second I saw it I thought it would be perfect for Natalie! (of Splatastic fame)


This is actually the first time I’ve see a loosely styled jacket from Marfy, and I’m loving the aesthetic (although such a thing would never suit my shape). Both the dress and raglan sleeve jacket look very art-deco inspired, don’t you think?

Both of these two dresses (F2803 and F2852 respectively) have interesting design features with folds and panels. Probably neither would be worn by me, but lovely none-the-less.

The pictures above are my personal favourites from the patterns released online. Unfortunately – if you want to see the whole collection you’ll need to purchase their catalogue, which is 18 euro plus postage and always comes with a few freebies.

If you’re lucky like me and live nearby Tessuti, you can browse the catalogue which they carry, and then order as you please directly from the Marfy website. I only just recently found this out though, so the other day I went in an spent a very pleasurable lunch time browsing the 2011/2012 catalogue. Here’s a few not featured online that I’m in love with (please excuse the dodgy iPhone photos):

F2470 – A form-fitting asymmetrical dress with a loose skirt that has crossed draping, creating a sash at the waistline and which comes together at the side with an open vent at the bottom. Definitely my favourite – this would look stunningly slinky in a drapey jersey.

F2559 – I particularly love the art-deco-esq detail at the front of this loose blouse and the loose sleeves – although I’d probably change it to be more form-fitting to suit my body shape. 


F2570 – Check those awesome semi circle lines on the coat! I was planning to make a trench coat this winter… but I could easily be swayed to to do this instead! Especially as I’m seeing potential plus for colour-blocking. I’ve got a khaki coloured canvas stashed away safely for the trench-coat-to-be – and now I’m seeing this matched with some gem-toned fabrics to make a big feature!

F2606 – Cut it out! Another fabulous foundation pattern for something that could be either simple or spectacular, depending on the fabric choice. Especially when you consider that divinely shaped back neckline.

I’m off to do some pattern ordering :)

When life gets in the way of your sewing…

The stunning coastline of northern NSW

…. I get mad. But sometimes it just can’t be helped! For the last week and a bit I’ve been stuck interstate for work, which means I’m over 1000km’s away from my beloved sewing machine (and Mr. poppykettle, of course). 

The only good thing about this? I’m at least somewhere nice. With beautiful beaches!

So I’ll be back to regular programming next week…

But in the mean time – the gorgeous Natalie from Splatastic has awarded me the Leibster Blog Award! Aw, thankyou!

“The origins of the Liebster Blog Award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it means favourite or dearest to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.” 

And it comes with the following ‘rules’:

1 – Thank your liebster blog award presenter on your blog. 
2 – Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. 
3 – Copy/paste the blog award on your blog. 
4 – Present the liebster blog award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less). 
5 – Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment.

So, who to pass this onto? The easiest five decisions I’ve made, fo’ sho.

Firstly – the ever-beautiful Mary of Idle Fancy. I’m addicted to your Pinterest feed and your blog is a constant source of visual loveliness. I just adore your creations and your aesthetic :)

Secondly – the lovely Zoe of ZoSews. She’s only been blogging for a short while, but as a fellow sewing classmate – she’s one of the small few people who share my love for sewing that I’ve actually met in real life!

Thirdly? A blog I’ve only just come across. But I know already I’m going to love checking back on it. Welcome to the fold, Sue from Sewin’ Steady!

Fouth(ly?) – Evelyn from Hand Sewn Home Grown. Apart from acknowledging everything made by you always looks so well made (and you have such a gorgeous garden!), I love popping into Tessuti on my lunchbreak to have a chat. 

And Fifth! – Clio from Clio & Phineas. Always a kickass creation – that colour block dress was totally awesome. Love your work (and your blog).

And a big thank you to everyone for making blogging such a wonderful thing to indulge in :)

101: Fagotted Seams

Fagoting is the term used to describe the technique where two fabric panels are joined together with a ‘gap’ in between them, either using a sheer panel or displaying some fancy needlework (you can always add a backing of an opaque skin-coloured fabric if this isn’t for you!).

This technique was used a lot in vintage nightwear and lingerie. Alberta Ferreti’s Spring 2012 RTW (via collection had some shining examples of fagotting:

If your machine has some fancy stitches, then you can choose to do it the quick way. Have a look here for a useful resource on sewing a fagotted seam with your machine.

I’ve chosen to do it by hand – I’m travelling for work a lot a the moment so it’s nice to have something soothing like a bit of hand sewing to do in the evenings!

1. Firstly, you’ll need to secure the two bits of fabric you will be fagotting together equidistant apart. I’ve done this by drawing two lines (0.5cm apart) down a piece of paper, then sewing my fabric to the paper with the folded edges aligned with the drawn lines:

You sew these down right sides up – with your seam allowance underneath (this will need to be either sewn down mechanically or using a blind stitch to secure the seam allowance).

I’m planning to sew this detail in between some pleats, which is why you only see a small amount of fabric.

2. Down the middle of the gap, I’ve added in dots at 0.5cm apart – this will be used as the template to make sure I get the stitches the same distance apart. 

On one side the needle will line up with the dots, on the other side it will go between the dots. I found this easier than having dots for each side – which gets confusing if you’re dealing with a fairly compact threading pattern!

3. I’m using embroidery thread as it’s nice and thick, which I’ve split in half (3 strands instead of 6):

4. Thread and secure to your fabric. I’m using the same style of fagotting used in vintage pieces – it looks little complex but is really very simple.

If you’re doing something more geometric, just work your way on down the seam. The trickiest part is maintaining a regular tension to keep your pattern looking homogeneous.

4. To do the vintage stitch I’m using, insert your needle from the underside of the fabric, taking a little ‘bite’ of the fabric fold:

Before you pull it through, make sure the ‘tail’ of the thread is underneath the needle. When you pull through, the threads wrapped around each other will give you the fagotted pattern.

5. Do the same on the other side (like a mirror image):

You’ll need thread at least twice as long as the seam you’re sewing, unless you don’t mind securing off and starting again halfway through. 

This is a great little thing to do when you’re watching Downton Abbey… this stitch is ever-so reminiscent of this era! 

That could possibly be fagotting on the waistline of Livinia’s Dress…?

VOTE ONE: poppykettle

Jeans Contest
If you’ve been a Pattern Review member for 3 or more months, and you thought the pair of jeans I recently made for the Pattern Review Jeans competition:

 – were sewn nicely
 – fit well given the style
 – my review was helpful (you can read it here)

Then I’d love to gain your vote. You can click here to do so. 

You know you want too! Thanks a million fellow blogerette’s :)