Crystal Cove, how sweet she is.


A simple but stylish cami top, WITH shape, how l do love this.  The Crystal Cove cami is a recent test garment designed by Kennis of Itch to Stitch.

This simple styled top has definition at the waist line, side darts give a really feminine shape which l really like, no looking pregnant and believe me you don’t want this nan looking like she is pregnant.  Yes this gorgeous top is suitable for all ages even we older ladies who chase little ones.

itch to stitch crystal cove cami silk pdfpattern pdf pattern

Such a quick sew you can make up in nap time and with instructions and pattern pieces for different cup sizes you have a simple stylish top in no time. My fabric for my casual top is a soft draping crepe.


With an elegant overlay on the back the cami is suitable for casual or for a more formal occasion, make a statement with the spaghetti straps, luckily l had a bra near in colour so l didn’t even mind the little peak of the bra strap. The hem is rolled hemmed which l did on my overlocker  (serger), so easy and quick to do, no need to worry about that curved hem as the finish is smooth and even and QUICK.


Choosing your fabric can take you from casual to more formal and even though it is currently winter for me l can layer and still wear out for date night and in an embroidered voile fabric it shines as formal wear.


For the finish on my date night Crystal Cami l simply overlocked the hem then folded and hemmed, another quick neat finish.



Honestly once you make one you don’t need to look at the instructions again, it’s that quick and easy to sew.  The longest part of the process of making my date night Cami was threading my dreaded overlocker when l didn’t realise that my thread had run out, argh.


If you would like to support my pattern and fabric habit the link to the Crystal Cami with my aff link is

Link to the Itch to Stitch support group on facebook is

Happy crafting





A few hacks & mashes of RP patterns.


Do you ever see a pattern and decide that you want something just a little different?  You see a couple of patterns and think well l can change it up a bit just because you can or you think you can.

Now, l for many years followed patterns to the T, l still do but as my sewing skills have improved l have become more adventurous and have wanted to just try and see if my ideas will work.  They don’t always work but if you don’t try you will never know.

Rebecca Page patterns are a great base to work with, they have enabled me to hack and mash the patterns with sometimes just a gentle tweek or a major shuffle to create something just a little different but totally wearable. Thanks Rebecca for your great patterns.

Here are some of my hacks and mashes & l will link up the patterns so you can hack & mash too, you will be surprised what you can create.

My first being the Pretty Party dress (free with the code in the group) with a peplum skirt, an easy hack just by adding the peplum to the bodice, you can easily do this by using this formula from Hand London


I seriously do have a love for the Emma and l have hacked her a few times.  A side tie on the neckline and shirred waist changes the look completely.  The tie took a bit of calculation and fiddling around (l hate maths) but it worked in the end and was actually quite easy to do (in the end lol).


I decided l wanted a slimmer looking Emma so simply reducing the width of the front just a little gave me a slimmer fit.  Honestly l would not have wanted it any slimmer or the bodice would have been too firm across the bust but l just got lucky with this version.


Another Emma favourite is my Gatsby dress that l made for my last cruise.  Having borrowed a dress and since l love cruises and had a few more booked and needed another dress l thought l had better make my own.  This is my modern inspired Gatsby dress using the Emma bodice attached to a pencil skirt using a cotton underlay with a black lace & gold embroidered overlay.  This would work well in knit with the new Dreamy Drape add on skirt.


A mash up of the Emma bodice with a little tweek and the Cerena pants and wow l was so happy with this version.  In bamboo knit it is so so comfy and fashionable at the same time.

The Paris top (from the Paris party dress, free with the code in the group) with some gathered sleeves was a great addition for my wardrobe.  l hadn’t made the scoop neckline and found that it was quite flattering and on trend with the sleeve addition which l used from the Kingston jacket and a scarf for accessorising l was set for the cooler weather.

paris bell sleeves


After making a Portia dress in knit l wanted a Portia top in woven and it was super  simple, just shorten the dress to top length or tunic length. I used a voile for my Portia top version.  The knit version dress is free on the website no code needed.


My latest hack was to make some work out pants in spandex with the Pippa pants.  I love the Pippa pants but why not try them a different way, of course.  Now these were easy enough to hack but honestly l did make them a bit longer but the fit wasn’t quite right because the leg width is wider but by shortening them just a little made them absolutely wearable and l have worn them constantly to the gym and for training, yes training for Tough Mudder at the end of May 2018, l have done something similar so l should survive.  (quick they are presently on sale)


These are my current hacks & mashes and l am sure there will be more to come.  I hope l inspire you to be bold be brave and create something new, l know that l could not have been able to create my versions if l hadn’t had such a great base of patterns to work from. Create away and l hope you share your versions in the group.

Happy crafting.

Classic styled Anna shirt by WBM.




So it has been a while since l have blogged, still so much sewing done but little time to blog.  I have tested quite a few great patterns that deserve to be mentioned though.

Now we come to my most recent test of a garment, the Anna shirt by Wardrobe by Me.  Some skills l was sure l could do and some afford the opportunity to challenge myself to achieve the great finish that this shirt deserves.  Instructions enabled me to achieve a finish that l am quite proud of and a shirt that l am going to wear a LOT.

The Anna shirt is a button down shirt with options for a pointed or round collar, just a simple collar stand, long sleeves with cuffs and short sleeves.  Yoke and plain or back pleats,  something for all seasons and to suit any occasion.


For my long sleeve Anna l chose a voile floral and a plain cotton for the collar and cuffs which gives a nice contrast, bright and cheerful for winter.


Anna in short sleeve and just the stand with out the collar in rayon is super comfy and another great option available in the pattern.

Affiliate link to the pattern

With a well drafted pattern with great instructions you too can be proud of your button down shirt.


The Anna compliments my Slim fit Pants also by Wardrobe by Me.

There is also a matching shirt for the man in you life, the Jensen shirt, if you purchase both shirts there is a great discount, code is ‘jensen and anna’.  on sale until 28th April 2018,

Wardrobe by Me will be having a Sew a along so come along and join the fun  in Wardrobe by Me group    Sewalong begins the 26th April 2018.

Happy crafting.


Cerena Romper test.


Test time again for Rebecca Page.  The Cerena Romper is a halter neck style romper with options for three lengths, shorts, knee length or full length pants and of course pockets too., there is also an option for top only.

I decided to try the shorts option, well this is not my usual style but l thought that this length would be ideal for summer fun and playing with my grandchildren.  We love to play by the creek and feed the ducks so short length was perfect option.


There are options for the Cerena to be made in a woven or knit fabric.  I chose to make mine in a knit simply because l have so much knit that needed to be used.  The short romper was ideal for using up the smaller pieces of fabric that l had in my stash.  For my Cerena l chose a cotton jersey black knit for the shorts and a knit with minimal stretch for the top and they were an ideal combination.


Comfy, cool and on trend the Cerena is suitable for all ages.  It is quite easy to wear the Cerena and wear your normal bra if that is how you feel more comfortable, just wear a little cardi over your Cerena.


You can get your copy of the Cerena here.

Have fun sewing up a storm in the Cerena.

Happy crafting




Arabella skirt


A simple but stylish skirt by Rebecca Page pdf patterns. Ok you will say what is so special about this skirt? Of course you will say that many other designers have made exactly the same.  Well yes you could say that but the Arabella is available for sizes NB-12 Yrs for girls and XXS-5XL for ladies so you can have matchy mum and me outfits, no need to search anywhere else to get one for your little girl as well, they are all available in the one spot.

Instructions were easy to follow and fabric suggestions were appropriate.  Options for a regular or tall waistband and an added sash and pockets ensure some variations on this simple skirt, this in my opinion makes this very versatile for a simple casual skirt or a more elegant skirt for more formal wear. The suggested fabrics included describe the drape appropriately.  A lovely swishy skirt in rayon as l made makes the wearer feel quite elegant. Love it and l am generally not a maxi wearer but the drape and feel is very feminine.


I made my Arabella in rayon and absolutely love it, l am not usually a maxi wearing kind of gal but lately l discovered the maxi and fell in love with them.  I always thought that l was too short to wear a maxi but discovered there were so many other women the same height as myself wearing maxi’s and they looked fabulous.  What was l thinking that l couldn’t wear a maxi,  this is the first of many to come.  The rayon fabric is so soft and drapes beautifully so having the gathers at the waistline it doesn’t flare at the hip as generously so it is quite flattering rather than being quite full and voluminous of course it will depend on the style and effect that you are seeking which will determine your fabric choice.

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Perfectly suitable for formal wear or a more casual occasion, the Arabella is your quick sew garment when you need something when the girls ring at the last moment catch up.I chose the high waistband option with a sash, although you cannot see the sash it ties and would showcase the waist if made in a contrasting colour,  the beauty of making for your self you can create your own style.  The sash is able to be tied at the front or back or if you want something a little more casual you can make without the sash.

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The Arabella is perfect for border prints, the skirt showcases it beautifully don’t you think.

I have made quite a lot of my wardrobe from Rebecca Page patterns, l do like that the patterns are diverse and don’t always follow the trend of other designers.  I can have something that is fashionable but unique in my wardrobe.  I have tested quite a few of Rebecca’s patterns, some l absolutely love and just a couple l found where not quite my style but l would not say that l don’t like them they just don’t suit me as much as l thought and honestly isn’t that the same with some clothing that we try on in the shops.  We will find something and have a moment of loving it until we try it on then go wow what was l thinking.

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After testing for Rebecca quite a few of the testers are now brand ambassadors which is quite an honour, we do get to choose what we would like to make which is quite generous of Rebecca and her team.

You can follow along with great support and encouragement in the fb group here.

Link to Arabella


Happy crafting.



Chai – What a treat.


Having applied to test for Itch to Stitch patterns by designer Kennis

Wong on several occasions l was actually quite surprised when l found

had been chosen to test her latest pattern the Chai shirt/dress.  The

Chai is a classic fitted style which can be interpreted as a vintage style

which has become quite fashionable.  The Chai is available in a digital

PDF pattern.



Kennis designs her patterns for cup sizes.  so you can get a garment for

your dress size and also your cup size creating the perfect fitting

garment.  The Chai is designed for woven fabrics and l chose a

quilters cotton.  Features of the Chai Shirt and Dress include-:

  • A, B, C, D and DD Cups

  • Dress and shirt length options

  • Classic collar on collar stand

  • Sleeveless and gathered short sleeve options

  • Center front button closure

  • Easy-to-wear A-line skirt

  • In-seam pocket with dress option

  • High waistband that elongates the legs

  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)


The collar is sewn a little different to what l am used to but the finished

collar definitely is worth the effort as it gives a very polished finish.

The instructions certainly enabled me to create a garment to fit

perfectly.  Designed for intermediate sewing, do not be daunted by that

as many of the testers had not sewn collars or button holes and created

some very nice Chai shirt/dresses for themselves.  That is testament to

the great instructions provided in the pattern.


My chosen option was a shirt and sleeves, enabling me to mix and

match with classic wide leg pants or skirt for an afternoon tea or a

more casual wear with jeans, great versatility.   For those who know me

they know l like options in a pattern and the Chai offers that, a dress

option will be next on my list.  I appreciate now what many have said

about Itch to Stitch designs, great quality tested patterns to create the

perfect fitting garment.


The Chai shirt and dress is now available here

 at a special release sale price of $9.60


Follow the blog on Itch to Stitch and get some great tips and see some

tester pics here.

You can also try some of Itch to Stitch free patterns on the website a

great way to test a designers patterns.


Itch to Stitch offers a group for support on facebook where you can get

lots of support here

happy crafting.



Studio Maxi, ooo love


The Studio jumpsuit and dress pattern  by Sew Straight and Gather has won me over with the maxi.  When you have never worn a maxi before, well except on your wedding day all those many years ago, you make the Studio maxi and instantly fall in love that is saying something.

Instructions make this a very easy sew and the fit is amazing, have a look at some of the other testers pics and you will see why, they all look stunning.

This pattern offers heaps of options, two bodice styles and options for romper, jumpsuit or knee length or maxi length dress. Options for pockets is also available, Options galore, yay winner for sure.


Terri from Sew Straight and Gather honestly puts so much effort into getting her patterns perfect that the fit is spot on gorgeous.  Having never worn maxi’s before l was somewhat reluctant in how this maxi was going to look as l had always considered myself too short to wear maxi’s, well how wrong l was because l love it.


Simple elegance what is not to love.


Don’t be daunted by the fitted style of the Studio as it creates an elegant silhouette which l found quite feminine.  I originally signed up to sew a knee length dress but was so glad that Terri allotted me to sew a maxi because l love this so much l made another.


I have never worn a jumpsuit but after wearing my maxi and seeing all the talented testers who made a jumpsuit l am willing to give the jumpsuit a try.  Shows that you can always learn something and should be willing to try new styles because l have found a style l like with the Studio.

The Studio jumpsuit and dress releases with a super special price which l think is an awesome offer.  You can get the pattern here.

Support is available in the facebook group here.

Happy crafting.


Riviera Ruffle top, isn’t just for ruffles.


Ruffles or no ruffles, well you can have them all.  The Riviera Ruffle pattern by Rebecca Page offers this stylish elegant top which is perfect for any formal occasion and the added option of bias panels give this top an edge of sophistication.

Wow was l quite surprised how much l like those ruffles.


So versatile that l can wear the Riviera with almost anything and how l like the bias panel.  The panels in a contrast fabric also give another lovely contrasting detail.


The ruffles are not daunting at all and are certainly suitable or casual wear as well.


The Riviera also has options for regular side seams without the bias panels which gives more options.  This is my make on the plain Riviera which is perfect for wearing to the rodeo or country show or simply for casual wear.

riviera plain 1

I have had so much wear from this top, simple but elegant but still suitable for casual occasions too.

riviera plain promo

The Riviera Ruffle pattern is available here.

Rebecca Page patterns also offers the Riviera in NB-12 yrs and ladies sizes XXS-5XL.  There are several FREE patterns that you can choose which gives you the opportunity to try some of Rebecca Page patterns.

Happy crafting.



Stylish Sophia


It was quite appropriate that this stylish top was posted for testing by Jo from Day Dream patterns.  I jumped at the chance to test, l always find that l learn new techniques that not only improves my skills but a yearning to learn much much more.

The cowl neck on the Sophia was something l had not made before  this was perfect for our winter.  The Sophia has cami insert on the front bodice which adds extra warmth so that was a bonus.

The instructions made this a relatively easy sew which is designed for advanced beginner/intermediate sewer.


The option of 3 sleeve lengths make the Sophia ideal for all seasons,  designed for a knit fabric it was nice and warm for our winter with the long sleeves.


Day Dream patterns offer support in the facebook group,

The pattern is available here.

Happy crafting.


New York Minute dress


When you are asked by your grandchildren to sew something for them of course nan obliges but there is generally a bit of a catch to it.  Yes these little ones know exactly what they want and when they have a look through your fabric cupboard they know exactly which fabric they want and they have distinct ideas on what they want to wear.

So after choosing fabric and describing exactly how little miss wants her dress to be we chose the New York Minute dress by Tie Dye Diva.  This stylish quick sew was even quicker when little miss decided on no pockets, a hoodie to keep warm but short sleeves.  Well there was no convincing we needed long sleeves but we figured that at least we could layer for winter and it would still be perfectly suitable for summer.

After deciding on fabric which l had purchased from the lovely Wicked fabrics here in Australia, we added some pink of course because there has to be pink.  So all of our fabric was chosen from Wicked fabrics which was of great quality and will last for all the rough and tumble.   Lots of lovely fabric for all ages here.


Tie Dye Diva’s New York Minute dress has quite a few options which is great for this nan as it is suitable for winter and summer.  Lovely little side pockets with added contrast make for lovely little girls pockets but there was no convincing for this dress alas.  Kangaroo pockets make this pattern perfectly suitable for boys too with just a little adjusting with the length in my opinion, there is actually a tip in the pattern to make a top so it then becomes quite a versatile pattern so yes perfectly suitable for boys.

The pattern is designed for ages 12 months to 9-10 yrs and available here

A great pattern when you have quite a few grandchildren to sew for and you do not want them all to miss out because you know they are going to ask where is their jumper or dress when they see the others wearing theirs.  A few options in the pattern that does make it quite versatile which is a bonus when you have little ones that know exactly what they want and you know you have the exact pattern to suit.

Happy crafting.