Archive for the 'Sewing' Category


More than one reader noticed that poor Rose was wearing a rather small pair of pyjamas in recent posts. I feel a little sheepish. I’ve been proudly holding on to two pairs of handmade pyjamas for a very long time now. I made them from my first purchase of vintage patterns, from two old flannelette sheets given to me by the lovely Pauline Vidler. These pyjamas were the beginning of more adventurous sewing for me; my first experiments with set-in sleeves, bias-bound edges and french seams. As months have passed and arms have grown longer, more than one worried onlooker has offered to replace them. I stubbornly refused, knowing all I needed was time to make her a new pair. Only the time seemed never to arrive.

Not one but two individuals decided to finally take action. During Grandma’s recent visit she grew determined to see her granddaughter put to bed in more comfortable nightware. Obligingly, she made a pair herself, from the same pattern with the sizing carefully adjusted. The fabric was another old flannelette sheet, from a pile found at my beloved flea market in Germany.

That same week a parcel arrived for Rose. Our lovely friend Anne had noticed Rose’s plight from the other side of the world and ordered her a new pair. For my sake, she chose a handmade pair by a local Brisbane crafter. For Rose’s, she chose pink and purple. I don’t know which of us was more pleased.

And the old pairs? Well, they’ve been enthusiastically received by a little friend of ours, ready for a new life of snuggling and sleep.


From the trenches

With Christmas over and done with, it was tempting to think that winter must surely be losing its momentum, soon to be replaced by the graces of spring. But no. The European winter stumbles on, and I have to admit, it has me completely floored. It leaves me wondering how humanity ever flourished here, or anywhere else in northern Europe, and why the earliest Europeans didn’t all curl up and die, as I feel the urge to do, even with the blessing of central heating. Another thing I’ve wondered is whether hibernation is a viable option, and why it hasn’t been adopted by humans. But, however sluggish and miserable I feel, it’s extraordinary how the even the briefest sunshine leaves me almost euphoric. Remembering the cold excesses of March and April last year, and the many weeks we spent bundled to the eyelids after our arrival, I decided it was not too late to do some winter sewing. A coat, for the girl who’s growing quickly.

This was inspired by something that Margaret Hale wears in the BBC’s North and South. I’ve never been a purple chooser, but this deep plum look won me over. The outer was made from a remnant piece of hand-loomed Scottish tweed that I rescued from a box in Peppergreen. I had to plan my cutting so carefully, there was barely an inch left. The inner is a vintage piece of Liberty bought by my mum from a neighbouring shop. These two were obviously meant to be together. After many hours of research on the subject of underlining (or interlining, it depends who you ask), I added an inner layer of very thick cotton flannel and some ordinary cotton flannel to the arms. Make no mistake, this coat is meant for the German winter. I used an easy-as-pie pattern by HeidiandFinn on etsy. This is the fourth time I’ve made it up, with variations, so I’m confident I’ve gotten my $5.95’s worth.

And look, sunshine!

Au Revoir

I’m leaving for Paris in a matter of minutes. But I thought I’d leave you with a picture of something I created in the early hours of this morning. It was based on this picture I found on a blog site:

I’m calling it “the Paris hat”.

Au Revoir!

New Fabrics

Liberty Fabrics

With Spring upon us, I’m preparing to launch some new designs at MavisandFrank. If there is ever a time to celebrate florals, its now! With this in mind I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of some new fabric from Liberty of London. Today the lovely Deustche Post lady delivered my long-awaited parcel. Here’s a sneak preview of the contents…

Fairy Clock in silver/grey


Edenham, dark blue

Poppy and Daisy

Now, what to do with each… Suggestions anyone?

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A girl with a camera, a toddler and a sewing machine. Making sense of Germany... and life in general.

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I Make…

Handmade Baby Shorts in Liberty's 'Cordelia'

Handmade Necklace in 'Fairford' $21

Handmade Bead Necklace in 'Wiltshire' $21

Handmade Bracelet in 'Fairford' $15

I Took The Handmade Pledge!