Completed: Satin Stole for A Japan Wedding

‘What, another stole?’ I hear you exclaim! It could be said that all other stoles were the precursor for this one.

Completed: Satin Stole for A Japan Wedding

As it got closer to Shandii of ShandiiCrafts‘ wedding, we organised our outfits and it became apparent we needed something if it was a bit cool. I showed her my stole and she was sold! We chose the satin in a colour to match her dress and I got sewing.

Completed: Satin Stole for A Japan Wedding

I made three matching stoles, one for me, the other bridesmaid and Shandii the Bride. I put the finishing touches on them in Hokkaido, Japan and they got their final press in Okayama.

Completed: Satin Stole for A Japan Wedding - On Model

For most of the day it was lovely and we almost didn’t need them, but the wind picked up and it was a little chilly in the shade.

The ceremony was beautiful and six months on the happy couple are still happy 🙂


Sew 2012 #020: Cream Satin Stole and Flower Brooch

Red wasn’t the colour for me at the Important Event, so after making my first stole from Weekend Designer I set about modifying it to be more elegant and in a colour to better suit my dress, which I’d established was going to be navy blue matte satin.

Sew 2012 #020: Cream Satin Stol

One thing I’d noticed between the pattern directions and the photograph on the Weekend Designer page was the photograph had a more elongated shape. I set about re-drawing my pattern to mimic a nicely tapered oblong and the above was the result.

I still had a problem with my dress – the one I bought was a size or two too big which I knew I could modify. But being time-poor busy me, I didn’t get up to that and then ran out of time to take to a dressmaker to get it professionally done. I was able to temporarily fix the side seams and hemline without much bother, but the bust as always caused problems.

I found the only way I could do it with out buggering up the whole dress was to safety-pin a bust dart in the neckline and cover it with me-made pretty matching flower!

Sew 2012 #020: Cream Flower Brooch

The flower was a lot of fun to make, I’ve been saving all my scraps since so I can make more.

Of course, with a stole like this it’s hard to get the picture without actually having it on: fortunately I’ve taken such a long time trying to take my own that the official wedding snaps have been processed. 😀

Sew 2012 #020: Cream Satin Stole and Flower Brooch: On Model

Now it is folded away in storage until I should need a lovely cream stole again. Thanks to Missy, it now has a few thread snags from when it was hanging in the lounge room after we returned home and she decided to try climbing it.

Joke’s on her, it fell on the floor so now she believes hanging fabric is not stable for climbing. WIN!

Sew 2012 #018: Red Satin Stole

In Melbourne spring has certainly sprung today and while I’m sure we’ll still have a few cold winter-flashback days, summer is on its way. I woke up this morning determined to clear some creative space and bombard you with a creativity!

I collected my pile of finished and un-photographed sewing projects and headed into the garden. Ideally I wanted to have pictures of me demonstrating their use but some of these items have been waiting for their 15 minutes for over a year. I found a suitable tree and got snapping – the result is a two-month line-up of finished sewing projects!!

Without further ado, first up is the Red Satin Stole.

Sew 2012 #018: Red Satin Stole

For months I’d known about an important upcoming event – my little brother’s wedding! I had dreams of making a not-so wonderful dress (don’t want to outshine the bride you know!) but alas it was not to be. As the day grew nearer I knew I’d have to go for a store bought dress but I still wanted to have an element of my outfit me-made.

Out came meters of red satin from my stash! Meters and meters of it! And on my computer up came the fabulous Weekend Designer’s satin stole! To work I got, and only a few small hours later I procured this wonderful garment.

Sew 2012 #018: Red Satin Stole

I was very delighted with the results, and my first attempt at a bound button hole style. I did modify it to be a little simpler as I think I made it too narrow to get the button hole lips to sit in a charming way.

As it happened, the dress I ultimately decided to wear was navy blue, and there was no way in the world I was going to wear red and blue together in Newcastle. So I had to make another stole, and I knew just what I’d alter to make it even more fantastic…

Stay tuned for Sew 2012 #020!

Beauty Blue Gift: A Completed Crochet Project


It happened!

I’ve reached the official point of being asked to make gifts for other people. Previously l had just made things for people whether they wanted them or not. But I’m enjoying this new approach and have a growing list of gifts to make.


This muffler is a gift for a little family member. I’d hoped to make something for her that will last for years both in style and quality. I hope l nailed it!!


It turned out so lovely I think I want to make fo myself… ;D

Stay happy!

Lovely Cotton Stole – Crochet Gone Vintage!

Lovely Lace Cotton Crochet Stole

I bought this cotton yarn over a year ago, when I was first exploring fabulous yarns. I bought it online just to see what it was like. Well I loved it. But Inspiration had not struck so I didn’t buy more and I stayed in my stash all this time, until now!

A few weeks ago it was a friend’s birthday, and all of a sudden I knew what had to be done. I looked in my stash for an appropriate colour, but all I had was black! And good thing too, because I don’t think this could have turned out any better.

After some hunting, I found this Japanese crochet pattern on Ravelry and got to work! Once I started on the fringing, I worried there wouldn’t be enough yarn to complete it, and it turned out I was right. I decided instead to do one row of single crochet all around and I think it actually turned out much nicer. And you know what else? No pair of scissors ever touched this yarn. All I had was 3 inches left to weave in and that was it! My modified version was the perfect fit for this ball of yarn!

Clearly it was all meant to be. My friend loved it!

Stay creative

My Handmade Scarf #3: Furry Sewn

Welcome to another instalment of my handmade scarf collection. I’m more of a picture person of late, so I’ll let the photos do the talking:

I like this one for wearing with structured clothing as it’s a little stiff. But still comfy. I got the fabric from the remnant bin at a craft department store. 🙂

Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy all the goodies of making stuff without too many words.

Stay happy 🙂

Sew 2012 #005: Bear Stole

Life! At times we get so carried away with other things we do things like post Sew 2012 #006 before Sew 2012 #005. Doh!

Better late than never, though I did post this on time over The Sew Weekly.

This was a spontaneous stole, when I needed something quick for the Down-under theme for The Sew Weekly. Of course being down-under already I actually needed something that was up-over! Further, I had no winter fabrics in my stash, with the possible exception of this Teddy Bear fur!

I love the shape of this stole, I drafted the pattern myself. The only thing I’m not happy with is that it’s 4″ too small, on account of not having quite enough bear fabric to warp around me! Nonetheless, if I wear it a certain way and not move much it works just fine.

I should also mention the pink satin lining on the inside… I love this fabric. It has a real silky vintage look to it, and it may well be silky – I bought it from an opshop a few months ago and have no idea what it really is.

Now please excuse me, I must buy tickets to the theatre and make my evening gown.


PS: I fully plan to share my pattern with you! 😀 😀