Term 3…eventually!

Well…. after months and no classes…we got started a few weeks into the school term and made the best of what was left. Thankyou to all those students who ‘hung in there’ and were ready to get back into sewing the moment we could …covid safely of course. Masks are still requested from all students […]

August review…what a 6 months its been!

2020 is a year we might prefer to forget…move through to 2021! Classes were halted mid March due to the Covid -19 virus and as class members were mostly of a vulnerable age I thought it best to close. At this stage these classes may resume in mid August if things in Orange are going […]

Welcome in the new year !

Happy New Year to all ! Can’t believe another year has passed and Judi’s Studio is continuing with gusto for 2019…well only if you are inside with the air-conditioner on. This heatwave is NOT what we are used to in Orange. Please check calendar for this years dates on this site in Classes, a few […]

Spring with rain… What Bliss!

  The lawns and gardens are in the midst of a spring flush and after a very cold dry winter it is really welcome. We are up grading our driveway and entrance and do apologise for any inconvenience…hopefully will be worth it! The gabion walls and new red gum gate built by ‘The Dovetail Joint’ […]

Designer napkins to make and to give.

Using Spotlight’s new linen cotton mix digitally printed with beautiful floral designs is the perfect choice for napkins. Imagine a crisp white table cloth, a floral centre piece and napkins using this fabric. Special for a luncheon? Serviette size is approximately 45cm x 45cm, so you can get 6 napkins from 1metre ( 148cm wide) […]

Tessuti’s New Melbourne Trench Coat.

Judi’s Studio is loving the new Melbourne Trench coat using a rainproof fabric from The Fabric Store or Tessuti. For the more advanced students it has a detachable hood and a load of buttonholes, but we still love it! How about this DJ’s window spring flower display..sensational!

January 2018

Holidays Christmas and New Year celebrations over for another year and its time to get sewing again!

Another clever student and nanna

I wish Judi’s Studio could take credit, but its just the location I sometime provide for clever sew-ers like Jenny. With imagination and beautiful sewing skills this gorgeous outfit was created lovingly by Jen-ma for her granddaughter’s Naming Day Ceremony…who wouldn’t want a Nanna like that? The added touches of machine scalloping around collar and small […]

Christmas Skorts and T- Shirts for my Grand-daughters!

Couldn’t resist making outfits for my 6 granddaughters again this year…skorts( a pair of shorts with a front wrap and tie) in stretch sateen form Spotlight and matching T-Shirts, some with applique. The T-shirts I bought, rather than fiddle with sizes, at Big W and appliqued to match. I think they all were pretty pleased […]

Great Projects from the studio

Kay, one of our long time Studio students has been very busy helping her daughter Paula to sew the Isla Top by Tessuti over the break with this stunning result ! Paula has done very little sewing before so this is a testament to the well illustrated directions Tessuti provides and of course a great […]

Wedding Dress delivered in Philadelphia and worn!

  After 6 months of toing and froing the lace and tulle wedding gown i made for my niece and god daughter was sent to USA and first try-ons were successful. When I arrived several months later the final fitting and extra beading was done ready for the big day. Nervous…   She just loved […]

A New Year begins…and we are sweltering !

Continuous hot days in summer of 28 – 30 deg in Orange, are very manageable, especially when we dont really have much humidity but this summer has been extreme… a whopping 33-38 deg..oven hot. So with that said it seems Murphy’s Law that the studio airconditioning goes on the blink and can only switch to […]

Winter Sewing

  Winter Sewing at Judi’s studio means wool knits, wool boucle coats, boiled wool jacket and vests. I mean todays temperatures range is from 0 – 3 degrees  C,  we need seriously warm gear! Meredith, one of very able sewers, made Simplicity 1254 brilliantly in wool boucle and faux fur.   Not the bestdirections from […]

Long Weekend and bonfire in Orange!

Another Queen’s birthday weekend with lots of family home which was meant a mess of gumboots, puffer jackets and beanies, but loads of fun. The bonfire wasnt quite the roaring success we had hoped, after several very wet weeks the use of fuel didnt help, but a few sparklers saved the day!  

Wedding gown commences with a fitting and skype across the continents!

My gorgeous god daughter Lindsay has asked me to create a gown for her wedding in October in Philadelphia, USA. Whew! what a feat. Firstly were sketches, then I started patterns with a calico toille made and sent to US for first fitting. Tulle and french lace were bought in New York and sent to […]

Happy Birthday Alex!

Alex Rezco celebrating with a summery luncheon in Judi’s Studio gardens, for her significant birthday in March. Picture taken with her longstanding and some new mates from Tuesday morning class.

Project for Term 1 /2016 ?

Penny brought along this easy wear jacket last term and I thought it might give you some ideas for a project this term made in heavy cotton furnishing fabric( so the collar sits up) you probably need about 2 metres..preshrunk of course. Nice pleat treatment at back. Other suggestions would be Tessuti patterns, Collette & […]

Christmas snaps and 2016 enrolment

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! By now everyone should have had their enrolment advice with classes starting Tuesday 9 Feb, Wednesday 10 Feb and Thursday 11 Feb.     Below are grand-daughters and the christmas outfits I made them..lots of fun!  

Congratulations Pia ! Buttery Almond Cake recipe .

A new baby daughter for Pia who visited class this morning and it was very special…now just to find time to continue to sew! Learning to re-upholster cushions for her nursing chair while very close to delivering was a triumph ! Buttery Almond and Coconut Cake– thankyou to Jane W and the Bay of Fires […]

Advanced Style and Iris Apfel

Thanks To Kerry at A2F, who suggested I take a look at this….its all about looking great later in life. A clever blog…gives you ideas and confidence to put fun into dressing for the over 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 80’s ! WoW. Check it out, regular updates and great shots of women who set their own […]

A Blanket of snow…. and the Blanket Coat.

First classes for this term were just held this week, before this lovely dump occurred, 10 cm soft powder snow everywhere. So this is our current view from the Studio…a little different from the usual !   Now to the Blanket Coat…perfect for winter, but so simple to make.The beauty of this style which was […]

Winter is here…time to sew Merino

Some inspiration from Country Roads winter collection…remember we can choose to do it in COLOUR!! Plus…great comfort food, morning tea cake thanks to Jane W… Date and Walnut Loaf…click here for recipe

Happy Easter !

A short term but some clever things achieved, including several lovely ‘Mother Of the Bride’ outfits..congrats Ros, Bev and Julie( plus a bridal outfit for her daughter which is nearing completion)…picks next term. Some very successful Linen tops and dresses from the Tessuti range of patterns completed, has made them winning patterns to use with […]

Term 1/2015, classes resume February 10

A trip to Sydney meant a stop at Surry Hills to Tessuti for some new patterns and The fabric Shop for new linens and ex- designer pieces see below…. all available for sale when classes start.

Christmas 2015…nearly here!

This week is the end of term for Judi’s Studio, Thursday 11/12 being last class. Seems to come around quicker each year, a sure sign I am getting older. This Christmas I will celebrate the day in Sydney with 3 sons and their beautiful wives, 6 granddaughters and my newest three grandsons…a very special one […]

New Website..wow, and Cup of Tea Cake recipe

After months having our website crash it has finally been redesigned by Anthony Robinson of Central Web Services. I think you will agree he has done a fine job making it easy to navigate ? I have included some classroom shots of some of your achievements, which I am very proud of. To help celebrate […]

Bits and Pieces

Just some photos I found and thought I’d share. Welt and Flap Pocket close-up. Christmas in the studio… recipes for walnut log and white rocky road are available. Covering large snaps… a perfect colour match solution. Wednesday morning class and extras… the twins.

Claudia’s Grad Dress

Claudia’s Grad Dress|Claudia in her year 12 grad dress made with great patience in Judi’s Studio Tuesday night class. Well Done!

Helping New Settlers From Sudan

An information morning was enjoyed at Judi’s Studio for new settlers in Orange from Sudan. Hopefully this will help create a regular meeting for the ladies encouraging sewing and language help in the future!

Custom Made Products

The two new bespoke products, fatty & skinny! The fun loving duo that suit your bespoke tailoring needs. Judis Studio presents the new Professional Tailor Boards. Portable and easy to use. These have been created due to special requests by tailors specifically for trouser, suit & jacket pressing. These are now featured in our store. […]

Easter for another year…

Classes have been busy finishing the reversible jacket for this term with some really good results….well done to all ! I have suggested a lesson on ‘ my easiest cushion ever’ should follow as a warm down after such a monumental effort, ideas, requirements and photos to follow. Below are recipes for this term, one […]

Welcome back for 2013 ! Plum cake Recipe.

The weather has cooled down making sewing possible. Great to see so many students starting reversible linen jacket.. Some of the combinations are lovely. A couple of pointers which ensure it’s professional finish are: Preshrinking fabric ( and sometimes interfacing)before cutting. Using pinking shears for outer edges of the interfacings to prevent a ‘ welded’ […]

Classes resume for 2013

Happy new year to all! You all should have received an enrollment email or letter today or tomorrow and if not please contact me. After reeling from the heat it’s hard to think about sewing, but the studio is cooled and very pleasant even on the hottest days. I am just getting patterns and test […]

New puppy

Miss D’arcy at 13, has a new mate.. the daughter she never had! Remy, so named after our last week in Provence staying at St Remy, is just gorgeous, soft and cuddly and reasonably well behaved for a 16 week old Retriever ! Puppy preschool on Wednesday nights still has me a little challenged but […]

Melbourne Cup!

Thanks to Tuesday morning class for getting in the spirit..

Yuletide Blessings to all & recipes

End of term for another year! It has felt a little like Christmas in classes this week with French champagne and quiche, together with little ‘ gifts’ from my kitchen. My thanks to all who support Judi’ s Studio with attendance and wonderful conversation.. Always lots to talk about …. While we sew of course! […]

Bike Ride almost 300kms!

Starting at Blois after catching an ultra smooth train from Paris, did not disappoint… Our first hotel was probably16C and most of town and of course castle date back even further, being first mentioned in 6C!…OLD!We managed to get away after bike fitting the next morning with a clutch of maps… Not necessarily matching any […]

Tricky communications

My blog hasn’t been as successful as thought so apologies for not posting as planned. Internet signal and strength have been very erratic in places like Nth Devon, Paris, Loire & Carcassonne, making it impossible to send much at all. Here in Provence at a charming hotel much better signal and a little time before […]

Harrod’s windows and a day in London

Loved London, can’t believe I rode around parts of the city! It made it so easy to get to the changing of the guard without any traffic hassles, cyclists rule here, fantastic.

Beautiful Quilts thanks to Jan!

Congratulations to Jan Manchester who shared her fabulous collection of handmade quilts she has done over the last 10 years in a recent exhibition for charity. Everyone was bowled over by her ability with colour choice, design, hand work and sheer size of her efforts.. Just brilliant! Her are. Some of the close ups I […]

Studio morning teas

I am a home bake girl! All those years of cooking lunchbox goodies for three boys and my country students offerings from their experiences of ‘ bringing a plate’ have provided me with endless nice things to cook for our class breaks in the Studio. Here are three popular ones from this term. Sharon’s Muffins […]

Great garments completed!

Last summer…. Meredith chose a silk satin and silk organza to make a classic evening top with a cluster of beads holding a tie to neck…exquisite! Julie’s ‘mother of the bride’ outfit was a gorgeous beaded silk chiffon, softly flowing over wide legged pants. Hand made tassle with added rhinestones and beads on front cowl […]

Warmer climes anyone?

Term 3 sees Kaye traveling north to warmer climes…. Can’t say I blame her ! She certainly won’t need her beautiful new coat, made last term from Burda pattern and cashmere & wool fabric… Fabulous!

New blog!

Thanks to son Hugo I now have a blog to record Studio info, photos and tips, woo-hoo!Watch this space…..XJ