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 heating mode!!  Fans are going to start the sewing term, full throttle!

I have had some fun putting some of the Tessuti patterns into garments over the holidays and so there are a few new road tested garments on offer for making.

Esther shorts( think Roman holiday) Iris dress( a re visit of the lantern shaped Eva dress with some nice new necklines) and two lovely shirts Helga( we take in the back by just lapping it to suit your figure and sew it down on outside)and Audrey, pretty with a below bust tie. Two new pants to try, Demi..lovely loose linen style caught in at the hem almost harem style and Nina a slim style to make in stretch sateen. For the hot summers Tessuti styles are great…geared towards linen and looseness so they are perfect for floating around.

A slight increase in fees this year, due mainly to the hike in power costs, so make use of the special if fees are paid by end of February at the old price.

Over the break we had some special events which featured sewing by studio sew students..very worthy of photos for you all to enjoy!


Cathy’s layered silk chiffon dress as mother of the bride was a ‘work in progress’ last term and with tweaking and classmate suggestions the final dress was just perfect for her gorgeous daughter, Emma’s wedding in Kangaroo valley….Emma was a student of mine when she was in high school so this had very special significance…Matthew scrubbed up well too and quite dapper in his themed blue outfit!

Congratulations Emma …and Cathy! ( what you can’t see are the tiny silver and mauve beads sewn around neck and hem edges that Cathy painstakingly handsewed into place ..)


Next came our gorgeous student Natasha in a simple lace gown, looking perfect for a summer country wedding at the Old Convent, Borenore. She tells me she sewed the flower girls dress the day before, much to her husband to be’s horror…men just don’t understand !

Congratulations Natasha !


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