Showing posts from December, 2017

2017 Christmas/New Year trading hours

We'll be open our usual trading hours right up to 4pm, December 23rd before closing for a break until Saturday January 13th (12-4pm). Our  online shop never closes, and we'll be shipping orders throughout the Christmas/New Year break.  Wishing you all good times and a spot of festive cheer - Fiona & Jane xx

Pattern Review: The West Coast Skirt by Frankie and Ray

I love learning new sewing skills. I love a challenging project that pushes me to conquer a new technique and achieve professional looking detail in a complex garment. But. There are times I also long for simplicity. That effortless chic of a design market stallholder-type (you know what I mean don't you?) with her minimalist jewellery. Pure, simple lines that are obviously handmade, but with thoughtfulness, not fuss. Garments you can pull on time and again and never tire of. Garments you can dress up, or down. Jo of Frankie and Ray has that aesthetic down to a fine art. Based in seaside Victoria, she designs, makes and sells beautifully simple garments in gorgeous fabrics (lots of Liberty and linen!). And she's begun releasing patterns so we can all join in the fun. The West Coast Skirt is just that kind of effortless style I have in mind. Pull-on, pockets, elastic and drawstring waist. Below the knee, just a little bit A-line. Extremely achievable for beginners and