new dresses

I’m proud to introduce the Sandy (yes, named after me – call it nepotism if you like) and the Dorothy.

The Sandy is made for me to wear to my good friend Anja’s wedding on 5 September.  I got the light grey shimmer cotton really cheaply at the textrim sale, but found i just didn’t have enough when it came down to making the dress, and there is just no more of this shade left for sale in Durban.  I know, cos I’ve looked.  I considered other patterns for the fabric, but this one just kept playing like a stuck record.   This dress shows my first ever home made bias binding; have to say, nothing could be easier, nor more rewarding.  I will take daytime pics tomorrow.

The Dorothy is so named as this is a dot dress.  I don’t know anyone named Dorothy, except she of the red shoes.  The dress is made of pure cotton, printed by the Da Gama company.  Fitted bustier bodice with straps, with a slimline skirt.  The skirt has a kickslit at the back, and is knee length.  The dress is lined to the waist, and has a pale pink zip and hooks and eyes to fasten at the back.  Perfect little number for summer.


the caitlin

looking on the yummy dress sites that i see (went to trashydiva.com yesterday, and spent a VERY long time on the site), the dresses are named after people.  hurricanes are too.  anyway.  i made this outfit for caitlin, so it’s going to be called the caitlin.  it isn’t an original design, but how cute is it?  the outfit is made entirely from da gama textile cotton, so is not only easy to look after, but is proudly south african too.

the top is fastened by a zip and hook n eye, the pants are elasticised, and have a small slit at the bottom.

this is made for a 7 year old, and the cost is R200

lemon cream dress

the dress is now done!  and it looks great.  the lemon yellow piping detail is wonderfully subtle, and the 50s flare can either hide a multitude of sins or give you hips where you have none.  the dress is fastened at the back with a zip and a hook n eye.  the zip is hidden by a line of piping down the centre back seam.  if you’re interested in one of these, please let me know in advance, or order one on the day.

this one is a size 14:

bust: 92 cm

waist: 72 cm

hips: 102 cm, although this pattern is forgiving on the hips

cost: R350

lemon cream

the inspiration for this dress came from the work of my supremely talented friend and partner in crime, bronwen vaghan-evans. for this month’s market, she started to make brooches, pendants and earrings from well known sweeties and biscuits (see the yummy goodies below). she has a knack for turning every day things into something cool and wonderful.

my favourite biscuit is the lemon cream. traditionally this would have been a lemon cream sandwiched between two plain sugar biscuits. these days i think it’s just a lemony sugary mixture between two rather ordinary biscuits, but it still tastes great.

this dress is cut along traditional bustier lines, with a flared 50s skirt. the hint of lemon is as subtle as the taste in the biscuit, including a lemon yellow zip at the back. the biscuit is provided by the luxurious feel of biscuit-coloured satin. the dress is lined to waist level. pair it with your favourite pink shoes, and take it out dancing.

the piping detail is only along the two front panel seams, and the back center seam. i’m still debating as to whether i should pipe along the top, and i’m tending towards yes. i have a little time to mull it over.

I Heart Market 1 August

A few pics of our stall at the I Heart Market on Saturday 1 August. Once again, thanks to all our friends who came out to support us – especially the ones who’d had little sleep and perhaps too much Jagermeister the night before.

Lots of sweet goodies from My Little Bluebird

Lots of sweet goodies from My Little Bluebird

Beautiful kimonos from Jane the Clerk

Beautiful kimonos from Jane the Clerk

Jane the Clerks gorgeous skirts. Pink Sweetheart bags from HotButteredToast.

Jane the Clerks gorgeous skirts. Pink Sweetheart bags from HotButteredToast.

Well we are in for a treat of a weekend. Tonight is the Rift Reloaded party and tomorrow morning (maybe not so bright, but early) is the I HEART Durban Market. I have tried to be nerdily organised for this market – I have even bought paper bags.

So here are glimpses of goodies that will be sitting on my side of the table.


pattern caramels
Creamy Dreamy Caramel brooches at R 40 each

pattern lemon
Lemon Cream Biscuit brooches @ R50 each
pattern love

Love Heart pins and pendants in three colours @ R30 each

pattern mouse
Three Blind Mice (well i actually have seven blind mice). These are fridge magnets and are @ R 50 each

pattern rolo
My last Rolo is for you (but only if you have R 40)

pattern strawberry
Strawberry Whirl Biscuit Brooches @ R 50 each

pattern allsorts
All Sorts of Allsorts, all @ R 40 each

pattern marie
I know you have seen these before, but the Marie Biscuit brooches are my favourites and I have only managed to make four (@ R 50 each)

Nathalie and Carla I have made up your order, see below. Please dont forget to come and collect the little tiles.

pattern dream
Nathalie’s Dream

pattern blue plh
Carla’s Peace and Hope with a little Love on the side. The little Dutch girl in me really likes the blue and cream combination.

And to end off ….a few variations on my favourites.

pattern black heart
My Black Black Heart @ R100

pattern love tile
Summer LOVE in the middle of winter @ R 100

Sweet things

New goodies for the I Heart Market tomorrow…

Jumping Jellybeans Apron

Jumping Jellybeans Apron

Sweetheart Apron

Sweetheart Apron