SEWING THE NEW FASHIONED WAY

Sewing has changed...
When we were kids growing up in our Mama's country fabric store, (The Renmark Sewing Basket!), my sister and I would browse through McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity and Vogue patterns for HOURS, writing a to-make list to hand on to our clever Mother. There is something so lovely about sitting down with a pattern book (and all its ugly, 90s-styled shoots) and imagining what COULD BE (were those garments not set in a 90s fashion shoot).
Fast forward 20 years and nothing strikes terror in my heart like a trip to Spotlight with four children. I recently sat down at the pattern tables for a quick browse while my daughter pummelled people with the trolley, my boys made hilarious jokes about the Halloween costumes (in the books they may or may not have accidentally ripped) and my toddler ate a packet of very-crummy-crackers to keep her contained in the trolley. I left in a fluster with an armful of patterns I still haven't sewn AND without my phone (which I spent 10 minutes panicking about and then found on silent in the back of a drawer full of patterns). #mumlife

SLOTHING AKA ONLINE SHOPPING
This, my friends, is why I online shop. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that slothing on the couch and enjoying a relaxing browse through your favourite online stores (Hello, Zara Australia online!) is the preferred mode of shopping for most of you.
About 18 months ago, whilst slothed out in one of these post-dinner digestion shops, I discovered a delightful little store called Hello Dear Kids run by Mijeong Jeong. Mijeong's Korean-based store sells incredible PDF sewing patterns and - HOORAY - the gorgeous models appear to have been photographed not just in the last 20 years but like, YESTERDAY. On-trend shapes, retro and fun fabrics and lovely, bright photography (and she's even on Instagram with all the cool kids!). Those of you who know me will know why I loved her vibe immediately. 

 Hello Dear Kids Ruffle Harem Jumper Pants  pattern

Hello Dear Kids Ruffle Harem Jumper Pants pattern

DIGITAL CREATION
So, confession: I'm sewing-averse. I CAN sew, and the feeling of having created something amazing is like a drug...but I prefer to step aside and let Makers Make. The drug for me is seeing things made from my fabrics. So I stored this glorious Harem Jumper Pants pattern in my memory (aka Etsy Wishlist) for a rainy day and got on my merry way designing fabrics.

 The moodboard I created for the fabric used in this project...! Top to bottom L-R (Fab  mustard hands , gorgeous furniture from  Corriere Italy , pretty quote by  Morgan Harper NIchols , cool art by  Dark Silence in Suburbia,   amazing velvet texture in this room by  KNSTRCT  via  Apartment Therapy , my pretty girl in....spoiler...her new romper using my fabric..., and a simple but lovely artwork by  Insplosion .

The moodboard I created for the fabric used in this project...!
Top to bottom L-R (Fab mustard hands, gorgeous furniture from Corriere Italy, pretty quote by Morgan Harper NIchols, cool art by Dark Silence in Suburbia,  amazing velvet texture in this room by KNSTRCT via Apartment Therapy, my pretty girl in....spoiler...her new romper using my fabric..., and a simple but lovely artwork by Insplosion.

I set myself a challenge to use a palette from my Pinterest Colour Board with an unusual blue, green and mint combo I hadn't used before and yep, you guessed it, here's the delicious fabric that resulted...

NEW FASHIONED SEWING
Oh, the wonders of the internet.
Through browsing on INSTAGRAM I discovered Hello Dear Kids on ETSY. From a pattern on my IPAD I created a DIGITAL TEXTILE DESIGN. From that I purchased MY FABRIC ONLINE from Spoonflower, downloaded my pattern and sewed it into a cute lil' romper I'm now sharing in my BLOG and on MY INSTAGRAM

WOW.

When I explain to my elderly, quilting grandmother that I design fabric for businesses via email, she smiles and nods sweetly. It IS unbelievable what is possible now through the Interwebs. Yes, when it comes down to it, you need to know how to sew - the old fashioned way - but Mijeong does a beautiful job with her instructions and heck, Google and YouTube are a second away. 

 PDF patterns are downloadable immediately. You then print the pattern out, piece them together according to the Pattern Guide and trace over it all with some baking paper. The process takes probably half an hour, which is far more palatable to me than a Spotlight trip with all the crummy crackers in the world. Spoonflower also offers  Sprout Patterns  services which allows you to choose a fabric, pop it in a pattern PDF and either sew it yourself or have it sewn and sent to you. 

PDF patterns are downloadable immediately. You then print the pattern out, piece them together according to the Pattern Guide and trace over it all with some baking paper. The process takes probably half an hour, which is far more palatable to me than a Spotlight trip with all the crummy crackers in the world. Spoonflower also offers Sprout Patterns services which allows you to choose a fabric, pop it in a pattern PDF and either sew it yourself or have it sewn and sent to you. 

 Here she is, in all her glory and with the  cutest headband  by  Topknot Girl . The headband features my Kitschy Kitty design and was printed by Spoonflower and sewn by the amazing Holly and I just had to have it! The pinks are from different palettes but they actually complemented each other really well, in a K-Pop, clash-y way!

Here she is, in all her glory and with the cutest headband by Topknot Girl. The headband features my Kitschy Kitty design and was printed by Spoonflower and sewn by the amazing Holly and I just had to have it! The pinks are from different palettes but they actually complemented each other really well, in a K-Pop, clash-y way!

And of course, I had to have my sweetest 'baby' model her new threads and her new headband. She was VERY stoked about the super-roomy pants and peplum, which she showed through many twirls, break-dancing and lifting her peplum up like a skirt...fortunately, far less revealing when the peplum's attached...and her new Kitschy Kitty headband was stellar for holding back the fly-aways on this windy day.

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 The back is definitely my favourite. No wait...maybe the peplum. Argh, I love it all!

The back is definitely my favourite. No wait...maybe the peplum. Argh, I love it all!

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When I invest time, money and energy into a garment or if it holds significant nostalgic value I tend to want my kids to wear it for the whole 6 months that they fit it. That means, especially for those of you living down in the Southern States of Oz, it needs to be layer-able. So I've included some Winter Warmer options for pairing with this pattern.

Winter options
Troppo Spoonflower Winter Option

Well, I hope this has inspired you to try something new! A palette outside of your comfort zone? Digital textile design? Digital sewing patterns? Shopping online and shopping small? Purchasing fabric online? Slothing? Go boldly, friend!!!

Shop fabric from my Spoonflower store, buy Mijeong's PDFs at Hello Dear Kids, shop Holly's headbands at Topknot Girl.