Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sewing Inspiration - Pinterest Pattern Ideas

I've been trying to find some good patterns lately to get me back into sewing. It's always good to do some research of fabric types and pattern styles before you start so here are a few ideas I came across.


I'm in love with this Asos dress on the left! The BurdaStyle dress on the right actually comes with sleeves and cuts out similar to the dress on the left. It's one of my favourites!!
Not completely the same but I think the pattern on the right would look great in stripes or spots!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Echidna Sewing Club at Capalaba!

Exciting news with me is that I just started working at Echidna Sewing Club! It's one of those rare opportunities where I can combine my career and hobby in one.

I am the Digital Marketing Manager therefore I will be in charge of some really fun and exciting things coming up including:
  • Building a new website, blog and online shop
  • Social media
  • Graphic design and print media
  • Helping out with events and marketing

Echidna Sewing Products is located in Capalaba with stores also in Mooloolaba and Townsville. If you haven't heard of them before they are the largest Brother Sewing and Embroidery machine reseller in Australia. They also do trade in's of any type of sewing/embroidery machine if you are in need of an upgrade.

Being part of a sewing community it would be great to find out if anyone is interested in organising more events such as social sewing, etc. If you think I can help out in any way please send me an email at

There are already a number of events that Echidna Sewing Club does so I will post those up when they come around.

Here are some photos of the Capalaba store below.

Just to prove how exciting this job will be for me I get to take home and trial out different sewing or embroidery machines.

The first trial machine I am using is the Brother Innov-is NV950 Sewing and Embroidery Machine. I'll post up some pictures of my first embroidery design and garment. Yay!

xx Erin xx

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beach Quilt

So my best friend is getting married this weekend and this is the wedding I am excited to be a bridesmaid in as well. I wanted to give her something extra for her wedding so I thought something handmade might make it a little extra special. She is getting married at Stradbroke Island so I thought I would make her a 'beach themed quilt'.

I found a few strip quilts online and loved the design and style. They also looked like they wouldn't be too time consuming since I have had very limited time lately to get all of these project completed. It ended up being perfect and only took about 1 week to fully complete.

King Single Quilt

Material used for this quilt.

  • 3 x 1.6 meters of feature fabric (cut in 6.5 inch strips) 
  • 2 x 1.6 meters of blending fabric (cut into 4.5 inch strips)
  • 2 x 1.6 meters of plain fabric (cut into 2.5 inch strips)
  • 2.2 x 1.6 meters of quilt cotton backing
  • 2.2 x 1.6 of cotton wadding

All of this fabric was purchased from East Coast Fabrics in Logan, which are really well priced.

  • $7.95 Quilt fabric (some only $5.95)
  • $10 meter for cotton backing
  • $10 meter for wadding

All up I think the total cost of the quilt material was about $80-$90, which is insane because you can't even buy plain quilts for that cost at Pillow Talk hehe. PLUS!! The original material I cut up into strips had enough left over to make myself a quilt too, so all I had to do was go and buy extra wadding and cotton backing. Yahoo!! I even have some left over to make pillow cases!!

Here is the feature that I got my mum to embroider on the back with my friends name and date of the wedding. I probably should have sewn this on 'after' I did the hand sewn edges. It was cutting it pretty close but still looks nice enough. I figured it could be a corner feature hehe.

Hope you enjoy and have a new love for strip quilts like I do and how EASY and affordable they are!!

xx Erin xx

Butterick - Sailor Hens Party Dress

It's been the year of weddings for me I haven't been able to catch up on pretty much anything lately with 6 weeks non stop hens/wedding celebrations. This upcoming week is my final wedding which I am also a bridesmaid in, which will be very exciting.

The weekend just gone I went to a Sailor themed hens party which was outrageously funny. The theme was sailor because the day was on a boat cruising through the Gold Coast canals. The night ended up at Cavill Ave and it seems like if you have 12 girls all dressed up as sailor outfits the clubs are quite happy to give you free drinks all night! So lets just say the night was very entertaining!

Me and the beautiful Hen!

For this dress I used pattern Butterick pattern 5747 and only had to make a few adjustments which included making the collar a solid square at the back and also adding full sleeves.

Here is a few funny pictures from the night.

I have finally got back into sewing after a bit of a lull so hopefully a few more posts coming soon!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Nippori Textile / Fabric District - Japan

If you get a chance to go to Japan definitely check out Nippori Textile / Fabric District.

It would depend what time of year you travel to Japan if you are looking for certain types of fabrics. We went in summer last time and found the most gorgeous dress fabrics. You can get some bargain buys less than 500 yen / meter ($6 AUS).

This year travelling in colder months so obviously a lots of knits and jacket/suit material. The only problem with buying lots of thick material is getting it all home in your luggage.

Any time of the year they always have amazing kids themed material, quilt material and Japanese fabrics so I always stock up on those :)

How to ask for fabric in Japanese

1 meter please - ichi me-r taru onegaishimasu
2 meter please - ni me-r taru onegaishimasu
3 meter please - san me-r taru onegaishimasu

1- 10 (ichi, ni, san, yon, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, gyu)
Meter - me-r taru
Please - onegashimasu
Thank you - Domo / domo arigato

No thank you - daijobu   (this one comes in handy!)

Fabric Tomato has a couple of stores along this street. One of which has about 6-7 levels so you will be sure to find a number of goodies (look out for the logo below). However, there are a number of remnants, patterns, lace, Japanese kimono type stores and more along the way.

Recommendations on where to stay

If your making the trip to Tokyo for the first time and want to stay somewhere you can easily get around I highly recommend staying in Ueno at Mitsui Garden Hotel.

P.S I am an extremely annoying and fussy traveller when I go to Japan (Food allergies, don't speak Japanese, need a comfortable bed to sleep on, etc).

Here are the reasons I loved and recommend Ueno - Mitsui Garden Hotel:
  1. Comfortable beds!!! This is a deal breaker for me as I put my back out on a rock hard bed in Kyoto and couldn't site see for that day waa!! It was horrible.
  2. English speaking staff at the front counter if you don't speak Japanese.
  3. The rooms come with complimentary water, mini fridge, back massagers, facial steamers. The 2nd floor has laundromat services (300 yen / wash). They don't have food service to your rooms but there is an Italian restaurant connected on the 1st floor that was amazing! Also, if you get in late etc there are a heap of Family Mart / 7 Eleven stores for something quick and easy.
  4. Across the road from Ueno Train Station, which have English speaking information booths where you can activate your Japan Rail Passes.
  5. Is directly above the subway lines which you can then easily access other areas of Tokyo such as Asakusa (highly recommend a day trip here).
  6. Lots of places for annoying fussy eaters like myself to go to (Starbucks, Renoir Cafe, Bakery's, Hard Rock Cafe, popular food chains).
  7. You don't get too overwhelmed and lost (we stayed at Shinjuku and it took an entire day to get our bearings even in daylight).
  8. Across the road from Ueno Park where you could site see for a whole day.
  9. Ameyoko Markets are in all of the surrounding streets so if you don't have much planned you can just head there for some shopping.
  10. Skyliner Airport train is also across the road which is more expensive but it will get you to the airport in about 35 minutes compared to just taking the JR rail which may take you over 1.5 hours.

More Photos

Here are a few more photos from our current trip to Tokyo and Kyoto.

Shibuya famous street crossing

Shibuya Grafitti

Shibuya shopping district

Harajuku Fashion

Harajuku shopping street (Takeshita Dori)

Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

Ameyoko Markets across from Ueno Station

Tokyo Skytree
We went to Asakusa and just got a taxi to the Tokyo Skytree for about 700 yen. Pretty impressive building!!

Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Shinjuku Government Building

Shinjuku Government Building view

Kyoto Light/Lantern Festival

Kyoto Light/Lantern Festival

Hope you enjoy, Erin xx
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