Saturday, December 6, 2008

Diane von Furstenberg inspired wrap dresses for breastfeeding mums!

Finally I've finished the other two garments. These are both wrap dresses but one is made of a printed cotton voile with a black cotton lycra binding; and the other is made of the same black cotton jersey with the printed voile as trim. The jersey dress also has a collar. The print dress also features princess seams with invisible zippers for easy breastfeeding/nursing access.

Here's what a friend of mine said when I emailed her the collection:

"They look fantastic Amanda and the breastfeeding option is genius. Truly. There are not any proper breastfeeding clothes and I've NEVER seen a sexy dress which you could wear to work or a party and be able to breastfeed without having to hoik it over your head or pull half your body out. There is nothing like these frocks out there - and you'd wear them if you were breastfeeding or not! You are really on to something! Put your feet up and then I think you will need to conquer the world."

The parade is on Monday, I am so excited!

Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

1950s-inspired printed shirtwaist dress... with breastfeeding zips!

So I'm about to complete my fashion design certificate, and 7 days away from our end-of-year parade. Today I finished one of my three dresses which I am delighted to share with you all.

This is garment AMASD002. It's a very simple shirtwaist dress with a fitted bodice, full (flared A-line) skirt, above-elbow sleeves with asymmetrical buttoned cuffs, and two princess seams running down the front of the bodice which contain invisible zippers for easy breastfeeding access! My target market is 30-45 year old mums of small children (like me) who find it impossible to (a) find anything nice to fit/flatter us post-baby, and (b) find anything nice to fit/flatter us AND make it easy to breastfeed. I designed, patternmade and constructed the whole thing myself.

I will post the others as I complete them over the next few days.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Baby Boy Quilt

Just thought I'd quickly share a gorgeous quilt I made for a friend's baby shower recently. It was the only handmade gift there, yeah! I love the easy piecing of the strips (all 4.5" wide) yet the blocks of colour really make an impact. Like most of my quilts it's a mix of new and recycled fabrics. This is my 2-year-old daughter playing on it. I quilted it with a bunch of wavy lines running horizontally and vertically. Can't wait to make more like it!

Friday, July 4, 2008

A new mei tai for a new baby!

So I've had another baby, and he was already 2lbs heavier than his big sister at birth and too big for the mei tai I made for her nearly two years ago:

So I made him a new one!

I whipped this up in about 2 hours while my wee babe was asleep yesterday (gotta love kindy days when the house is toddler-free!) using Beth's Mei Tai pattern. Awesome. The little man loves it too. Even managed to pop out a tit and feed him in it! How's that for hands-free??

Do you think he likes the mei tai? ;)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Two of my fashion illustrations have made it to the FBI Student Gallery!


My maternity wear fashion illustration that was featured on the FBI web site (had to rescue it because the page is no longer valid!). Medium = watercolour, felt tip pen, background is antique newsprint, outfit is collaged pattern paper and origami paper, butterflies are collaged origami paper.


My pop-art inspired cocktail wear fashion illustration that was also featured on the FBI site. Medium = gouache paint, pantone markers, and collaged bubble wrap (on her dress).

Monday, January 21, 2008

Baby boy quilt made almost entirely from scraps!

Back in October I promised my friend Nat I'd make her something for her new baby boy, who is now nearly three months old! Yikes! Where did that go? I pieced the top together about a month ago using scraps from some gorgeous fabric one of my mothers' group friends gave me in return for some babysitting I did for her, but since I'd run out of batting, it sat folded neatly on my sewing table patiently waiting for me to get my act together. Today after dropping Hannah at daycare, I stopped off at the Remnant Warehouse and purchased 2 metres of the stuff, and got sewing!

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the diagonal quilting on this quilt. Not only does it look good, but the uni-directional stitching gives it a stability that I haven't found with other types of quilting (usually stitch-in-the-ditch is as adventurous as I get!). And it was a complete accident too: While getting ready to free-motion quilt my new knitting needle roll (which I will post soon, I promise!) I neglected to pay close attention to the position of the upper bar on my darning foot when I attached it to the sewing machine. The result was a loud "crunch" and the top snapped clean off the foot! Devastation! So I had no choice but to put the walking foot on instead and do some straight lines, which turned out looking way better than my dodgy squiggles. Funny how some things work out, isn't it?

Anyway, I thought the combination of colours and patterns would be great stimulation for the little bloke when he has tummy time. One quick wash to get rid of the chalk marks (you didn't think I'd sewed those lines freehand, did you? LOL!) and into the mail it will go!