Cutie pie


I’m ‘Koala Bear’ and I’m turning 2 soon. I’m wearing this outfit Daddy’s Aunty made me. She sews a lot and sometimes we get to wear the things she sews for us. 

Do you like the car I’m holding? I like toys.

Now I don’t normally wear hats, but I can tell this hat will be good to wear when it’s cold. That’s what Mummy says. 

Aunty said she made this pattern for Seamstress Erin. It’s called Electron Layette and it’s comfy to wear.

Let me just eat my chocolate while Aunty talks. 

Mummy, where’s my drink. Mum. Mummy.

While ‘Koala Bear’ is eating his chocolate let me quickly say, this outfit was quick and easy to make. I used fabric that I bought from Clearit in Melbourne. It’s a soft, poly cotton two-way stretch knit.

‘Koala Bear’s’ Mum said the harem pants are perfect for nappy wearers. The sizing works for ‘Koala Bear’.

I plan to make one more set of this pattern so ‘Koala Bear’ can look less Smurf/elf and more his normal happy two-year old. He’s growing up so fast.

I took off my hat Aunty. Ha ha. Aren’t I a clever Koala Bear.

I love it!

Presidio purse

I had a quick go at making the Presidio Purse for the lovely Seamstress Erin. Yes. I’ve pattern testing again but this is my last pattern test for 2014.

My first bag making episode was painful. The leather bag was easier. This Presidio purse was a much easier make than my earlier attempts and my floral version below has been perfect for summer.

Front view
This hobo style purse features decorative front inset panels (either gathered or un-gathered) and an over-the-shoulder handle that can be all fabric or use hardware for a more ready-to-wear look. The fully lined inside has a large zippered pocket and, inside of that, a smaller subdivided pocket for pens and a cell phone or wallet.

Inside view

It comes in one size, so I decided to use a large print for this large purse. I know I’m short, but I was eager to see how Erin’s purse would work with a large print. It worked!

Erin’s version is really tasteful and well made. She’s used strong coloured fabric, great piping, cool lining, complimentary zippers and purse hardware.

My purse is understated and has been an excellent holiday ‘anything’ purse. I’ve used upholstery fabric I bought on ebay, brocade reused from a failed dress and zippers from my stash.

  • I rushed making this purse in between a bunch of other commitments in the run up to Christmas. So my purse planning was minimal.
  • I put the smaller pocket on the outside of the larger pocket so that I can get my phone fast. This has been very handy while we’ve been on holidays.
  • The front panels were cut on grain so the dahlias aligned to the rest of the print.
  • I missed using the large pocket top piece, but the large pocket still worked out.

Pattern testing in real life
My ‘anything’ purse…I’ve been using Erin’s Presidio purse while on a cycling break in the Victorian high country and I think my understated, everyday purse suits the country life.


A well-designed purse like this deserves much smarter planning than I’ve given it.


What I can say is Erin’s purse instructions are clear, easy to use and very achievable.

Back view

This purse has been handy on cycling days as well as on winery hopping days.

At a park trying not to fall off.
I know many of you plan your sewing projects in much more detail than I do. I’m very confident that when you make Erin’s Presidio purse, your version would be streets ahead on what I’ve achieved. I can already see you nodding in agreement. And Erin has a discount available right now.
I certainly won’t make the Olympic gym team.

I’ll go back to my sewing basics references and have another read of them before my new projects in 2014.

Thank you for reading my posts this year. I’ve enjoyed sharing each project and the ideas and comments you’ve taken the time to share with me. Most of all, I enjoyed meeting all of you and following your sewing adventures too.
Celebrate and enjoy 2014. See you then!!!