Thursday, 28 November 2013


The first time I ever heard the word Bespoke was when I was a girl and my parents had been to see The Bespoke Overcoat.  The film had a special significance for my mother, as she was a professional dressmaker who came from a long line of tailors in Sydney and country Singleton.

So when I was approached by Bespoke Magazine to have one of my Christmas skirts featured in their latest issue, I was absolutely delighted.  You can find it in my Etsy shop here.

This is the gorgeous cover of the current issue - further details here

If you have ordered one of my Christmas Tree garlands or children's clothing, I am working my way through the huge backlog, so please accept my apologies if they are a couple of days past the promised date.  By mid to late next week I plan to bring my made-to-order items back on line on my Etsy and Madeit shops for a short time before closing for the Christmas period.  In the meantime, there are plenty of ready-to-ship items for you to choose from.  

Consider them all bespoke.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Busy times

My poor blog has been neglected, but for all the right reasons.  The lead-up to Christmas has produced the biggest sales month I have had in my Etsy and Madeit shops.  Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing and I have now de-activated all made-to-order items from both shops so that I can catch up with the huge backlog of orders waiting to be made.

One lovely customer requested a couple of my Christmas Tree garlands in specific colours and with aqua ties.  I'm so pleased with the results that I will be introducing them next Christmas.

There's something about aqua this season, because another customer conferred with me for a custom order and this is what resulted.  Happy customer which makes me happy as well.

The Sugar Plum Christmas Skirt has been a big hit this year (there's that aqua again) and it is a change from the more traditional red and green.  I have one left in size 7-8.

With the promise of a hot summer ... apparently ... this dress sold out quickly.

But by far this is the dress which has proved to be the most popular and very quickly sold out.

Back to the sewing machine.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Come and get it

November, the month when people realise that Christmas is only a little more than a month away.  This year for some reason shoppers are getting an early start and snapping up clothing and gifts for the season.

I had been sewing along at a reasonable pace, filling a steady stream of orders when yesterday my Christmas skirt was featured on the Madeit Shopping Guide.  The skirt sold immediately, as well as two dresses and a custom order.  Suddenly my comfort zone was pushed to the edge.  As a consequence, there is now a two week waiting list on made-to-order items.

However, I do have lots of items ready to ship, so if you are in a hurry for something, maybe you will find it here.  It's a long list, so grab a cup of coffee and scroll at your leisure.  I only have one of each item, but have listed both websites where they can be purchased. First in best dressed!

Ready to ship


Sugar Plum Christmas party skirt, Size 7/8, available here or here

Twirly Layered Skirt, Christmas Trees, size 4,  here or here
Ombre Skirt, Red Dots, size 8,  here or here


Red Dandelion Butterfly Sleeve dress, size 4, here or here

Tiered Party Dress, Blue Rhapsody, size 6, here or here
London Blooms, size 4, here and here
Sail Away, size 2, here and here

Pink Parfait, size 18/24 months, here and here
Tunic Dress, Raspberry Paisley, size 8, here and here
Party Bow Dress, Blue & Mocha Floral, size 3, here and here
Florabunda, size 2, here and here
Bella, size 3, here and here
Party Bow Dress, Summer Tree, size 5, here and here
Party Bow Dress, Hearts and Roses, size 8, here and here
Pink Chevron Sundress,, fully lined, size 2, here and here
Jumper Dress, Daisies, size 1, here and here
Strawberry Tea Party, Size 5, here and here
Cotton Candy, Size 3, here and here
Skirts, Tops, Rompers

Twirly Skirt, Sail Away, Size 1, here and here
Layered Skirt, Blue Dahlias, Size 6, here and here
Layered Skirt, Tropical Days, Size 6, here and here
Butterfly Garden, Size 7, here and here
Bubble Romper, Lov ebirds, size 3-6 months, here and here
Coconut Ice, Size 2, here and here