Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We have had trick or treaters today, amazing in our little town. And also a Halloween party to attend! Very exciting. But me? I've been making knickers again..

The top ones are STENZO birdy lovely ( and that reminds STENZO arrives next week!!! ) The bottom in HILCO Girly  Vive Ete ( thanks Sara!) knit. Again it's the Hot Pants epattern, Cinderella*Zwergen*Mode, in the CM shop.  I have not pressed these they are sitting a little weird.

These take very little fabric and are great to use your leftovers.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

And more Undies!

I have Challenged myself to make one pair of these each day this week, thus giving the youngest a full week's worth of new undies!

Todays' offering..the Polka Dot Specials! Pattern is again Hot Pants by Cinderella Zwergen Mode, from my store, Crafty Mamas. Fabric a cotton/spandex knit from The Stash!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

No Lengthy Posts from Me today...

I have taken the day off to celebrate both my and my youngest's birthday!

Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl, I am so pleased to share a birthday with you!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Winner of the Ottobre Design 4 issue Sub is...

Liz said...
I love Ottobre because, with a jacket, pants, shirt, vest & tie to make for my DS (smart looking) and a flowergirl dress for my DD - Ottobre proved once again, that it is perfect for all the patterns I need. And I know they will fit and look gorgeous!

As selected by
WOW! Congratulations Liz!! I'll being adding four extra kids issues to your current subscription courtesy of Crafty Mamas!


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Tonight the girls and I made our very first Jack-o-lantern! I did have telephone counseling from a very dear ex-US-dwelling friend...which helped a lot! This is the centre piece for my youngest daughter's birthday party tomorrow-

Theme is of course, Halloween!

So much fun..I think we need to do one of these every year! Gotta run..I have to make a birthday cake now!


I promised a Michael Miller knit fabric Give-away when we hit 350! Winging it's way to us at the moment are 3 new MM knits...for mamas!
If you would like to be in with a chance to win a metre of either Delovely Demask,Quarter foils black or Quarter foils ebony...leave me a comment about why you'd love to win this!
Winner announced when they arrive :D



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cinderella*Zwergen*Mode Hot pants!

Still sewing undies! This time I enlisted the help of the Cinderella*Zwergen*Mode Hot pants e-pattern. Crafty Mamas is proudly the only Aussie stockist of these e-pattens..and they are little gems! 

I  have sewn up most of the Cinderella*Zwergen*Mode patterns, but this is my first time with this one. It is fantastic! It is only 3 bits to trace, and then four bits to cut. The design does not leave an annoying seamline on the inside of the knickers...and they are just the right length for my dd.

Here's mine, fabric is some Stenzo cotton/lycra knit from my stash. I think these work really well with the cotton/lycra knits, you get the 4 way stretch going on.



These took  me 15 minutes to sew it! 
Lot's more of these coming up!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Pretty glamorous, huh? Stunt undies out of leftover knits. All those little bits I really feel guilty if I I hoard them all in the IKEA Billy's shelves...much to the annoyance of Mr Crafty. ( they are forever falling out..knits do that).

Tomorrow is Sew UP Wednesday at Crafty Mamas, and I want to be ready! So I've sewn these up for the victim..ahem...youngest child to give a test run in the am. Then I can adjust from there .

This pattern is a Jalie #2568, from the Crafty Mamas shop. Knit remnant is Michael Miller/Modkid 100% cotton. This pattern is wonderful ( as are all Jalie's) and fits my other daughter  perfectly. The youngest I may have trouble getting that comfort factor in, as she is built like me..poor kid.

So there you go..have you got a FAVE undies pattern?


This is one of the new ladies Mamu Design patterns. So quick to make-up. This is the simple version of the unlined apron. Except I used bias all the way around.

Lisa Lotte from the CM shop.

Fabric is from my stash. Some Marrimekko looking cotton woven.

I really like this, I am keen to try the other variations!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Keen to have a go at sewing without patterns? A bit of a DIY'er? ( me too!)

Then I highly recommend this little book.... so much that I stock it in the Crafty Mamas shop.

It's not an expensive hardcover's a nifty little softcover, and at $15.00 it will earn it's keep in no time. A Crafty Mama's Favourite. This soft cover book has step by step illustrations, clear advice, and the coolest hippy clothes to make!  It shows you how to make your own patterns for and sew...skirts, pants, dresses, a waistcoat, and heaps more.

This book has been an indispensable resource for over 40 years, they keep reprinting need it!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

HAVE YOU SEEN?>>>> Mamu Design?

Mamu Design patterns are from German designer Mariya Muschard.

Included in the one pattern are instruction in English, Dutch and German. The patterns come with full, easy to read instructions and there are also tutorials with pics online for most patterns.  Both the ladies and children's patterns are multisized so excellent value ( a couple even have Mama and children's on the one pattern!).

You can find the range here in Crafty Mamas shop . They are $16.00 each.

The three latest are :

Nell, A line dress with variations

LEA T shirt basics
And, ( this one I am sewing up  now...) Lisa Lotte Apron dress/skirt variation.

So, have you Mamu'd lately?

Happy Sewing!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Have you seen....

Our very funky machine embroidery designs? For girls AND boys! ( always hard to find the boyz cool stuff!

 From beautiful Euro Oli flower designs....
 to Boys Only graphics!

To whimsical dragonflies
And fantastic funghi!

Our designs are the works of Katalina's embroideries.

Machine embroidery designs add a little grooviness and individuality to your home sewn designs. Either embroidered directly onto your fabric or as a badge (backed with fabric or felt.) appliqued on. We stock Kunin felt, which holds up really well to those stitch intense designs and makes excellent badges.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crafty Mamas has THE BEST knit fabrics in Australia...

There, I've said it now! But we really do!...have you seen the delicious new season HILCO knits? Mixed with our regular stocks ...what an awesome combination!

For those not familiar with the knit fabrics we stock at Crafty Mamas...

These are from the German textile company HILCO and are of the highest quality. Many have achieved Oeko-Tex certification.

Pics from

 There is a reason HILCO fabrics are favoured by European designers...

Their colours are brilliant and their composition of cotton/elastomeric makes them comfy to wear, but with the "zing" factor so they do not stretch out of shape ( ie; baggy knees!). After washing kids clothes for 20 years, I've seen some limp garments! But these are well worth the extra money in terms of longevity, colour and quality. They are perfectly suited to children's clothing.

Each season HILCO releases variations of Campans and Campantes...they look excellent together or all mixed up. 

They are not cheap, but one "feel" and you'll see why we all rave about them. 
A good economical option is to use Campans mixed with the other world famous Crafty Mamas knit...

STELLA is manufactured here in Australia, and comes in many colours for you to mix and match with the other knits in store. STELLA is a cotton/elastomeric composite knit so again you get brilliant recovery -so great for leggins, in place of ribbing, and as yoga style waistbands, or as your main garment.
Be warned though, once you've used STELLA, you'll never use another!

Oh! STELLA has recently had a 21% price drop too!! I should mention that!

Happy Sewing!

Lisa :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

FARBENMIX Ribbon Give-away! Winners announced!

Drumroll..we have 2 winners...

Nadine said...These new ribbons are just gorgeous - especially Flora Fox!!
I'd have to use flora fox as trim on the bottom of a dress!


Bec Clarke said...I love to look at them, but I also love using them as trimming on everything, hems of dresses, book covers, purses, everything


Congratulations guys!

Please email your address so I can get your Farbenmix ribbon packs out to you!

Thankyou everyone!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

More Weekend Hippy Fun!

I got into the dye pots a little last night..such fun. The first is a 2m length of summer weight knit I bucket dyed a raspberry ( beetroot!) colour. This is lovely, I scrunched it up and it has bits of blue mixed in . Destined to be a pair of Otto Woman yoga pants.  Please excuse the rest of the table..we live here :)

And this is a metre of the same knit..done in a tight spiral and dyed with graduating shades of mauve, purples, with a bit if red. Just fooling around...having fun. Lil has claimed this to hang in her room ( really, they claim cannot move in there!).

I also made another cool rainbow t shirt, but it is in bed asleep now ( so much loved). 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!