Surprise Make – Dog Jumper

So I know that I said I was only going to make a few things as I get back into sewing after my wrist injury, but when I saw Annika Victoria’s tutorial on how to make a Dog Jumper I knew I had to make one. Annika is really awesome inspiring youtuber who makes videos about sewing, thrifting and other cool DIYs. She was one of my inspirations to start sewing so it was really cool to finally make one of her projects.

I made my dog jumper out of a thrifted human jumper that I got for $5. Its a blue stripy bumpy fabric (I don’t know how to explain it) but I thought it would work well as it is really stretchy. My dog lives in a different state to me so I had to go off measurements that I made last time I was home and then send it to her to see if it would fit.


Molly Jumper 1

My puppy in her Jumper

The photos I have were taken by my Dad so they’re not the best quality but I think they show how she feels about her new jumper 🙂 The arm holes are a little bit small but the jumper still fits her well. From what I hear she likes wearing it so I will definitely be making her some more in the future 🙂

Molly Jumper 2

Canberra Sewing Meetup

This weekend I went to my first Canberra Sewing Meetup. Since I started sewing in September I have not had any interaction with other people who sew. None of my friends sew, no one in my family sews, and since I have been teaching myself through patterns and youtube videos, I have not really met anyone else who sews.

When I found out about Meetups I thought it would be a great way to meet other likeminded people and maybe even make new friends. I was really nervous before the Meetup since I didn’t know what it would be like or what the people would be like, but once I got there I realised that all my fears were unnecessary. Everyone was really lovely and was really happy to offer help and support throughout the session.

While the online community of sewers is amazing it was really inspiring to be able to meet with other sewers in person. I feel even more excited about sewing and about this community than I did before and I really look forward to what the future of my sewing journey holds.

It’s Been a While…June Sewing Plans

So its been a few months since I last posted. Unfortunately I developed tendonitis in both of my wrists and elbows in late February which meant that I have basically been unable to do any crafty things since then. I have been feeling much better over the past few weeks and I am really excited to get back to it.

I have a few planned makes for June, it’s starting to get really cold in Canberra so I need to start building my winter wardrobe.


1) Sew Over It – Ultimate Trousers

The Ultimate Trousers by Sew-Over-It was one of the first patterns that I bought. I had heard that lots of people were afraid of sewing pants because they can be quite tricky so I new that I wanted pants to be one of the first things I would make. I thought that if I started making pants from the beginning then I would never be afraid of making them.

I chose the Ultimate Trousers because I new they were aimed at beginners and thought they would be a good first pants pattern.

I already have my fabric planned – I’m going to use the Gertie Lemons Black Sateen fabric which is designed by Gretchen Hirsch and sold at Spotlight.

Gertie Lemons fabric

As soon as I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to make a pair of pants out of it. It has a slight stretch but from what I have seen from other people’s makes, it should still work fine.


2) Seamwork Patterns  – Astoria Sweater


I really like the shape of this pattern and I think that it will make a good staple jumper for winter.


3) Self Drafted Headband

I made a headband a few weeks ago and really liked making it so I’ve decided to make some more. One of my friends also really liked the style of it and wants to learn how to sew a bit so we are going to make some together as a fun crafternoon activity.



Since I’m still recovering from my tendonitis I’m going to take it slow this month and not plan too many projects. Hopefully this will help me get back into the habit of sewing.


xx Alice