Giving Gifts to Wine Enthusiasts: A Christmas Book Guide…

Have you checked out our latest video on YouTube? Helen & Joey Estate, from the Yarra Valley, sponsored me to do a Christmas gift guide for wine lovers. This complimentary blog post rounds up my favourite wine books – one for each stage of the wine enthusiast’s journey!

Keep reading if you want to be the favourite boozed-up Auntie/Wife/Floozie/Mother/Lover/Brother/Significant Other at your Christmas event… Continue reading

2019 #makenine … well, make five

It might have become apparent by now that I struggle to stick to deadlines & wishlists for my sewing – and blogging. I have attempted the Make Nine challenge the last couple of years. It’s just that with every new pattern release, or fabric shop, there is something more exciting to play with!

The best sewing decision I ever made was signing up to a jeans-making course in Glasgow at The Stitchery (now closed while the lovely Cassandra finishes her masters). I relished the challenge of jeans-making, and it led to me taking more care and patience in my sewing.

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uni & work & uni & work & uni & work

Hello fabulous folks!
This is just a quick note that Fern & Thread will be back – most of my stressful Uni deadlines will be dealt with within two weeks. SO come October, expect some more blog posts, another Sew Vino episode, and some extra special content over on Forgotten Threads…

Forgive us this mini-breather, and we’ll be back in full swing in October!

Happy Sewing! xx H & C

two tie tees…

Pattern: Kommatia T003
Made before? Yes, I made a striped version in a stable knit which I wear all through Summer
Will make again? Without a doubt, read more for specific uses for this tee…
Adjustments? There is a hack detailed below…
Inspiration: This Lululemon t-shirt
Fabric: The orange is a rayon jersey I bought for $3 a metre at Spotlight years ago, the blue was a remnant from Lincraft even more years ago! Continue reading

#sewphotohop Day 5 – Sewing corner Organisation & Inspiration

We’re celebrating Day 5 of the #sewphotohop challenge (hosted by House of Pinheiro) with an Inspiration/Organisation/Somewhat How-to guide on getting your sewing room back on track! These tips & tricks are affordable and easy, so you don’t have to go too far down the aspirational-home-decor-magazine-pinterest black hole… Although, I mean, we’re going to, aren’t we?

Before we get started, make sure you follow me on Insta to see all my #sewphotohop posts, and check out my new You Tube series, Sew Vino! (Is it a coincidence that my sewing room borders our mini bar?)

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Sneak peek…

A lot has been going on at Fern and Thread HQ, and we have two new projects coming out in the next couple of months! You lucky wordpress followers will find out first – so make sure you’re subscribed to get ahead on all the new content!

Pro Tip – Fern & Thread will soon have a Patreon page – if you’re impressed by our content, please give us a little more funding to create more just for you!
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Little Black Skirt

Pattern: Simplicity 1370
Made before? Yes, I’ve blogged about it here.
Will make again? yes, I love this view & I have another version in the works with a slightly more retro feel.
Adjustments? Raised the waist seam to make it sit at a high natural waist, and graded between size 10 at the waist and 12 at the hips.
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here.
Fabric: Suede backed scuba from Remnant Warehouse – they don’t seem to have any more in stock, but you could try this super cool fabric. Continue reading

What I’ve been sewing to…

I don’t know how you working mothers do it.

I know I have a tendency to get over-excited about the 3,000 things I’m planning, set way too many goals, and end up feeling disappointed…but this semester has kind of taken the cake. Two fashion history-orientated research projects, as well as my other subject at uni, a video series to produce for YouTube (with accompanying sewing), a do-over of the blog and more frequent posts, finally getting a gym membership, and auditions for a reality TV show (my lips are sealed, please don’t tempt me to tell!)

And then my latest obsession, podcasts. Continue reading