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The Fabric Store ‘Little Black Dress’ Fashion Hack Tutorial

After an overwhelming response to the fashion hack I did on The Fabric Stores Little Black Dress for charity, I decided to create a video tutorial and free downloadable pattern so that you can make one at home too!

I purchased my two dresses for $25 each, and $7 from each dress will support Orange Sky – a Brisbane Charity that helps to positively connect people experiencing homelessness through free laundry, showers and conversation.

This hack is pretty simple and is suitable for beginners to established sewers. It involves first hemming the maxi dress and transforming it into a cocktail length. Next, you use the excess fabric from the hem to create two ruffles which are then topstiched onto the dress. Piece of cake!

I’ve created a free downloadable PDF pattern of the shoulder frill right here –  Shoulder Frill Pattern

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Eco, Fashion

GARAGE SALE TRAIL – My Top Brisbane Picks!

This weekend (Oct 20th and 21st) garages, front yards, back yards, sheds and balconies all across Australia will play host to the annual Garage Sale Trail. Both Saturday and Sunday, Aussies everywhere will be selling their unwanted goodies in an effort to reduce, reuse, recycle and keep stuff out of landfill. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that finding fashion bargains at garage sales is by far one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning.

Below are my top picks for the weekend, the essential “must visit” list. These are the garage sales I’ll most likely be stopping by! To find Garage Sales near you, click here.


Pop Up Balcony Sale – “From 50 cent bargain goodies, to beautiful vintage treats, and brands like Sass & Bide and Camilla, we have something for everyone. Mostly men and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, but plenty miscellaneous and home wares, come check us out!” Saturday & Sunday

Visit 118, Blackwood Avenue, Morningside, QLD, Australia, 4170


Toowong Hands and Hearts Fair, Preloved Market – “6 Monster garage sale in our school hall with large variety: clothes (men, women, children and babies), kitchenwares, books, games , jewellery, dresses, bags, sports gear, bric-a-brac and all sorts. Nonhanging clothes $2, hanging clothes $5, bulk buy 4 hanging items for $15 and 5 items for $20. Community effort from our small school of around 300 kids.” Saturday Only.

Visit t 37, Saint Osyth Street, Toowong, QLD, Australia,


The Eclectic Mix – Vintage & Upcycled – Gifts, Homewares & Furniture – “Where OLD meets NEW… A passion for items of interest especially from the past with a mix of the latest fashions, gifts, homewares, furniture, collectables & more. We proudly stock…. Up cycled, pre loved & new. Always looking towards a sustainable future… Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, Reduce. In store you‚ you’ll find items that are Antique, Retro, Vintage, Shabby Chic, Country Charm, Hampton‚ Style, Modern & so much more. Cafe “Melidrop” on site – Shop till you drop, then coffee & lunch!!” Saturday & Sunday

Visit 98, Main Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD, Australia, 4169






Fashion, Photoshoot, Review

Home Sewing with The Hemming

Home Sewing with The Hemming

Ok, here’s a confession for you. Up until two days ago, I didn’t know how to create button holes on my sewing machine.

I’d been doing that thing where you avoid having to do something because you simply don’t know how for YEARS. I have designed garments in the past with elastic, ties, zips, anything but buttons. Having decided to take on the challenge of following a print-at-home pattern by The Hemming this weekend, I knew my time had come to tackle my fear. Thanks to a quick demonstration from my good mate Emilia, I am now a button making master!

Another confession, up until this weekend I had never followed a pattern other than one I had made myself. I was drawn to try out the Adelia Dress, designed by the stunning Kimberley Hegedus (founder of The Hemming) because I have been wanting my own hand made dreamy linen summer dress for aaages now. Plus, it has pockets.

I decided to make the mini version (there is a longer option too) in a size small/10, which is very true to size. I used a light chocolate linen from my favourite place – The Fabric Store. I also kept the hem raw, as I hope it will keep softening and ageing with every wash. I found a collection of wooden, pearl and shell buttons from my local opp shop, and decided the mis-match would create a sweet little detail – which it totally did! I also belted it later in the day and liked it even more.

The pattern was mostly very simple to follow, however if you are an absolute beginner I would recommend starting off with something a little simpler, or enlist the help of a pal who knows what they are doing. The actual taping together of the pattern pieces took more time than I had anticipated, but that’s to be expected for any perfectionist trying to sticky tape paper together on carpet.

The Adelia is the ultimate casual but classy dress, and I couldn’t be happier to have one of my very own.




Eco, Fashion

Peppermint Magazine Cover Girl!

Pinch me.

This might just be a life highlight for me so far, making it onto the cover of my favourite ethical and sustainable fashion magazine Peppermint for their 10th Birthday issue!

I have bought and devoured almost every copy they’ve released since the early days, and it’s surreal to see myself staring back. @sonya_gellert wrote an article about my journey that literally brought me to tears, as I read it I was overwhelmed with the feeling that everything I’ve been working for over the last 3 years is paying off.

Grab a copy, read it, share it with a mate, it’s a testament to what’s possible for the future of slow fashion!


Fashion, Review

The Bowerbird and The Bride

I was giddy with excitement as I drove across the bridge and towards the jungle of greenery that is the QUT Gardens Point campus. I had been lucky enough to be invited to an intimate and exclusive preview of The Bowerbird and the Bride, an exhibition curated by award winning Australian costume designer Marion Boyce (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and The Dressmaker).

The event and exhibition took place in the heritage listed Old Government House, and as I walked in I had an instant flash back of school excursions visiting historical sites such as this. I’d always loved learning about history, and since this exhibit was the perfect mix of history AND fashion, I knew I was in for a treat. The morning began with a small gathering of people who looked like they had read many, many more books than me. This room was filled with respectable, fashionable and intellectual folk, and I couldn’t help but feel a little out of place.

Since I didn’t know anyone, I stuck to the wall with a cup of honey and camomile tea, trying not to get caught eating the delicious tea cakes they had laid out. Luckily, a young woman around my age walked through the door and I instantly felt like I could talk to her. Her name was Chloe, a writer and aspiring curator who had played a huge part working on this exhibition – the perfect new friend! She was friendly, smart and very sweet to introduce me to Marion Boyce herself (I had a minor fan girl moment but mostly kept my cool). Soon, we were ushered down to the main exhibition for the fun to begin.

The first scene upon entering sets an opulent, beautiful and undeniably vintage tone. A pearly mannequin adorned in a silky cowl neck gown and grande lace trimmed vail greets you. Fashion lovers and soon-to-be-brides better get your cameras ready, for you are about to embark on a wonderful adventure through time. We followed Marion from room to room, as she shared personal stories about acquiring different garments and the mission of restoring many of them herself. Together, we travelled from the 1860’s to the 1970’s, observing the details of more than 40 bridal gowns, each with a story of it’s own.

A notable favourite of mine was a thrifty pair of gowns that had been fashioned out of curtains (the only available fabric at the time). I also adored a bright velvety lilac dress that the bride had first worn as a wedding dress, but then kept as her dancing dress – the ultimate outfit repeater, my kind of gal! Make sure to check out the room filled with antique accessories and treasures, plus there is a delightful row of knickers and underfrillies hanging off clothes lines on the way that is bound to make you smile.

I don’t want to give too much away, because this really is a show that needs to be experienced in person, where the full effects of the thoughtful styling, soft lighting and spinning mannequins on poufs and tables can take hold. Take your best friend, your Mum, your Gran, this is enjoyable for everyone, from the fashionista to the historian. It’s running from the 12th of July to the 19th August, 2018 and you can grab your tickets HERE. It’s better than a good cup of tea!

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