Sunday Sewing: Olive Dress & Blue Flowered Top

| Homemade | Fashion | Summer Sewing |

Just a little Sunday sewing to take a break from chores around the house, and keep out of the summer heat.


Olive Dress

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This olive green material was passed onto me by my mother who had received it as a gift from a friend. It is one of the few dresses that have actually turned out similar to the original design!


Blue Flowered Top

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I had a bit of left-over material from making my Second Keys Dress , so I decided to make a blouse as well.

Should be able to dress this one up and down for casual, work and event wear 🙂

Looking forward to more summer sews – still got lots of material to work with!










Wedding Whites

| Original Fashion Pieces | Wedding Dresses | Formal Wear | Recyclables | Devotional |

Curtain, earring (singular), tablecloth, carpet.
Essentials for a wedding dress?

A touch of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo (and a bit of sewing) will see them all transformed.
Special thanks to Tegan and Ebony for modelling two of these dresses;
To Mrs Barlow for the lilies; and to Dad who lent me his Canon EOS 600D camera!


~   T E G A N   w e a r s   H O M E   C U R T A I N   ~


When my husband and I first bought our house, we inherited a bunch of spare lace curtains. Here they are, repurposed as a below-knee lace dress. The flower crown is from Quorn; a souvenir from my 6th year surgical elective in Port Augusta. Quorn was a daytrip with some friends, and I found the crown while lunching at Emily’s Bistro.


~ E B O N Y   w e a r s   E N G A G E M E N T   C A R P E T ~


Oh, and by the way these photos were all taken in Ebony’s new home! Her partner’s old couch also features (though it may soon be replaced). The “carpet” is actually the material my now-husband purchased for a walk to candle-lit table spelling “Will you marry me?” I said yes, and now the “carpet” is a wedding dress. A left-behind earring adds a touch of sparkle to the neckline of this dress (I lost one of the pair at work) and my mother’s old sash gives an added touch of elegance to the outfit. The flower hairpiece is from my wedding. Ebony was a bridesmaid, and we all had one of these silk flowers in our hair; created by Blush Blooms and Events.


~ K R I S T E N   w e a r s   O P – S H O P   C U R T A I N ~


The Anglican church next to my workplace has an op-shop (Opportunity Shop, Church of the Resurrection) which I visited early in my first year of General Practice. The idea of this dress, created from op-shop curtain, is that the top can be re-used post wedding day. It is a two piece outfit with sash attached to the skirt portion. The top can then be worn separately and features an overhang lace section.


~ B E H I N D   t h e   S C E N E S ~

Just a couple of candid snapshots to finish. Ebony’s home lamps came in useful, those dumplings were delicious, and here you can see the engagement carpet and curtain before they became dresses. Hope you enjoyed the photos and designs! #bylilyvalleysk


T H E    W e d d i n g    D a y  :
The Bible speaks about another wedding day to come; the wedding of the Lamb to His Bride, the Church.

[Revelation 19:7-8] says, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

We can be part of this wedding day through the blood of Christ at the cross. His blood covers us, washes us and makes us holy to stand in the presence of the Father. What can we do to make ourselves ready for this wedding day? We can work out our salvation by pressing into Jesus, loving Him more and submitting to God, who always works in us to do what is pleasing to Him [Philippians 2:12-13]. Our salvation is by grace, because we are loved by God and created to be with Him in eternity.

Will you love Him, and let Him direct your life?

Stirling Blue (DIY Kimono Jacket x 2 styles)

| Fashion Friday | Travel Souvenir | DIY | Kimono Jacket | Kimono Shawl |

I have just started working at a clinic in Stirling and it is beautiful – a freshness in the air, koalas crossing the road and flowers still-bloomed while the ones in the suburbs have wilted. After work last week, I discovered a local store selling crafts and cloth so here are my first Stirling souvenirs (one is for my sister!) – super easy kimono jacket and shawl.

Instructions are below each set of pictures.


| Style 1: Kimono Jacket |




| Style 2: Kimono Shawl |


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DIY Flower Crown

Finally cultivated enough flowers in our garden to create a super easy flower crown.


  • Cut a couple of flowering vines and twist them together to fit (choose the greener stems as they are more malleable and less likely to snap)
  • You can use some twist ties hidden amongst the leaves to help join them together if you need.
  • Cut off or tuck in stray leaves/flowers, and you are done! No extra wires or glue for this one 🙂




Note 1:
To make a thicker crown, you may need the wire base. You can then use a glue gun to add and arrange extra flowers and leaves as desired.

Note 2:
Using fresh flowers means your flower crown is likely to dry out over the next couple of days. Consider artificial, or silk flowers if you are wanting to make a re-usable crown!

Les Fleurs – Card Collection and Headbands

This 2017 collection was inspired by the beauty of the Psalms and the promises God speaks to us through them. Psalm 103:15-17 says this:

“As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him
and His righteousness with their children’s children –
with those who keep His covenant
and remember to obey His precepts.”

Life flies by with its joys and its challenges, but God’s love is eternal, everlasting, and ever faithful towards us.


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Three Years – Leather

Each year for our wedding anniversary, we try to incorporate the traditional anniversary gifts into a creative photoshoot. In our first year of marriage, we had a paper dress and vest. In our second year, we ventured to the magic cave for some cotton candy and matched it with a cotton ball bowtie and dress.

This year, for our third year anniversary, we sourced some scrap leather from Sydney’s Paddy Markets and created a leather bowtie and hairbow.

Travelling to the Adelaide Hills for a couple of nights, we stayed at the picturesque Apple Tree Cottage.



Though we only stayed in the backyard for this particular shoot, you can catch a glimpse of cottage’s vast grounds. Beyond the rustic wooden fence lies a herd of wandering cows, a rowboat patiently parked by the edge of a peaceful lake, and a number of paths through hills, fruit groves, and other beautiful sights.



We choose to wear a few special items. For Jerry, his wedding suspenders and for Kristen, her mother’s old dress.


It was awesome to breathe in the atmosphere of nature here and to feel the land beneath our bare feet. We saw the marks of the Creator’s majesty and of His eternity – His creation is more incredible than anything we could make.


So, here’s to three years with each other and to Jesus – our foundation, our root, our Christ and Creator.

A reflection on freedom in marriage, and freedom in Christ:

Over and in the Blue

Blue Dresses | Dresses from Travel | Fashion| Story Behind the Dress | Homemade | Work-wear


These dresses all tell a story from either across the sea (materials sourced from other countries), or from my island home here in Australia. These are my souvenirs from travel, and also reminders of special moments in my Adelaidean life.



Made with fabric sourced from the Japanese textile district in Tokyo, this dress is just in time for the warmer weather to come Down Under. In Nippori the streets are lined with all sorts of fabric and haberdashery stores. Pedestrians can be seen modelling their own, handmade attire, hats, bags and accessories. There were rolls of fabric to admire, and I ended up buying some bracelet beads as well. All this, thanks to my little sister who led the way on what was an epic sister holiday.





In my final year of medschool, I travelled to Lille for a 6-week medical elective. Towards the end of my rotation, I had a couple of weeks to travel down south. Marseille was my favourite place to visit dans le sud. For one thing, it was warm when the rest of France was in a snowy winter. I loved the sea, the cobblestoned port, and the delicious seafood lunches that spread their aroma across the mast-scattered bay. One evening, I stumbled upon a little fabric store in the middle of the still-bustling city centre. Upon returning home, I made a dress for myself, and a bowtie for my hubby (which I have borrowed here as a headband :P).





Towards the end of my internship year in the hospital, my husband (who also works in the hospital), had a GP placement up at Murray Bridge. Just before Christmas, I took a couple of days to stay at his Murray Bridge accommodation. In between the grocery and Christmas shopping, I explored a local fabric store and picked up this material. The skirt was a style I had been wanting to try for a while. The top was more practical and something I planned to wear for work. Though… they also did seem to work reasonably well worn together as well.





This dress, made from a curtain, was a spontaneous project that was started when I could not decide what to wear to a wedding. Fast forward to the early hours of the morning, and a suitable outfit was completed (with pockets of course!).





I currently play second keys at my church, and my goodness I have come a long way since I first started. The second keyboard produces all the “atmospheric” pad sounds and arpeggiators. We use in-ears when we play so I needed a pocket to hold the pack, and I also wanted to make sure the dress had sleeves and was about knee length. Pretty happy with the end result (first time I had sewn bodice pleats) and it is indeed fulfilling its intended purpose!



What Mum Wore: Gold Buttoned Dress

Fashion |Vintage| What Mum Wore

In the wake of Mother’s Day, I find myself thinking about all the things mum has handed down to me – faith, love, discipline, and … a number of now “vintage” clothes.


This beautiful collection of mum’s dresses, tops and culottes have been well kept, and I would like to show you some of mum’s style: vintage with a modern twist. 

I wore this gold buttoned dress on Mother’s Day. It was a little frosty, but the weather meant I could pair it with with some ankle-heighted brown boots ( those were a gift from hubby last year after I decoloured my favourite ankle boots by spraying them with shoe protector…). A panama ribboned hat topped off the look as I knocked on the door of my parents’ home. The look on mum’s face as she saw me in her old dress – gold.