BurdaStyle Web Seminar with Beth Huntington


Have you discovered Burdastyle yet? It’s this great site full of patterns, tutorials, inspiration and forums. It’s basically a sewing wonderland and usually one of my go-to’s when I’m hunting for a cheap pattern or some general inspiration.


They also run a lot of webinars that you can watch for a one-off fee and the lovely Beth Huntington aka Renegade Seamstress is hosting a live refashion web seminar there on 31st March. You might remember her as the blog host of Refashion Runway, but she also does ehow tutorials and is a fellow refashion blogger with a heart of gold.

A refashion seminar! I know a “seminar” sounds uber-serious (instant coffee, boring men in suits, a massive white board and a clock that moves so slow you could scream), so let’s just think of it more as a “guide”. Beth is fun and explains things real well. It’ll be more like watching a blog post instead of reading one. Finally, a seminar you can crochet throughout. Heck, you could even attend it in your undies! No-one will know … unless you declare it during the type chat at the end … please don’t. It’s your little secret.


Details on the web seminar can be found here on Burdastyle and Beth will be covering topics like:

  • Reasons why refashioning is one of the most exciting movements in sewing today
  • Where to find inspiration
  • How to find great pieces at the thrift store
  • How to organize your stash
  • How to get over the fear of making that first cut
  • How to bring new life to second hand clothes
  • How to refashion a too small dress into a dress made just for you

It’s a great way to gain some confidence if refashioning is new to you.

Also, take a browse at the rest of Burdastyle while you’re there. It’s a real treasure trove :)

A Liebster Award

I realise that I’m totally biased here, but I think my readers rock. You guys are seriously awesome! You are always so encouraging and let’s be honest … we do have a whole lotta fun around here.

One of these sweet readers, Kat from SeeKatSew, has nominated me for a Liebster Award. Before you get excited and start planning your red carpet outfit for escorting me to the LA awards ceremony … it’s not that kinda award. This is a fun award that people offer to their favourite bloggers as a way of saying “your blog is awesome and keep it up”. So it’s real sweet right? Thanks Kat!


While I’m not usually one to take part in these awards (they often feel like chain letters), I did enjoy reading more about Kat with her award. It’s like a little peek into someone’s world. So I thought I’d share the fun and answer the questions she gave me.

SeeKatSew Questions

1. What interesting fact about yourself that you want people to know? I’m a Macgyver fan. That TV series was my childhood fuel and even now, hearing the theme song sends me to a happy place

2. Why did you start your blog? Because I kept boring my friends and family to tears as I shared yet another sewing project! Haha, that and I love writing as much as I do sewing, so it was a perfect fit

3. Other than blogging, if time weren’t a concern, how would you spend your day? Oh wow, where to start. It would probably involve lots of sewing, hours of op-shopping and a luxurious afternoon nap

4. What have you learned most from maintaining a blog? How blimin’ awesome the blogging community and followers are! Everyone is so encouraging and supportive. I love it

5. What artistic/crafty things do you like to do? Writing is a big one for me and I’m exploring some fictional work right now. I’m also enjoying crochet which is surprisingly addictive

6. What makes you happy? Chocolate, coffee and my little family

7. How much fabric do you have in your stash right now? Too much! It’s all in a big old trunk in the lounge and threatening to overflow. It’s super handy though and I do love having fabric on hand for when inspiration strikes

8. What’s your favourite childhood memory? I’m lucky to have had an amazing childhood. A favourite memory would have to be the times my brother and sisters decimated the entire upstairs for a game of “shops”. We would each choose a business and together we built and ran a little village. We’d be things a like postie or grocery store and my brother once wrote a computer program that ran his “sleep store”! We’re all still very entrepreneurial

9. What’s your make that you’re proud of? You know, I still love the capelet I made a few years back. That was a great learning curve and confidence booster for me. I may be revisiting that here on the blog soon, but shhhh

10. What part of sewing are you afraid/wary of? Aside from sewing through my fingers? The first cut into fabric or a refashion is the scariest. There’s no turning back or changing my mind after that!

11. What’s your guilty pleasure? Magazines. If I have a child-free day, I love to buy a new mag and indulge in a quiet read somewhere

11 Facts About Me

  1. I have weirdly shaped toes
  2. So weirdly shaped that my childhood doctor said I’d never be a professional ballerina
  3. If you’ve ever seen me dance, you’d realise this was never a viable career option anyway
  4. I don’t like cats
  5. Dogs are awesome
  6. I sometimes dream of opening an online dress fabric store. So. Much. Fun!
  7. I have one brother and three sisters
  8. I frown when I’m deep in thought. Apparently I look almost angry despite the deep thoughts being pleasant ones. It seems I have an unfortunate thinking face
  9. If I had to choose between a personal maid, chef or cleaner … I would choose a chef, hands down. I’d rather clean the toilet than cook a meal
  10. My husband and I met after a mutual friend set us up on a blind date
  11. At the time, I was cynical about blind dates and finally agreed to go when I found out who he was. Turns out I’d met him briefly ten years prior (he doesn’t remember this. That’s a good thing ’cause my teen years weren’t my finest) so I knew he was a spunk

So there you have it. A little peek into my world. I’m not one for passing on chain letters etc, but I do love discovering more about my favourite bloggers and readers. So here’s what we’ll do. If you want to do something like this on your blog for us all to enjoy … I hereby bestow upon you an honorary Liebster award. Let’s face it. You read this blog, therefore you are awesome. You deserve it!

Share with us 11 facts about yourself and answer the same 11 questions Kat gave me above. If you like, link your post in the comments below so we can all pop over and discover the beauty that is your blog too. Share the love xoxo

How to Shorten a Kilt or Pleated Skirt

It’s the beginning of the first school term here in NZ and with that comes school uniforms. Many colleges (high schools) require girls to wear kilts and sometimes these need alteration.

How to shorten a kilt tutorial | Offsquare.com

Kilts come and go from fashion trends too, so of course this tutorial may be handy for refashionistas too.


Hello popular-UK-store-selling-skirts-similar-to-the uniform-I’m-altering! Awkward. Continue reading


behind the scenes

There’s a lot happening in behind the scenes here at the moment. Some exciting things and some stressful … but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

On the exciting side: I’m currently working on my first downloadable PDF pattern, which I hope you’ll all love. More details to come once I’m at the pattern testing stage ;)

There’s a refashion on the go here. Of course.

Super exciting: We may be heading to the USA for a few weeks this year! The kids will be meeting a whole lot of extended family for the first time ever and we’re so excited. However, a total of 22 hours flying time each way is a little daunting with kids in tow, so any travel tips will be gratefully received! People do this all time, so I’m sure it’ll be fine … or so I tell myself.

On the stressful side: Without giving away too much, we’ve decided to restructure a venture and there is a lot to do. I’m learning lots about myself and dealing with stress. Some good and some not. The cool thing is, I’ve just started running (again. I go through phases, but I’ll try to make it stick this time) and I’m seeing a correlation between that and life. When I reach the halfway mark and I turn to head home, the end seems so far away and I want to give up. I don’t think I can keep up the pace and get to the end without keeling over. But a very talented athlete at church said yesterday

“look after the process and the result takes care of itself”

So that’s what I did during my run this morning. I didn’t look at how far away the end was. Instead, I focused on my posture, the fall of my feet and making it through the next 100 metres. And I did it! I ran further than I think I ever have in my life.

So, during this momentary (possibly stressful) season, I’m not looking at the end goal and getting overwhelmed. I’m focussing on the process. Looking at the small steps along the way and doing those well. I’m more calm for it and my family prefers me that way too ;)