Thursday, 7 February 2019

new pattern Tyrelle

The heat has been atrocious for the last couple of months in the area where I live. We've just been through a couple of weeks where the daily temperature was over 40C (103 fahrenheit) every day and the overnight temp didn't fall below 25C. A couple of those days we came close to cracking 45C (113fah). To get through this my husband I hunkered down in the loungeroom with the air con running 24/7 and slept on a mattress in the same room. Needless to say I wasn't able to work in my studio most of this period as the 2 small rooms have only 1 window and no air con. The fan alone just couldn't make it comfortable enough to be in the space. However, designing PDF patterns requires a lot of technical work in computer programs so I got on with that at home in the sanctuary of coolness.

Today I'm showing some preview pictures of the "Tyrelle Dress" which will be ready to publish in a couple of days.

front of Tyrelle Dress


technical diagrams for the Tyrelle Dress, short sleeve and 3/4 sleeve options





I had some fun with this next sample version. I use sheets and doona covers bought from thrift shops to make my first samples when working on new patterns and this Tyrelle was made from lovely soft cream cotton sheet. All that blank whiteness led me to crave the opportunity to break out the paints and stencils. I did a lot of free painting directly onto it with big brushes then added some stencils. Lastly some appliques and sashiko stitching. I also made the beaded, tasselled brooch shown in some of the pictures and the cloth necklace.

the unpainted Tyrelle sample dress made from a used cotton sheet

The upper front with my beaded tasselled eye brooch


back of the hand painted version of Tyrelle

another necklace I made

I've had several email enquiries lately from people outside of Australia asking if the clothes and other items I show on the blog are for sale. Everything shown on the blog is for sale and I welcome all enquiries. The items I show here go into the retail area of my studio in Murrurundi where the door is open for anybody to call in on the days I'm working (please note I don't keep regular retail opening hours). If you're unable to call in and try things on because you're very far away or overseas but are interested in buying anything I show here please don't hesitate to ask me by private email. I'll give you a price, information about the fit and dimensions of the garment and work out the postage cost.

One day I'll have to figure out how to use Instagram so I can advertise there.....

Lastly, when I was taking pictures of Tyrelle this morning I also took this picture of my favourite room in my home, the conservatory....isn't it inviting! That white fluff ball on the further away chair is Oscar, the maltese terrier, in one of his favourite spots.



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