Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hot cold

Whatever this crazy Spring weather is doing, I think Summer might have arrived in my workroom.
Waiting for this new fabric was an exercise in patience, but now it's here and I've been putting it to use on the most lovely of t-shirts I've had for a while.
Perhaps the colour might just have something to do with it? But, also they are made from a blend of organic cotton and bamboo. Truly, I can't make the photograph do justice to how soft, light and silky these are, so you'll just have to come and find them at the market.
And, because I can't seem to help myself...

...there are more new dresses rolling off the machine as well!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Skirt nostalgia

Loving this skirt, from Tilly.

The Frankie & Ray skirt-a-thon continues, so perhaps I've got skirts on the brain this week.
I was just taking a little afternoon tea break from the sewing, and taking a little wander around when I came across this heavenly summery skirt.
It's taken me straight back to my high school needlework class, and the planning for that essential wardrobe item for a teenage girl - the knee length wrap skirt, preferably in a print just like this one. Or maybe with a palm tree or two. Or a hibiscus flower. Oh, the choices, the colours, the possibilites!
I can remember all that delicious anticipation of just how fabulous the finished garment was going to be. 
I'm feeling quite young again, or maybe a bit old!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Right back into it

Well, hello!
I've been away from here for a bit, and that's because 2 lovely markets in perfect weather on the weekend left me raring to get back to the workroom. Properly. After fluffing about in a bit of a post holiday daze.
The new season always seems to arrive with a bang, and I'm catching up after coming home with only 2 skirts left to my name. 

I can never tell what's going to be the big seller.
I'm pleased to also be a bit short on dresses too. It's always makes me a little nervous putting something new out for people to either like, or not!
I'm also eagerly awaiting the arrival of some of this gorgeous new fabric.

Aren't those colours just the best?
I've decided to not go to the post office today just in case it's not here yet. I'm so itchy to get my hands on it, I couldn't stand the disappointment if it hasn't arrived! 
What are my plans for it? Maybe you'll have to wait with me too!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Perfect weather for a frock

Another day, another frock.
Any excuse!
And this week there are several excuses...
Firstly, this on again, off again Spring is going to turn on the weather we've all been waiting for this weekend.
It'll be warm, actually warm enough to think about ditching the boots and jumpers. Yes, that's right. You might even be tempted to think about a flippy, flirty frock!
And, if you fancy, you can come along and see them at one of the two markets I'll be at this weekend.
First up on Saturday, one of my favourite little markets, the super friendly and sweet Maribyrnong Makers Market, where there'll be lots of lovely things to peruse, and a sausage sizzle to keep your strength up.

And then on Sunday, in the gorgeous surrounds of the Abbotsford Convent, I'll be back after a Winter break at the Shirt & Skirt Market.
I'm looking forward to another glorious day of Spring weather, and catching up with all of the market friends I haven't seen for ages.
Phew, what a weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Opening the doors today!

I'm often asked the question 'do you sell online' when I meet people at the markets.
Well, the answer is yes! 
Frankie & Ray goodies have long been available over at the thoroughly marvellous GeorgieLove, and you can still pop over there to buy a number of things.
But now, there's somewhere new to go as well. 
For a while, I've wanted to be able to offer a few things that you can't buy anywhere else (other than the markets that is), and now, here they are. Over at the brand spanking new Frankie & Ray shop.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Frocking up

Now I've started making dresses, I can't seem to stop!
I'm telling myself I'm being good and getting prepared for the next couple of busy market months.
Sadly, I only had enough of that lovely blue and turquoise floral cotton for one whole dress, but plenty left over to put to good use making pockets.
The negative of the original is the result, and a happy combination I think.
Now all we need is some frock up weather.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday inspirations

My latest colour crush!
I find myself incredibly drawn to this particular shade of blue.
Denim blue, slate blue, dusty blue.

But then again, there's something about green that makes it my favourite still.

All these lovely pictures are from Purl Soho and Calico & Ivy, wonderful places to fill in a bit of time just looking on a Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hello Springtime!

I hope I'm not jumping the gun, or jinxing myself, but I've made a bit of a start on some dresses for the warmer weather.
Let's face it, I'm ready to shoo Winter out the back door and not see it again until next year.
And what better way to celebrate the start of a new season than with a new market?
This Sunday will see the very first Moriac Makers and Growers Market, down a country road just outside of Geelong. Jasmin, the organiser has rustled up a wonderful selection of stallholders, and there'll be lots of great produce and food as well as some great handmade.
Why not celebrate Father's Day with a country drive?
ps. I have it on good authority that every Dad will get a free piece of cake!

Newling Reserve, Hendy Main Road
9am - 2pm