Cushions galore

Hello! Apologies for the radio silence on the blog for such a long time… It’s been a big year and now it’s almost over!

But before that it’ll be Christmas and there are lots of goodies in the Touch Wood Design Etsy store if you need to stock up for the silly season!

If you’d like to keep up with my adventures in sewing, pop over to the Touch Wood Design Instagram account.


December 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Off and racing

This year is certainly off and racing – I can’t believe it’s March already! It’s been a hectic start to the year, but I have managed to squeeze in a little bit of sewing – including this little boy’s shirt. Super cute!IMG_20160223_094307

March 9, 2016 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Vogue 6345

There’s something elegant about the simplicity of this 1964 suit ensemble from Vogue. I’m not much for wearing suits, but I’d wear this one!

Suit and blouse: Shaped, cutaway jacket has single button closing below notched collar. Below elbow length sleeves. Slightly shaped sleeveless overblouse with scooped neckline, just covers waistline of A-line skirt.


March 5, 2016 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Vogue 5929

A gorgeous Mad Men-style dress from 1963. I love every version, but I’d probably be most likely to make View B – with top-stitching over those diagonal front seams to draw attention to the beautiful cut of this frock.

One-piece dress: Sheath dress has optional pocket from diagonal front seams. Oval neckline with zipper back closing. Elbow length bell-shaped sleeves, short sleeves and sleeveless.


February 27, 2016 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Vogue 5915

I love the seamlines that provide delicate shaping on this 1960s shift dress. The back-buttoned belt version would also look lovely! Very Jackie O!

One-piece dress and scarf: Slim dress with front detailing has optional back buttoned belt. Zipper back closing below oval neckline. Elbow length sleeves and sleeveless. Circular, bias scarf.



February 20, 2016 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Vogue 5759

You’ve got to love a quick and easy skirt! Interestingly, I think I recently saw a Witchery denim skirt made in this style, which featured in the Vogue pattern book back in 1963!

Skirt: Wrapped skirt has left side button through or fly front closing. Optional welt pocket.


February 13, 2016 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2488

Another 1960s Weigel’s frock for the straight-up-and-down figure, with shaping courtesy of some very long front darts and some judiciously placed back darts. I do love the front fold details over the bust. Very fancy!


February 6, 2016 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2583

Another 1960s number from Australian patternmaking dynasty Weigel’s, this time built around the empire line. As my Mum would say, very flattering for skinnymalinks! This one would look quite cute in a spotty cotton fabric.


January 30, 2016 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Saturday Special: Weigel’s 2216

Hello 2016! Hope you all had a great holiday break! I’m going to ease back into the blog world with a series of Saturday Special posts… Enjoy!

What a stunning 1960s frock! All those panels in the skirt would be worth sewing because it hangs beautifully. Now all I need is a ball to attend!


January 23, 2016 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Happy holidays

Wishing you all a very happy and safe festive break – however you celebrate! Thank you so much for your support in 2015! It’s been a big year and we all need to put our feet up!

I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a few weeks, but I’m sure I’ll still pop the odd photo up on Instagram – you can find me under the handle ‘‘.

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December 25, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

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