Sunday, 31 October 2010

Thankyou Radelaide!

Wow, such a great response to our first market! Lots of wonderful people taking home some goodies, and many more who stopped by to say hello and have a sticky beak. It was fantastic to meet you all.
We have sold out of the caps, we're so sorry if you missed out, but I'll be making lots more this week. So please do keep checking back here for updates and to see them in progress.
We are also in the process(right now as we speak!) of uploading all the stock onto our big cartel shop site at
So if you are after something you saw at the market today, please bear with us until it's online later this evening/tomorrow. Our winter goodies are still available through our etsy site by clicking the linky button on the top right of this page.
So I'm off to have a well deserved nanna nap and a couple of days of holiday here in Adelaide before I crack back into it on tuesday next week. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
Xxx Cherry & Kingston

Mathilda's market is here!

Driving to the lovely Norwood town hall now. Can't wait to set up and see all our effort come to fruition. Hope to see you there peeps!


Saturday, 30 October 2010

Done! All ready for mathildas market-well, nearly

Well, this is what the sweat shop looked liked 2 days ago.
And as of 20 minutes ago now, it's all done! Just have to heat set some tees tomorrow morning (they're drying overnight), and we're all set to go.
Well, after packing and breakfast and such.
I'll admit, a few things fell by the wayside such as the red check shorts, hoodies, dress up moustaches and treasure bags. *sniff*, but after restocking what we hopefully sell on Sunday, I'll definitely sew up the 'missing' goodies for online and for the Caulfield market.
I know the blog has been a misery of late, but I promise that after this weekend I'll be back to my crazy self and post fun stuff. Like musings for next season! Ooh. Yeah.
Ok, I'm going to be dead tomorrow on all of four and a half hours sleep, so goodnight peeps!
Hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll see you all on the other side of Sunday.


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Mathilda’s Market this sunday in Adelaide

We’re so excited! On Sunday 31st October, we will be showcasing our wares at Mathilda's Market. This is a fabulous niche market that offers unique, stylish and affordable baby & kids goods that are lovingly handmade or of limited production. The retailers are hand picked to ensure an exciting product range. It's a kid's shopping heaven. Better yet, most of the retailers do not have a shop front, so you know you'll find something special, not available anywhere else. Please come and see our stand at Mathilda’s Market from 9am to 1pm at Norwood Concert Hall, 175 The Parade, Norwood. Entry and parking is free. With over 40 retailers, yummy food, kids’ entertainment Mathilda’s Market is one of Adelaide’s best shopping destinations for the little ones. For a sneak preview, have a look at the website ( and enjoy a browse through the photos of all participants. I look forward to seeing you there!


Stupid brain

Stupid brain, stupid second-no, third- wind. GO TO SLEEP BRAIN!
Can't stop.

Mentally planning where to put a print on the toy beater singlets. And which shade of gray.

And do I use the shiny silver snaps on the jeans which I already have, or go and buy antique brass which I prefer?

And 27 kajillion other things that only get thought of at the last second before you really need to be asleep. Hmmm am I even going to be human tomorrow on 4hrs sleep?


Monday, 25 October 2010

You know you're tired when...

Your brain says you should triple check the iron is off just in case you fall asleep at the sewing machine.



Oh jeans why do you take FOREVER!?

I know, I know, it's a rhetorical question. But still, jeebus.
At least they're going to look sweet as fricken frack when they're done.
Only the hems and waistbands left to sew on before labels and snaps.
Just the treasure bags after that.
And the moustaches.
Oh and finishing off the ties, adding buttons and holes and elastic to all the pants and waistcoats and shirts. sewing and printing the pj appliques, adding tiny velour moustaches to all the print tees, finalising the artwork for three more tees, making the screens and printing them up too. And back neck prints for all the tops.
Plus a look book, photographing everything, finalising bags and postcards, and the NEW website.

I think that's all the big stuff anyway.
Gah! No wonder I'm knackered.


Friday, 22 October 2010

Tea set for Kingston

Tea set for Kingston, originally uploaded by cherry_rockette.

He's just starting to understand pretend play, and was very into the tea sets at day care. So I went out an bought him this super cute little porcelain set which he loves so much. We made tea for the snakes and crocodiles and a shrek toy who burped and made king crack up into fits of giggles. Boys really do come out as boys don't they?


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Pattern weights- cute spotty makeover

Yeah so I procrastinate. Deal with it. At least it leads to cuteness. Got sick of boring black (I use Jim's 0.5kg weights to hold my patterns down to trace around) so I wrapped them up in some dotty spotty stretch jersey. Makes a good handle too.


Toddler ties done!

Toddler ties done!, originally uploaded by cherry_rockette.

Just have to add the Velcro. So friggen dorky and cute!


Saturday, 16 October 2010

Snaps press hack

If you own a snap press for nappies, it only comes with the dies for plastic snaps. And if you want to buy the dies for metal snaps at a later date, well, it's pretty darn exxy.
I discovered a simple solution the other day when fuming over lack of funds to purchase said dies.

I give you the snaps press hack!
So simple I'm surprised I didn't think of it before. Just take out the top die and replace with the little tool that comes in the packet of snaps. Tighten. Put the base snap holder on the lower die. A bit of padded double sided sticky tape works well to hold it in place.

And that's it. So easy.
The result is much nicer than when I bang away with a hammer too.

Happy snapping!


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Little toddler ties! So cute!

I've had so much work to do to get ready for Mathilda's I've been putting off the little crappy jobs. But thankfully my super sister came to the rescue on the weekend and spent most of Sunday helping me out in the sweat shop. She cut out these insanely cute mini ties and bow ties (they'll have elastic and Velcro so they're toddler safe), and trimmed leather belts and sewed on buttons and steamed singlets and talked crap with me all day. Was great! She's even cutting some moustache logos out at work for me. Yay!
Slave labour sisters are great.


Ugh I hate pee shrinking

Ugh I hate pee shrinking, originally uploaded by cherry_rockette.

10m of denim and 3m of drill to be pre shrunk before cutting. Off to the laundromat with you. Too much for our little machine to wash without threatening to strike.
The shrinkage is 5%, so technically I could I just alter my pattern to include it, but safer to wash in fabric form I think.


Waistcoats for stylish boys

Just the buttons and holes to go and then these are done too.


Pants pants pants pants

Pants pants pants pants, originally uploaded by cherry_rockette.

On the machine:
Lovely linen/cotton rude boy pants for summer. So cool and not tooooo wrinkley.


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sewing tip: keep your needles handy

Next time you switch needles, keep the packet somewhere handy so you remember what kind you're using. Far easier than trying to read the tiny numbers on the needle, let alone remember if it's a ball point or sharp.
Oh and a piece of fabric wrapped around the machine with a little wadding underneath makes a great pin cushion in the handiest place. Not the prettiest, I know. And you'd get hate mail if you sent it out in a pin cushion swap, but it definitely keeps pins nearby when you need them.


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Porkie pie mark2

Very happy with how the pork pie hat has turned out. Soooo fracking cute! I think I need to tweak the pattern a little more so the seam on the top shapes it better & so less blocking is required. But otherwise it's pretty sweet.

I think for the time involved and the price I need to charge to cover my costs it ends up much more expensive than similar hats being sold by larger retailers. So not viable at this stage. Ah well, maybe in the future.


Summer lovin'

Summer lovin', originally uploaded by cherry_rockette.

Aah, that weather is delicious isn't it?


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Pj's done! (well, the pants are)

Just have to appliqué the tanks now and they're good to go.


Florida shorts done!

Florida shorts done!, originally uploaded by cherry_rockette.

Minus the front button and buttonhole, and not pressed yet because I'm procrastinating. But lookin' mighty preppy cute I must say.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Tip: easy fusing cutting for waistbands

For an easy way to cut out fusing for waistbands, belt loops, straps and other long straight items:
Just buy a roll of fusing and slice through at the width you need.
It makes it so much easier to iron/press onto your fabric too.
Just be sure to cut carefully so it's not on a funny angle, or you'll end up with wavy edges.
I just used a sharp knife on my breadboard. It's much cheaper than buying the small precut rolls of thin fusing too. This 1m wide x 10m long roll of standard fusing was $8 from my local store, compared to $12 for just 3m of fusing precut to a waistband width.
Such a timesaver!


New 'skipper' hat shape- meh?

Although very cute, I'm just not feeling the love for this hat. It's only in sampling fabric, but I just seem to feel meh about it.
Maybe it needs to be a fraction larger and the crown a little rounder?
What do you think?


Saturday, 2 October 2010

The zip haul of a lifetime!

All this for $26 from another 'called me in' op shop moment. Over 120pcs each of green, pale blue, sand, dark grey & light grey. Plus loads of dark blue, chocolate and white. My lucky day!



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