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15 November

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.26 AMby tilshmil

    I just checked out your blog (very nice by the way) and I notice that I have a lot of the same Japanese pattern books you do and I’ve made several of the same styles for my 6 year old daughter. Too funny! If not for being a day apart, I would ask if we were seperated at birth! :o)

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      Nov 15, 2011, 11.31 AMby nikkishell

      Too funny! :)

29 July

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    Jul 29, 2011, 02.41 PMby Mai-der

    You´ve very lovely projects!!!! I like very much your drape dress, I need to sew something similar… Thanks for your creativity!! Maider

2 February

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    Feb 2, 2011, 08.42 AMby loulourosa

    I checked your blog, hmmm not that easy making a bathing suit. I have a bathing suit that fits perfect, I think I wil try to make a pattern from that. Because as you mentioned, the burda style pattern seems rather short, not something for a “busty” person like me,… Thank you for the information!


27 December

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    Dec 27, 2010, 05.35 AMby Carlene Jager

    Hi there.

    I’d love to make your Girls ruffle skirt, but can’t find a link to the actual tutorial (but I am new to all this so I may have missed it). Any chance you can point me in the right direction. Your skirt is absolutely gorgeous and just the style I am looking for. I went to the page you listed as credits, but that skirt is different.

    Many thanks in advance

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      Dec 27, 2010, 10.49 AMby nikkishell

      Hi Carlene. The skirt in the link is the exact same skirt as what i made and is the tutorial i used to make the skirt in the photos.


16 November

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    Nov 16, 2010, 09.41 PMby carottesauvage

    Thank you very much Nikki! I hope you are well!

2 November

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    Nov 2, 2010, 10.51 AMby sew4my3

    Hello nikkishell, So, what’s going on with the steampunk time? I just adore this style and am curious to what you’re up too.(:

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      Nov 2, 2010, 11.01 AMby nikkishell

      I have a party to go to this weekend and it’s steampunk themed.
      Whatever i put together it will be quick and cheap, just got back from a month in the UK.

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      Nov 4, 2010, 01.45 AMby sew4my3

      That’s right, I forgot about your big trip! Has it all caught up with you yet? Did you have a great time?Any new sewing fun? Too many question?LOL

      Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the steampunk party!

6 October

1 October

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    Oct 1, 2010, 09.45 AMby loyl8

    Thanks for the comment on my art deco dress. Your creations are sooo adorable. love your stuff!

24 September

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    Sep 24, 2010, 01.48 PMby aibby

    Hi, thanks for inspiring me to make the skirt.

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      Sep 24, 2010, 09.57 PMby nikkishell

      More than happy to provide a little inspiration :) Your skirt looks fab.

20 July

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.44 PMby kittyf

    Hi, Nikki. did you ever get the pattern for the apron made?

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      Aug 14, 2010, 01.44 PMby nikkishell

      Sorry but no i didn’t.

9 April

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    Apr 9, 2010, 02.37 AMby cynthia-1

    Hi Nikki, Tried to reply to your email about volunteering for Stitches and Craft Show (Sydney) coming up, but not sure if you got it. I’m keen to help out thursday and friday (+/- sunday if needed) Lemme know.

11 March

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    Mar 11, 2010, 05.51 PMby prairieponygirl

    Hi Nikki, Thank you so much for the link to the drape drape pattern book. :)

31 January

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    Jan 31, 2010, 03.46 AMby mhel7

    Hey, Just wondering about joining your club. When are where do you meet? thanks Meg

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18 December

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    Dec 18, 2009, 06.41 PMby pixelink

    Hi Nikki, I love Tessuti fabrics, but do they offer a discount when ordering more than a certain amount of fabric. I live in Hobart, nowhere to buy decent fabric down here and normally visit my old home town of Sydney when buying fabrics. I am not very familiar with Melbourne, but passing through VIC on Monday and hoping to visit some fabric stores. Thanks, any info would be a great help. PIXE

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      Dec 18, 2009, 10.51 PMby nikkishell

      Hi Pixe,
      yes we do offer a discount of 30% on amounts over 10m but this must be 10m of one fabric.
      I’ll be working Monday, i hope you get a chance to drop in and we can chat more about it:)

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      Dec 19, 2009, 06.37 AMby pixelink

      That’s brilliant, meeting you and the 30% discount. We have a big day planned, driving up to South Coast NSW, but allowing myself 2 hours of fabric store hopping. Will keep my eye out for you when in store. PIXX

23 October

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    Oct 23, 2009, 06.26 PMby lovelypolly

    what a great honor, that you, famous nikkishell, like my walk away dress!! I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!! 8-)

13 September

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    Sep 13, 2009, 03.20 PMby nehmah

    Hello Nikki, you have my condolences. We are moving some time in the next 17 days. This will be our 12th move in 43 years. Never had to do a continent-to-continent move, though; and probably never will. Keep well, and pack the sewing machines carefully. Cordially, Nehmah

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      Sep 15, 2009, 10.04 AMby nikkishell

      Thanks Nemah, i sort of think moving from the UK to Australia was easier than moving to the other side of the same city! we have accumulated so much stuff.

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      Sep 15, 2009, 10.04 AMby nikkishell

      Oh and good luck with your move too :)

28 July

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    Jul 28, 2009, 06.51 PMby jeffrey

    Thanks Nikkishell and thanks for that link. :)

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    Jul 28, 2009, 05.00 PMby jeffrey

    Hey nikkishell, guess what, I’m back, check out my coat.

2 July

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    Jul 2, 2009, 04.44 PMby isobelm

    Many thanks your comment on my Heidi, your words of encouragement are very much appreciated.

18 June

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    Jun 18, 2009, 11.03 AMby fairytale-thirteen

    Thanx for sharing my how 2 on your site, such a nice compliment. I was surfing the other day and bumped into your interview on the V&A website – small world! I had a look at the brown-dress link so inspiring B0) happy sewing.

8 June

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    Jun 8, 2009, 07.23 AMby kquade

    omigosh i LOVE the kitty asleep on the top of your machine!! that is beyond cute. cats are so strange!

18 May

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    May 18, 2009, 01.51 PMby bola

    Oh thanks for the congrats Nikki! all your babs are sooo cute! How old is your latest one? thanks for the comments on my cardi as well. I will try and post the alterations soon!bx

14 May

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    May 14, 2009, 05.07 PMby verypurpleperson

    Nikki, thank you for the comment! It’s still a bit windy here to wear my purple dress without putting something underneath, can’t wait for warmer weather!

23 April

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    Apr 23, 2009, 08.43 AMby nesca

    Hi! Thanks for your comment on my keepitall. No, I didn’t use a pattern. I just got all the things I wanted to put in it and made all the pockets and pouches so everything would fit in nicely.

9 April

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    Apr 9, 2009, 04.46 AMby lizzie225

    thanks for the nice comment on my leather purse :)

8 April

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    Apr 8, 2009, 03.57 PMby myk

    Hi Nikkishell, thanks for your compliment on my new blue dress :) The kids are just so adorable!

7 March

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    Mar 7, 2009, 06.29 AMby hooley

    Hi Nikki, you are such an inspiration to so many people. Thanks and keep up the good work.

27 February

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    Feb 27, 2009, 02.11 PMby shainaht

    thanks for the comment. i was so in love with all the kids jumpers i’ve seen posted that I wanted to make something similar for an adult. I kind of just went from there…

18 February

18 January

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    Jan 18, 2009, 01.14 AMby juebejue

    Thank you Nikki! I feel like I had been complimented by a teacher and am really flattered :) Your howto was very very useful!