Monday, December 14, 2009

More favourite things

While I have a clear favourite in my boys/unisex range, I change my mind on my favourite girls item as quickly as I can sew them. There are just too many beautiful fabrics out there!

I keep coming back to two particular girls items though - both with an apple theme. I find it so hard to find gorgeous girls clothes in colours other than pink, and I think that is why I like these fabrics so much.

Miss Goosey kindly agreed to model for me..... although as you can see in the second photo, she was rather sick of me by the end of it!
Here she is in the Apples and Pears tie-top:

And here (looking rather grumpy) in the Apple Dot dress:

Mama Goose

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My favourite things

These elephant pants (modelled here by The Gander) are one of my favourite pieces in my current range, as they are really the item that started Goosey Gander.

I started sewing when I was quite young - I think I was about eight when my mum first let me loose on her sewing machine to make dolls clothes. My interest in sewing waxed and waned through my teens and twenties. But it was reignited with the birth of Miss Goosey, when I discovered all the gorgeous handmade clothes I could buy for her. Upon discovering how much money I was spending on tiny little pink clothes, my husband encouraged me to try sewing my own, thinking that it would be a cheaper option. Little did he know that I would just start spending money on fabrics instead, and building a fabric stash that would soon take over several cupboards....

The elephant pants were one of the first things I made for The Gander, and he loves them as much as I do.
Mama Goose

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mathilda's Market

Flib and I are very excited to announce that we will be at Mathilda's Market on Sunday November 15!!! I'm going to be a busy little Goose between now and then, sewing lots of gorgeous summer stock.

Mathilda's Market was first held in Canberra in April 2009, with November being the second market. If you didn't make it to Mathilda's last time, then here is why you should make a trip this time:

Mathilda's Market showcases and sells beautiful handcrafted and limited production baby and kids goods. Carefully handpicked stallholders bring the most divine and original clothing, accessories, homewares and toys for the little ones. Exquisite wares are lovingly made by some of Australia’s most talented crafters and designers – many of them parents themselves. It’s a shopper’s heaven for those who want to stylishly dress their children or decorate their kids’ home environment, but don’t want to buy mass produced, chain store items. At Mathilda’s Market you’ll see the funkiest and most gorgeous of outfits for the kids, chic bedroom decorations and furnishings, bright and brilliant toys, must-have accessories, pretty and practical bags and shoes, dreamy vintage-inspired creations, handcrafted musical instruments and jewellery, fabulous dress-up costumes, striking linen ... and so much more! As most of the stallholders don’t have a shop front, you are guaranteed to find something truly unique.

So come and see our stand at the upcoming Mathilda’s Market on Sunday 15 November, from 10am to 2pm at Manuka Oval (Bradman Room), Manuka Circle, Griffith. This will be a fantastic day out for young & old. 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!

Mama Goose

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I had lots of fun experimenting with this pattern, and the result is a flowing top just perfect for hot summer days. I'm a practical girl at heart though, and I think this top would also work with a long sleeved tee underneath in cooler weather. The tie straps mean it is easily adjustable.

Available in an ever-changing range of fabrics, in sizes 1 to 4, for $20.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Road trip!

Miss Goosey and I took a roadtrip to Bowral on the weekend, to share a stall with a friend at the Bowral Kids Market. We had a lovely day. Bowral is just stunning at this time of year. I used to think Autumn was my favourite season in the highlands, but with my recent landscaping experience, I was full of admiration for the gorgeous trees and blossoms that lined the streets. The Bowral Tulip Festival starts this weekend, so I might have to do another trip to check it out.

Mama Goose

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Summer shorts

And for boys, I have several designs of shorts in both bright and funky (how cool are the red hippos?) and more classic patterns.

Ruffle Skirts

Here's the first of my spring/summer collection - cute little ruffle skirts! My recent love of all things pink seems to have dominated my fabric choices so far, but I am working on some other colour combinations to balance things out a bit ;-)

These skirts come in sizes 1-2, 2-3 and 3-4. They have elastic waists, and can be worn either below the knee, or above, so the sizing is flexible. I imagine most little girls would get more than one season's wear from them. Ruffle skirts are $20 each.

Mama Goose

Friday, September 4, 2009

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung! Not that you would know it from looking at our front yard - we are in the process of re-landscaping, so it is currently a large patch of dirt almost completely devoid of plants. We do have a few trees out the back though, and The Gander and I have been watching our plum, eagerly awaiting the blossoms to go POP! And pop they did last week, much to The Gander's delight.

With them, came the first of my spring/summer collection:

Details to come tomorrow :-)

Mama Goose

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Parcels in the post

As those of you who sew will know, part of the fun is admiring gorgeous fabrics. I was very excited to receive not one, but three, parcels in the mail last week, all bursting at the seams with delicious new fabric!

Of course, I had to snap some photos of them before I washed them all and started cutting them up. These bright and colourful prints are destined to be summer tops, skirts and dresses, and will be available (assuming the teething Miss Goosey cooperates with her mummy's plans!) at the September Hall markets.

Mama Goose

Monday, August 10, 2009

August at Hall Markets

Flib and I had another lovely day at Hall Markets on the weekend.... although it was a tad chilly! We are looking forward to the weather (hopefully) warming up a bit in September.

We are also looking to expand our horizons, and perhaps try some other markets (as well as continuing to do Hall each month). Any suggestions for possible markets are welcome.

I've started work on my summer range. It feels a bit strange to be sewing up summery tops, skirts and shorts in this weather, but spring really is just around the corner. Miss Goosey and The Gander are both scoring well as I test my patterns out by making clothes for them.

I'll post some shots of my new fabrics over the coming days. But until then, for those of you who haven't yet visited us at Hall, here's a few pictures of the stall:

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sneak peak!

Here's a little sneak peak of two new appliqued pinafore designs for Sunday's market. I only have two of each design, so get in quick!
Brown Owl

Apple of my eye

Fingers crossed for lovely weather on Sunday!

Mama Goose

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New sizes and prices

The last few weeks have just flown past, and I have been busy getting ready for the next Hall Market this Sunday 2 August.

As I mentioned before, I had lots of requests for pinafores in bigger sizes, so I now have sizes 3 and 4 in the Pink Pop and Red Paisley denim party dresses, as well as the Ladybird Parade appliqued dress.

As the bigger sizes use a lot more fabric, and take longer to sew, than the teeny tiny size 00's, I've introduced a new pricing structure for the pinafores:

sizes 00 and 0 - $35
sizes 1 and 2 - $40
sizes 3 and 4 - $45

I've also got a limited number of some new designs sitting on my sewing table ready for the finishing touches.... stay tuned for a sneek peak on the blog tomorrow!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Flibbertigibbet joins Blogger

Flib, my partner-in-sewing, and the creative force behind Flibbertigibbet, has now launched her blog!

Please stop by ( and admire her gorgeous hairclips, as well as the bright and colourful bags her Mother-in-Law has made for our market stall.

At seven months, Miss Goosey is still quite lacking in the hair department. What she does have is fairly long, but nowhere near thick enough for clips yet. But I'm sure that by the time it is, she will have quite a collection of hair pretties to choose from.

Just to get her started, I couldn't resist these very cute ladybird button clips.... perfect to match Miss Goosey's "Labybird Parade" pinny.

Mama Goose

Monday, July 6, 2009

Our first market

Thanks to everyone to helped to make our first market day a success! We had a lovely day meeting people and chatting about our products. We got some great feedback, that we will use to refine our product range - I'll definitely be stocking size 3 and 4 for the next market, as I received many enquiries about larger sizes.

See you all next month - Sunday 2 August - at Hall Markets.

A very tired Mama Goose!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Market Day!!!

It's Market Day tomorrow - I hope it is not too cold and that the rain stays away!!!

Here are some pictures of my appliqued cord pinafores.

Ladybird Parade
Sienna's Garden

I only have a few of the Sienna's Garden pinny, as I have run out of the red fabric, so get in quick if you would like one - size 0 and 1 only!
Mama Goose

Friday, July 3, 2009

For the boys

Whenever I go to markets (or shops in general for that matter) I always fall in love with the gorgeous girls clothes I see. But I'm often disapointed by the lack of range of boys clothes. It's hard to find something a little 'different' for boys. So while I am loving sewing pretty things for little girls, I'm also trying to keep a balance in my range, and find some bright and funky fabrics for boys too.

Here are two boys sets. Pants are $18 each, and appliqued tops are $15. Or you can buy the matching set for $30.

Sock monkeys

Beep Beep

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The nitty gritty - prices and sizes

So far my range is available in sizes 00, 0, 1 and 2. I have plans for size 3 pants and pinafore, so can take orders for these, and anticipate having them in stock for the August Hall Markets. If there is enough interest in size 4, I will also do custom orders.

Products pictured in the posts below are priced as follows:

Denim pants (Elephants and Pink Scooters) - $25
Blue Scooter cords - $25
Chocolate Owl pants - $25

Demin pinafores (Pink Pop and Red Paisley) - $35

Also available (but not yet pictured on the blog) are:

Sock Monkey cords - $18
Beep Beep cords - $18

Sock Monkey appliqued long sleeved top - $15
Beep Beep appliqued long sleeved top - $15

Set of Sock monkey cords and top - $30
Set of Beep Beep cords and top - $30

Ladybird Parade appliqued pinafore - $35
Sienna's Garden appliqued pinafore - $35

Extra large muslin wraps - $15 each or 2 for $25

Cloth breastpads - $6 a pair or 4 pairs for $20

Keep an eye out for pictures of these products over the coming days.....

Mama Goose :-)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Party Dresses

These little demin pinafores are just perfect for winter birthday parties. They would look sweet worn with tights and a long sleeved top. I'm still deciding which one Miss Goosey needs in her wardrobe. Or perhaps she needs both?

They are currently available in sizes 00, 0, 1 and 2. I'll be adding a size 3 to my range in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mama Goose Sews

I've been a busy little Goose.... sewing, sewing ,sewing, ready for our first Markets this weekend! Goosey Gander will be making its debut at the Hall Markets on Sunday 5 July from 10am until 3pm.

Over the next few days I'll be uploading some pictures of my stock. The first installment today is pants - demin, cord and linen-look. Some for the Geese, some for the Ganders, and some that could be worn by either boys or girls.
These elephants are a favourite of my little Gander, but I think they would also look sweet on a little Goose - perhaps teamed with a red polka dot top.

These pink scooters are bright and funky - perfect for adding some colour to a winter wardrobe.

And so the boys don't miss out on the scooters, we also have some in a grey cord

Lastly we have gorgeous owls teamed with a brown linen-look fabric

Here are some shots of the back of the demin pants, so you can see the cute little pockets too
It's back to the sewing machine for me now!
Mama Goose

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Goosey Gander Goes Live......

Well here we are... Goosey Gander has hit the web!!!

More coming soon..... one day..... when I get organised......