I’m Steph, an American living in Brisbane. My husband is Aussie and we have a little girl. As a child, I began sewing to supplement my imagination- you can see that’s still my primary motivation! I teach basic and intermediate dressmaking, pattern making, and I also work as a “Consulting Dressmaker” for my advanced students in Brisbane, as well as for sewists in the online sewing community.
Several years ago, I cast around for resources to help me create my own personal style and build a working wardrobe. I found very little information tailored for a home sewist, most books and blogs assume you’re at the mercy of the malls. As if we are! I built this site in the hopes that my “wins” and “fails” in style and wardrobe experiments might inspire others and help me learn to better dress myself.
In 2012, I built on my previous teaching, drafting and sewing retail experience to build Cake Patterns- a new kind of sewing pattern, geared towards visual learners and time-poor sewists. Cake Patterns are sewable, wearable, re-make-able basics, always with pockets. You can see the current Cake Patterns offerings here on Etsy.
I’m available by email any time: StephC (at) 3hourspast (dot) com.