Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Finished - the Borderline Frumpy Cardigan

Hello lovelies, today I bring you a finished project that is nine parts lovely, one part frump.  This is the Style Arc Fiona cardigan, and was the free pattern for June. It's a dolman sleeve cardi with a wide band binding the neckline and hem in one. Its actually very similar to the Mouse House Julia cardigan, except for the dolman sleeves. Honestly the main reason I chose it over the Julia was it was free, and I didn't have to print and trace it out!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Planning some spring sewing at Stitch 56

Good morning lovelies. Do pop over to the Stitch 56 blog and read my post for some inspiration on sewing yourself some current Australian spring fashion trends! I know we are still encased in the frozen icicle of winter in most parts of the Southern Hemisphere but spring is less than 6 weeks away and what better way to look forward to it than to start thinking about spring sewing? Helene has offered a worldwide 10% discount of all women's patterns using the discount code SARAH-WOMENS until midnight Tuesday (AEST) so I'm sure you'll find something to love in her 8 pages of paper and downloadable patterns even if you're not in the Antipodes!

Here's a sneak peek of my rather hilarious but very fun first attempts at using the Fashionary book to sketch outfit ideas - cute but hilarious!


Have a great week!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Circular pocket tutorial with french seams - including pattern!

As requested by many of you lovely ladies, I've written a tutorial on how I made my circular pockets on my recent Current Favourite Dress (thank you for all the lovely comments too!). I've been home sick today - it's so frustrating when one feels too foul to do anything vaguely productive and is forced to watch crappy TV. Anyway, I've rallied this evening, even managing to work out how to upload my pattern onto Google Doc's in PDF format for you! This is exactly the same pattern I drafted, except mine is a little shallow, so I've made the pocket slightly deeper but I'd suggest you don't carry your diamonds in these pockets as the opening is pretty wide. It looks like my scanner has kept the sizing pretty close to the original - it's maybe 1mm out, but for pockets I think it'll be fine.



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Spring wardrobe planning and Grainline Alder competition at Stitch 56!

Hello lovelies! Just a super quick post to nudge you in the direction of the Stitch 56 blog for 2 very exciting reasons.

Firstly today has the first Stitch 56 Blogger post by the extremely creative Donna, and she shows how she's planning her spring wardrobe using her Fashionary sketch book. To be honest I had never really thought to use one of these little treasures before but they are SO MUCH FUN (thats my inner planning dork shouting at you) and I can personally attest you really need very little drawing skill to enjoy using it them. Go and check out Donna's post here and admire her lovely little drawings and ideas, and take advantage of the 10% discount off all Fashionary products for the next 48 hours.




The second exciting reason to pop on over is to check out the details of the Grainline Alder shirtdress competition - a competition Helene has set up with Jen of Grainline Studios to celebrate her new pattern, her first paper pattern AND the coming of spring in the Southern Hemisphere! The competition is open worldwide, and involves either making an Alder or designing a spring mood-board involving the Alder - 2 prizes! Get on it- you've got until 31st August.....


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Finished - denim perfection, pocket perfection.

Today I'm sharing with you one of my favourite makes ever - it's turned out exactly as I'd planned, right down to my favourite little detail, the pockets. This is another version of my favourite frankenpattern - New Look 6808 and the Colette Laurel (see other versions here). This is my first dress version and I couldn't be more pleased.



Sunday, 6 July 2014

Exciting news at Chez Tragic!

I've got news! It's very exciting and I've been bursting at the seams (haha) all week keeping it to myself, but I'm allowed to share today! I'm lucky enough to become part of the blog writing team over at the fabulous Stitch 56 store!



If you haven't been to Stitch 56 do pop over and have a look! It's an online store based here in Melbourne, Australia, and Helene stocks the most fabulously curated range of sewing patterns, notions and other bits and pieces. She's particularly dedicated to promoting independent pattern designers, and high quality sewing tools and notions. Her garment pattern range includes Sewaholic, By Hand London, Colette, Thread Theory, Oliver + S, Petite Plus (a brand new pattern range for the petite and curvy ladies amongst us), Named, Victory Patterns, Angela Wolf, Amy Butler, Megan Nielsen, Christine Haynes, Liesel and Co...... and many more.

With  so many garment, bag and homeware patterns in both PDF format and traditional paper I'm struggling to decide where to begin (actually thats a fib - I've got at least 5 projects planned in my plan-tastic little brain already - I'm keen on the SewLoft Caroline shirt, the Amy Butler Birdie Sling and for my beloved the You Sew Girl Flat Cap). Helene is also one of the few Australian stockists of the beautiful Merchant and Mills range of sewing tools and notions.

Stitch 56 is a great resource for us Antipodean sewists, but Helene also posts worldwide, and I remember being particularly impressed the first time I purchased from Stitch 56 by the very reasonable postage costs, outlined in great detail here.

Make sure you sign up to the blog or newsletter, so you can read my little monthly contribution, along with those of the other fabulous ladies Jo, Donna and Meredith, and to stay informed of new patterns, brands, products and sales.

Coming in the next couple of days - probably one of my most favourite makes EVER!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Free free free pattern roundup!

At the end of my last post I was planning to do a quick little roundup of some free sewing patterns that I either had made up myself and liked, or ones that I liked the look of and would consider making in the future. However once I started making my list I realised that it wasn't going to be quick. Crikey there's a lot out there! As I got deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole I realised this list deserved a post all of it's own, so here tis!

I'll be very clear here - I've not made all of these, and some I've only just discovered in preparation for writing this post. I have downloaded many of them though, and had a quick peek at the layout/sizing/instructions (or lack thereof) and done a super quick search on made up versions or feedback so I will comment on what I can. I know this is not an exhaustive list of what's out there, but it is what I've found that I like and what I'd seriously consider making - but please do let me know if you've another favorite that you think is a fab find!