Wednesday, 17 September 2014

One week, one pattern - my bread and butter Style Arc Elle trousers

The challenge - to wear a version of the Style Arc Elle pants every day for a week. Lets be real here. With 9 pairs floating around Chez Tragic this was never going to be hard.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

A cool weather wardrobe retrospective.....

Spring has arrived in Melbourne like a lovely warm smoochy cuddle and I couldn't be more delighted. I thought I'd share a mini mid-year roundup of my Autumn/Winter sewing achievements and analyse how successfully these garments have been in my cold-weather wardrobe. I've been rather prolific with my cold weather sewing, and am finding my wardrobe is getting rather full, BUT I have worn a lot of what I have made, and have few regrets with my choices. Sometimes I do question myself on how much I really NEED these clothes and the pace with which I seemed to have churned them out. I certainly would never have purchased this many garments with this much regularity before I discovered my love of garment sewing. But I justify it with the knowledge that many of my earlier makes haven't been super wearable or have been questionable in fabric quality or fit or construction. This year I've been a lot more mindful with my fabric choices, and I figure it's a hobby, and my creative outlet and gives me enormous pleasure. So with those thoughts my choices for Spring and Summer sewing will continue to be mindful and hopefully I will be continue to make things that I love wearing. I've been trying ever so hard to buy fewer print fabrics (well actually trying to buy less fabric altogether), sticking more to solids and basics and it's no surprise that many of these less fancy makes have been the winter workhorses.

So looking back to my cold weather sewing goals/plans here, I've been successful in ticking many off the list, missing out on a few and adding in a few non-scheduled makes.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Finished - Vintage Vogue 8922 wrap dress.

I'm so excited to share my latest make with you. It's the last on my official winter make list, and already it's one of my favourite makes ever. You know how sometimes you make something and as soon as you put it on you feel a bit transformed and special. Thats how this dress makes me feel (my other fave is of course my denim shift).

Monday, 25 August 2014

Finished - Denim Alder shirtdress

It's quite outrageous that this is my first Grainline pattern ever! I've ogled and lurked the Grainline blog and pattern store for a couple of years now, admiring Jen's modern, simple aesthetic, and now I can finally join the legion of fans! It's beautifully drafted, and I'm very pleased with my first attempt.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Finished - the Wendy, Marc and Moi dress

I know what you've been thinking. I've been thinking it too. There's just not enough puffed sleeve action around this place. *** 

*** actual puff may appear larger in real life

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Love Desire & Riches exhibition with Mr Darcy!!!

Sometimes, when life tips over into being just a bit too shit for too long, you need a day with your mum. For lots of little cumulative reasons I've had a rough couple of weeks which you absolutely don't need to hear me whinge about, but things have turned the corner, thanks to a fabulous weekend away with my honey and besties, and then yesterday a lovely day with the aforementioned mum. My parents live a couple of hours away now, but were visiting Melbs yesterday (to see BOB DYLAN - as you do!) so mum and I arranged a little magical mystery tour over to the other side of town to see the Love, Desire and Riches exhibition at Rippon Lea mansion. Rippon Lea is an amazing estate in the south eastern suburbs built in the mid 1800's and I can't remember ever going before. Maybe as a child, but I certainly don't remember it. It featured heavily in the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries TV series (well worth trying to source if you're not from Australian - the costumes are spectacular). It is extraordinary that the grounds haven't been slowly taken over by suburban development, but it's part of the National Trust now so is safe forever. The exhibition is on the fashion of weddings, and has been beautifully curated and presented. It's on until the end of September, and for $15 I think it's a bargain well worth checking out if you're in town before then.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A finished Alder sneak peek!

Good morning lovelies! I've finished my Alder shirtdress and you can check it out over at the Stitch 56 blog right here. I'll be back in a day or two with a full Chez Tragic write up - it's a winner!
Happy Monday!