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!


Friday, 8 August 2014

Is it spring yet?

After the coldest week in decades in much of eastern Australia I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to spring. I was thrilled to receive in the post tonight from Helene at Stitch 56 my very own copy of a certain brand new shirtdress pattern that will be just perfect to start building my spring and summer wardrobe.......

Which brings me to her competition - the Alder Dress Competition - guys this is the easiest competition ever - either post your finished Alder or a mood-board summary of styling ideas for your future Alder over on the Flickr page before the end of August for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Of course I'm not allowed to enter, but to show how easy it is to win your own copy of this pattern I whipped up some ideas in my Fashionary. Because I've never made a Grainline pattern before (an outrage, I know) I will be making a toile, and I thought making up a shorter shirt version would be pretty quick and easy and a good way to test the fit through my upper body. I'll be recycling some basic printed polkadot cotton I rediscovered on weekend (it used to be a circle skirt that I wore to my 50's themed 30th birthday just a few years ago!). Hopefully it will still look nice and 50's (rather than Minnie Mouse!). Once I'm happy with my fit I'll be making view A in a lovely mid blue lightweight denim and pearl buttons that I know will look great with a tan belt and my pard flats. And finally I've been hoarding a gorgeous navy seersucker printed with apples for well over 18 months - it's always been destined for a shirt dress, and I've never quite found the right pattern. I thought I might try extending the shoulders slightly for a more vintage feel, and it will look perfect with a red buttons, and a red belt and sandals.



What's your favourite shirt dress pattern?





Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Finished - Version Une of the Sewloft Caroline shirt

Hello lovelies. In addition to my self imposed rules of no sewing whilst angry, no sewing whilst exhausted and no sewing whilst drinking I'm adding no sewing whilst sick. Or more specifically no sewing a brand new-to-me pattern whilst sick. Especially if its a shirt.


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!