Sunday, 5 July 2015

Finished - A Liberty shift, and a dipping of toes into a new world...

A little while ago Helene at Stitch 56 had some exciting news - she was going to be stocking Liberty fabric! And she was opening up a bricks and mortar outlet for all her amazing goodies. Clearly a party was required, and thus party dresses. After being able to choose our favourite fabrics from the new seasons prints Helene gave us free reign to make a frock for the launch of the Stockroom. Check out my post and Helene's lovely selection of Liberty lawn here.

Obviously it was amazing to be able to pick a brand spanking new piece of Liberty lawn. I chose Nikita C, a beautiful floral and berry print that made me dream of a little long-sleeved 60's inspired shift dress. I've always loved the styling of the floral versions of the Laurel on the Colette website, and soon had myself a lovely little collection of modern and vintage floral shifts on Pinterest. My favourites:

A simple design would show off the beautiful fabric so I went with my good old New Look 6808-Colette-Laurel dress combo. I wanted something I could wear throughout the year, so instead of lining it I made a separate silk slip (I figured I'd wear it with my other version too - win!). 

Anyway it was a marvellously uneventful make - reliable pattern, beautiful well behaved fabric. I'm delighted with the outcome. 

It's a frock that will always be so special to me because I made it to wear it to meet Helene, Jo, Meredith and some lovely Melbourne based sewing ladies for the first time. The Stockroom party was my first ever social sewing outing and I can't tell you what a wonderful afternoon it was. It was so much fun to chat to Jo and Meredith, then to Helene's guests. It's just the best thing to be able to talk endlessly about your passion with likeminded people - I don't know if it's just me but it can be hard to make new friends once you start getting older.  And after chatting to the delightful Lara and Anna I finally pulled my finger out and hopped on Instagram properly (I'm here, and am slowly tracking down all my favourite sewists so do let me know your profile in the comments). And what's even more exciting is the lovely Kat, Frocktail organiser extraordinare, has hopefully sorted me a ticket to the Melbourne shindig so I'll get to meet even more lovely makers. Can't wait! 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Finished - Simplicity 2560. The cardigan quest continues.

Worst hair day ever. Thank goodness for hats is all I can say. Anyway here I am sharing one of my current favourite winter outfits, my ohmygoodnessI'minlovewiththisfabric striped wool merino Mandy top (unblogged) that basically gets washed and put right back on my body (fabric from the Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe), and my new cardigan, Simplicity 2560.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The I'm Not Sure I'm Cool Enough For This top

Last year my brother bought me Drape Drape 2 for my birthday, after a not-so-subtle link to the Book Depository magically winged its way across the internets to his inbox. I'd had the Asymmetrical Scoop top on my sewing list all summer, but as usual my list exceeded available time and I've only just made it up.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Binging on Barries

I've had half a week of no husband. The end result, of course, has been a sewing binge, and I am now the proud and (excessive use of superlatives be damned!) ecstatic wearer of these:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Finished - a tweedy, silky Woodland Stroll Cape

Lovelies if you need a gateway pattern into coat making then this might well be it. It's the Liesl and Co Woodland Stroll Cape, my latest Stitch 56 project (check it out and get the pattern over here). I know capes might not be for everyone, and might venture dangerously close to the Territory of Tweeness, but with the right fabric choice and styling I think it's a great little wardrobe addition. I've wanted to make one ever since I found a vintage 60's child's cape pattern in an op shop and was utterly charmed by the pattern cover. Actually this pattern also comes in a child's version (the Oliver and S Forest Path Cape) and I can unequivocally state that if someone had made this for me as a little girl I would have been the most delighted and stinkingly cute poppet bopping around town.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Finished - a Geneva in wool

Just a quick one to share a couple of my latest basics. As you know I love me some basics, and with the change of season comes wardrobe reassessments, and the need to downgrade and replace some everyday items. This is the Named Geneva raglan tee. I was drawn to this pattern by those lovely curved shoulder seams. I know raglans are definitely more a casual style, especially if made in contrast fabrics, but I thought it was worth a crack in some nice wool knit and I'm very happy with it. It has a few little details that definitely elevate it above the casual. I do wish I'd worn a different bra for these pics, but meh. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Tutorial - add easy french seamed side pockets to anything. Yes! Anything!

Remember my blathering excitement last year when I happened upon a vintage skirt pattern with a nifty little drafting feature that allowed me to do easy-as-pie french seamed in-seam pockets? I didn't do a particularly good job of explaining it I'm afraid.  But after finding the same type of pockets in my recent Fujiyama Mama frock I was determined do a quick and dirty step-by-step tutorial for you......