Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805

I went to my local fabric store for thread and came out with thread and fabric. The fabric is pretty cute. An oatmeal coloured marle cotton knit with rainbow freckles sprinkled throughout. Practically a neutral. While I should have just bought the thread and left the fabric behind, I thought Felicity would like the fabricContinue reading “Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805”

What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue

I love Joy the Baker’s blog. She suggested a recipe that couples could cook together on Valentine’s Day. I thought yes, brilliant idea! Who wouldn’t want to prepare shrimp etouffee risotto (spicy Cajun stew with prawns and risotto) together and then eat it? He who Cooks was much less enthusiastic. He was right that theContinue reading “What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue”

My new favourite dress: Lynn Mizono V1410

I am very late to V1410 party, but I am very very happy to have finally got there! This is an awesome pattern and so much fun to wear. I made two versions in quick succession in January and have since struggled to get photos taken. I’d like my eyes to be open, I’d preferContinue reading “My new favourite dress: Lynn Mizono V1410”

Wedding guest dress: Vogue 9021

This pattern made in this fabric has been in my virtual wardrobe for some time. I made a trial version of the pattern back in May 2015. Then moved on to other things. As you do. Finally I had the right occasion for such a dress – my niece’s wedding. This is truly stunning fabricContinue reading “Wedding guest dress: Vogue 9021”

The rest of the synthetic ensemble

Thank you for the lovely comments on the vest blog post. The other parts of the ensemble are the fabulous Rachel Comey skirt Vogue 1247. Rachel, we love that you drafted such cool pockets for this skirt. It was lengthened 20 cm. I cut this version out as a 14, and Felicity finds it muchContinue reading “The rest of the synthetic ensemble”

Update on another WIP: the landscape dress

Remember me talking about this gorgeous fabric? You were most helpful in deciding which pattern to use and I even made a muslin. Then I got cold feet. Ruth of CoreCouture‘s pattern whispering of Vogue 9021 might have contributed to this I worked out I could just squeeze this pattern onto my panels if IContinue reading “Update on another WIP: the landscape dress”

Jungle January Swap Dress

Dark chocolate and white stripes. My favourite type of Zebra. Lightweight linen. My favourite summer fabric. Loose fitting dress pattern. Another summer favourite. Piping and a metal zip in the right colours. I love my notions stash! A fabric swap with a fellow sewist. This garment has all of my favourite things! Thanks, Anne andContinue reading “Jungle January Swap Dress”

Jungle January update

I am pretty certain I am not going to make up my Jungle January swap in January. But you need at least an update in January, right? I have the pleasure of Lara of Thornberry as my swap partner. You know, *that* Lara who sews fifteen garments and blogs about them in the time IContinue reading “Jungle January update”

Green shoes, split image skirt and Rachel Comey top

New shoes need a new outfit, right? IRL, the shoes are a perfect match for the greeny-blue in the skirt fabric. It went from flat-pack-in-the-stash to pencil skirt in a few hours. (image from Tessuti’s) I did have a top in the perfect matching greeny blue, but I didn’t want to go overboard. Ahem, wellContinue reading “Green shoes, split image skirt and Rachel Comey top”

Blue and green with quilting cotton in between

Fancy pants chiffon dresses? pfft Oscar de la Renta laminated tweed? Give me a break! I need an easy peasy cotton sack dress. The less shaping the better. And anyway, who said blue and green should never be seen unless there’s a colour in between? What’s wrong with about blueish green and greeny blue, withContinue reading “Blue and green with quilting cotton in between”

Knit evening dress in “action”

Thank you for your lovely comments on my knit evening dress. Here I am on the night with the gloriously glamourous and wonderfully gracious Catriona Rowntree, the MC for the event. Catriona was wearing a dress by a local Australian designer, Rachel Gilbert. She was stunning. Thanks to the Hon. Senator Sean Edwards for theContinue reading “Knit evening dress in “action””

Knit dress #3; the evening version

I’m on a knit dress roll. What better than a metallic knit to make an outfit for a black tie event? Especially when you are time poor? And that metallic knit is already in your stash? The back story to this knit was another evening dress that needed to be made in a hurry severalContinue reading “Knit dress #3; the evening version”

Silver square neck top from 1992

The pattern is from 1992, the top is only a week or so old! This was one of my favourite top patterns and I used it several times in the nineties. Felicity thinks it’s vintage. He he. (Hmm, I guess that means she thinks I’m even more ancient..) It was made to go with theContinue reading “Silver square neck top from 1992”