Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Finished - La la la la Lola!

Autumn has been typically unpredictable in Melbourne thus far.  There's been glorious days, chilly days and fresh nights. And such days therefore have required layers. Jacket on, jacket off. Long sleeves, short sleeves. Sunglasses, umbrellas. Basically it's cardigan weather. I've written a couple of years ago about my love for the humble cardi. My most worn self-sewn garment has to be my Style Arc Fiona cardi, made 2 winters ago. It's my house cardigan - a bit frumpy but deliciously warm and my go to layering piece for probably 10 months of the year. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Finished - the last dress of summer

Actually technically this was the first dress of Autumn. But we had such a hot early Autumn that I'm calling it summer. We were due a visit to my parents place in Bendigo, which by some meteorological quirk is always 200 degrees hotter than Melbourne, and I decided that I simply must make myself a nice cool airy frock for the visit.



Thursday, 21 April 2016

Fly avoidance. Or Finished! Another pair of Maritime shorts


I've got a new favourite neutral. I don't know what those Pantone folk would call it, but the Spotlight folk call it Henna. I'm in love with this weird terracotta-browny-pinky-rusty colour in various tones. Recently seen in button form on my chambray button-through skirt, and now in linen form. I can assure you it pairs marvellously with stripes (let's be honest here - to fit into my wardrobe it's compulsory!). 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Finished - Birdie Knit Inari

I'm so close to getting my summer garments all blogged up. Just squeezing into my summer list is my second version of the Named Clothing Inari dress, this time in a knit, and clearly sleeveless. 


Monday, 4 April 2016

From the ashes - Nani Iro partially self-drafted tank


Quite often Occasionally I'll make something and it's a bit of a flop. It might be poor fabric choice for the style, poor style for my shape or crappy sewing. Fortunately they are getting rarer but it kills me when it happens with a fabric I adore.  But I'm a stubborn mule and quite often I've been able to salvage some or all of a failed garment into something wearable. For this reason I never throw away leftovers of a beloved fabric unless they are tiny unusable scraps.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Finished - simple vintage chambray.



Today I'm sharing with you my version of summer jeans - the chambray gathered skirt. This is the second time I've made this pattern, a cheeky little 80's skirt pattern featuring Princess Diana in the cover art from an op shop that set me back all of $1. My first version is still in circulation, one of my favourite makes ever, but starting to look tired, as rayon inevitably will with lots of love. This version shows the style lines a lot better, and clearly demonstrates how a different fabric type makes a massive difference in garment outcome.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Finished - Summer Frocktail mashup

The reality is that I really don't think sewing saves me an awful lot of money. I'm sure if one had iron-clad willpower and only bought WHAT ONE NEEDED PER PROJECT (I shout because of course the notion is for me ridiculous), instead of allowing oneself to accumulate curate a marvellous fabric collection then things might be different. But when it comes to making a silk maxi frock, then it's a bit different. A super quick squizz at Shopstyle with 'silk maxi' brings up an endless array of pretties, starting at about $300 AUD and peaking at $16000! That is Sixteen Thousand Dollars my friends.  Oh how that makes me laugh - see?!!