A good friend of mine, let's call her L, turned 40 last month. She's a very good friend who has put up with me at the park every Friday morning for the last 5 years. I really wanted to get her something special for her birthday. Being such a big birthday and also because she's simply lovely. But what to get her?? A handmade dress of course!
Now, I don't sew for others very much at all. I knew L would really appreciate the thought, and my time and effort, so I selected a beautiful piece of jersey from my stash and set to work. A few hours later I had a present!
Pattern: Vogue 1027, size 14
Fabric: An amazing piece of jersey from Anna
It looks smashing on her. And she absolutely loves it!
I have had the most fabulous weekend. My mum came down for a visit. We explored the city, visited the Big Design Market and went to Bendigo to see the Modern Love exhibition. It was lovely to get out there and explore this fabulous city and region.
The Modern Love exhibition was wonderful. I really enjoyed studying the clothes and reading the history of the designers. It is not huge but well worth the trip to Bendigo. My favourite items were the Dior red dress and the Chanel yellow sequin jacket. I was also very impressed by the dress made out of several silk scarves. Lunch at Masons of Bendigo was delicious.
My mum wore a lovely dress to Bendigo that she made from a piece of Mood Fabrics cotton sateen. I bought one metre when we were in LA thinking that it would be fabulous for a pencil skirt. My mum spotted it on her last visit and was quite fond of it. So I gave it to her. It really suits her and is totally her style. As she's quite a lot shorter than me, she managed to squeeze a sheath dress out of it. I think she looks lovely.
[Edit: Mum tells me the pattern is McCalls 5818. Looks likes a good one!]
Back to reality and another work week. One week until Sewjourn!
Inspired by Rachel's modified Gabby dress, I made a modified Lily dress for Mr H's 3rd birthday party. Not that I need an excuse to make a Liberty party dress but it is the perfect time of year to crank out the summer party dresses. Mr N's birthday is in a month, so there may be another party dress in the planning stages. I think it might involve my Mood Ikat cotton...
I originally bought this fabric for a Cambie dress. Not sure what I was thinking but I quickly decided it was a bad idea. So it sat for almost a year waiting for a better plan. I really like Rachel's dress and I love a good sack dress on a hot day. The fabric just screams fun, party and ruffle to me. Anyone else get those vibes?? No? Oh well...
I started with the Lily dress pattern because I adore the neckline. I sized down from my previous Lily dress and then graded the side seams in 10cm on each side at the hip level. The ruffles needed to start at my high thigh so I cut the hem off at 80cm. The ruffle is a gathered 30cm strip of fabric the width of the fabric (attached front and back). I used a 6.5cm hem to give it a bit of weight (which failed) and stiffness at the hem.
Once sewn up, I had to play with the side seams to get the fit just right. I ended up taking in the side seams another centimetre at the top grading back out at the waist. The armholes and neckline are finished with self fabric bias binding.
The back grabs a bit on my undies and I should probably wear slinky undies but the skirt has a tendency to fly up in a gust of wind. So it's a fine line between good solid undies that you can show the world when a gust of wind presents itself or a pair of slinky undies that won't grab the fabric. Tough decisions, tough decisions.
Overall, a perfect dress for a sunny afternoon BBQ with a bunch of kids under 5. It was lovely and Mr H had a wonderful time. Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Lily Linen Dress, size L, modified
Fabric: Liberty Pointillism in Red from Shaukat
Alterations: Shortened to 80cm from shoulder, reduced width by 10cm each side, added 30cm ruffle (6cm hem)
My boys are a little Lego obsessed. So I decided a Lego cake was in order for Mr H. It went down a treat and he was beside himself with excitement. It tasted pretty good as well!
This stripe knit pencil skirt has been on my sewing to do list for a very long time. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to it because the actual construction only took about half an hour. The project was rapidly pushed to the front of the queue one Friday afternoon when I was making a pair of black Suzy pants to wear to a work trivia night at the pub. I got a bit over confident and took the pants in too much. They looked good but I couldn't actually get them over my hips easily and if I did manage to get them on there was no way I could go to the bathroom while out! So I threw them aside in frustration while promising myself that I would just keep running until I could fit in to them.
I then had a moment of sheer panic because I had nothing to wear to a casual work function at the pub. I have a lot of clothes but not a lot of cool funky clothes to wear out for drinks. I don't go out for drinks. At the age of 31, I am firmly in the "old" group of my work colleagues. It's not the age, it's the married with two kids and a mortgage, and being a senior level that puts me in that corner. What was I going to wear?!
I pulled out this fabric, some elastic and a Vogue pencil skirt pattern. I folded out the darts and cut around the pattern in a size smaller than my normal. I also pegged the skirt in an inch at the bottom. I almost got it finished in time for the 7 o'clock kick off. It is not hemmed in the top photo, which is the way I wore it out that night. I came back the following day and hemmed it with a twin needle and an inch hem.
An extremely easy and satisfying make. Perfect for both the pub and a 3 year old birthday party at a play centre (bottom photo). The fabric was a random find at Spotlight last year. Unfortunately, it has started pilling already. I wish I knew which fabric were going to pill and which aren't. I can't stand pilling! It drives me nuts.
Pattern: Any basic pencil skirt pattern.
Fabric: Black and white stripe ponti from Spotlight
I really need to work on a few items that I can wear out for dinner or to drinks. That is the major downfall of my wardrobe. I'm thinking a black dress could really help to fill this gap. Also a metallic Tokyo jacket, black Suzy pants and a few basic tanks.
I've been busy sewing and making Christmas presents lately. I also have quite a few finished items that are yet to be blogged. Unfortunately, I'm going through a bit of a blogging slump at the moment. I'm just going with the flow and hoping that it comes back soon.
How's everyone else going? Ever had nothing to wear despite a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes??
I think Wiltshire would have to be my favourite Liberty print. And this is by far my favourite colourway. This is my thirdmake in this print. Like Kristie, I've been hoarding this fabric for a special project. Never mind the fact that I can always buy more of it.
The original plan was to make a smock style top and combine a beautiful white cotton lace remnant with the Liberty Wiltshire. But I could never get the combo of the lace and Liberty perfect, or find the perfect pattern. I also just wanted a loose blouse that I could wear all the time in hot weather. So I gave up on matching the lace and Liberty and went with the simple plan.
The pattern is an old Vogue pattern that I bought when I first starting sewing my clothes. I made it in a silk cotton print that was beautiful to wear. The only reason I got rid of it was that my sewing wasn't very good back then and it fell apart. I was going through my patterns recently when i spotted it and thought it would go well with the Wiltshire print. A match made in heaven!
Pattern: Vogue 8495, size 16
Fabric: Liberty Wiltshire in Red from Shaukat
Alterations: Removed yoke facing and finished neck and armholes with self fabric bias binding.
I wore it today around the house and to swimming lessons with my denim Moss Mini and a pair of polka dot Tom's shoes. I paired it with a red cardi this morning which really changed the look of the print.