What I’ve been sewing to…

I don’t know how you working mothers do it.

I know I have a tendency to get over-excited about the 3,000 things I’m planning, set way too many goals, and end up feeling disappointed…but this semester has kind of taken the cake. Two fashion history-orientated research projects, as well as my other subject at uni, a video series to produce for YouTube (with accompanying sewing), a do-over of the blog and more frequent posts, finally getting a gym membership, and auditions for a reality TV show (my lips are sealed, please don’t tempt me to tell!)

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Bees & Doves

Pattern: Dove Blouse by Megan Nielsen
Made before? This was technically the first time I made it, although I didn’t finish it until after I’d made this version, and I’ve also made a version for my sister.
Will make again? yes, I’d like to try this hack again, and maybe without the bell sleeves.
Adjustments? I hacked this to have pintucks on either side of the CF seam.
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here.
Fabric: Bee Print Cotton Poplin from Minerva Crafts Continue reading

Two little Ensos in the sun…

Today we were lucky enough in Melbourne to have beautiful Spring-like sunshine! Technically Spring is still a month away, but the sun is tricking us all – even our daffodils are blooming early!

Pattern: Enso jumper by Renee Callahan. 
Made before? These are the two versions I have made, and I have another WIP
Will make again? Definitely, I love how this fits and how easy it is!
Adjustments? These are cropped versions, and in the vest I have left off the sleeves and the rib neckline.
Inspiration: A similar cropped version I saw at The Wool Kitchen’s stand at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 (another Helen!)
Yarn: The pale version is made in Dandelion Yarns Organic Merino, the vest is in Marvel Denim Effects 12ply from Spotlight.

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Weekly summary…

Last week was my first week back at uni, since returning from Glasgow. I wanted to take this opportunity to write a short summary of what is going on in my life, some exciting new ventures, and tell you what I’ve been sewing & wearing! Also folks, there’s going to be a giveaway…so keep reading!

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Cocktail hour…

Pattern: A hack of the Sew Over It Alex Shirt & the Merchant & Mills Factory Dress
Made before? Yes, I’d started making the Alex shirt in a cotton, and I’d made the Factory Dress a few times including this version.
Will make again? Probably, although I’m going to have another go at the Alex Shirt on its own.
Adjustments? The hack is the main adjustment
Inspiration: you can check out my shirt obsession here
Fabric: Cocktail O’Clock Viscose Crepe from Fabric Godmother – it’s no longer available but how I long for a shirt in this mustard daisy crepe…If only postage to Australia wasn’t so expensive! Continue reading

a dove for dancing…

Pattern: Dove Blouse by Megan Nielsen
Made before? Yes I have, but I haven’t blogged it yet…no, this blog is never in make order!
Will make again? Yes, although I am starting to doubt the practicality of these sleeves!
Adjustments? I hacked it to make a dress, more on that below
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here
Fabric: This was a jersey from Spotlight, but this polyester crepe from Minerva Crafts would be a beautiful version in a woven. Check out what I used that fabric for here. Continue reading

spinning around…

Pattern: Self-drafted wrap maxi skirt using instructions from this post on Contour Affair
Made Before? No
Will Make Again? Yes!
Adjustments? I didn’t have enough fabric so the width of the ruffle changed
Fabric: Crepe bought (I think??) from Minerva Crafts, or another excellent online UK fabric store while I was living in Glasgow. It’s gorgeous crepe – if you see this out and about anywhere, pounce on it. Crepe is probably my favourite fabric to sew with! Continue reading