Chartreuse for Christmas…

Pattern: Style Arc Blaire Shirt
Made before? No, I bought this sample pattern for $5 from Style Arc on the shopping trip before Frocktails!
Will make again? Yes, I love how this pattern looked
Adjustments? I didn’t include the underlay pieces
Inspiration: I think I’ve seen shirts in this shape around the streets of Carlton, but nothing specific.
Fabric: Chartreuse/Gold colour I think silk? Or some sort of twill? I’m terrible at identifying fabric. I bought this from a friend who was clearing out her stash!

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2019 #makenine … well, make five

It might have become apparent by now that I struggle to stick to deadlines & wishlists for my sewing – and blogging. I have attempted the Make Nine challenge the last couple of years. It’s just that with every new pattern release, or fabric shop, there is something more exciting to play with!

The best sewing decision I ever made was signing up to a jeans-making course in Glasgow at The Stitchery (now closed while the lovely Cassandra finishes her masters). I relished the challenge of jeans-making, and it led to me taking more care and patience in my sewing.

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two tie tees…

Pattern: Kommatia T003
Made before? Yes, I made a striped version in a stable knit which I wear all through Summer
Will make again? Without a doubt, read more for specific uses for this tee…
Adjustments? There is a hack detailed below…
Inspiration: This Lululemon t-shirt
Fabric: The orange is a rayon jersey I bought for $3 a metre at Spotlight years ago, the blue was a remnant from Lincraft even more years ago! Continue reading

Little Black Skirt

Pattern: Simplicity 1370
Made before? Yes, I’ve blogged about it here.
Will make again? yes, I love this view & I have another version in the works with a slightly more retro feel.
Adjustments? Raised the waist seam to make it sit at a high natural waist, and graded between size 10 at the waist and 12 at the hips.
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here.
Fabric: Suede backed scuba from Remnant Warehouse – they don’t seem to have any more in stock, but you could try this super cool fabric. Continue reading

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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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