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

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

The shirt that almost wasn’t…

My first Glasgow Make to get on the blog, and entirely inappropriate weather-wise.

Pattern: The Factory Dress by Merchant and Mills
Made before? I’d made two full dresses for my Nanna last Christmas, unfortunately without the instructions so they were successful wildcards…
Will make again? Yes, I love this shape, the lack of buttons, and how easy the collar is. I might try it with a gathered skirt next time.
Fabric: Vintage drapey something I found in a Vintage/antiques/odds-and-ends store in Glasgow’s West End. Continue reading