Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Blogiversary + Giveaway

Hi All,

On Friday it was my one year blogiversary weeee.. I feel like I should make some sort of resolutions about what I will try to do next year.. you know.. more posts, better content blah blah.. but I never keep resolutions so I figure I'll just skip past that...

Anyhow the Exciting bit, the giveaway!
I went trawling through my ever expanding stash and found these patterns, that I love, but will probably never get around to making
Cute yes?
So I'd like to know why you would like to own these/what fabric choices you would go with ..etc.. anything you want to tell me :)

I'll post anywhere, coz I love all my followers, not just the Ozzies ;)
I'll pick a winner on Friday the 13th... oooooohhhh..

Good Luck! :)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

my little silk goddess

This baby has got to be one of my favourite makes yet.
It is of course the Anna Dress in 100% Silk Habutai, from the lovely ladies at Tessuti.
It was $28 a metre and I bought 5 metres, I also bought beautiful lining which I didn't end up using at all, so it's gone to the stash..I only ended up using about 3ish metres.. so this dress ended up costing around $100 all up:)

I decided to wear a slip underneath and using bias binding on the neckline.
The neck binding and the zipper insertion took me about 3 hours, due to me constantly thinking I would screw it up, it was sewn at the pace of a snail... progress shots..
(luckily I have a large dining table)
 (ooh yeah frenchies and zipper)
(right before heming)
God I was so worried about touching, cutting, sewing, pinning, zipper insertioning, french seaming, marking, hemming this gorgeous fabric that it took me about 3 months before I even took it out of the bag.
To the readers of my blog that dont sew, (i.e my mates and family that like to make me feel good about my sewing) you know that feeling you have when you have satin sheets on the bed, and your wearing boxer shorts/silky nightie and you jump on the bed and slide onto the ground. Imagine sewing that shit together.
I researched ALOT of different ways to pretty much do everything on this dress,
I had a beautiful email with alot of very helpful information from Lauren after I asked her some questions about how she was planning on going about her Silk Anna, which of course I took on board because she is a genius.
I used Jen's method for cutting the silk, found here, which worked perfectly, time consuming with a maxi yes, but well worth it...
I also used her easy roll hem tute, also well worth looking at :)
Oh and if you're wondering why some of my normally shithouse pictures look so different in this post, it's because my bro's wonderful photographer girlfriend Sal (Rollabilly Photgraphy) offered to take these for me :)
Very summertime, so it's perfect timing. I made this dress specifically to wear to my brother-in-laws wedding in Tassie in a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping the weather holds out ;)
Let me know what you think:)

p.s this post totally made me remember to book my hair appointment, ouch

Monday, 4 November 2013

Long time no post

Hello There,

Well my silk Anna only has the hem to be done and then she is completed:)
(sneak peaks on my Instagram, booyeah on the zip)
Will hopefully get some pics of her on the weekend.. until then here are some things I've been creating..

I made the above dress, New Look 6124 in version A this time, and I love the neckline. It seems I'm getting faster as this only took me about 5 hours to put together, but I have made it before.
It seems I must have sewn seams at 3/4 last time and didn't make notes.. ahh so cant breathe it in very well, but I'm sure ill kick on ;)

I also made this Elisalex skirt version with the cutest puppy fabric ever. SAUSAGE DOGS PEOPLE.
I started to make a.. get this.. stretch denim Anna. WTF. To be fair it was past midnight and I probably should have just gone to bed.
I am also in the process of making a Negroni for the hubs...
  I still have this Anorak pattern from Style Arc, which I have been wanting to make up for agesssss, but haven't found an olive green in the right kind of fabric.. so I settled and bought this Lightweight Twill.
Now all I have to worry about are the vague (for me) instructions :| eeep. Does anyone know of any versions?
aaannnndd I just got these babies today. . *squeeeel*
Also completely unrelated to any of the above.. If any of you lovely ladies in blog land have suggestions for a great pants pattern I would love to hear it. In case you didn't notice I have more junk in the trunk than most, so a pattern to suit the err "Curvier" type butts would be great :)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Vintage meets Modern

Hi All,

I am pleased to say I finally conquered this dress and am really happy with the results :)
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know the time it has taken and my struggles..
This is New look 6123, which I haven't really seen much of in blogland..
Of course I decided on version B which had everything goin on.. the sleeves, the ruffles, the flounce.. only jusssttt squeezed this one out of my fabric, was playing around with it for a while, but I'm glad I did, because I think this fabric suits it beautifully :)
It is a 1960-1970's poly sateen that I picked up for $12 at a vintage shop a while ago but was waiting for a pattern that had some drapyness to it.

Not really sure why it took me so long to fiddle around with the dress, but the main issue was the pleats/gathers on the side of the dress, they just weren't sitting right and took a while to get them to sit so it didn't look like a had a giant muffin top (I don't need to add to that)
Note this dress is wayyy boobylicious, so if your not into that thing (I am clearly) then you'll probably need to adjust the top/sew the middle together, but easy enough.
Also it turned out a bit shorter than I wanted, but that couldn't be helped due to my fat arse my lack of fabric. Okay onto the bombardness of pics..

I recommend this pattern, and I think I will make it again eventually, just making it slightly longer:)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Polly Break

Hey All,
If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I been struggling with this pain in the ass lovely little dress..
New look 6123
..so to stop myself from hurting someone, I took a break and made the latest freebie going round from the girls I love at By Hand London the Polly top. Obviously the faces are to make me feel better too..

Go make it :)

Saturday, 14 September 2013

ANNA ANNA wherefore art thou Anna

Hey All,
Yewwww Anna, the final make from the complete set of the girls..

I'm a little slow on the bandwagon with the Anna, but I got there in the end.
As you've probably seen this is a fairly easy make, but takes a bit of time for all the french seaming/prep process.
I love the shape of the Anna, and the fit was pretty much spot on out of the packet. I saw Taracat didn't need a zip on her version, and prayed I wouldn't either.. MUHAHHA Success, No zip needed!

(this is Schnitzel, my little photobomber)

Errm mum, you realise dad is taking a picture of your behind?

I look so grumpy in these pics, but in reality I'm just being blinded by the sun..

Side view or dancing?
Neckline or boobs?
I have no idea what this fabric is (don't remember buying it) but it reminds me a little of sass & bide.. and Gosh it was slippery as hell to sew with, which is probably a good practice run as my next Anna will be with this baby...

for a wedding
in November
so many ahhh factors. You get me?

Lauren sent me a detailed lengthy email with pointers/tutes/suggestions on what/how/why to do everything which was really helpful/lovely of her :)

....So I pretty much stroke this fabric every couple of days, but don't have any actual plans to cut into it.. so may be hard to sew the actual dress im thinking.. hmmm. Eventually my friends. Eventually.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

The cutest dress I've ever made

I made this reversible version of Made by Rae's Itty Bitty Dress.. as inspired by Rachel from House of Pinheiro...
I made it for very special friends who are due in October with a little girl, after waiting a very long time for her to be ready to visit the world:)
If you haven't made this pattern for any little bubas you know, you should. It is ridiculously cute and simple to make :)
I think I'm going to be making a lot more..
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