Monday, 18 May 2015

Binging on Barries

I've had half a week of no husband. The end result, of course, has been a sewing binge, and I am now the proud and (excessive use of superlatives be damned!) ecstatic wearer of these:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Finished - a tweedy, silky Woodland Stroll Cape

Lovelies if you need a gateway pattern into coat making then this might well be it. It's the Liesl and Co Woodland Stroll Cape, my latest Stitch 56 project (check it out and get the pattern over here). I know capes might not be for everyone, and might venture dangerously close to the Territory of Tweeness, but with the right fabric choice and styling I think it's a great little wardrobe addition. I've wanted to make one ever since I found a vintage 60's child's cape pattern in an op shop and was utterly charmed by the pattern cover. Actually this pattern also comes in a child's version (the Oliver and S Forest Path Cape) and I can unequivocally state that if someone had made this for me as a little girl I would have been the most delighted and stinkingly cute poppet bopping around town.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Finished - a Geneva in wool

Just a quick one to share a couple of my latest basics. As you know I love me some basics, and with the change of season comes wardrobe reassessments, and the need to downgrade and replace some everyday items. This is the Named Geneva raglan tee. I was drawn to this pattern by those lovely curved shoulder seams. I know raglans are definitely more a casual style, especially if made in contrast fabrics, but I thought it was worth a crack in some nice wool knit and I'm very happy with it. It has a few little details that definitely elevate it above the casual. I do wish I'd worn a different bra for these pics, but meh. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Tutorial - add easy french seamed side pockets to anything. Yes! Anything!

Remember my blathering excitement last year when I happened upon a vintage skirt pattern with a nifty little drafting feature that allowed me to do easy-as-pie french seamed in-seam pockets? I didn't do a particularly good job of explaining it I'm afraid.  But after finding the same type of pockets in my recent Fujiyama Mama frock I was determined do a quick and dirty step-by-step tutorial for you......

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

C'est La Vie (because disappointment always sounds better in french) and a twice recycled $5 in Paris

How was your Easter long weekend wherever you were in the world? Mine ended up lovely, but the start was rather shitful. As briefly mentioned in my last post my guy had been working hard to get Sunny all jazzed up for our big holiday of the year, a mega road trip up to Byron Bay Blues Fest, an 18 hour drive north of Melbourne. 

We had such high hopes. We were looking forward to a nice slow cruise up north, a few days of camping and awesome music with friends, and an equally slow cruise home. I was determined to tick off a large number Big Things on our road trip (many Australian country towns over the last 4 decades developed a peculiar need to create a large tacky Thing for their town - an exhaustive list can be found here). 

Big Thing 1 - the Big Cherries (Young, New South Wales). 

Big Thing 2 - The Big Golden Guitar (Tamworth, New South Wales). 

Big Thing 3 - The Big Disappointment (Glen Innes, New South Wales).

Monday, 30 March 2015

Finished - just in time - the Vinyl Vacation

Friends I promise you this is the last gaudy man-shirt I will subject you to for a while. I've posted my latest Negroni over at Stitch 56 but wanted to share with you a bit more of the nitty gritty changes I made since my first Negroni, the epic Mindblower creation of 2015.

At the same time as purchasing the most tasteful fabric in the world for my guy I also grabbed this fab retro inspired Vinyl Vacation Alexander Henry print. Is this not the perfect fabric for some Alohawear?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Fujiyama Mama dress

About 4, maybe 5 years ago now I found out I couldn't (or rather, shouldn't) eat apples. Apparently I can't digest certain types of sugars (including fructose or f**ktose as I like to call it) without my abdomen inflating like a non-purple Violet Beauregarde.  So apples being chock full of f**cktose are off my culinary list, which makes me sad. I did so love to bite into a nice crispy Fuji. Anyway, whinge over and in a totally seamless segueway I was delighted a couple of years ago to find the most gorgeous navy seersucker printed with coral and beige apples at Spotlight. I positively squealed when I found this fabric, and for 2 years it has sat, occasionally stroked, waiting for the perfect dress pattern to make a sweet, f**cktose-free, yet appley union.