Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Love Desire & Riches exhibition with Mr Darcy!!!

Sometimes, when life tips over into being just a bit too shit for too long, you need a day with your mum. For lots of little cumulative reasons I've had a rough couple of weeks which you absolutely don't need to hear me whinge about, but things have turned the corner, thanks to a fabulous weekend away with my honey and besties, and then yesterday a lovely day with the aforementioned mum. My parents live a couple of hours away now, but were visiting Melbs yesterday (to see BOB DYLAN - as you do!) so mum and I arranged a little magical mystery tour over to the other side of town to see the Love, Desire and Riches exhibition at Rippon Lea mansion. Rippon Lea is an amazing estate in the south eastern suburbs built in the mid 1800's and I can't remember ever going before. Maybe as a child, but I certainly don't remember it. It featured heavily in the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries TV series (well worth trying to source if you're not from Australian - the costumes are spectacular). It is extraordinary that the grounds haven't been slowly taken over by suburban development, but it's part of the National Trust now so is safe forever. The exhibition is on the fashion of weddings, and has been beautifully curated and presented. It's on until the end of September, and for $15 I think it's a bargain well worth checking out if you're in town before then.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A finished Alder sneak peek!

Good morning lovelies! I've finished my Alder shirtdress and you can check it out over at the Stitch 56 blog right here. I'll be back in a day or two with a full Chez Tragic write up - it's a winner!
Happy Monday!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Is it spring yet?

After the coldest week in decades in much of eastern Australia I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to spring. I was thrilled to receive in the post tonight from Helene at Stitch 56 my very own copy of a certain brand new shirtdress pattern that will be just perfect to start building my spring and summer wardrobe.......

Which brings me to her competition - the Alder Dress Competition - guys this is the easiest competition ever - either post your finished Alder or a mood-board summary of styling ideas for your future Alder over on the Flickr page before the end of August for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Of course I'm not allowed to enter, but to show how easy it is to win your own copy of this pattern I whipped up some ideas in my Fashionary. Because I've never made a Grainline pattern before (an outrage, I know) I will be making a toile, and I thought making up a shorter shirt version would be pretty quick and easy and a good way to test the fit through my upper body. I'll be recycling some basic printed polkadot cotton I rediscovered on weekend (it used to be a circle skirt that I wore to my 50's themed 30th birthday just a few years ago!). Hopefully it will still look nice and 50's (rather than Minnie Mouse!). Once I'm happy with my fit I'll be making view A in a lovely mid blue lightweight denim and pearl buttons that I know will look great with a tan belt and my pard flats. And finally I've been hoarding a gorgeous navy seersucker printed with apples for well over 18 months - it's always been destined for a shirt dress, and I've never quite found the right pattern. I thought I might try extending the shoulders slightly for a more vintage feel, and it will look perfect with a red buttons, and a red belt and sandals.

What's your favourite shirt dress pattern?

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Finished - Version Une of the Sewloft Caroline shirt

Hello lovelies. In addition to my self imposed rules of no sewing whilst angry, no sewing whilst exhausted and no sewing whilst drinking I'm adding no sewing whilst sick. Or more specifically no sewing a brand new-to-me pattern whilst sick. Especially if its a shirt.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Finished - the Borderline Frumpy Cardigan

Hello lovelies, today I bring you a finished project that is nine parts lovely, one part frump.  This is the Style Arc Fiona cardigan, and was the free pattern for June. It's a dolman sleeve cardi with a wide band binding the neckline and hem in one. Its actually very similar to the Mouse House Julia cardigan, except for the dolman sleeves. Honestly the main reason I chose it over the Julia was it was free, and I didn't have to print and trace it out!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Planning some spring sewing at Stitch 56

Good morning lovelies. Do pop over to the Stitch 56 blog and read my post for some inspiration on sewing yourself some current Australian spring fashion trends! I know we are still encased in the frozen icicle of winter in most parts of the Southern Hemisphere but spring is less than 6 weeks away and what better way to look forward to it than to start thinking about spring sewing? Helene has offered a worldwide 10% discount of all women's patterns using the discount code SARAH-WOMENS until midnight Tuesday (AEST) so I'm sure you'll find something to love in her 8 pages of paper and downloadable patterns even if you're not in the Antipodes!

Here's a sneak peek of my rather hilarious but very fun first attempts at using the Fashionary book to sketch outfit ideas - cute but hilarious!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Circular pocket tutorial with french seams - including pattern!

As requested by many of you lovely ladies, I've written a tutorial on how I made my circular pockets on my recent Current Favourite Dress (thank you for all the lovely comments too!). I've been home sick today - it's so frustrating when one feels too foul to do anything vaguely productive and is forced to watch crappy TV. Anyway, I've rallied this evening, even managing to work out how to upload my pattern onto Google Doc's in PDF format for you! This is exactly the same pattern I drafted, except mine is a little shallow, so I've made the pocket slightly deeper but I'd suggest you don't carry your diamonds in these pockets as the opening is pretty wide. It looks like my scanner has kept the sizing pretty close to the original - it's maybe 1mm out, but for pockets I think it'll be fine.