Elsie Overshirt in Liberty

Only one more week of school until holidays – yay!! I haven’t been sewing much these days. I’ve been too bogged down by school stuff and life crap, but also, I just don’t feel like I need any new clothes right now. I’m hoping this practical part of my brain quietens down soon and let the cray cray sewing lady back out for the holidays 😉

Another make from last school holidays was this Style Arc Elsie overshirt in Liberty tana lawn from The Fabric Store.

My last Elsie shirt was such a hit I knew I would make another. Being tana lawn, this one will also come in handy as a beach cover up when the weather warms up.

I really love this print – the mix of pink, blue and green is spot on. I also finally got to use some really lovely, mother of pearl buttons that I have had stashed for a few years.

I really love this shirt. Now that I’ve remembered about it by writing this post, I might even crack it out again this week. With my silver shoes and belt of course. 


Simple Spotty Frock

I need more dresses like I need a hole in the head, but I do love sewing them and I do wear them often, so I keep making them.

With this simple frock, I was aiming to make a higher neck line, boxy dress with a drawstring waist. I was inspired by Ace + Jig dresses, but I just don’t think I hit the mark with getting that look. Thankfully the dress is still pretty awesome and has received numerous compliments at school.

I purchased this rayon on Etsy from here. It’s just a nice light weight rayon, nothing fancy. As a base for the dress design, I used an old OOP Burda pattern, 7517. I had used this pattern a couple of times in my earlier sewing days with some success. It has two deep pleats along the neckline, which I’m not that keen on, so I removed them.

 I like the shape of the neck, shoulders and armscye, but they are more fitted than the boxy look I was going for.

Regardless, I really like this frock. I works well in winter with thick tights and boots.

Funnily enough, I have just finished my half term school reports and can finally sew after a few weeks away from my machine. But what do I want to sew?? Pretty much nothing. I might go buy some fabric to get inspired, or perhaps move a heater into my chilly sewing room. It’s likely though, if I do sew, I will make another dress 🙂

Sadie Pants

At the same time that I purchased the Sadie tunic pattern by Style Arc, I also purchased the Sadie Pants.

These are simple pull on trousers, a more sporty style, best suited to a drapey woven fabric. The pattern came together easily and they fit well. I do like that Style Arc patterns seem to fit every time.

Unfortunately though, while I really want to love these pants, I just don’t think they are my style. I love skinnies and I love wide leg trousers, but the in-between style just doesn’t sit well with me.

This is a shame because I used a great drapey viscose by Bec + Bridge from The Remnant Warehouse for these trousers and I kinda wish I’d made something else.

I guess sewing ones own clothes is a journey and we continue to learn along the way. 🙂

Short skirts are back.

“Are they?”

“You know, you used to look great in a mini.”

“Did !?”

Hands up if you remember that! It’s likely only Australians would. I may have said “Short skirts are back” in the lunch room at school the first time I wore this skirt and the whole room responded with the ad. Good advertising… well is it?? What was the ad for again?

Anyway, back to the skirt. I picked up a very scant remnant of this cool, green, wool blend fabric from The Fabric Store with plans to make it into a short skirt. There wasn’t much fabric to make anything else with it – all 70cms of it.

Vogue 1247 is an easy, well fitted pattern for a simple skirt like this and the pockets are handy.

Even though this is a wool fabric, and it doesn’t feel ideal agains the skin, I didn’t line the skirt. I don’t plan on wearing it without thick tights and it doesn’t stick to them either.

I really like this skirt, even though it’s green and short – both things that I’m not that keen on these day – I’ve already worn it twice just like pictured and anticipate it will get more wear this winter.