Mummy and me

So I have a friend who’s been on my back about ‘Mummy and me’ sewing since I found out Adele was going to be a girl. I’ve resisted until now.

This dress isn’t particularly special, except that it’s made with the same fabric as this dress. I only had a thin remnant to work with, which limited my options. I think this will  be super cute for cooler weather with tights and a long sleeve tee underneath.

Adele is proving quite difficult to photograph these days. In these photos, I’ve perched her on a small side table to try to get her to stay in one place.

I only a few more weeks of university before I get to enjoy a few long months off – can’t wait!!

I also have my Liberty dress and Vogue 8028 cut. I just need to get some time at the machine. Unfortunately, even though I have tonight off work, I’m being made to go to a girls only, royal wedding party – poor me!! I think I might try to dig out an old wedding frock to wear – why not right? Are you watching the Kate and Will’s wedding tonight??

Tova top

I’ve managed to squeeze in a little sewing time this weekend and it feels soooooo good!

First up – a Tova. I had already made a muslin of this last week, so knew I should make a size small. Extra small still fit, but was a little snug across the back.

It comes together really quickly and is an amazingly flattering shape. Great for hiding any bulges without being too baggy.


The hardest part was ensuring the corners of the yoke were square. The easiest way I found to do this, is to begin at one of the corners and sew across the gathered part, the pivot up to the top of the yoke. Then return to the corner you began at and sew up – easy peasy.


The shoulders set in nicely, but I did have to unpick them once. The pattern calls for 1cm or 3/8 inch seams, which I forgot about when setting the sleeves the first time and they came up a little tight.


The only other problem I had was with this fabric. It’s a viscose, which naturally doesn’t take very well to ironing. I ended up top-stitching the collar before stitching it down. Which isn’t ideal and made the collar just slightly bumpy in one place. Luckily the fabric hides everything, which you may be able to tell from these bad photos.

There will be many of these tops and a few dresses made this winter. I probably won’t use my Liberty Lantana for one though. I’ve already decided a pattern for it.

Lest we forget…

That it’s my birthday today!!!! Yipeee!!!! We actually celebrated my birthday yesterday with a small party at mums house.

Look at the fab cake my sister made for me. My own sewing machine cake, complete with bright pink pin cushion. The design is based on one from the Woman’s Weekly cake book.

There does appear to be a few extra nobs and buttons on it. Maybe this is a better model with more features than my machine. Husband thought it was a Kitchen Aid cake.

Happy family!

The gathering at mums was extra fun for the kids, as they got to enjoy the evening playing in the empty cardboard box.

Adele in the box

Cousin Jett in the box.

Earlier yesterday, the kids got their choccies and began eating straight away.

Then we headed to the Family Show at Fox Studios.

Happy kid.

Happy kid.

Sad kid.

Don’t be fooled by his smile, this ride was terrible. Round and round and round and round for about 5 mins – ugg!

It made me regret those few wines over dinner the night before. (Look at the difference in photography skills. This is why I use an auto timer to take sewing photos.)

Hope you are all enjoying your super long weekend. My husband is getting a leave pass to go down to the local RSL for two-up at lunch time, then a few friends will join us for a BBQ tonight. I can’t believe we still get another day off!

Note: Sorry – I’m not wanting to offend. Today is ANZAC day, so we do take the time to remember all those who’ve fought for our country. It’s not all about me.

Fabric binge

With a little spare time last Thursday, my mum surprised me with a shopping trip to celebrate my upcoming birthday (it’s on Monday and not a special ‘0’ birthday). Mum reads my blog, hears about my sewing adventures, listens to me whine when things don’t go right, helps me when she can and generally knows me pretty darn well. So to help me pick a birthday present, she took me fabric shopping. Woo hoo!

First stop was Tessuti, the posh fabric mecca, followed by The Fabric Shop, a little less pricey and just as nice, but slightly less ‘wow’ factor.

My purchases from Tessuti were some lovely viscose check fabric (top left) in lovely plum and charcoal tones. I purchased this specifically to make Vogue 8028.

The fabric on the top right is a lovely, lovely, lovely Japanese cotton called Blue Hyou which I think I will make the Burda Heidi dress with, after I’ve modified the pattern a little. I just love the bodice of this dress that I made a few weeks ago and think a slimmer version with slash pockets would be awesome. I need to muslin the pattern though to assess those front tucks.

The fabric on the bottom right corner is super special. In fact, it’s super, super, duper special and almost didn’t get purchased. It’s lovely Liberty Lantana (80% cotton, 20% wool) called Kenzo’s Gold and it’s just wonderful. Far, far nicer in real life. I love it so much that I stroked it all the way home. I certainly didn’t plan to buy it, but my mum did instead. I think I will make a 3/4 sleeve tunic dress with this fabric. I was planning on making the Tova dress, but I like having the option of wearing a belt, to make it appear like I have a waist, and I’m not sure that the Tova pattern will suit a belt. Clearly there is an intense amount of pressure when working with this type of fabric but I’m determined to make something with it soon. I hate the thought of it sitting around for too long while I procrastinate.

The fabric on the bottom left is a lovely light denim from The Fabric Shop. It will be used for bonnets and probably for Village Frock for Adele.

So a very spendy, but very enjoyable day. I wish I could sew tonight, but the husband is making me go out to dinner with him to celebrate my birthday…. poor me!