She’s 4!

Today is Adele’s big day and I don’t think she could have been happier.

Her special gift from me, naturally, was a new special dress – made with Liberty of course!

The print is a classic design called Mauvey. It is just stunning. A perfect amount of girly, but not too over the top. She is pictured here with her new Ariel doll and a newly beaded necklace from a kit she received from us.

Dancing like a ballerina….

I used the Oliver & S Bubble dress pattern, without the bubble. I lined the bodice, but not the skirt. This time I made a size 4 and sewed scant side seams and a deep hem to ensure she gets two years of wear out of it.

More presents

I think this is my all time favourite dress pattern for little girls. If you haven’t sewn one up yet, I highly recommend it. I think I must have used this pattern well over 15 times, possibly more with gifts and things.

With Grandpa

She adores her new dress. I kept the whole look simple, trimming the bodice with some delicate coral lace, which when sewn into a seam looks like thin ric rak.


We headed out for lunch today to also celebrate my sister’s birthday. Adele picked the ‘4’ birthday cake this year which made my life easier and I made my sister a little mouse, so she didn’t feel unloved!

Happy birthday little miss and little sis!

Getting bigger…

Adele turns 4 on Monday. Due to my husband’s study commitments, we have told her that her birthday is tomorrow. I can’t believe how much she’s changed lately. She’s still  a devil, but she can be so helpful and loving too.

I made her a new nighty out of a remnant of voile from my stash.

She likes it. I do too. She stepped on a bee today, thanks to all those jacaranda flowers on our back lawn, which is why she is standing on one foot.

I used an old vintage Style pattern from my stash. I didn’t take a photo, but I have about 4 patterns about the same, so you possibly have one similar too. Just a simple yoke with gathered empire skirt.

I have so much more to show you. I have been on a mega sewing kick lately and just need to find some time, when I have make up on, to take photos.

Thinking about it too much

I know I’m not the only one who thinks too much about certain projects before they dive in. Naturally this worsens when the fabric feels extra special or if it is extra pricey. I feel a little more pressure than usual with my recent Tessuti purchase of this fabric, which is pictured on the right.

I don’t know why I’m so drawn to this fabric, but I am. I just know it will make an awesome jacket to wear out to dinner and I really want it to be something I can wear for a long time, not a fast fashion piece.

When I was growing up my mum used to have the most amazing handmade, rainbow striped lurex jacket. She made it, along with way too many matchy-matchy outfits for us kids, and I remember loving it. It was her “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” (We used to be so nerdy with musicals). I tried to find a photo of it the other day, but it appears most of our family photos from the 80’s are hard to find.

Anyway, I almost feel that this will be my shiney jacket for special occasions, which is probably why I’m stressing and thinking about it so much. I really sound weird writing that…

So this is where I need some advice from you, my lovely, thoughtful readers. I really like my recent test of McCalls 6711 and think this is a nice classic style that should stand the test of time. But then I also really like Erika B’s New Look 6231 and there’s the yet-to-be released Grainline Morris blazer. What should I do? Stick to the safe McCalls 6711 or perhaps a more girly peplum jacket or a more modern style? Please tell me!

On a side note: I really want to try my version of Kwik Sew 3609 but I have lost the instructions. Would anyone be able to photograph their instructions and send it through to me?

Also, this is a long shot, but just incase anyone is sitting on some of this and don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to get my hands on a remnant of this Tessuti swimwear fabric.

I really should have bought some when it was available, but I procrastinated too long – surprise surprise! I think I could get away with just a fat quarter and naturally I’m happy to pay. Just trying my luck!

Talk soon – I have many more things to show you!

Dandelion Dress

Third shift dress this season – am I predictable or what? When I love a new style, I tend to make a bunch of the same thing right after each other. For example, my v-neck knit dress moments in February and March this year, which you can see here, here, here, here and here. Or my Thurlow trouser obsession from January 2013, which you can see here, here and here. Now, it’s shift dresses! How many more can I make?

I love how easy it is to wear a shift. I don’t feel too dressed up, and yet feel totally chic and comfortable. After sewing up two Vogue 1349s (here and here), I thought I’d give another shift pattern a chance.

The Dandelion dress was an interesting sew and I am very pleased with the results. I really like the seam lines of this dress and the pattern provides a more fitted shift dress, which I also like. As I used special Tessuti rayon and was worried about being able to ‘fit as I sew’, I made a muslin, which is rare in these parts of late. The muslin fit well, but I did have to make some mods, so am very glad I made one.

The pattern isn’t drafted with a lot ease (I think only 1/2 inch around the bust and waist) so I made a size 4. The muslin came out too tight around my waist. I remedied this by slashing the seam line on the front, under the bust, and added just over a cm grading down to nothing at the hips. Not too hard and totally expected given my lack of waist post children.

My other fitting modifications included, sewing a deeper seam on the shoulders to raise the entire dress – bust darts, armscye and side panels – which appeared to be sitting too low. I scooped out the front neck a little to accommodate this change and removed a small amount of flare from the skirt by folding a small 1cm tuck in the side panels. I added piping to the yoke for a bit of interest and drafted a neck and arm facing as I wanted a clean finish around the top of the dress.

It sounds like a lot of changes, but nothing was major. The only other change that I wish I would have made would have been to fold out a little from the front yoke as I seem to have a little excess fabric there, or not enough body to fill it.

The fabric I used is quite sheer, but rather than underline the dress and add bulk, which isn’t nice in hot, muggy Sydney weather, I plan to wear a slip with it.

I wore this today and received a number of compliments, so I definitely think it’s a winner.

Pattern: Dandelion Dress by Disparate Disciplines = $10.20
Fabric: 2m Japanese embroidered rayon from Tessuti = $58
Zipper: $2.75
Total: $70.95