Vogue 8028. It’s a plus!

This dress has been hanging in my sewing room giving me the stink eye for about 6 weeks now. It has been a long and laborious process to complete it, but now that I’m finished, I am extremely happy with it.

I made most of this dress during the last holidays. I used Vogue 8028, which I’ve used before here, but chose not to run buttons down the skirt and clearly, not to use the sleeves. They sound like simple changes in theory, but naturally, it didn’t pan out that way.

First, to omit the front buttons along the skirt, the dress needed an alternative opening to get it on. So I inserted a side invisible zipper. I don’t know about you but I always get confused adding an invisible zipper along in seam pockets. I just can’t conceptualize how it works. So I sew and unpick, then sew and unpick, until it works. I don’t know why, I just can’t do it!

Removing the sleeves was also a problem as they armscye for a sleeved dress just can’t be faced or bound and expected to look good. So I fudge them and they are a tiny bit low, but still decent and should be cool for summer. Stressful!

By the time I attached the skirt, I was truly peeved off with this dress. The skirt didn’t sit right and certainly didn’t look good. To make matters worse, the waist was way too big. My modifications were off! Naturally, I cast it aside, far out of sight, then started on the next shiny project. Sound familiar?

To fix this debacle, I removed the skirt and re-attached it with simple gathers, rather than box pleats. I ripped out the zipper as I didn’t need it – the dress fit over my head. Then I ran elastic around the waist and attached the buttons, which again caused drama as they had to be purchased twice due to losing them.

I think that’s enough negativity for this post. Some positives to end my blog post with.
 – This is possibly the best collar and stand that I have ever sewn.
 – My edge stitching is top notch – far better than usual.
 – The fabric is super, super awesome! It’s an organic cotton voile called “It’s a plus” by Rashida Coleman, purchased from Hawthorne Threads
 – The dress is light and cool – I need to wear a slip with it, but I’m happy with that.
 – It has little ‘plus’ signs all over it! Seriously, how cool is this fabric? Perfect for maths groups on Mondays!

Pattern: Vogue 8028 – used before = Free
Fabric: 2.7 yards Rashida Coleman cotton voile from Hawthorne Threads inc part shipping = $44
Buttons: 4 x 50c from The Remnant Warehouse = $2
Thread: $2.90
Elastic and interfacing from stash
Total: $48.90

Archer in Liberty V2

I love my first Liberty Archer. Even though it’s a long sleeve shirt, I mostly wear it with the sleeves rolled up and the lightness of the fabric is perfect for hot days when you are out and don’t want to get sunburnt.

I had earmarked this fabric for a dress, but really, I don’t need any more dresses.

I think I like this new Archer more than my first!

The fabric is Liberty Ciara in grey, which I picked up online from Tessuti on the remnant page of their online store. I purchased 1.5m for just $33.70, which is a mega bargain for Liberty in Australia and from Tessuti. For the record, you don’t get much change from 1.5m of Liberty when you make a proper button down shirt and I’m not a big person. There are only small scraps left over.


For this version, I again brought the shoulder line in and also shortened the sleeves, as they are way too long as drafted. As I normally roll my sleeves up, I French seamed the sleeves and set them in the round, rather than flat. I had a little trouble easing them in, so might take a little ease out of the sleeve cap next time. I also tried setting the collar and stand flat, like this. I found it much easier, but still stuffed up one side of the collar stand and in fixing it, had to unpick the good side to get them to match up. No big drama and quite common I find when sewing a collar and stand, one side always works perfectly and the other not so.

The only other changes I made was to minimize the edge stitching/top stitching on the shirt. I only do what is absolutely necessary so as not to busy up an already busy shirt.

The buttons are some shiny plastic shank buttons that I inherited from my Nana’s stash. They aren’t fancy, but they look nice enough.

I realize these photos aren’t crash hot and not easy to see the detail, but you’ll just have to believe me when I say this shirt is really, very awesome!

Pattern: Grainline Archer – used before = Free
Fabric: 1.5m Liberty Ciara remnant from Tessuti inc part shipping = $38.70
Thread, interfacing and buttons from stash
Total: $38.70


Oh my – things are tough at the moment!

I’ve managed to survive birthday fortnight – Adele’s and Oliver’s and now am in the midst of my husbands end of year assignments and end of year school report writing – uggh!

I have a few small projects to show, but my models are becoming increasingly reluctant to appear in front of the camera.

Today I have a simple tank to share with you. I used the tiny pocket tank pattern, but for some reason the armscye ended up a little tight – only a little, but I’ll still wear it.

I wish the photos were a little better. I finished making this weeks ago, but was so unhappy with the photos I haven’t blogged them. However, I needed something to show here and a few kids garments draped on hangers or a shirt dress awaiting buttons isn’t interesting blog fodder really.

The fabric is a Liberty cotton knit that I purchased from Shaukat. It is a good stable knit, perfect for a tank. I used left over coordinating mustard coloured ponte to finish the tank.

Tis all I have for now. Fingers crossed I find some time to relax at the machine this week.

Pattern: Tiny Pocket Tank – used before = Free
Fabric: 1m Liberty knit inc part postage = $26
Binding: Remnant of ponte = free
Total = $26

Summer Liberty nightwear.

I wish I could say that I spent my Saturday night at the machine bashing out a new and exciting item to show you but, but alas, I smashed my body mixing concrete, core filling a retaining wall and beginning a dry stone wall by moving some MASSIVE boulders. I spent last night broken on the lounge. However earlier…

I managed to make a new nighty with some lurvely Liberty!! This print is called Adelajda, and while I would have loved to have made it into a new Archer, I just couldn’t see past the mid-blue star print – it’s just not my favourite shade of blue.

I have one other Liberty nighty and I ADORE it. Yes, capital letter worthy – ADORE it! Best. jarmies. ever! As this nighty has an open back, it is much more suited to Sydney’s horribly warm and muggy summer nights.

As I tend to be rather lazy laundering my nightwear, I was worried about turning tubes or making thin straps and having them discolour. Do you find that straps always go murky first? So I just happened to find an old cheapo dress in my ‘donate’ bag that I was able to salvage some straps from. They are a solid matching blue and they came with adjustable hardware – win!

The pattern I used is Burda dress #118 from 06/2010 which I have used before here and here and here. To ensure the nighty was comfortable, I added a couple of inches to the back bodice of the dress, then ran a line of soft elastic across the back/top of the nighty and around the back/ under bust. Does that make sense?   I just fudged the skirt, making a gathered rectangle as wide as the ungathered back and gathered it up to match at the front.

Anyway, it fits well and is very, very cool and comfortable. I love it and ‘no’ I won’t model it for you 🙂

Hope you have great week!!

Pattern: Burda dress #118 from 06/2010 = used before and traced = free
Fabric: 1.5m Liberty from Shaukat inc part postage: $45
Thread, interfacing and elastic: $2
Total: $47 – Absolutely worth it!