Weekend Getaway Blouse

If you follow me on instagram (littlebettysews – I’m only new!), you would have already seen this blouse. I raced my friend Rachel (rachelsews) so see who could make theirs first and naturally, my super speedy sewing meant I won. I’m competitive like that, just not with running or physical activity 🙂

The Leisl & Co Weekend Getaway blouse was a surprisingly fast and fun make. Just a good easy sew with a good end produce.

I used a cotton voile that I picked from Spotty on the clearance table over a year ago. It was no more than $3 per meter and I purchased 1.5m. Clearly, this fabric is quite similar to the pattern cover, which is why it was such an easy choice for this project.

The fabric has a thick splatter stripe design running across the fabric. To add a little interest, I cut the blouse facing (which is the flounce/collar you see along the front) across the dark blue stripe of the fabric.

I think there will be many more Weekend Getaway blouses in the future. I think it will look great with skinnies or with simple straight skirts.

Cost:
Pattern:  Leisl & Co Weekend Getaway blouse = $12.95
Fabric: 1.5m Cotton voile from Spotlight, on sale $4.50
Thread from stash
Total: $17.45

It has been a smashing summer!

Or shall I say a ‘stashing’ summer!!

There has been a little fabric shopping this summer holidays. Possibly more than I usually do, but I don’t do it often. I have been contemplating going on a stash diet this year. At least until I can fit my fabric back into my cupboard, but then I read this post and this comment really struck a chord with me:

“There’s nothing more miserable than being blessed by the urge to sew  only to discover that you haven’t got object X, right there to support the process.”

It is only through maintaining my stash – notions and all, that my sewing hobby can exist. I hate shopping, especially when I often have to take my kids, so binging when I can helps. With summer holidays now over, it is unlikely that my stash will grow further for a little while.

School goes back tomorrow and I am happy. I would love an extra week off, but my kids need to go back to school. I have a backlog of sewing projects to share – hopefully soon.

Dandelion shift V2

This fabric was one of my Christmas gifts. While the kids and Dave headed to the Opera House for show the Saturday before Christmas, I took a detour to The Fabric Store. How could I not buy this wild fabric? It’s a DKNY stretch cotton – similar to a poplin weight.

As with all my fabric purchases, as soon as I came home I threw it into the wash. Unfortunately, on this first wash the color ran into the white cloud patches. I phoned the Fabric Store straight away and they found the last piece of this fabric in the remnant bin and sent it to me. They were wonderfully polite and helpful.

Once I got home from my holidays, I washed the new and old fabric with vinegar and salt to try to set the colour. I washed by hand to maintain control and found the colour in the new fabric also bled like mad. The water looked like beetroot juice!

 

Thankfully after much rinsing, the water began to run clear and it seemed to have not bled into the white this time. During this hand washing, the bleeding on the original piece of fabric also disappeared. So while I paid for one piece of fabric, I ended up with two. This luck meant that I was able to make the Dandelion dress again.

Despite it appearing to look like a regular shift dress, the Dandelion is a bit of a fabric eater. For me a normal shift dress can often be made with just one length of fabric, but the Dandelion’s unique seam lines mean that you do need more. I guess I did also fussy cut a little, just to make sure a big white or red patch didn’t end up in certain places…

As with last time I added piping to the yoke and minimised some of the flare in the skirt by folding out about an inch of volume in the side panels. I also raised the entire dress by about 3/8 inch by sewing deeper shoulder seams and scooped the front neck a little to counter raising the dress. To streamline the finish and to ensure I didn’t have to worry too much about matching thread, I drafted an all in one neck and arm facing. As I only had a red invisible zipper on hand, I made sure that the back neck finished with a red blotch to match the zipper pull. I think this version fits much nicer than my first, probably due to the stretch in the fabric.

I really like this dress. It is very bright and summery, but I am a little worried about the wrinkly seam lines, especially on the back. I don’t think it looks this bad in real life, but photos don’t lie do they?. I’m hoping the fabric will relax a little with washing and wearing. I probably could also steam the heck out of it next time I wear it.

Cost:
Pattern: Dandelion dress by Disparate Disciplines , used before = Free
Fabric: 1m Stretch cotton from The Fabric Store (additional fabric was needed to make this dress, but I only paid for 1m) = $20
Zipper: $3?
Thread and interfacing from stash
Total: $23

Ikea Moss Skirt

I said I wanted to make this. So I did. That’s the way I roll my friends.

I have been coveting black spotty moss skirt ever since I saw Jens way back here. However, to go to Ikea to purchase a small amount of fabric, inevitably ends up being a big trip to Ikea to buy storage baskets, straws, an egg flipper, salad bowl, wine glasses, cushion inserts, napkins, etc. I’m not the only one right??

Last week, with nothing planned and no ute to transport bikes for a ride, I suggested a short trip to Ikea under the pretense that Adele needed a new nightlight and side table. Naturally the kids were all for it. They love Smaland.

I slipped the fabric into our bag in no time and we were out in an hour with not too much damage to our bank balance.

To ensure some sense of balance in this skirt, I took some time cutting the fabric to ensure the dots line up. I did a great job at the front.

But was a little off on the back curved seam. I purchased a meter of fabric and with this fussy cutting, was left with just scraps and pieced waistband.

While I could have simply lengthened the skirt to ensure it was work friendly, I really like the bottom band and decided to play up the dots a little with it.

This is a straight size 4 Moss and probably my best constructed one to date. I used a slide at the waist to streamline the waistband closure. I’m really happy with this skirt. I also purchased some fabric markers from Ikea, just incase I felt like shading a few dots, but I think I’ll leave it for now.

I have so much more to show you! I’m on such a sewing roll now. So typical considering this is the last day of school holidays!!

Cost:
Pattern: Moss skirt, used before = Free
Fabric: 1m Ikea Hildis cotton fabric = $7.99
Zipper: $1
Interfacing and thread from stash
Total: $8.99