Vogue 1351 V2

Only a few more days of summer holidays left!  My husband has finally returned to work this week, so now it really feels like holidays.  I feel like I could stay off work forever, though I’m sure I would go mad.

With school returning next week I have used my holiday time wisely have been stocking up on some work essentials. Busy mornings in our house means that easy knit dresses are an fast, sensible wardrobe choice.

I love my first Vogue 1351, so decided to make another.

This time I used a French digital print, viscose knit called ‘Celestial Seasonings’ from Emma One Sock. Can you tell I spent my Christmas money at EOS this year? I may also have some of this in my stash just calling out to me to be made into a silk shift dress.

The knit was lovely to work with. It has a lovely drape and isn’t too sheer. The dress however is fully lined, so I wasn’t too worried about the sheerness of the fabric. I lined the dress in a mystery knit fabric that I picked up years ago from the Op Shop. It feels like a vintage spun polyester and is stable, but just slippery enough to not stick to the viscose or to tights.

As the French knit had 4 way stretch and my lining was just 2 way, I did have a few problems with the outer sagging at the waist more than the lining. I removed some excess at the waist from the outer fabric and to ensure it remained at my waist, I also stitched it to the lining further reinforcing the waist position.

I don’t have much else to say about this dress. It is easy to make and lovely to wear. Like last time, due to using a knit fabric, I didn’t cut the bodice on the bias which makes this a very economical make.

Pattern: Vogue 1351, used before = Free
Fabric: 1.5 yards digital print viscose knit from EOS inc part shipping = $44
Lining: Mystery knit from Op Shop $2??
Thread from stash
Total: $46

Burda Sweetheart dress in Milly Sateen

I’ve been dreaming about making this pattern for months now, just waiting to find the right fabric. As soon as I laid my eyes on this Milly cotton sateen from Emma One Sock, I knew it would be perfect!

I adore this dress and the fabric was a dream to work with. Just a nice, good quality, stable woven fabric to sew with.

The pattern however, was a little trickier. I made a muslin of the bodice and it seemed to fit with my standard waist grading, even though my fabric had no stretch. Unfortunately, when I made it up in the Milly fabric, the bodice was huge, which appeared to be a result of the center bodice being too big. I guess I stuffed up with my cutting or seam allowances. I don’t know what I did. As the dress was difficult to pick apart at this stage without ruining the fabric, I ended up sewing deeper seams along the front princess lines and while this certainly fixed the fit, it has made the inside of this dress rather messy.

The other problem which I noticed once the dress was pretty much complete, was that the sweetheart shaping didn’t curve to my bust, but rather stood straight. My mother insisted you couldn’t notice it, but as I look down at this area, I could see it and it bothered me. To remedy this fit issue, I ran a line of this elastic under the facing of the neckline to form it back to my body. This has definitely enhanced the look of the neckline and added to the fitted look of the dress.

The only other change I made to the pattern was to shorten the hem and raise the back vent accordingly.

I debated over the colour of the ribbon and thought a red or pink ribbon might look more summery. However, when taking a survey of my family last week, they unanimously agreed that the black looked best and enhanced the colours of the poppies. Even though I liked the red or pink idea, it made sense to use black, so I could wear black shoes and the Milly dress made with the same fabric, here, had black ribbon at the waist and I’m pretty sure it’s designed by real fashion professionals. They must know what they are doing right?

This dress will be perfect for the wedding we are attending next Sunday. Gosh I love weddings! What a nice way to finish the holidays.

One more week of sewing before school goes back!!

Pattern: Burda Sweetheart Dress 04/2013 #116 traced from the library Burda magazine = Free
Fabric: 1.5 yards Milly cotton sateen from Emma One Sock inc part shipping $47
Zipper: repurposed from one of Adele’s dresses that she ripped = Free
Ribbon: 1m black ribbon from Tessuti. I purchased it many moons ago and I think it’s a rayon. I’m going to guess it was $4??
Thread and interfacing from stash
Total: $51

Simple summer tanks

With a week between posting finished garments, one might think we were in the middle of the school term, not enjoying our summer holidays!

I have been spending a fair amount of time in my sewing room this holidays. I’ve had some success and some projects needs more attention to fit or finishing, but the one thing I’m struggling with most, is photographing items. You see, when I get a moment to snap a photo outside, I often look shabby and without make up. Then I think, why record that shabby look here for the sake of a finished item? Why not just head back to my little sewing space and keep making!

So with that in mind, here are some shabby photos that I have managed. They are taken wearing my sunglasses even though I don’t need them so I can hide my lack of make up or styling.

I’ve added a few more simple tanks for my wardrobe, because you can never have too many simple woven tanks. I think Jen’s Tiny Pocket Tank is one of my most worn items at home and at work. I almost never reach for a knit garment on hot days. These lightweight tanks are much cooler to wear.

I’ve modified my Tiny Pocket Tank pattern over time to perfect the fit. Just for the record, I make a size 2 and use the size 4 bust point. I add 3/8 inch to the front and back piece just under the arm, grading to nothing just below the bust and raise the whole tank by 3/8 inch by taking a deeper shoulder seam. This is a round about way of modifying the pattern that has happened gradually over the course of making at least a dozen of these babies for my wardrobe.

This first tank is made with Liberty that I purchased last year. It’s called Growing Fonder from the Autumn Winter 2013 collection. I purchased 1 meter of this specifically to make a simple tank and I’m happy I’ve followed through.

It has an ombre peacock print in red, orange and peach with tiny gold printed specks throughout. It’s quite stunning. I’ve paired it in these photos with my new denim shorts. They took only a few short minutes to make. Simply grab an old pair of jeans, cut and hem 🙂 Easy and practically free!

My second tank is a fabric save. Late in 2012, I stupidly chose to experiment with a new dress style, using expensive silk cotton fabric from Tessuti – doh!! The end result was terrible and I’ve been sitting on this fabric since trying to find a way to salvage it.

I only just managed to irk out a tiny pocket tank from the disaster garment. There is a seam along the back, but it doesn’t matter too much. It is wearable and feels lovely.


I have a hens night to attend tonight, so hopefully while I’m dolled up I can grab some photos of finished items to share with you!

Pattern: Tiny pocket tank, used before = Free
Fabric: 1m Liberty Growing Fonder inc part shipping = $31.00
Fabric: Cotton silk from disaster garment, salvaged = Free
Binding and thread from stash = Free
Total: $31.00

Vintage Butterick 6562

I’ve been sitting on this vintage Butterick pattern  (B6562)  c.1980s for a while now. Naturally I bought it from the Op Shop :). I wasn’t too ‘in’ to it, until the Saltspring was released.

I love this simple design. I works equally well with or without a belt.
I made view B, but without the flounce. Unlike the Saltspring, the bodice of this vintage pattern is cut on the bias. The skirt is also quite full, a full circle skirt! which I ended up modifying to reduce the volume and make more wearable.

My dress is made from Liberty – naturally! I think my love for Liberty is well documented on this blog! This print is called Pointism in red. 

Unlike the Saltspring, I opted for single straps, but made mine adjustable – just in case the fabric stretches out a little.

I adore this dress. It’s so light and summery and easy to wear. I also luurvve that it is made of light and airy Liberty and is just awesome on hot summer days. I might note that I may have accidentally slipped on my computer yesterday and purchased some of this for an Archer.

Happy Sunday!

Pattern: Vintage Buttern 6562: 50c
Fabric: 2m Pointism Liberty from Shaukat inc part postage: $56.00
Thread, elastic and adjustable strap thingos:50c
Total: $57