Denim Midi

It appears from the activity on my blog that I’m sewing a lot at the moment, or have been, but that is a misconception. I’ve struggled quite a lot this school term. It has been crazy hectic – school hectic, husband hectic, life hectic – not fun at all. I even went a few weeks without sewing at all, which sounds a little ‘poor me’, but when sewing isn’t just your hobby, it’s your yoga, your gym, your run and you go a few weeks without, you see how crazy you are.Thankfully my poor husband has been very accommodating of my short temper and stressy rants. Now that my student reports are written and there are only 13 more school days until holidays, I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Part of my sewing funk also came about, not just from stress, but from this stupid skirt. I wanted a flared denim midi, but the process in getting this to this wearable state was long and tiresome. Sometimes the easiest things are the hardest.img_6029

I used an vintage Style pattern from my stash to make this (my sewing room is such a tip, I can’t find it). I made modifications to the waist, and then had to back track them all and take it in. Then the zipper was a drama as I didn’t interface it, and the bias edges rippled. Then I stuffed up the waistband, not allowing enough overlap for a proper closure. It’s not perfect, but I guessed no one would notice it…. until I told them. And I have told many, including parents, teachers and my mum. Why am I so dumb!!  I think I have done more reverse sewing on this skirt, than forward sewing…..

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Anyway, I stuck to it and I’m really pleased with the finished product. I feel that this is a new part of my work uniform. Totally easy to wear and totally easy to sit on the floor in to read with the kids.

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This denim shirting (which is far to heavy for a shirt in my opinion) was purchased from Style Maker fabrics and although it bled terribly the first time I wore it (Hello, Smurf legs!), it has settled nicely now.

In the end, I have another happy addition to my work wardrobe and I almost feel like making another…. almost…

Silk Ogden and a Lark

Another brief post. This is my second Ogden, which I made out of a prized remnant of Milly silk twill from Emma One Sock. The dress that the main piece of fabric is from, can be seen here. I still love this dress. I need to go out more to wear it.img_6036

Nothing much to say about this top, but this was my toile for the size 6 Ogden. My previous striped one is a size 4 and while it fits well, I just wanted a little more ease.

img_6038I’m having more trouble wearing this Ogden compared to my last one. It’s a little more dressy, due to the silk and I don’t get dressed up very often these days.

Now I also have a Grainline Lark tee to show.

img_6002-1 I’m so in love with this chartreuse colour at the moment. When I went shopping recently with my friends (where I only purchased shoes) I gravitated to everything in this colour and tried on a number of items, which I just couldn’t buy. When I returned home I remembered this thin double knit in my stash that I had purchased recently from Pitt Trading. I really need to update my stash pin in my handbag, as I had completely forgotten about it.
img_6006-1I really love this tee – the colour, the shape, the fit, everything. It really works well with a number of items in my wardrobe at the moment. 

Silk Ogden Dress

It’s week 7 at school this week (out of a 10 week term) and it feels so, so good to know that I’m on the home stretch to Christmas. I finished my reports this weekend, so I am also starting to feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It also meant that I was able to get into my sewing room and not do too much, but two long term UFOs, that have been fermenting for a number of weeks are now finished and I still like them.

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This dress however, has been finished for over a month. I wore it to a friend’s 40th and plan to wear it to another this Friday. As you can see from the title, this dress was based on the True Bias Ogden cami pattern, which I lengthened to a dress.img_5949

I love how simple this dress is. It works well with the tie that I made, or with my tan belt. The pattern is easy to put together and easy to wear. I’ve made two more Ogdens with pretty much no modifications, which I think speaks volumes about how awesome the pattern is.
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The fabric that I used is really hard to photograph, but it is a showstopper. I purchased this textured, enzyme washed silk from The Fabric Store last school holidays. It is just stunning! In a stroke of luck, I also happened upon a silk CDC remnant for $10 during the same visit, which matched pretty much perfectly. It was meant to be!

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A close up of the texture and pattern on the fabric – it rocks!

I adore this dress and I feel great when I wear it. The hem was a bit of a hack job, and I may go back to fix it, but I may not.

I photographed a bunch of finished items today, so hopefully this blog will be more active again 🙂