Vintage Simplicity 9284

Sometimes a piece of fabric just leaps out at you in a store and you find yourself powerless to resist snapping it up and carting it home.  This is one of those pieces. I snatched it off the remnant table at Pitt Trading during one of their recent Winter sale.

When I got home I rediscovered vintage Simplicity 9284 in my stash and just knew it was meant to be.

The dress fits perfectly and surprisingly I made not modifications to the style of the dress. The only fitting change I made was to shorten the bodice slightly and maybe I raised the hem a smidge.

The front bodice is cut on the bias, which means the dress fits beautifully. The four gore skirt is also bias cut, so it hangs perfectly without clinging.

The fabric appears to be a poly or viscose textured crepe with slight mechanical stretch. It was easy to work with, but still drapey. For a green hater, I’m totally in LOVE with this base colour of this fabric – that deep blue/forest green colour. It just looks fab with brown accessories (I desperately need a new waist belt!) and I love the pink and chartreuse highlights on the flowers.

This is one of those sewing wins. I wore it yesterday for the first time and the girls in my class with a little berko when they saw me. I was also told that it is on trend by a few teachers, so yay! It’s just a dreamy dress! Tis all for now 🙂

New Look 6459 – wide leg trousers x 2

My love affair with New Look 6459 is well documented on this blog and now it continues.

This time I lengthened the pattern into wide leg trousers. These are not a new make, I think they are a few months old and have been on regular rotation for work.

While I love skinny jeans and trousers, I really want to wear different styles. I’ve played with a few new patterns – mostly Style Arc – but have come to the conclusion that for me, trousers need to be either skinny or wide leg and nothing in between.

These were made with a nice waffle-like, pant weight fabric from Pitt Trading.

Also here I have some made in a stretch denim, which I love less, but maybe they will grow on me.

Also pictured is a new forest green ponte top that I made especially to go with these trousers – they do need a certain style of top to wear with them – mostly a more fitted style or cropped as they are high waist. Fabric also from Pitt Trading.

Apologies for the brief post, but I’m hoping that brief posts might mean more blogging.


The layered look, as worn to work 🙂

Elsie Overshirt in Liberty

Only one more week of school until holidays – yay!! I haven’t been sewing much these days. I’ve been too bogged down by school stuff and life crap, but also, I just don’t feel like I need any new clothes right now. I’m hoping this practical part of my brain quietens down soon and let the cray cray sewing lady back out for the holidays 😉

Another make from last school holidays was this Style Arc Elsie overshirt in Liberty tana lawn from The Fabric Store.

My last Elsie shirt was such a hit I knew I would make another. Being tana lawn, this one will also come in handy as a beach cover up when the weather warms up.

I really love this print – the mix of pink, blue and green is spot on. I also finally got to use some really lovely, mother of pearl buttons that I have had stashed for a few years.

I really love this shirt. Now that I’ve remembered about it by writing this post, I might even crack it out again this week. With my silver shoes and belt of course. 


Simple Spotty Frock

I need more dresses like I need a hole in the head, but I do love sewing them and I do wear them often, so I keep making them.

With this simple frock, I was aiming to make a higher neck line, boxy dress with a drawstring waist. I was inspired by Ace + Jig dresses, but I just don’t think I hit the mark with getting that look. Thankfully the dress is still pretty awesome and has received numerous compliments at school.

I purchased this rayon on Etsy from here. It’s just a nice light weight rayon, nothing fancy. As a base for the dress design, I used an old OOP Burda pattern, 7517. I had used this pattern a couple of times in my earlier sewing days with some success. It has two deep pleats along the neckline, which I’m not that keen on, so I removed them.

 I like the shape of the neck, shoulders and armscye, but they are more fitted than the boxy look I was going for.

Regardless, I really like this frock. I works well in winter with thick tights and boots.

Funnily enough, I have just finished my half term school reports and can finally sew after a few weeks away from my machine. But what do I want to sew?? Pretty much nothing. I might go buy some fabric to get inspired, or perhaps move a heater into my chilly sewing room. It’s likely though, if I do sew, I will make another dress 🙂