Ogden Cami Hack – Xmas Dress

I don’t religiously make a Xmas dress, but this year inspiration hit after buying this awesome viscose from Ruche Fabrics in Launceston during our recent Tassie holiday. They source a portion of their fabrics from Tessuti, so if this looks familiar, you may have also seen it there.

This viscose is pretty spesh. It’s light and flowy, but totally opaque, meaning no lining is needed – yay!! While I’m not too old, I am kinda old-school when it comes to fabric sheerness and line most of my garments. I just don’t want to show off the outline of my legs in the sun, which can happen often in my job, walking around the playground. No kid, or parent, wants to see that.

Now the pattern is a favourite, but not overly wearable one for me – the Ogden Cami from True Bias. You see, I have a confession. My skin is pretty crappy and I still get spots on my back 🙁  I wish I had flawless, smooth skin, but in reality I’m freckly, spotty and blergh!

While the open, stringy stye of the Ogden is light and summery, it unfortunately shows off my icky back a little too much. So now, I fixed it! yay!

I drafted a racer style back for the Ogden, which, while still cool to wear, hides a little more of my back.

I lengthened the cami pattern by as much as my fabric would allow – a few inches above the knee –  then added a simple ruffle, which for reference is gathered 2 to 1 in ratio.

I adore the dress. I wore it on the weekend for our first family Xmas bash. The dress wears perfectly with a simple tie, but also without, for after you’ve indulged too much 🙂

Kew Dress

Another make. 

My sister sent me her remnant of this poplin from The Fabric Godmother and knew it would become a great summer dress. While the fabric is listed as lawn on the site, it’s definitely more of a poplin weight with less drape and definitely not sheer like normal lawn (read: this frock is unlined!!)

I’ve been wanting to make a button front dress for a while and the Kew dress fit the bill as it didn’t have a gathered skirt, which wouldn’t have worked with this fabric, and it suited my scant remnant – just 1.2m!! Interestingly this fabric was used in one of the Kew dress pattern samples, so I knew it would work. It was also used on the Colette Penny dress samples, if it looks familiar.

I really love the dress. The bodice fits well and the skirt has just the right amount of flare. I was worried about the colour of the frock with my skin, but I have worn it twice already, as pictured and it feels nice and light and summery.

I didn’t make any fitting changes to the dress aside from slightly grading the waist and fitting the straps as I sewed. The cork-like buttons were found at Lincraft after wandering down the button section for about an hour. Buttons are so hard to find! Especially wood or metal ones that don’t cost a fortune. I think there are 16 or 18 buttons down this dress, so clearly I didn’t want to use any that cost $1 a piece.

I’m planning on making another Kew dress but with a gathered skirt next time.

Happy sewing friends!

Imaia top and floral shorts

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. It’s just that time of year. I’m going to start dumping some finished projects here, because I do love properly recording of my makes.

These two items have been finished for a few months. The top was made with the Slow Sunday Imaia top pattern, which is a French pattern company. I think I saw this on Insta and purchased it immediately. It didn’t come in pdf, so I had to pay to ship it to Australia, which I’m not a fan of. If you know me, you know I’m quite tight with my $$, so shipping and paper patterns aren’t my thing.

Thankfully I love the pattern. I really wanted a plain ‘going out’ top that wasn’t black. Do you fall into the ‘jeans and black top’ trap when you go out at night? I do. While I anticipated this would be just a night time top, I really love it for day wear too, and it goes perfectly with these new shorts.

The fabric was from the Remnant Warehouse. It’s a Bec + Bridge satin back, viscose crepe in a really lush, deep, dusty rose colour. It’s just so lovely to wear and easy to sew.

The shorts were a random make of mine. I really don’t make shorts and don’t wear them often. When I do, they are made with old jeans that I’ve cut off. This fabric was purchased from Spotty on the discount table for a few dollars a meter. I just love the design and anticipated making it into a pleated midi skirt, but it didn’t work. Thankfully the large pieces quite easily fit these shorts.

Now the pattern is a modified version of the Thurlow pants/shorts. I’ve morphed this pattern so much over the years, and made so many variations, that I couldn’t recommend that you use the pattern to get what I’ve made, but it was the base pattern for these.

For a non-shorts wearer, I really love these shorts. Despite the floral pattern, they are quite easy to wear and build into an outfit. I love that they have a higher waist and the leg is slightly longer (not cheeky – idk!), which is much more appropriate for my ‘close to 40’ age 🙁

Hopefully I’ll be back shortly with more makes. Reports are finished and we are finally winding down for the end of the year. I love looking back at the growth that my kids have made this year. They are such an ace bunch of kids and I will miss them next year. Let the Christmas craft begin!!



Simplicity 3964

I made this top a month or so ago and thought it would become a ‘go to’ for me, but sadly, that hasn’t eventuated.

I had been hoarding an embroidered quilt cover for a number of years, knowing I would use it one day for a yoke on a top. This pattern really fit the embroidery shaping. The white fabric was left over in my stash after a failed make. I think it’s a poly cotton fabric from The Remnant Warehouse. It’s quite nice and light, like a cheese cloth or textured voile, but naturally the poly content keeps the wrinkles down, which suits my life.

The pattern – Simplicity 3964, a Built By Wendy pattern – came together well enough. Adding piping made the front yoke trickier to sew, but the rest mostly came together until I got to the cuffs/sleeves. They were a mega fail. I tried to interchange that pattern piece with the Tessuti Alice top pattern, but that didn’t work so I just bound the edges and left them as is.

While I want to love this top, I don’t reach for it often. Maybe it will grow on me.

In other news, I found this vintage dress recently in an Op Shop and I love it!

Just sharing it because it’s so neat 🙂 and fits perfectly!