Colefax Dress

It’s finally getting warm enough to wear my Colefax dress, which I finished about a month ago.

I used a really nice and totally crazy Tessuti sateen for this frock. It’s lovely and light with just a tad bit of stretch, and not at all like the Spotlight sateen. I’m not sure yet if I will wear this to work, but I know for certain that if I do, the kids will go nuts for it. They love my last ‘eyes’ garment that I made here, and enjoy finding all the faces.

One thing I was mindful of when cutting this frock was the placement of all those eyes and the lips. Despite my fabric shortage – due to being a fabric tightwad – I think I pulled off some pretty successful, strategic cutting.

Now the pattern: The Colefax dress is just a perfectly fitting a-line dress. This is my first and I don’t think it will be the last. I didn’t make any fitting adjustments except adding a little length. I look forward to wearing this on hot summer nights.

That’s all for now. I’ve finally finished photographing a few garments. I’ve been sewing quite a bit these days, but my time to photograph and blog seems to be limited, especially after spending the last school holidays away in Tasmania.

I’ll be back soon. 🙂

It’s love! Simplicity 8084

I know I’ve said this before, but if I could marry a dress, it would be this one.

I love this dress.

I love the fabric, which was from Blackbird fabrics. I also purchased it in the black colour way and initially thought the black was best, but really this is colour is way more awesome. I’m really gravitating towards bricky colours at the moment. I’m also smitten with green and desperately trying to find the right shade of moss green viscose or rayon – let me know if you’ve seen any.

Simplicity 8084, a Mimi G pattern, came together perfectly. I made it up as per the pattern. The only adjustment I made was to reduce the size of the sleeve cap, which is a mod I do to almost all big 4 patterns because I hate easing sleeves. I also possibly shifted the waist tie, but that was just because I’m not very good at marking pattern pieces and I just wing those details.

This dress has the right amount of swish and I just love the feel of this rayon.
I was concerned about how the collar would work, but I have been pleasantly surprised.

I really don’t think I could love this dress more and highly recommend this pattern, and the rayon from Blackbird fabrics. Till next time!

Tribute Month: Jolies Bobines. Vintage Style 2929 in Green

Time to join in with the Sewcialists this year and start with Tribute Month.

Julie (Jolies Bobines) is one of the most prolific sewers on social media and certainly needs no introduction! Her output, style and photos are amazing! It makes me want to escape from my somewhat boring suburban life and move to France 😉

While I haven’t copied any particular dress by Julie, I have stolen her vibe – which is worth more right? Her fabric choices, colours and looser, cinched waist style is so awesome, and so me and my life. And did I mention the girl can do green? I’m not a green lover by any stretch, but Julie is getting me there and I’m loving it.

My tribute creation was made with a viscose from French fabric house, Atelier Brunette. This deep, bluey, forest green viscose popped up on Jolies’ Instagram feed a couple of times and even the green hater in me fell in love. I needed that fabric! I needed a new green frock to add to my minuscule green frock collection.

I adore this dress, which for one who has disliked green for as long as I have, is quite surprising. I made it with a vintage pattern – Style 2929.

This dress features a v-neck with three buttons, gathered yoke and slight petal sleeves. Unfortunately, the old ‘I didn’t read the instructions’ issue cropped up with the sleeves and I sewed them up incorrectly, limiting my arm movement. This dress should have only taken a few hours to make, but ended up being a 15 hour salvage mission to get the sleeves to work.

Naturally, being a fabric tightwad, I didn’t have any spare fabric to recut anything, so instead ran some bias around the armscye to a improve the fit. This means the petal or overlapped sleeves are no longer, but I do still have an awesome wearable dress.
I credit Jolies Bobines for my new love of green. I’m even contemplating wearing moss green, olive green or maybe even kelly green. Who knows where my new green love will take me??!!

GREEN!!! from Jolies Bobines’ Instagram

I can’t wait till the weather warms up and this frock can get a true work out. It will work perfectly at school too.


Thank you Jolies Bobines for inspiring my new found love of green. What green fabric will I find next??

Wrap top: DVF wrap dress refashion

I have trouble throwing out and giving away handmade items of clothing, which means my wardrobe or ironing basket (which is where I often hide garments) is generally overly full. The up side of this mess, is that when I want to make something from an older garment, I mostly still have it hiding around. This top is one of those makes.

Earlier in winter, I saw a few wrap tops online that were styled with wide leg trousers. While I love wearing wide leg pants, there is certainly a different style of top needed to wear with them. In my experience, you need to wear a shorter, boxy top (which isn’t all that appropriate at school) or a more fitted top. This wrap is fitted and a bit more interesting than a regular top.

The top itself is an older DVF wrap dress (which you can see here) that I chopped off and hemmed with a hem band. The fabric – a viscose jersey – was originally from Tessuti and is a deep eggplant colour. I hadn’t worn the dress for a couple of years and it isn’t easy to wear a wrap dress on Kindergarten, so I’m sure I won’t miss it.

I particularly love wearing it with this silk scarf that I also made with Tessuti fabric. It just works and it’s easy to pull together on hectic mornings. (Apologies for the crappy photos. I have to play with them so you could see the wrap 🙂