Crew Neck Tank Top

I’ve got all the fancy blog titles today, but you know, this is a crew neck tank top 🙂 I tend to get stuck on the style of the tops that I make and don’t often mix things up. This top is a little different… just a little.

I was inspired by the shape and fit and colour of the current range of Gorman tops (the brand that I love, but never buy). To get this look I used the bodice of the crew neck Lark tee, then raised the armscye a little.

The fabric is stunning. It’s from Tessuti and still available here. It’s just the colour injection I needed to add to my wardrobe. I’ve worn this top at least once a week since I finished it, mostly with my new denim midi.

I think this is the most complimented outfit that I’ve made in recent times. Love it!

Style Arc Juno

When Style Arc released the Juno slip dress, I jumped online and snapped it up right away. Totally 90’s revival with the t-shirt underneath! I dreamed of wearing it just like the illustration, then I realised I looked stupid with a t-shirt and slip, so didn’t bother hemming the dress for over a month.


Fast forward – the dress is now finished and even though I’m wearing it differently to how I imagined, it has grown on me and now, I finally like it. However, it did take a stinking hot day to appreciate the style and lightness of the rayon.

The down side of this frock is you do have to wear a strapless bra, which is a pain in the bum, but at least it makes the dress cooler to wear.


It was when I wore the dress just like this on a hot day that I realised I liked it. Simple with sandals.

My main gripe with the pattern is the cross over straps at the back. Like any cross back garment, it tends to billow out at the centre back, which isn’t ideal… unless you want people peering down your back at your undies. In my experience, unless a garment bodice is quite fitted, this will always happen with all cross straps. A pull over, slip dress however, is not fitted. I found the best way to increase everyday wearability, was to tie the straps to the loops straight and then together in the middle. It doesn’t offer the same look, but it does make it more wearable.


I really like the dress now, and I anticipate it will get a lot of wear on stinking hot, humid Sydney days like today. BTW – the rayon was from Tessuti fabrics, purchased on a whim, then given to my mother and then stolen back when this pattern was release – cuz I’m like that.  🙂 Hide your fabric peeps!

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…..


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.


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.