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Another play suit for Alice

Another outfit for my darling girl.  This is the Oliver and S swingset  tunic top, and puppet show shorts.  Both fabrics are from Spotlight.  The floral is a cotton lawn and the shorts are cotton voile with a fairly bubbly texture.  I added the floral bow to the shorts for an extra detail,  floral bow to the front of the shorts, mostly so that the husband would know that they are a matching outfit.  These are a size 12-18 months, and the top is fairly snug as Alice has broad shoulders.

The shorts came together very quickly.  The construction method of the top back yoke was a little tricky, the Oliver and s blog has a tutorial though which explains it.

Alice, fabric, Liberty, patterns, Sewing for A, Sewing for Alice

An Oliver and S play suit for Alice

A Oliver and S play suit for Miss Alice, I find shorts and tops much easier during the  crawling stage.  The top is the butterfly blouse with the ruffle sleeves, the bottoms are the Puppet show shorts.  Though Alice was 9 months when I made this I made her the 12-18 months size.  As she is quite a big long baby and has broad shoulders.  It fits perfectly.  The fabric is divine Liberty Wiltshire purchased from the strawberry thief .


sewing, wardrobe

Moss mini skirt

This is my second attempt at the Grainline Moss mini.

The first was out of a super stretchy denim and for some reason, the crutch stuck out. Not a good look. I think the fabric wasn’t rigid enough? This one I love. I think it will look nice with tights a boots too

The only alteration I made was to make it longer without sewing the extension. I also sewed the back and front pieces including the waistbands separately, following this method.

The pockets are lined with leftover Liberty from a failed dress.

I’d love to make another in corduroy, however I haven’t come across any nice cord lately.


Self drafted top- success or failure

I made this simple top on the weekend. I am going to call it self drafted, but really I cut a t-shirt style and altered the neckline till it fit, to match an old Country Road t shirt I own. The fabric was a Lisa Ho drapey (but not particularly stretchy) knit from The Fabric Store. It is a lovely colour blue, but was a pain to sew. In the end I used heat and bond lite to tame the neckline finish and hem, which worked beautifully.

I wore it with jeans out for dinner, and have since washed it. Unfortunately, despite being prewashed, and hung lengthways on the line to dry, it has shrunk lengthways and is now somewhat midriff length. Oh well, on to better things, like my autumn winter sewing plans.


Vogue 1027- my favorite dress so far

This is the first finished item of my sewing plan. I purchased the pattern after seeing Christy’s lovely version, and was even more inspired to make it when Leith blogged hers. The fabric is from Tessuti called Whitewater Rapids purchased at the last Sydney Sewers Social.

I cut a 16 and took a centimeter off the side seams, I will do the same next time because I needed the extra depth in the bust. I also cut 10cm off the bottom hem, though it’s not as short as it looks in the pic, I think I am leaning backwards.  I also omitted the pockets as I don’t use them.

The dress looks fantastic, both the pattern and the print are very me. I plan to make another, in some black printed ponti also from Tessuti.  Funny thing I’d seen this pattern before and thought of purchasing it, but thinking it was a wrap dress I avoided it for fear of wardrobe malfunctions, so I guess the moral of the story is don’t judge a pattern by its cover!



Ps. I should apologise for the headless shot, these were taken as my husband was on his way out and I had no makeup on and wet hair, I find getting pictures done such a challenge.


Autumn- Sewing plans

Suddenly in Sydney it has started to cool down. Autumn and winter have always been my favorite seasons, and I love cool weather dressing, boots, tights all of that.

So here are my sewing plans for the cooler weather.

3 Renfrew tops
Black stretch
Bright Blue wool stretch
Pink stretch
Vogue 1261 Loose oversized top
Black wool jersey
Wiksten Tova tunic top in Liberty silk crepe

2 casual knit skirts in floral ponti from Tessuti, and grey black striped ponti.
Moss mini in black drill

New York cape or McCalls 6445
Black spotted wool

Vogue 8819 or Simplicity 2560</a
Grey ponti
Blue/ pink sweater knit

LEGGINGS McCalls 6173
Denim leggings

DRESSES vogue 1027
grey blue cream abstract ponti
Tessuti urban zoo ponti sold out black

What do you think? It’s a big list but I think it’s achievable. I also plan to not buy any clothes, but I don’t quite know if I am brave enough to take the seamless challenge, so I’ll see how I go with that one.


A linen dress for summer

Those of you at the Sydney Sewers Social have already seen this. I made this dress specifically for the day and have worn it a few times since.

It’s a little creased in the pictures but the wrinkles drop out fairly quickly. I made a straight size 14, with no alterations. This isn’t my first vogue 8805, I made a ponti version last winter. The neck is a bit tight at the front, I didn’t have this problem in the ponti version, so if I make it again I will lower the front neck opening a centimeter or 2.

The pink linen was purchased from Tessuti in Melbourne last year, the others were in the stash a while.

A nice simple pattern for a quick casual dress.