It’s spring time down under, so it’s time for sewing dresses. Not that I’ve sewn wintry stuff anyway during winter…hmmm. I bought this stripey-rose fabric in Zagreb, Croatia recently and couldn’t wait to use it straight away, so here it is. Pattern: Vogue 1499, an Anne Klein design, rated ‘Easy’. Size made: Ax5 (sizes US 4-12 included), … More Stripes & Roses [Vogue 1499].
The third and final dress I made for my travel wardrobe for this trip, is this utilitarian-style button-down dress in a horse fabric, which put me in the right mood while immersed in the medieval setting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Pattern: Vogue 1500, an Anne Klein design, rated ‘Easy’. Size made: A5 (sizes US 6-14 included), I … More Horsing around in Dubrovnik [Vogue 1500].
The second dress I made for our trip is my favourite out of the three. It is feminine and is a Butterick 1953 vintage reproduction pattern. I wore it to Bled, Slovenia – famous for the dreamy ‘Church in the Lake’ scenery. My husband rowed a rented boat across Lake Bled and took us to … More You cut me open and I…Bled Love [Butterick 5708].
My husband and I went to Switzerland for a work conference, and having had the chance to travel I sewed up a few things to wear! First is this dress made from fabric that I bought in Athens when we holidayed there last June/July. I have no idea what the print is, but I’m calling … More Funky Fungi Dress [Kwik Sew 4111].
I have a thing for the Italian fashion house Missoni, for their beautiful textiles, prints and fabrics. I made a baby cape with a Missoni for Target cotton blanket before, but I was still thirsty for more. When I saw some Missoni knit fabric in Rome on my honeymoon, I couldn’t help myself and bought some! … More Life is not a straight road, it’s Zigzag [Missoni cardigan – McCall’s 6844].
I’ve wanted to make this dress as soon as I saw the pattern envelope. A fitted wrap dress with a split, and rolled up sleeves. I could never find something similar in shops that fit my 5’0″ stature, so why not try to make one? Not being experienced with pattern fitting and grading, I think … More Split up, Wrap up [McCall’s 7185].
Mustard with hints of Burgundy, Emerald and Teal. It screams Autumn to me! This loud print is not my usual style, but I fell in love with the colours. The fabric is also buttery soft, and is perfect for mild autumns in Queensland. I made Burda 6919 with it. It is a pattern for a … More Shades of Autumn [Burda 6919].
I have done proper scrapbooking in the past (they are on my Gallery page under ‘Scrapbooking‘), with fancy papers and embellsihments. It is a really time-consuming hobby, and also after discovering dressmaking, I’ve lost motivation for scrapbooking a bit. However, I’ve decided to make a simple scrapbook to document my dressmaking projects. I drew them … More Dressmaking Scrapbook Vol. 1
I like to sew Destination Dresses – when I sew something to wear on an overseas trip. When I knew MS and I were going to Seoul in South Korea, I decided to make McCall’s 7243 in a thicker knit to wear in the still-cold Springtime there. Pattern: McCall’s 7243, View D Size made: AX5 (sizes … More Sew, Seoul Happy [McCall’s 7243].
This dress is probably my longest-running UFO. I started it more than a year ago, traced the pattern and cut the fabric, and had not touched it since. Up until last month when I finally decided to sew it, as it was taking up precious space in my fabric cupboard. Simplicity 2497 is an OOP … More Ruffle Me Up [Simplicity 2497].