Wednesday, 30 September 2015

CHECK ME OUT! A relaxed Granville with a most awesomely invisible placket

Oh I am too FUNNY! I've made a checked shirt (yes checks, Australians don't say plaid) and I just love it. Over winter I tried to source some flannel in black and white, but wasn't prepared to buy online. I'm kicking Past Sarah. Normally she's pretty awesome and makes smart decisions but she left behind THE perfect Gorman fabric at Clear It a year or two back and I've never forgiven her. Anyway, I found this surprisingly lovely quality cotton check at Spotlight a while back and it had to do.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The resort collection begins - Olivia Wrap Dress

Lovely seamstresses, well wishers and internet randoms who have found their way here, I do believe I've made one of my most favourite garments ever! My latest project for Stitch 56 is a sleeveless version of the Named Olivia Wrap dress. Check it out here!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Finished - a jumper I'll actually wear - the decropped Jo Sharp crop top

My knitting the last 12 months has been slow, intermittent and often painful due to a chronic tendinitis issue but I'm persevering and managed a couple of months ago to finish this fluffy, muppet-like jumper based on a pattern by Jo Sharp.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Finished - Frocktails outfit - Elisalex as skirt plus Coco top!

Never one to rush things I've finally fished my Frocktails outfit out of the delicates washing basket to reenact. From these photos it was clear that (a) I needed a haircut (done), and (b) I needed a new bra (yet to be done). Oh well. My photoshop skills are definitely not up for addressing frizzy hair or a saggy bosom. 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Finished - a 60's inspired mashup Audrey

My husband turned 40 in early July, and decided he wanted a party at home. Initially he wanted all guests to dress as Elvis - no exceptions. But eventually I was able to talk him into a slightly more flexible dress code - a 60's theme. For my outfit I had a slightly ulterior motive - I wanted to make a knit long sleeve funnel neck frock from a fabulous navy and black stable knit I'd been stashing since last year....

Friday, 21 August 2015

Hopefully helpful hints for rolled hems on knits

I emerge from a fug of winter illness to share some tips on doing a rolled hem finish on a knit fabric. There's plenty of resources out there on how to do a rolled hem on a woven using a serger/overlocker but not so many for knit fabrics. A rolled hem is a great way of finishing a raw edge where you want to spare length or if both sides of the hem might be seen, such as my recent twist top neckline/hem.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Finished - a surprisingly awesome Kwik Sew 3801 Twist Top in merino jersey

Like the cool new kid at school this garment has jumped to the front of the queue - I'm so delighted with it! I've had this one planned for a while, waiting for the perfect fabric. I can't remember where I first saw the pattern, but it reminded me of a cool twist front top I'd seen on Pinterest by Akira (not the Australian designer, but an American brand, I believe - correct me if I'm wrong!) and thought it very Drape Drape.