Thursday, 18 June 2015

Finished - Simplicity 2560. The cardigan quest continues.

Worst hair day ever. Thank goodness for hats is all I can say. Anyway here I am sharing one of my current favourite winter outfits, my ohmygoodnessI'minlovewiththisfabric striped wool merino Mandy top (unblogged) that basically gets washed and put right back on my body (fabric from the Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe), and my new cardigan, Simplicity 2560.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The I'm Not Sure I'm Cool Enough For This top

Last year my brother bought me Drape Drape 2 for my birthday, after a not-so-subtle link to the Book Depository magically winged its way across the internets to his inbox. I'd had the Asymmetrical Scoop top on my sewing list all summer, but as usual my list exceeded available time and I've only just made it up.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Binging on Barries

I've had half a week of no husband. The end result, of course, has been a sewing binge, and I am now the proud and (excessive use of superlatives be damned!) ecstatic wearer of these:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Finished - a tweedy, silky Woodland Stroll Cape

Lovelies if you need a gateway pattern into coat making then this might well be it. It's the Liesl and Co Woodland Stroll Cape, my latest Stitch 56 project (check it out and get the pattern over here). I know capes might not be for everyone, and might venture dangerously close to the Territory of Tweeness, but with the right fabric choice and styling I think it's a great little wardrobe addition. I've wanted to make one ever since I found a vintage 60's child's cape pattern in an op shop and was utterly charmed by the pattern cover. Actually this pattern also comes in a child's version (the Oliver and S Forest Path Cape) and I can unequivocally state that if someone had made this for me as a little girl I would have been the most delighted and stinkingly cute poppet bopping around town.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Finished - a Geneva in wool

Just a quick one to share a couple of my latest basics. As you know I love me some basics, and with the change of season comes wardrobe reassessments, and the need to downgrade and replace some everyday items. This is the Named Geneva raglan tee. I was drawn to this pattern by those lovely curved shoulder seams. I know raglans are definitely more a casual style, especially if made in contrast fabrics, but I thought it was worth a crack in some nice wool knit and I'm very happy with it. It has a few little details that definitely elevate it above the casual. I do wish I'd worn a different bra for these pics, but meh. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Tutorial - add easy french seamed side pockets to anything. Yes! Anything!

Remember my blathering excitement last year when I happened upon a vintage skirt pattern with a nifty little drafting feature that allowed me to do easy-as-pie french seamed in-seam pockets? I didn't do a particularly good job of explaining it I'm afraid.  But after finding the same type of pockets in my recent Fujiyama Mama frock I was determined do a quick and dirty step-by-step tutorial for you......

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

C'est La Vie (because disappointment always sounds better in french) and a twice recycled $5 in Paris

How was your Easter long weekend wherever you were in the world? Mine ended up lovely, but the start was rather shitful. As briefly mentioned in my last post my guy had been working hard to get Sunny all jazzed up for our big holiday of the year, a mega road trip up to Byron Bay Blues Fest, an 18 hour drive north of Melbourne. 

We had such high hopes. We were looking forward to a nice slow cruise up north, a few days of camping and awesome music with friends, and an equally slow cruise home. I was determined to tick off a large number Big Things on our road trip (many Australian country towns over the last 4 decades developed a peculiar need to create a large tacky Thing for their town - an exhaustive list can be found here). 

Big Thing 1 - the Big Cherries (Young, New South Wales). 

Big Thing 2 - The Big Golden Guitar (Tamworth, New South Wales). 

Big Thing 3 - The Big Disappointment (Glen Innes, New South Wales).