BJ made, vintage vogue 8789, for the end of summer

Long time Canberrans say you need the heaters on come Anzac Day. So, thought I’d blog about this dress before the weather turns really cold.

Love this fabric. A gorgeous crisp poplin, I bought from Gerties Etsy shop some time ago. The design has got a lovely painterly feel to it. The pattern is Vintage Vogue 8789, a 1950s day dress. I modified the pattern a little, replacing the skirt with a full circle skirt. Circle skirts are such fun. Here I’ve worn the dress with an elastic cinch belt rather than the cummerbund in the pattern.


Some ‘vintage’ touches are the turned and stitched seam finishes, the bound waist seam and the hand-picked side zip.  I like using some of these nerdy sewing techniques, I think they can give a lovely polished finish to garments. Do you use any vintage techniques in your sewing?

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Sew Dolly Clackett, what dress to wear to a lobster picnic lunch?

This is what I’ve made for the Sew Dolly Clackett competition to celebrate the wedding of the effervescent Roisin to Nic. The challenge is to make a dress that reflects Roisin’s style.

So, what to wear when having a lobster picnic? The ‘lobster lunch picnic dress’ of course. I used the by hand london’s elisalex pattern. The fabric is Beacon Cove by Paul Brent for Moda fabrics.

Elisalex is a favourite of Roisin’s and the nautical theme of the Paul Brent fabric also echos many of Roisin’s lovely frocks. Also, in true Roisin style, some fancy shoes.


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Why sew?

Such an interesting post from Karen (and comments) here about why she sews. I found myself agreeing with much of the discussion.

Sewing is creative and practical. I love playing with the fabrics and colours and find something almost magical about conjuring a wearable item from a piece of cloth. Roisin said something similar a while ago (sorry, can’t find the exact post).

I find sewing completely absorbing and have long held the view that almost anything that absorbs your attention completely is good. As Karen says, it’s like yoga or meditation.

I also love not buying clothes. I love that you can have the colour, the fit, the fabric and the finish just as you want it

Aaah a rare wet weekend in Canberra, looks like sewing weather to me!


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Gabriola skirt sew dramatic competition

The Gabriola skirt, new from Sewaholic, a lovely sweeping maxi. I was thinking of something to wear to an opera, something to wear with my Tokyo jacket. Helene at Stitch 56 is having a Gabriola competition at the end of the Gabriola sew-along. This is my entry. You can vote for me between 2 and 4 April on the Stitch 56 website here :)



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Terra-cotta Italian wool, a jacket for autumn



You can just feel the nip in the Canberra air. Autumn is here and the trees are looking splendid. I was very happy with my sequined Tokyo jacket,  so I thought I’d try it in a fabric for between seasons. Addicted to Fabric have a gorgeous range of Italian wools in. Here is my autumn Tokyo jacket using the Tessuti pattern.


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I’m wearing a lovely brooch by Sarah Millicent Elliott of Elliott My Dear. It’s a delicate painting of a pair of fairy wrens so common in Canberra gardens. I’m also wearing a recently made Sewaholic Renfrew top, made with a bamboo knit. Still not a knit convert, but will keep trying.

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