Style Arc Esme, cool for summer

Hope everyone is having a relaxing holiday season. It’s a heatwave here in Aus and these tops are perfect – two Style Arc Esme tops.

I made this top from scraps left over from a (disastrous ) mother of the bride dress. That dress might have been a failure but it did yield silk jersey scraps.wp-1476609388087.jpegSuch a luscious and luxurious fabric. This make has some hidden seams where I’ve pieced the scraps together (in the hem turn-ups) as well as some more obvious ones ( on the collar). Continue reading

A very lemony frocktails frock


Spot the clutch purse…. ha ha, well disguised isn’t  it. Because when you sew you can do that crazy stuff.

 Photo by Kirsten Simpson at the Seamstress Bar for Frocktails!

It was a lovely evening of gorgeous frocks and fabric, excellent food and cocktails organised by Kat, Libby and Renay, thank you! Great to catch up with sewing friends and meet new ones. 

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Adventures in draping- Style Arc Billie top

I tried a pattern with draping for the first time and I like it. This is the Style Arc Billie top.captureIt’s just one piece of fabric ! (and one facing). It looks so strange as you cut it out. Then suddenly it makes sense and suddenly it looks so elegant.

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For this one I used a viscose crepe that I had earmarked for a dress. Purchased from the Fabric Store, I can’t decided if it’s lavender or grey. I’ll go lavender. Continue reading

Red cut out lace dress, not a tablecloth after all!

Pinterest I was not alone in opening the Tessuti package, throwing the lace over the table and thinking mmmm nice tablecloth.

This is my entry for the #tessuticutoutlacecomp – to create an outfit that showcases one of three gorgeous laces, a black, white and red, all the same solid, easy to work with lace with the same cut out pattern.

I chose the red and in the end I think it’s a rather woo hoo frock. There were so many possibilities with the cut-out pattern matching, it was fun rearranging and trying differnt placements to show off the lace.

My obsession with the  bell sleeves continues, how are these red lace sleeves?barbarajanemade tessuticutoutlacecomp.jpg

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