Little pink drop waist in New Look 6016

After months of requests for a pink winter dress, I finally relinquished. I feel I should apologise for yet another drop waist, but at the moment, with all the crazy packing and organising going on for our move, I feel like I need to stick to simple and necessary sewing. Of course drop waist dresses are necessary! How could anyone possibly question this fact?!

 


I dragged out New Look 6016 again to make this dress. It was made with a beautiful pastel viscose which came from Tessuti Fabrics. The skirt was made with a little leftover Lisa Ho cotton/silk from The Fabric Store. This Lisa Ho fabric is amazing, so light and silky, and perhaps a little bit too special for a four year old. In my pre-blogging days, I made a pair of Suzy pants with it, and more recently a pair of boxers for hubby.

As usual, I made several modifications to this pattern. I started with a size four.

  • lengthened the top by 4cm
  • widened the sleeves by about 2cm each side to eliminate the taper, and added cuffs (I didn’t shorten them at all)
  • added a gathered skirt (I always aim for 2 x the width of the hem I’m attaching it to, but as I generally use scraps for these skirts, I use what I have)

This is actually one of my favourite knock ups. The drapey viscose worked out so much better than I anticipated and I much prefer the top with cuffs. I can see myself making a few more of these little dresses in the winter months, mainly for my girl who flatly refuses to wear anything but dresses. As you can see, it is the perfect dress for twirling and practicing magic with your spoon-wand.

 

The Rigel floral bomber

Oh, this Tessuti fabric just made me swoon at first sight. Kirsty from Top Notch obviously thought the same, as I spotted her lovely O’keefe skirt in it the other day. No wonder it sold out so quickly! Mine has been in my stash for some time, just waiting for that perfect project to come along. And it finally did, as soon as I laid eyes on the Rigel Bomber by Papercut patterns.


Given the unfitted nature of this bomber, I threw caution to the wind and jumped right into stitching it up. Now the sizing appeared to be working out pretty good, but I was far from happy with how the insides of this jacket were looking. It is meant to be an unlined jacket and of course, it could look wonderful as such had I given some forethought into binding the seams. But I still don’t think the internal pocket construction (with the fusing and multiple raw edges) could be tidied up to an extent that would make me happy. Or maybe it could…

So after completing the outer shell (sans ribbing), I made a snap decision to line it. Luckily, I had the perfect remnant in my stash (another Tessuti fabric), a silky, silvery viscose that just feels delightful against the skin. All I did to line this jacket was cut lining pieces of the back, fronts, and arms, sew them together, and attach the intact lining to the jacket exactly as you would the facing (according to the instructions). I then basted the free arm hem edges and bottom hem edges of the lining to the jacket fabric so that I could sew them together as one to the ribbing. It didn’t take that much more effort and I am SO delighted with the results. It has turned a rather nice bomber into a luxuriously decadent bomber. The lining adds that little bit of extra weight and warmth. The silkiness of the slippery viscose also makes putting it on over other clothes much easier.


I should also mention that I nearly doubled the length of ribbing for the arm cuffs, which by the way, is a beautifully robust double sided cotton ribbing I picked up as a remnant from The Fabric Store.

I love my fabulous new jacket! Now I just need to sew some more monotone separates or I will start giving my neighbours a headache with all the gorgeous prints in my wardrobe.


Happy birthday has finally arrived

And it’s a high five for me, who has scored a perfect ten on fit. Yes, birthdays are all about me and seeing my creations finally being worn. If you can remember, I made hubby some Lisa Ho boxers and a gorgeous modal Henley a few months ago. I am ever so proud of myself for refraining from gifting them before today.

My reluctant model permitted me to take a few photos (even though it was barely 6am and he had only just woken up). And yes, he did comment on the gorgeous fabrics. I will definitely be making these for him again. The modal works pretty well in this size for the Henley, but if I use a sturdier or less stretchy fabric, I think I will have to go up a size, particularly in the arm width (yes hubby, to accommodate those massive guns).

 

 
Thanks Nick for the photos. You are a natural! x
 

The Little Truck Stop Top Dress

Did I mention that I purchased 3m of that Marc Jacobs cotton knit fabric?! It would have been a good amount if not for the leg placement disaster of my own playsuit. But as it happened, I had enough for one more little top dress.


I had been eyeballing the Little Truck Stop Top for months but finally decided to get out there and purchase it, even though I knew it was still going to be a few sizes too big for my littlest girl.

As I’ve already mentioned, this little project was to use up the last bits of my Marc Jacobs knit. I also pieced together about six tiny lengths of some Liberty leftovers to make a beautiful bottom ruffle. I am a little obsessed with Liberty of London cotton right now so it might feature again pretty soon.

I cut the pattern to a size 7. It is way too big but it doesn’t gape immodestly. Miss Coco has not yet decided whether she will wear it as a dress or a nightie to rival her swishing sister.

And by the way, I managed to ‘roll’ the neck binding beautifully this time. I was so pleased with how it turned out after my earlier efforts, that I decided to push on and bind the sleeves before I went to bed. Wrong! I was obviously sleep-sewing. As you can see, I bound them the wrong way again so this is why there is no lovely ‘roll’ on the armscye. 

Another swishy nightie dress

Ok, so this little girl really does not need another night dress but what else was I to do with the remnants of my playsuit? I had to piece the back together in two small sections but you can barely see this due to the pattern.

 
 

The design is my own, basically a sleeveless and slightly shorter version of the other nightie I made for her this Spring. I’m planning to make a Little Truck Stop Top for Miss Five with the last little bits of this fabric so I thought I’d have a go at the interesting sleeve binding feature you see on this top. At first, I wasn’t sure what I did wrong because I simply couldn’t get the fabric to ‘roll’ the correct way. But now I realise that some fabrics just prefer to roll a certain way and I should have just attached it to the other side of the binding fabric instead.


Miss nearly-Four is now completely sorted for the hot summer nights ahead and putting on pyjamas is now a thing of great excitement for her each night. High five for Mummy making bath times a breeze and adding the swish factor to Miss nearly-Four’s nightwear!  

 
 

Kimono sleeve jumpsuit for Miss Five

After such a great success sewing my Hannah top, I was quite keen to get stuck into another Salme sewing pattern, in particular the kiddie kimono sleeve playsuit. Well, it turned out an absolute treat! I really think I am developing a soft spot for Salme sewing patterns. The drafting is impeccable. The only complaint I have is that seam allowances aren’t included in the pdf downloads, meaning a bit more time is spent on my hands and knees tracing around the pattern pieces when I would really just prefer to cut and go. But maybe this feature would come in handy if I decided baste in my seamlines by hand for that extra special project.

The gorgeous Liberty of London I used is from Tessuti Fabrics. I only needed a mere 70cm to make this playsuit in a size seven for my little Miss 5. She’s quite tall for her age, so I knew I would have to size up in order to get the length right.


I would recommend putting three snap fasteners in the front instead of two to prevent gaping. And do you like my first attempt at beading? The fabulous gold sequins came from the Fabric Store.


It’s a bit wonky but I am so pleased with myself for finally having a go. I think I will practice a bit more on kiddie clothes before I jump into that special beading project. Thank you Laura Mae from Lilacs and Lace for putting together this little beading tutorial. It has been on my want-to-learn list for positively eons. And I have had a bag of beading stash under my sewing table waiting for me to get started for at least that long too.

A little bit of Lisa Ho for hubby

A few months ago, I made a great pair of Suzy pants using some of the most amazing Lisa Ho fabric that I picked up from the Fabric Store. The fabric was gorgeous, a lovely lightweight silk and cotton blend, with the most beautiful silky satin finish. Now as I was making my own pants, the fabric caught hubby’s eye. After a closer investigation of my fabric he declared that HE would like some pants in this fabric too. Now he may very well have been joking…but as it turned out, I had the exact amount left to make him his very own pair of boxers slash pj’s!

I used this great little pattern and made up the longer version of boxer without the side slit.


But I can definitely see the shorter style of boxer coming in handy for an 80’s night/Magnum PI party down the track.

I think they turned out rather swanky in the end. Who would have thought Lisa Ho could translate so beautifully into a pair of men’s boxers? Not I said the cat. But I am really hoping they fit…I used his undies elastic as a guide since I wanted them to be a surprise. But even if they don’t, I know they will make him smile because he loves a joke. I’m not totally sure he will model these for a photo but if he relents, I will be sure to update this post in a few weeks.

Tory Burch handmade by Coco


My eldest daughter started ‘big school’ at the beginning of this year and she has been lucky enough get a particularly lovely Kindy teacher who is caring, engaged with the children, and who seems to genuinely know my child (at times better than myself!). So I knew we would get to the end of the year and want to give her a thoughtful gift that would reflect our gratitude (and hopefully suit her style).

It is quite early to be thinking of Christmas gifts, but today was one of those rare opportunities when Miss Three was out shopping with her Nan, my littlest imp was sleeping, and I had my big girl Coco all to herself. Given the cost of the materials, this was a job I was not going to attempt amidst grabbing hands and over-zealous helpers.

I saw this great idea for making a little clutch using Tory Burch laser cut leather on the Fabric Store blog.

 

Now this particular material costs about $220 per meter! But the beautiful thing is that you only need a teeny tiny length. It cost me $45 for my remnant and I will be able to get two clutches from this, plus have some spare bits left to use as trim on outfits or make a small purse. So for less than $20, Coco has made her teacher a super stylish little clutch that we really hope she will love.

I loved the idea of this project because it was something my daughter could do mostly on her own. She was so excited to get started.

And only needed a little help from me to untangle those leather cords every now and then. It was also lovely for us both to spend some quality time together doing what I love most.

She is so chuffed with her creation and has already snuck a little handmade drawing inside it. But she does assure me that she “still loves me more than Ms W”.