This is the last item from my weekend sewing binge.
I bought this fabric about 5 or 6 months ago, and I originally intended to create a pair of pleated high waisted shorts out of it.
Obviously that did not happen. Instead I made this skirt. It was partially inspired by a grey polkadot drop waisted dress with a giant bow by Alannah Hill.
The skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt with a gathered section in the lower portion of the dress. I made he skirt super flouncy (Because that’s the way I roll.) I’m thinking maybe I’ll have to compile a video of how swishy some of my skirts and dresses are (Comment or whatever if you want that to happen) because when I have a swishy skirt on, literally all I want to do all day is stand in front of a mirror and swish.
Also, just quickly, I reached 100 blog posts the other day (I totally missed it. I think this is post 103) so there’s that. Thanks to everyone who reads/supports my blogs 🙂 It means a lot 😀
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I sewed a dress yesterday. Today I wore the dress that I sewed.
This is the first dress I’ve made out of a non stretch fabric. I also drafted the pattern myself. I’m quite surprised it turned out this well. The last time I attempted to sew a dress from cotton, it didn’t end to well (which is part of the reason I hardly sew dresses)
I suppose you’d call this type of dress a ‘skater dress’. It has a fitted top, and the skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt. I’ve made the dress out of two layers of material. The inner layer is a floral printed cotton, and the outer layer is a sort of netting.
The frilly bits around the base of the dress were hand gathered, and then hand stitched around the base of the outer net layer of the dress. (never. again.(Although, in saying that, the gathered net frill is what turned this dress from an nice dress into a really nice dress))
If I had the choice, I would have used the machine to stitch the frill onto the bottom of the skirt, but unfortunately the net was super fragile, super stretchy and super uncooperative.
I had a bit of a sewing binge this weekend. I ended up sewing a skirts, a dress (both of which you will see in the coming days) and these shorts.
I’ve had this fabric in my sewing box for ages. I think my mum might have bought it for me about 4 or 5 years ago when I was experimenting with sewing.
I’ve actively been making an effort to try and use up all of the material which I’ve been hoarding (because I obviously don’t have enough clothes :p ha ha).
Unfortunately, I didn’t use all of the green gingham for this project. It takes about 3/4 of a meter of material to make high waisted shorts, and I have about 2 meters of material left over.
Maybe I’ll try my hand at making some sort of shirt…
I had a sewing day today. Because I got wrapped up in my sewing, I forgot to go out early afternoon to take my photos, thus having outfit shots with shitty lighting.
Luckily I managed to somewhat rectify the situation with filters!
Anyway, this is what I wore today. I made this play suit earlier this year, and don’t wear it often enough!
It has the cutest tea set pattern on it
Can’t wait to show you what I sewed it the coming days!
As a person who loves sewing and thrifting I have developed an alterations pile in my sewing box. (an alterations pile is basically a backlog of clothes which I found while thrifting and I thought had potential to be altered into something more my style)
Last night I made the first step to reducing said backlog.
This was originally a plain vest shirt thing with an ugly belt around the waist. It was also slightly too big. I took it in a bit, unpicked the belt loops and used some wide lace to create the collar and sleeves.
I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out. The lace makes it much more me.
One last thing. The picture above is the first sketch of what will hopefully be my first collection. I’ve been thinking a lot about how my sewing and pattern making is progressing, so I’ve decided to take the first step (telling the internet so it will keep me accountable) towards making it a thing.
Edit: I had another thought and didn’t want to leave it in case I forgot! I’ve been looking for a subculture name to describe my look for about 5 or 6 years. Anyway, I finally found one! The term is otome kei.! 😀
In all my years of sewing I’ve only ever successfully made one dress.
This is that dress. It’s made from a scuba knit fabric (like the stuff they use for swimming costumes and black milk tights) I bought it on sale from spotlight then spent several hours sticking, swearing and unpicking until I ended up with this.
I’ve officially reached that point in semester where I’m struggling to put together outfits because I haven’t been sewing because study. I’m also having difficulty with the weather change.
I’m all about the layers, so being restricted by the Australian heat is tough. I’m also incredibly fussy about the fit of my shirts, which makes buying them an absolute nightmare. I’ll just have to stop being lazy and learn how to sew shirts!
I had a bit of a nightmare day today. My awful day was caused by Sydney trains inability to be able to string together a decent train service.
Anyway, let’s not dwell on my public transport failure. (it’s making me feel angry yo!)
One good thing that came of today was I got to have a good chat with my friend Joe. He drove me to my car which was much faster than catching the super late train.
The icing on the cake as far as awful day are concerned was that maccas discontinued my favourite burger; the mc spicy.
I’m just glad that today is over and I can start fresh tomorrow
So I may have hit the sewing machine last night. That may have resulted in yet another icecream skirt. I may have made Rohan help me sequin it.
I also may have forgotten to change the white balance on my camera (although I kinda dig the results)
Because of the colouring of the skirt I decided to style it in a steampunk-esque fashion. Underneath the skirt I’m wearing the new petticoat I made which consists of approximately 10 layers of tulle.
Dressing in a chocolatey manner also made me feel slightly better about my nutty day which consisted of two lessons, a recording session, presenting a seminar, teaching, and an orchestral rehearsal (I may or may not be typing this post during my tacet section….)
Did I mention that my band got played on the radio Monday? My awesome friend Rachel Cox has a radio show in Bondi on a Monday morning, and my band made it into her top 3 favourite tracks of the week (here’s the full write up: Link Yo) so yeah. Listen to her show if you need new music on your ipod because she has a brilliant taste in music!