Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Alice Top - Mark 2

Since making it last month, my striped Alice Top has been on a high and heavy rotation. You know that go-to wardrobe staple that is your immediate, feel good and comfortable one? Yeah, that's my Alice. And so I had to sew another one, of course. In (mostly) black, of course.

To break up the black, I wanted a colourful contrast for the front yoke. In my continuing efforts to bust the stash, I found a couple of metres of this Jacquard Trim that I bought a few months ago. At the time of purchase, I loved it but had no specific plan (sound familiar?) but this pattern solved that little problem.

I sewed six 35cm lengths together and blockfused the back with a lightweight interfacing. I also staystiched the edges immediately after cutting out my pattern piece to prevent fraying. The black linen I used is our Hanky Black Jin. As with my first version, I chose not to interface the armhole bands so that they stay all nice and linen-y soft.

While we're on this pattern, I went away with some girlfriends on the weekend for some fine company and a little sewing as well. We brought some Alice love along with us too and here's my mate Manda's gorgeous white version made up in our cotton/viscose Gallen Pattern Weave...

Ah, Alice...you're a keeper.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pattern Review - Vogue 8993

Here's a look at Georgia's latest make, this dress made up in Vogue 8993 in a lovely stretch cotton, Autumn Botanics from last summer (now sold out). You may have seen this printed cotton/elastane made up by Rachel (Boo Dogg and Me) in this blog post earlier in the year.

If you're keen to try this great dress pattern out, Georgia highly recommends it in a stretch woven! Here are more printed stretch cottons we have available online and in store. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet our NEW pattern - The Ruby Top/Dress

Ruby Top in Verde Cube Blue silk crepe de chine (available Chatswood and Surry Hills)
Hello readers! Meet our newest pattern - the Ruby Top/Dress. This simple sleeveless design features a high neckline, cutaway armholes and keyhole back opening. The style is slightly flared at the hemline and makes a perfect floaty garment for the warmer months or an easy piece to layer under jackets and cardigans.   

Much like our Libby A-Line Skirt Pattern, we were receiving so many requests to produce a simple top pattern that we decided to heed the call. And once we designed the top we knew instantly that it would translate into a dress so you get two patterns for the price of one! 

The Ruby Top (pictured above) can be worn loose or tucked in. Also important to note is that the dress length (pictured below) is a shorter style and is designed to sit above the knee. If you prefer it longer it can be easily lengthened at the hemline so be sure to check final measurements on the pattern before you cut out your fabric.

Ruby Dress in Beige Dotted Night (lengthened by 4cm)
All the images here show Ruby made up in silk crepe de chines but other suitable fabrics include light to medium weight linens or linen blends, light cottons, silk satins and rayons or viscose.

The Ruby Top/Dress Pattern is now available in all stores in hardcopy format or you can download your PDF print/-at-home/print copy shop versions here! And if Ruby's your style, we hope you enjoy sewing her up!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Anne Klein Vogue V1098 Jacket in spots and stripes

Melbourne regular Jacinta walked in last week wearing THIS beauty! 
The jacket pattern is Anne Klein's Vogue V1098 (oop). She brilliantly combined our Grande Palle (sadly, already sold out) with Licorice Snow Stack - both wool/silk blends - and lined it with an ivory silk satin.
 Check out those buttons and button holes!
Seriously gorgeous.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Purple and Winter White in McCalls 2401

Perfect for Spring, here's a great shift dress made up by Julie in our lovely Italian stretch Cotton/Elastane 'Purple and Winter White' (only available in Chatswood), similar to  Winter White Garden). The pattern used is classic McCalls 2401.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our latest pattern - The Alice Dress/Top

Alice Top in Liberty of London Capel Dark Blue
We are very excited to be releasing our latest pattern - The Alice Dress/Top. This smock style top/dress features a self-lined yoke bodice with shaped armhole bands and a softly gathered body on front and back. The dress version also includes side pockets. Suitable fabrics for the Alice include lightweight linens, lightweight cottons (such as Liberty of London tana lawns), eyelet cotton, rayons, viscose and silk crepe de chine.

Alice Top in Striped Stone D'Ville (100% linen)
Colette's dress version below is made up in Italian cotton lawn The Other Alps. Colette had to allow for extra meterage to match the zig zag striped pattern on the lower dress - 2.5mtrs was used for this size Small dress. The armhole bands were cut on the opposing grain for contrast and the inner yoke and armhole bands were cut in the lighter part of the print.

Alice Dress in The Other Alps (cotton lawn)
For Lisa's linen version below, she used our lightweight Striped Stone D'Ville and cut the front and back outer yokes on the opposing grain to give some horizontal stripe contrast. She used a Liberty (Eleonora, from the stash) for the yoke and sleeve facings.

Because she wanted to retain the softness of the linen, she didn't interface the armhole bands. And for her shorter style, she took a further 10cm off the length.

Happy Alice sewing! We hope you like her x

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pattern Review: Vogue 1387 (view B)

Always keen to try out a new pattern, Raewin's just finished this lovely blouse in blue silk crepe de chine made up in Vogue 1387 pattern (view B)

This pattern's a great alternative to the classic shirt silhouette and works well in silk cdc. Here too are more lovely creations seen around blogland:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pattern Review - McCalls 6844

Looking for a stylish, lightweight, mid-season knit cardigan?  Georgia snapped up a remnant of Italian summer knit Bellino and made up view C McCalls 6844 out of the 1.50mtr length. 

These gorgeous Italian knits are now reduced to clear, online and in-store.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NEW Lisa Dress Pattern

Lisa Dress made up in Lulu Navy Linen
It's been a long time between patterns so we are SUPER excited to be releasing our latest Lisa Dress! This loose and comfortable high-waisted dress features a sleeveless bodice with button opening, contoured high waistline and a gathered skirt with side pockets. Worn on its own, over a t-shirt (perfect with our Lola Tee pattern) or tank top, the Lisa Dress is the perfect wardrobe addition to your spring/summer wardrobe. Suitable fabrics include light to medium weight linens, lightweight cottons (such as Liberty tana lawns), rayons, viscose and silk crepe de chines.

Lisa Dress worn with Lola Tee Pattern
For added comfort and layering purposes, the armholes have been designed to sit low so the dress can be worn with a tank or t-shirt underneath.
Lisa Dress Pattern made up in Kiwi Flip
Longer version (lengthened by three inches) in Hanky Black Jin
Anita's version in Liberty of London Gemma Green
Other suitable fabrics for the Lisa Dress include:

We hope you love it. And stay tuned for more new summer patterns coming soon!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice

Ah sweet overalls (or dungarees). I forgot how much I loved to wear you. Last time I wore a pair of these was in my uni days back in the 90s. I had a black cheesecloth pair that were on super high rotation until one saaaaaad day when they ripped exactly where you might expect a pair of overalls to rip. Cheesecloth on high rotation will do that to a bum seam.

This clever pattern is the lovely Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice. I first spied these on Kirsty's blog and then another couple of impressive makes popped up on Karen and Bella's blogs too. And three's a charm I say. There's also a lot to be said for waiting for a few pattern reviews to pop up so you can seek some pearls of sewing wisdom from those who venture before you. Karen has also done a really helpful blog post on adding your metal buttons. Not so tricky, as it turns out!  All three bloggers gave some great tips which I applied to my version, including:

- inserting just one zip, not the recommended two.
- staystitching the edges of the bib piece
- adding in some reinforcement top-stitching detail at Step 21, where straps meet back.

I also shortened mine a little further because I didn't want to cuff them (the design is intended to be worn cropped).

You know how some patterns are great for teaching or reinforcing a particular skill? For the Turia's, it's all about the flat felled seam. And top stitching. I tell you, there were some extreme levels of sewing satisfaction in these tidy seams. It's all in the finishes and the Turia does finishes extremely well.

The fabric I chose was our 100% linen Wainscot Denim. This is one of my favourite shades ever - sort of a dark chambray that gives me a denim look with all the lovely softness of linen.

I am very much enjoying wearing these. Being a slimmer fit, they're way more comfortable then I thought they'd be and after some initial bending/sitting trepidation I'm pleased to report they passed with flying colours. And, most importantly, they give me licence to assume this ridiculous pose...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pattern Review - Vintage Butterick 5111 a.k.a the stash bust

So as a follow up to my last blog post, here's the one where I talk about the top. The whole time I was making that skirt, I was contemplating a top to go with it. My initial plan was to make something using the same fabric but a recent house move revealed an alarmingly, italics worthy, large stash. I know interpretation of stash size is very subjective but I've revealed mine to a few sewing mates since the move and the general responses have been along the lines of 'oh my god' and 'holy *insert expletive of choice*'. Also, I now officially have more fabric at home than Colette and that scares me a little bit. But hey, on the upside, I now have a sewing room and being able to leave my machines out is making it a helluva lot easier to find time to BEAT THAT STASH.

Anyhoo, back to that top. Regular readers will know that I love a good raglan and this one's no exception. It's an ever so slightly modified version of vintage Butterick 5111 (view B), with shortened and cuffed sleeves. Because I didn't want to interfere with the lace piece on the back, I put the invisible zip on the front and much prefer to wear it open because that neckline is high!


The front, sleeves and neck binding (used instead of facings) are a beautiful linen/viscose blend left over from this dress. For the back, I used a small piece of our Lavern 100% Cotton Guipure Lace (also available in black at Surry Hills and Melbourne). 

All over stash busting satisfaction. And it feels pretty damn good.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pattern Review - Style 3863 full circle skirt


I have fallen hard for the big skirt. And I mean BIG. The one that is full and swirly and voluminous and classic.

I scored this full circle skirt pattern - Style 3863 - at an op shop forever ago. Like this pattern, it was published in the 80s and is another decent testament to a fashion decade that generally makes me chuckle or cringe or both. But has the circle skirt every really gone out of fashion? Aside from the hem length, me thinks 'no'. And now I get why.

The fabric is Ice Cube Blue - a mid-weight linen/viscose blend with a teeny, tiny check. It's also available in red (limited quantity only) at Surry Hills and Melbourne.

I originally aimed for mid-calf length (which required me to lengthen the pattern....or so I thought...) but ended up with ankle length. That look was just an all over NO so I had to cut off the 7cm that I'd added and ended up at a much happier length for me and my height. After allowing the skirt to hang for a couple of days there was some alarming unevenness in the hem so I followed Gertie's simple tip for marking the length evenly and it worked perfectly. There is a delicious weight to this skirt and I love how it moves, feels and falls.

I'll be back soon with a blog post about that top.

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