2017 make 9 – first up By Hand London – Anna Dress

I’ll admit it’s been a while since I posted anything.  Blink and life takes over and you don’t realise.  In this case my day job has controlled my available time and other days after work I just don’t have the brain capacity.

This however, doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing.  Mostly I just haven’t got round to doing photos.

The first of my completed make nine for this year was the By Hand London Anna Dress.  Whilst when I first saw the pattern I wasn’t sure it was for me.  But it grew on me and after seeing a few different people’s version I was swayed.  I think what tipped me over the iceberg was Sian from Kittenish Behaviour’s Video of her Anna Dress Collection which can be found here.

I bought the pdf pattern and had it printed at the copy shop across the road from work for about $10 (mostly as the skirt pieces are maxi length and you pay by the length).  I found it was so much easier than cutting and sticking.  Living in a regional area of Australia pdf patterns are a godsend.  My practice is to trace each piece onto baking paper which i easily locate and buy.

The fabric was from the sale rack of Spotlight.  In the quilting section I think I paid $4 a metre and bought what was left.  It is a pink chambray with a purple fleck.

I am trying to focus on keeping to a jewel tone palate with my sewing.  That way I can mix and match, especially for work.

I made the midi version but added 3 inches to the length.  Other than that I didn’t make any other alterations.  After wearing it a few times I think next time I might do a sway back adjustment and a slight full bust adjustment.

So here is my finished garment (My other half needs training as a photographer), the dress is a little crinkled after being worn all day at work but I love it:

I have already completed a second version in navy floral poplin with a pleated skirt.  Photos will be on instagram (eventually).

Have you made an Anna?


2017 Make Nine


Well hello I know I have been really slack in maintaining this blog but one of my goals for 2017 is to post more regularly.

Since I have started sewing I have found a lot of support within the online sewing community.  I am mostly self taught after a few basic lessons from my mother.  It must have been in my blood.  Both of my grandmothers and my Mum sew.  My mother is an amazing quilter, embroider and dressmaker.  Unfortunately she lives 500 kms away.

So whilst I don’t plan on sharing tips and tricks, I find seeing everyone’s makes really inspiring, so I’d like to contribute.

This year aside from some specific makes, I would like to sew up some of my fabric stash which has exploded over the last year and to make a quilt out of some of my fabric scraps.

I saw Rochelle New’s hashtag #2017makenine from her blog Lucky Lucille and thought hey I can do that.  So hopefully this will give my sewing this year some direction.

So here are my pics for 2017



By Hand London – Anna Dress Link

I work in an office and most days I have to wear a suit jacket.  For me I like to wear a dress with a jacket, it makes getting ready in the morning much easier and I am by no way a morning person.

After seeing a few other people make up an Anna dress I thought the pattern would be great for some work dresses.

I have some cool navy floral and plain fabrics in my stash which would work well.


Springfield Top PDF pattern - Cashmerette Patterns - 1

Cashmerette – Springfield Link

I have a tendency to make a lot of dresses and full skirts so I wanted to fill a gap in my wardrobe and make some tops.  The rave reviews of all of the Cashmerette patterns led me to the Springfield.  My problem areas are usually fitting my bust and hips.  My waist measurement is usually a size or two smaller.

I love the simplicity of the pattern and like the idea of using a contrasting fabrics.  I plan on making this up in both prints and plains.



Colette Moneta Via Seamwork or Colette Moneta via Colette

My darling boyfriend bought me an overlocker for Christmas and Birthday (I’m a Christmas baby) last year.  I have used it mostly for finishing garments and would like to try my hand at sewing stretch.

I went to Spotlight for the boxing day sales with my Mum and grabbed just over three metres of black ponte which was $4 a metre.  I thought that the Moneta would be a good match and should make a good work dress.

I am a Seamwork Magazine subscriber but being in the southern hemisphere means that the patterns aren’t always practical when they are released I had a whole heap of credits stored up and used them to get this pattern.  All I need to do is pop down to the copy shop and have it printed out.



Seamwork Camden Cape Link

When this pattern came out I was so excited.  I loved the look but I live in the tropics so it rarely gets cold enough except for coming and going from work in winter.

I’ve not made a coat before so I want to push myself a little bit.

I haven’t found any fabric to use yet but I am hopeful I will come across something.



Seamwork – Addison Top Link

I love watching vloggers on YouTube and one of my favourites is Jen from Gingerella.  A couple of months of ago she made an Addison top in a white swiss dot which can be found here.  This got me thinking about making a version of this in white broderie anglaise I have in my stash.  I can also see myself making a few of these in other colours both in prints and plains as a great layering piece both casually and for work.



Jennifer Lauren Vintage – Gable Top Link

In an attempt to make more tops I want to make a few of these.  I’ve had the pattern in my stash for a few months after seeing Bex from Subversive Femme‘s version.

I really want a white, black and navy striped version.  I also like the idea of adding some embellishment but it will have to wait till the weather cools down.


Wearing History – Homefront Overalls Link

This pattern is one of the first pdf patterns that I purchased.  I saw it and had to have it.  However, I haven’t made it up yet as I need to grade out the hip which I find quite intimidating.

There are few versions floating out there in the blogosphere which all look amazing.  I have had the dark wash denim in my stash for ages, so this year I am determined to make these in time to wear in winter.

Hopefully I can get the pattern to work for me and use it for a few pairs of jeans.


McCall's Misses' Dresses and Slip 6696

McCalls 6696 Shirtdress Link

I love the look of a classic shirtdress but I haven’t made one.

I am a massive fan of Roisin Muldoon’s blog Dolly Clackett.  She has made several versions of this but my favourite is a red polka dot version which can be found here.

A few months ago I scored five metres of red cotton sateen polka dot fabric and all I have wanted to make from it is one of these.  So it is a definite goal for 2017.



Butterick B5030 – Wrap Dress

I really love the look of View C.  I have a beautiful cactus print voile which is calling out to be sewn up.

I used to be very skeptical of wrap dresses but recently bought one to wear for the Christmas Party season and I love it.  It is cool and flattering.

Anyway these are my plans.  Would love to see yours.


When you need a frock to take in a musical

My partner’s mother had a spare ticket to see our local production of Anything Goes, my partner’s Father isn’t a musical fan and was eternally grateful I let him off the hook.  However, a trip to the theatre needs a new dress.

A rummage through my filing cabinet and I came up with Simplicity 1354BB.  It’s part of their ‘Amazing Fit’ range.  I picked it up during one of Spotlight’s pattern specials.

Simplicity 1354BB

They have some great options for those with a bigger bust.  I however, fit comfortably in a C cup.  As someone shortwaisted I should have taken the option to shorten the waistline, however didn’t (something I regretted later).

I picked up the fabric during a Spotlight shopping trip with my mum (she is a worst fabric horder than I am). I saw a gentleman shopping with his wife and they picked up this fabric and it was only then that I noticed it.  Whilst at the counter with my other selections they asked if there was 15 metres left on the roll, there wasn’t so they decided against it.  Their loss however was my gain and I walked away with 4 metres which was more than enough for this piece.

I went with View C as I thought it would be more versatile.

It took me a while to work out how the neckline pieces went together but I got there in the end.

I had to make a few alterations in the end as the size I decided on was too big for me in the bust, shoulders and waist length. The dress isn’t lined and has a facing.  Something I will rectify should when I make this again.

Simplicity 1354BB finished

I’m really happy with how it turned out and I think it goes really well with this red cardigan my Mum knitted for me.



When you have a little bit left over …

In my last post I detailed the upcycling of my new/old desk chair.  I loved the fabric and when I decided to make up Butterick 6089.  I had picked view B and figured it would be a great work dress. I had picked my fabric and decided on a basic black cotton sateen.

Butterick 6089
Butterick 6089
Butterick 6089
Butterick 6089

In the cutting out process I realised that my basic black would be too boring for my liking I rummaged through my small pieces pile and came up with this.

Fabric Swatch - Cotton Sateen from Spotlight
Fabric Swatch – Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

I had just enough to cut out the front panels in the bright cotton sateen.

The process of putting it together was pretty straight forward.  I decided against lining the dress, mostly cause the process of lining was mildly terrifying.  I ended up making some facings.  I have a habit of using contrasting fabric where you can’t see it so I decided some black and white polka dot fabric would be perfect.

I had to make some alterations to the patterns to fit me.  I had to put some extra bust darts in, shorten the waist (I’m high waisted) and bring the shoulders up so they sat right.

The finished product - Butterick 6089
The finished product – Butterick 6089

It didn’t take long to put together and paired with black stockings and a black jacket makes a great addition to my working wardrobe.