As the weather starts to heat up in Sydney, I have been taking stock of my summer wardrobe. I hope I am not the only one who declares “I have absolutely nothing to wear, what on earth did I get about in last summer??”
I do actually have a distinct (bad pun warning ahead…)”short-age” of shorts in my wardrobe. The perfect no brainer item for summer, dressed up or down. My sewing journey thus far has included dresses, skirts and tops, but the only pants I have attempted are of the elastic waisted pajama kind, not for wearing outside the confines of the home.
There’s a love affair going on with sewists and indie pattern companies and I am head over heels too. With new patterns popping up all over the place I am like a small excited child eyeing off the bursting lolly (candy) jar. Attempts at restraint are futile!
One of my other DIY loves is creating my own jewellery. I have been wanting to create some colourful geometric earrings for some time so I gathered my supplies and got to work, creating a colourful selection of new lovelies for my lobes.
I just love it when sewing provides that child-like thrill when you conquer something you previously thought was out of reach – like making tee-shirts. This may be one of the simplest makes but I am so chuffed at how it turned out. And check out the stripe matching…not too shabby. I love tee-shirts, and pretty much live in them, so to be able to whip up my own has become an exciting and potentially addictive prospect. So many jerseys, so little time!
For some reason I have a bit of a shortage of skirts at the moment, so instead of making a versatile, go with everything item, I chose a fabric that takes a children’s story book and puts it in a blender, then spits out the results onto fabric. Practicality be damned!
I have dubbed this frock the “oui ou non” dress. Yes or no dress sounded so much cooler “en français”.
I made this dress in the “Learn how to sew stretch fabric” class at Sew Make Create in Chippendale, Sydney. Melissa has created the loveliest and most welcoming space where crafters and creators can meet, and she has the sweetest little puppy, Pepper, who makes herself available for pats and cuddles. Angie our teacher, was very relaxed, patient and encouraging, with that special quality of making you feel – yes, I can do this!
If you live in Sydney you should most definitely stop by and book yourself into a class.
Vogue Australia held a big fashion event this week- “Vogue Fashion’s Night Out” – with events held across the city between 5-9pm. It was complete bedlam with throngs of people and pop up stands everywhere, but of most interest to me was the spring sew off at the Marimekko Sydney store. Take 5 fashion students and give them four hours to create an original design in some fabulous Marimekko fabric.
I have to say I was mightily impressed with the results. Creating, drafting, cutting and sewing in such a short amount of time is no mean feat in itself, but the outcomes were truly amazing. If I were to take part in a Marimekko sewing challenge I would need 4 weeks, not 4 hours!
Drafting and cutting begins…
Early in the proceedings and not too stressed yet!
The title of this post contains a presumption – that not only have I completed my first Colette Laurel dress, but there will be more to follow. Nothing like committing yourself in front of the world wide web. Not that this is a bad thing, I can see room for far more of these in my wardrobe.
The setting for these photos is a place between Sydney and the Central coast called Mooney Mooney and we just hit that sweet spot when the light is right for photos. We got to see a glorious sunset as well. What an amazing winter’s day it was.
The wooden brooch is by one of my favorite jewellery brands – Polli. I picked up this lovely at the MCA during one of my lunchtime strolls. The temptations of working in the city!
I have seen a bit of discussion online regarding the fawning over indie pattern companies and the fact that the laurel is a seemingly underwhelming offering, it’s just a simple shift dress right? Perhaps the devil is in the detail with this one. I can only speak for myself in saying I think this is a well thought out pattern and the companion booklet provides a lot of ideas for directions this dress could take. I hope to be taking my scissors to some ikea fabric for my next one…stay tuned.
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WE ALL HEART FREE STUFF
- Hemlock tee from Grainline Studio – hip hip hooray for Jen once again with this super funky slouchy tee-shirt pattern
- Dixie DIY Tee shirt mini dress – I just finished one at my “Learn to sew stretch” class at Sew Make Create – pics coming soon
- I am loving these flat google style icons from Pixeden
My new fashion crush. Loving the use of giant gingham!
More Marimekko on this blog – obsessed much? So wanting these cons!
This adorable and inspirational 98-year-old made me cry. Do yourself a favour and watch the video on his site. I dare you to stay dry-eyed!