Sunday, July 05, 2020

Vogue 9076

There is so much I love about this dress! Where do I even begin?

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Let's start with the 1940s shirt dress vibe. I'm totally crushing into this style - you should see how many 1940s vintage shirt dresses I have pinned on Pinterest! This pattern captures that style perfectly - feminine, sweet, yet practical enough to do a days work in it and then look fancy for cocktails afterwards. That's my kinda dress! I'm a busy lady - my dresses need to keep up!


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I was a little trepidatious when it came to the gathered sections on the bust. Would they pouf out and make me suddenly look like a size 36DD instead of my usual minuscule bust size? Fears were allayed - the fit on this is perfection! Phew! Likewise with the gathers on the back - they sit out perfectly, giving texture without adding any inches.

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Also, this project taught me a new skill - making my own covered buttons. It was so much fun... I almost began to cover everything I owned in buttons, but managed to restrain my buttony impulses. But seriously, they look perfect on this dress, so I'm really glad I did them. Plus I used up cord left over from my Frocktails 2017 dress for the button loops - recycle for the win!


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My only quibble with this dress is that my machine did NOT like the embroidered dots on the fabric. It quietly groaned at me every time I sewed over one, and it did make it a bit tricky to get perfect square corners with the swiss dots in the way. My overlocker, however, threw an absolute hissy fit over going over those dots, and in the end I gave it up as a bad job and zig zagged my edges instead. Total princesses, both my machines! That aside, the cotton is lovely. And the perfect fit for this style of dress.

So my friends, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress so much! It was a lot of work, but totally worth it in the end. I feel so sophisticated and elegant in it, and feel it work perfectly not only as a work dress, but also as a wedding guest outfit, or as an extra in a fancy post war movie (HINT HINT MOVIE PRODUCERS! I COME WITH MY OWN WARDROBE!)


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Pattern: Vogue 9076, View C
Fabric: Cotton Swiss dot from The Cloth Shop, about 2 years ago
Notions: Interfacing, 13 covered buttons, cord for button loops.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Vintage Vogue S-4957


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In times such as this, it pays to have a brand new dress in the wardrobe. Admittedly, it can't be worn out and shown off (damn you, stupid corona virus!), and it may be quite some time before it can be taken out for a twirl on a dance floor, but having a freshly made, gorgeous vintage dress in the perfect shade of green in awfully good for moral - and frankly, we all need all the boosts we can get at the moment!

And the best bit - fabric and pattern were all from the stash, so it didn't cost me anything since our new straightened financial circumstances came about. Phew!


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I made a muslin of the bodice first, and I'm very glad I did, as the front overlay gather gave me some grief. The instructions called for the centre seams to be pleated, then sewn together, then gathered up. Maybe you need the muscles of Thor to achieve this task, for my puny hands simply could not muster the strength to gather all those pleats up. In the end I compromised, and made a cord which I threaded through the seam allowances (which I had sewn flat), and gathered the overlay centre in that way. It looks the part, and saved me a lot of cursing and unpicking!

I also interfaced the bodice, and boned it for extra support. I'm really glad I did, as it sits beautifully. I'm a big fan of boning these days - if I can bone a dress, I will! (Please excuse the dubious nature of that sentence).

The skirt was meant to be much longer, with gathered sections at the back, but alas - fabric restrictions applied, so I redrafted it to be a simple circle skirt. Trust me, there's enough fabric in that thing as it, and I didn't really fancy gathers sitting over my derriere and subsequently making it look much larger than it really is!


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The fabric, which truly is the most divine green I've ever come across in fabric form, is a viscose from Draper's Fabric. I bought it without a project in mind, but when you see that green you've got to snaffle it up as soon as you can! It's lovely fabric, but much slinkier than I'm used to sewing, and does have a tendency to catch easily on things, so this will be a special occasion dress only.

Except for twirling about in my bedroom. Hey, a girl's gotta fill her days somehow!


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Project Details:
Pattern - Vogue S-4957, circa early 1950s.
Fabric - Viscose from Draper's Fabrics.
Notions - Iron on interfacing, boning, invisible zipper.



Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Birdie cardigan

It's fuchsia! It's got sweet mini eyelets! It's perfect for layering over cardigans! It's my new favourite cardigan - Birdie!


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I am VERY happy with how this turned out, and can't stop gazing at the magnificent colour! The pattern is by Louisa Harding's knitwear label, Yarntelier and as per usual this wonderfully talented designer has come up with the goods. Sweet, feminine, yet a wardrobe staple, I could have one of these in every colour and still never tire of their cardigan perfection.


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I used Australian Superfine Merino to knit this up, and made two very slight changes to the pattern: I omitted the bobbly edgings, and made the sleeves 10cm longer. I must say, it really is the perfect design - it goes so well with a lot of my summer dresses, and is snuggly enough to ward off any sudden chills. I am seriously tempted to knit myself another!

Project Details:
Pattern - Birdie by Yarntelier
Yarn - Australian Superfine Merino from Maker Maker
Needles - 3.25mm and 4mm



Friday, February 21, 2020

McCalls 7922 - The Super Fuchsia Dress

This, my friends, is a tale of what happens when you fall completely and utterly in love with a fabric, and use it despite the fact that it might not be the most suitable candidate for a pattern.


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At first glance all seems well in the Jorth world of sewing, right? The dress fits, the knot feature is pretty amazing, and boy - does that colour pop! But scratch a little beneath the surface, and you'll find a story of tweaks, adjustments and alterations. So much for quickly whipping up an easy dress!


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The fabric, is, amazing! I loved it the minute I spotted it at Fabric Deluxe. It's a crinkle viscose in the best fuchsia I've ever seen, and it had to be mine right away. I thought it would look pretty spiffy done up in McCalls 7922, so I set to work, forgetting two little words: crinkle viscose. You see, anything with a crinkle will act somewhat like a stretch, as the crinkles provide the fabric with a LOT more 'give' than a standard woven. As soon as I got the dress to try on stage, I realised it was huge - so I took it in, tried it back on, then took it in some more. Normally I rarely have to do that, so consider my mind blown!

The fabric is also quite sheer, so I decided to ditch the interfacing pieces for the neckline, as I didn't want it to show through. Instead I did a tiny hem around the neckline - it's not the most elegant solution, but it worked for me. I wanted this dress to be an easy summer frock I could throw on for stinky hot days, as the fabric is so light and airy to wear, so I wasn't too fussed about doing couture-worthy finishes on any edges.

I also bid adieu to the front pleat - something about front pleats gives me the heebie jeebies, so I sewed that sew up instead.

The origami knot took me a white to figure out, and I kept needing to bring the seams in closer and closer until I finally got them sitting tightly without slipping out. The notches, for this fabric, were no guide, but I'll blame that on my fabric selection, and not the pattern.

One quick word to the wise: because the origami knot makes the dress rather voluminous around the midriff, it can add a few inches to the waistline. In some of the shots we took I look like a skinny minnie, and in others I look quite impressively pregnant. So heads up if you don't want people asking when your little one is due!

All in all, I absolutely love how this dress turned out, even if it did involve lots of adjustments. Does it look like the pattern photo - um, no... I feel like mine looks more like a slinky evening dress, but I think I can make that work for me! All I need is a better, less visible, bra and me and the super fuchsia dress will be ready to take on the world! Put your sunnies on - this bad boy is BRIGHT!


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Project Details:
Pattern: McCalls 7922, view B
Fabric: 1.4m crinkle viscose from Fabric Deluxe
Notions: 55cm invisible zipper




Sunday, February 16, 2020

Vogue 8184 - The Furry Version!

When life hands you a remnant piece of fabric (that, incidentally, you have been eyeing off in the store for ages, and were kicking yourself for not buying when you originally saw it), and aforementioned piece is only 1 metre long, what is one to do? That's right - make a trusty Vogue 8184 out of the bad boy pronto!


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Seriously - if anybody else knows of super cute dress patterns that can be made with a single metre of fabric, then please let me know! I can't think of any bar this one - all it needed was some grosgrain ribbon, and we were a-go!

The dress is lined and boned on the bodice. It does make for a bit of extra work, but it stops any creases forming (and when you have a tendency to slump like me, then boning is a handy reminder to STAND UP STRAIGHT, YOUNG LADY!) and always gives a dress a polished look. Grosgrain ribbon along the waistline seam and as shoulder straps complete the look.

As for costs? Well! When you score a bargain remnant for about $15, I reckon this dress comes out at around the $30, tops - even including buying boning, zip and lining fabric. I do love it when the dress comes out looking so much more exxy than it actually costs - I feel like I'm winning at life when that occurs! And who could say no to such awesomely textured fabric - it appears that at the moment, I certainly cannot!

The only downside to this dress is that the fabric has absolutely no give in it whatsoever. So I'd best not stuff myself with burritos before putting it on, because that zip will never go up if I do!


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Project Details:
Pattern - Vogue 8184, view D
Fabric - 1 metre remnant piece from The Fabric Store
Notions - 35cm invisible zip, boning, lining fabric.








Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Frocktails 2019 dress aka The Christmas Tree Dress

I love Christmas. No seriously - I FREAKING LOVE CHRISTMAS! My favourite movie is White Christmas, my favourite smell is the needles of a real Christmas tree, and don't even get my started on plum pudding with custard. So when I saw fabric online that magically combined brocade with green tinsel, I realised my dream of dressing like an actual Christmas decoration could finally come true!


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See what I mean? Party on the top, jingle all the way on the bottom! A girl can never have too much tinsel covering her butt as far as I'm concerned! And this tinsel did it's job - I've never had so many pats on my derriere as I did on Frocktails night whilst wearing this dress!

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I used my trusty 8184 - I wanted a simple, classic strapless design so this incredible fabric could speak for itself. The fabric came in a 5 yard piece, alternating in wide sections between the brocade and the tinsel, so cutting out was a bit of a challenge but success (with added shimmer) was mine in the end.


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The dress is fully lined, and the bodice is boned on each seam line. An invisible zipper completes the job, and to ensure that the tinsel didn't get caught in the zip each time I put the dress on, I trimmed the tinsel away from the zip area - thankfully there is still enough tinsel around to stop that seam looking bald.

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All in all, I love this dress! It is truly one of a kind, and the deep Kelly green is my favourite colour ever. I'm so happy the vision in my head when I initially saw the fabric translated to the dress I got to wear. And it was a blast wearing it to Frocktails - it was, as always, a tremendously fun night!


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Photos by the super talented Samara Clifford, featuring my favourite sewing partner in crime, Julia Bobbin, who looked stunning herself in her amazing tailored couture blazer. Girl has talent!

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Project Details:
Pattern: Vogue 8184, size 8
Notions: lining, interlining, boning, invisible zipper
Fabric: 5 yard silk/tinsel/acetate piece