I love shirtwaist dresses. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love ‘em. Despite not making very many of them, when looking at fabric I’ll often judge it by thinking “how would this look as a shirtwaist dress?”. I have several fabrics in my stash that would, in fact, look great (if I had thought to buy enough yardage) – but I have only ever made two. Finally my ass was kicked into gear when Mary issued her “Autumn/Spring of 1000 Shirtdresses” challenge.
So may I present: my first McCalls 6696.
Yes, I am wearing high heeled jellies! Hello, 90′s
Has everyone seen the new pattern release by Colette Patterns yet? I admit, when I got the “sneak peek” yesterday, I thought about it for all of 30 seconds before I bought the PDF. Using the thin excuse of “I need to buy buttons for this other dress”, I drove to work to print out the pattern, then promptly cut, taped and traced off the pattern.
I was initially tossing up which version to make, when I spotted these two fabrics lying together in my stash, and inspiration struck: I present, my Strawberry Dahlia.
When does inspiration go too far? When you 100% copy someone else’s dress. May I present, my Copy Kat dress:
My second Hawthorn dress is something I’m surprisingly UN-excited to blog about. Usually I make something and get photos the next day, blog within the week. In fact, this got finished… two months ago? Before I dyed my hair: I have photos in it with my brown hair as proof. On two separate occasions. But, I’m just not that thrilled with it, and so I may end up asking it to…
I thought I had the fit down pretty well with my first version, and used the exact same pieces, but something just doesn’t quite look right. In the bewbs.
So, if you follow the Curvy Sewing Collective, you may have seen that we were approached by BurdaStyle, to see if we wanted to try out a pattern each from their new Plus Sized Kits – a collection of patterns and a couple of tutorials bundled together for $25 USD. We got sent links to all the patterns in the collections and were able to choose one to make: brilliant as I am, I thought “Oh, I’ll step out of my comfort zone and choose the cape”
At the start of spring. Right before we move to one of the sunniest places in the country for summer (good news – we’re moving to Golden Bay!!! Anyone want to come visit, let me know!). Like I said, brilliant.
You guys surely know by now, if I love a pattern I’ll make it again shortly after. So, shortly after making my blue version, I made another cardigan in variation B, with the shoulder yokes.
If possible, I love this cardigan even more than my first one.
Disclaimer: I was a tester for this pattern. The final pattern was provided to me free of charge and I also know the designer in real life. All opinions expressed are my own.
So, I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit for a while. I tried doing it last winter, kind of enjoyed it, then got side tracked. To be honest, I’m a really impatient person – I constantly have to remember to slow down, be patient etc. So with knitting, I wanted all these cute cropped cardigans sooo badly, but the thought of it taking 50 hours to make one, or even longer because I’m a beginner, was just really off-putting. I couldn’t find any good sewing patterns for what I wanted – I tried making my own but it didn’t work. So I resigned myself to actually learning to knit, or paying someone to knit for me.
And then… Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes designed this pattern. Probably because she was sick of all my whining on the WSBN facebook group, she asked me to test it out for her.
And this is it, guys: true love.
Oh, and I dyed my hair pink.
So I’ve managed to successfully finish another set of night shifts, and was able to catch a short glimpse of sunshine to take photos of my new dress. If you haven’t done them before, night shifts are…. crappy. Luckily this set wasn’t too busy (the previous set involved air lifting 4-5 people to a bigger hospital) but 7 nights of 10 hour shifts still take it out of you and you need a few days to recover!
And even though I surely know better than to sew while I’m tired, I decided to make a dress. Surprisingly, it actually turned out pretty well.
I’m not sure why Mayer Hawthorne wasn’t playing in my head when I was making this dress, as he’s one of my favourite artists (EXCELLENT to listen to while doing housework). Instead, my brain forced me to listen to an anti-chafe cream jingle over and over.
Anyway, NON-SEQUITUR, this is my Colette Hawthorn dress.
Disclaimer: this pattern was given to me to review. All opinions expressed are my own and I aim to be be unbiased. For a full review see my post up on the Curvy Sewing Collective in a few days.
Hot on the heels of the Yaletown dress (my version here), Sewaholic released the Rae skirt. The pattern was designed together with a beginners sewing teacher, to be “a skirt for true beginners, designed to meet the needs of a brand-new sewer making their first garment project”. I’m going to keep my thoughts on the pattern brief here, as I’ll be doing a full review over on the Curvy Sewing Collective this coming week. I’d also like to apologise for my photos: sunny day + occasional heavy cloud cover + 10 second delay on photos…. well, these is all I got before my camera ran out of battery.