Sitting at home on my balcony in my new Lekala dress, looking forward to when things start improving around the world and we can get back to normal in our daily lives.
I feel lucky that I have kept my job, can work from home and the worst thing I’ve had to do is cancel a few upcoming holidays. Plus, Australia seems to be doing pretty well compared to other countries. I’ve started Skyping more, especially since my older brother has recently had a baby boy and also trying to get out for a morning walk to this beautiful landscape below.
It’s crazy how much things have changed for everyone over the past few weeks with COVID-19. I’m lucky enough to still be working from home and found myself with a lot more spare time, not having to travel into the city each day. So instead of letting all of the stress and worry about what’s going on in the world get to me, I decided to come up with an assortment of sewing projects to keep me busy.
Description: Summer strapless slim-fitted dress with ruffled top. Pattern: Top from Lekala Dress with straps and the skirt is Butterick 5949 Fabric: Lightweight Blue Linen with a lined skirt (stolen from my mum’s stash)
My first clothing project this year was creating this fun, flowey, summery dress. I got in just in time to wear it to Valentines / my mums Bday lunch this past weekend. My amazing boyfriend also got me a bunch of roses! Very spoilt! I’m sure he’s loving me saying that too.
Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress which has elastic at the neckline and waist. It also has a number of variations for the sleeve and hem. In long and short versions. Pattern:Butterick 6451 Material: Rayon material from Spotlight
It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.
I am a pretty big fan of Spoonflower fabrics, even selling a few designs online myself on my Sixteen Stitches Shop. You can go through the designs and make a favourites gallery of all the fabrics you love. These are fabrics that at times you just can’t find in store and if you can get really creative you can even make the fabric yourself!
The blue water colour fabric below by Joan McLemore is one of my favourites, which I’ve now purchased a few times for different dresses.
Each year we do a dress up party for our work Christmas party and it’s fitting because it’s a sewing and embroidery company. Some people opt to make their own costumes, while others order their outfits online. This year when browsing through ideas I saw the 50’s Pop Art theme and since I’ve always being a huge fan or Roy Lichtenstein I was keen to make my own dress.
This was mostly a mash up between my previous Lekala Dress top and also the Butterick 5949 skirt. I also just added to two yellow panels to break up the red and blue dots.
Here is a photo of me and my co-worker Michelle who also made her own 50s dress from New Look pattern 6824.
Pattern: BurdaStyle #101 top and Butterick 5949 skirt Description: This is a bit of a mash up including a BurdaStyle slim fit dress top and the Butterick slim fitted pleated skirt. Fabric used: Cotton sateen with a cotton poplin lining