Simplicity 1716


This dress was very spur of the moment as I had a girl’s night out to attend on Friday night and wasn’t really sure what I wanted to wear… I don’t go out much but felt that I’d really like to go out and enjoy a few drinks and listen to loud music.  What was I thinking?  Oh, but the making of the dress was so much fun and putting more effort into my appearance also made me feel good.  It’s the fabric that made this dress so wonderful and being in between seasons at the moment you can never tell if it’s going to be warm and dry or wet and cold. It turned out to be cold and wet and so the 3/4 sleeve was perfect. The fabric was a thin stretch velvet with an awesome print and the stripes are sheer fabric so the dress had to be lined, which I didn’t have time to do, and I bought a slip to go underneath it instead.

Many of you will remember that I had to wear a moon-boot (due to a torn ligament in my toe) for about 3.5 months and even though I’m out of the moon-boot now, I still can’t wear normal shoes so if I was to go out I had to wear my black flat boots – there was no other option!  With this in mind, i found a pattern at Spotlight that made me think of 60s mini dresses and when I think of those, I also imagine boots underneath.  Teamed with my fabric choice, I absolutely loved the overall effect and it was probably one of the most comfortable and practical dresses I’ve made.  I still felt feminine and appropriately dressed and in my mind I looked unique but very me!

The Simplicity 1716 pattern certainly wasn’t difficult but I chose my size according to the chart and found the chart to be incorrect by about one size… I ended up having to take everything in by about 1.3cm (1/2″) and I find this to be annoying.  It’s the first time I’ve ever made a Simplicity pattern so I don’t know if this is normal or not.

It has the two standard pleats on the shoulders that give the rouched finish across the bust but it also has an extra pleat towards the bottom of the arm hole creating more rouching underneath the bust and I’m not really sure that I like that effect.  Either way it was too late to do anything about it by the time I realised that it was there and the fabric was too expensive to just throw out and start again ($30/metre)

Here are the rest of the photos:



IMG_9148I had a fun evening and even got home before midnight and I can’t wait for my next night out!!  Oh, and did any of you notice that I didn’t hem the bottom of the skirt?  No, I didn’t think so!  I ummmmed and aaaahed over it for a while before deciding that the fabric wasn’t fraying and by hemming it, I would more than likely create a horrible wavy hemline.  I thought it all looked fine and went with it.  Pretty neat, eh?  An extremely easy and satisfying dress to sew up.  So what will I sew up next…. I’m certainly on a roll at the moment, aren’t i?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Carola x


McCall’s M6512

See?  I have been busy!!  OK, this shirt makes up for the green one that I made and had to throw into a corner (for now) – I love everything about it.  The pattern is M6512 and the only thing I didn’t enjoy about constructing this one is altering the pattern, but then that seems to be an issue with ALL my patterns because I don’t have a “standard” body. Realistically though, it’s also the reason why i LOVE sewing so much because I can alter patterns to fit me right!

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When I look at the photo I think I should have added even more length to the body but that’s something I’ll do on the next one coz I am sure I’m going to make more of these.  The pattern was easy to follow and had some amazing instructions on how to alter the bust (doing a full bust adjustment) and having the correct markings on the pattern itself to tell you where you need to cut the pattern, should you want to do an FBA.  I think for people who would like to trial a few FBAs then this would be a great pattern to practice on coz it’s easy to put together and the instructions are very clear.

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The fabric I chose is actually a lot darker than I had intended but the feel of the fabric was perfect – a light weight 100% cotton with a self embossed stripe.  I picked it up in a half price fabric sale and the buttons actually cost more than the fabric! haha!  Another thing I found really nice about the pattern is that the shoulder tabs are actually positioned to the front of the blouse… novel, in my books! :-)

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And the sewing hasn’t stopped with the shirt!  I have a girls night out tonight and am almost finished with a dress that I am making.  I need to stop typing though so that I can finish it – I only have about 2 hours left to do this and I will blog about it soon!  I hope you’re all well. I follow many of your blogs on my mobile phone but unfortunately I can’t seem to make comments from there so I wait until I am at a computer but by then I can’t remember what I wanted to say anymore!!  LOL  Either way, I love reading about what you’re doing and I get inspired by seeing pictures of what you’re all making!

Have a lovely Friday!!

Carola xx

I’m not dead!

Phew, definitely not dead… just been in a different zone.  I’m working my business harder and I’m finding this incredibly rewarding although I must admit it’s taking away my pleasure time in my sewing room! In saying that, just because I haven’t been blogging, doesn’t mean that I haven’t been sewing.  When I finished my last white shirt (which I wear all the time with so much pleasure!) I bought some green fabric and decided to alter the pattern slightly with different features and I put my heart and soul into it, made self-covered buttons (with the shiny side of the same fabric) and sewed 4 buttons on, tried the shirt on and felt like crying… it was too tight across my bust!  What a freakin’ waste of time that was!!!  OMG I couldn’t believe it!  The shirt hung on my dressmaker’s dummy for nearly 2.5 months before I decided that getting a breast reduction was NOT the answer!! haha, only joking there… certainly wouldn’t be thinking along those lines!   Well the shirt has been put aside but I’ve photographed it so I’ll show you what it looks like.

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I just can’t bring myself to finish the shirt anymore but who knows, maybe I’ll finish it and wear it over a singlet with the upper buttons left open!  But for now I don’t want to look at it for a while! :(

I’ve also done a stint in Melbourne when my 20yo daughter (who moved there back in March) had a non-alcohol related fall and broke her jaw in 3 places.  Spending 2.5 weeks with her was lovely (and draining) and the accident wasn’t enough to break her spirits and have her come back home with me.  She has since found herself a flat to share with another 2 people and has a full-time job and she’s loving it all (and almost fully healed). I’m really proud of her!

My sewing has also seen me sew up a couple of Sewaholic Renfrew tops but I haven’t taken very good photos of these at all but none the less, I’ll share what I have with you.

Renfrew T-shirt (Sewaholic)

Renfrew T-shirt (Sewaholic)

Long sleeved RENFREW with a cowl neck (Sewaholic)

Long sleeved RENFREW with a cowl neck (Sewaholic)

They were both very quick and easy to sew up and I really just want to finetune the fit and run off a whole heap more.  Spring has finally sprung here Down Under so warmer weather is heading our way and I welcome the cooler and brighter clothes!

That’s all I have time to share with you at the moment but I did sew more than just that (and am also busy sewing as I type!).  I love sewing and just wish that the rest of my life understood that too!!  More VERY soon! xx