A rather old dress, and something I’ve been working on for the last few months

Hello all! First off, I’d like to apologise for my extended absence – I think it’s been about four months now! I haven’t had much energy recently for sewing or blogging, mainly because of something really exciting that I’ve been working on for the last several months, and am finally ready to share.

So what have I been working on? Want to guess?

No, it’s not a book.

Or a pattern company.

Or even sewing related, really.


A baby!

I’m currently 8.5 months pregnant – hence not having much energy or desire to sew. The heat of a very hot summer and fatigue from pregnancy, mixed with a rapidly changing body, means that I just didn’t feel up to a huge amount of sewing.

I will say, it’s amazing how quickly the body changes. Even though I wasn’t really “showing” until late in my 6-7th months (I was 5 months pregnant in my last post!), my bust measurement increased by 2″ by 8-10 weeks and my ribs expanded very quickly, which meant that most of my woven clothing went into a box for “later”. Slowly my waist got higher and has finally started to disappear, so anything remotely fitted hasn’t been an option for most of the pregnancy.

So most of what I’ve been wearing has been made from knit fabric, and mostly things I had already – like my more summery Moneta knit dresses (the leopard print and purplish ones), my Gillian wrap dresses (here and here), and some knit skirts I’ve made but not blogged about, together with singlet tops and occasionally blouses – luckily enough, my Granville blouses still fit over the belly! Although they have to be unbuttoned over the bust.

The few woven dresses I’ve worn have been like this one – which is a wrap dress made from “Gertie Sews Vintage Casual“. You may remember I’ve made this pattern before in 2014 – well, this version was actually made shortly after that one, I’ve just never gotten around to taking photos and posting about it.

One of the main problems I had with the pattern (which I didn’t fix before making this version) is that the waist is much too high – which is perfect for pregnancy! Hooray. That, and the overlap not quite being wide enough, which is less ideal for pregnancy. But no incidents yet.

The rayon challis has also been really nice to wear during the summer – as I mentioned above, it’s been SUPER hot here this summer, and having a little oven in my tum has made it worse. And there’s no air conditioning at work.

So, yes. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take some photos of the things I’ve been sewing recently – I finally got around to getting a new camera charger, which will help! And I think it’s finally starting to cool down….

(Oh and I promise I’ll get around to answering some of the questions people have left me! And thank you so much to the couple of people who emailed about my absence – it made my day that people were missing my posts!)


Self-drafted faux-wrap dress

In the interest of sharing all the old projects I haven’t blogged about yet… here’s a dress I made today. I’m nothing but consistent!

And, disclaimer: we’ve lost the charger to our camera so all these photos were taken on Mr. Guy’s cellphone. Just now realising what a difference a nice camera makes – the lighting was PERFECT when we took these but they’re still much more glaring than photos taken with our actual camera.

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Muse – Gillian Wrap cardigan

You know how, every once in a while, you see a style/pattern that you had previously discounted and suddenly think “yes!”? And the more you look at it, and different versions of it, the more you want it? That happened to me about two months ago with the Papercut Coppelia wrap cardigan. But while there is many, many beautiful versions of it (this is probably my favourite), I also read some complaints about the fit, particularly around the sleeves (see here for an example).

So instead of spending the extra money (which I’ve been trying not to do, since we have a mortgage now) and faffing about with the fit, why not try and alter a pattern I already had that fit well, to match the style?

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Self-drafted shirtwaist dress from sloper

Okay, I have two things to admit to you all. One, I still have a bunch of garments I haven’t blogged yet – most of them from before I moved (2m ago), and I think the number is now 5 or 6. It’s hard to get around to take photos with the shorter days, and I think I probably need a tripod for the days where Mr Guy doesn’t want to take them. The second is that I have been doing more drafting and it is so much fun, I don’t even want to go back to patterns. I know something awesome will draw me back but for now the only plans I have for using patterns is togs and a coat.

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A slippery slope(r): Suzy Furrer’s craftsy classes

One day soon, I hope, I’ll get the hang of taking consistently good photos. I still can’t quite work out why sometimes my blog photos are awesome and I look awesome, and other times I look like hell. Is it the makeup (or lack of it)? Posing? Photographer? Lighting? ALL OF THE ABOVE, DAMNIT?

Anyway, you’re not here for my face (I don’t think), but my WONDERFUL sewing (cough). But I’m going to go ahead and say that I think today’s two skirts are wonderful – partly due to fabric, and partly due to the fit which I have almost perfect, thanks to Suzy Furrer’s craftsy class on skirt slopers. (Please note, I’m using affiliate links in this post. But trust me when I say that doesn’t change my opinion at all of the classes, I’d still be recommending them)

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“Whoops I forgot to name this before I posted it”. A striped Moneta

Happy birthday to me! I’m 27 today, and am celebrating by heading into town to have lunch with my mother, then having my parents over for dinner tonight (Indian curry, which is one of our specialties).

It’s been a busy two months or so, as Mr. Guy and I bought our first home and set about moving in and making it our own – he built a fence (so it’s almost completely dog-proof) and I planted some fruit trees. Hence my absence from the blog, and from sewing in general – I haven’t sewn in about 6 weeks and only unpacked my sewing room yesterday. Luckily I have a bit of a back log of projects I need to post!

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“I’ve Created a Muenster” Burger leggings

Oh migraines, how I loathe thee.  I had grand plans today of finishing my “0 degrees” dress and taking photos of projects I need to blog about already. At midday, however, I started getting that “I can’t see properly out of my left eye” thing that warns me of an impending migraine: I’m lucky enough not to get massive headaches with my migraines, but I do get a nasty aura that leaves me utterly useless, and very sleepy. Now, with the sun dipping below the mountains I’ve missed my chance of photos and all I want to do is go to sleep. Boo.

I did manage to get outside and go for a walk with Mr. Guy and the dog – so was able to take photos of one project. Excuse the less-than-inspired photos, I had a migraine!

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Space runner

More sportswear! In the last few weeks I’ve really felt like sewing with knits, and more sports leggings was the perfect choice: as mentioned last time, the two RTW pairs I have will need to be retired soon – the capri pair have been repaired about 10 times, and the long pair are only suitable for biking (the waist doesn’t sit high or small enough so I’m constantly trying to pull them up). Given that I bike to work every day and (occasionally) run on top of that, I needed more than just the leopard print ones.

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Blue Leopard Moneta

Okay, okay. I’m not quite sure where the time has gone – it’s been a month since I last posted. With the days getting shorter and the weather getting cooler, it gets harder and harder to take blog photos – and I now have a self-imposed “no screens within an hour of bed time” rule which gives me less time to write posts, and even less time to read them; I have >120 posts on my feedly to catch up on!

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