“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 think this new dress is a hoot”

Happy Waitangi Day everyone! For those of you outside NZ, Waitangi Day is almost sort of like Australia Day or maybe Independence Day, but it’s less “go us!” and more controversial.  Itcommemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, a contract between the Maori people and the British colonists back in 1840. The Treaty is still a big deal these days (for good reason) although some people think it’s importance implies some kind of “reverse racism”*.

*I can only hope that most of you know that reverse racism is not a thing.

The best part, other than the whole colonial accountability, is that Waitangi Day is a public holiday – which I get to take advantage of now that I have a 9-5 job!

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The dress formerly known as Simplicity 1459

Ever since I saw Tanya’s two Simplicity 1459 dresses (here and here, CSC review here), I’ve been wanting to make one. She was kind enough to send it to me, along with a bunch of other patterns, when Joann’s had a big sale (for those of us in NZ and Aus, $1 patterns is mind-boggling), and it’s sat in my stash for a few months waiting for the appropriate fabric and motivation.

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Red Linen Dress

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a great time. We spent the day with family here in sunny Nelson, and it was grand. We’re now back at home in Takaka as I’m working Monday and Tuesday before getting another 5 day weekend over New Years – hooray!

Today’s dress is another one that I made maybe two months ago, and have worn a lot since. I still have… 4 or 5 things made that I’m yet to blog about (and I haven’t even sewn in a month), but these are the last photos taken in Featherston so at least you’ll get Golden Bay photos from now.

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Green Linen Sundress and giveaway winner

Welcome back, me! I’ve had a totally unplanned break from both blogging (6 weeks!) and sewing, probably due to distraction and lack of motivation because of our big move. I’m happy to say now that we’re now residing in the beautiful Golden Bay, and as of today I’m back to full-time work (now as a GP registrar, hooray!). I haven’t quite got my sewing room set up but I have a couple of projects lined up that should hopefully ease me back into it!

I also have a few projects backed up from October/November that I haven’t blogged about, including todays dress. I already have photos taken of a few of them so I don’t even have that excuse for being so absent. I can admit though that while a few of the photos will have me with pink hair, I actually dyed it again about a month ago in an effort to become respectable again.

I also left a giveaway hanging in the air – which is pretty bad of me, so I apologise. The winner (thanks to a random number generator) of the Jutland PDF pattern is Shannon Church. I wasn’t able to find your email address so you’ll need to message me on tworandomwordsblog@gmail.com and I’ll send it through. If you have already bought the pattern (because I’ve been so slack), I’ll sort something out for you instead :)

Enough blathering, you want to see some sewing right? This is a dress I made maybe 2 months ago, when I realised how fast it was becoming summer, and how few summer-appropriate clothes I had.

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Floral Lawn: Gertie’s Wrap Dress

I’ve had Gertie’s first book for about a year now, and while I’ve only made two patterns out of it (despite having big plans for the wiggle dress), I’ve got a lot out of it. I got the new book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual several weeks after it was released, and here is my first version of the wrap dress:

Excuse my lack of smiles in these pictures – I was facing the sun and trying not to squint!

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Time not waisted: McCalls 6696

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

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A strawberry dahlia

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.

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