Stash Swap and WIP

A few months ago Penny at Dresses and Me set up a winter stash swap, I signed up and the other day I got a marvellous present in the mail from Juliet of Crazy Gypsy Chronicals.  It was a great package that contained all this:


Left: 3m of a cotton blend (i think) mini houndstooth

Centre: 4m of vintage style flowery red/pink cotton

Right: 2m of orange/red flower print light weight polyester

and these AMAZING buttons.

IMG_20130905_171653So I am inspired to make a shirt dress with a fullish skirt out of the houndstooth – maybe with the buttons on the front… or green ones for contrast.  I think i will use McCalls M4769 as a  starting point – I don’t want buttons on the skirt though.

The middle floral will become a summer dress proably in New Look 6589 or butterick B5214.

The third piece of fabric might have to mature in my stash as my current Work in Progress list looks like this:

  • Put in Zip, Hem,  and buttons on sleeveson my Black retro 70s dress.
  • Top stitch front, sew  on buttons, handsew sleeves to lining on Grey blue Jacket for Lewis before he grows out of it.
  • Continue with Rainbow Nougat dress, I have 1/3 of the outer fabric cut/sewn
  • Sew up facing and armholes on Bird singlet top
  • Finish hair on the Princess and Pea topsy turvy doll.  Make 20 matresses and a duvet.
Progressing on my Rainbouw Nougat Dress

Progressing on my Rainbouw Nougat Dress

I also have a pile of projects that have been cut out but not sewn yet:

  • Winnie the pooh costume for Alex
  • Sliver stripe tee
  • Black pin stripe skirt.
  • Grey vogue dress.
  • A Vintage Vogue 6078 dress in blueish cotton sateen
Vintage Vogue 6078

Vintage Vogue 6078

And then there is the list of projects I want to do…. this is the one that constantly gets re-arranged in my head and why the other two lists exist above 🙂

  • Hoodies with screenprinting for each family member
  • Robot shorts for lewis.
  • Summer hats for both boys
  • Coffee date dress in coffee/black abstract print cotton sateen
  • Frill neck wrap dress in navy spots
  • Blue stars dress in Vintage pattern with full skirt style
  • Black silk tap pants
  • Vintage vogue skirt in grey wool
  • Snake print skirt
  • White bird shirt based on temt one, using cross over vogue pattern.
  • Green jacket – take apart muslin, cut out and complete
  • Ninja turtle costume for halloween
  • Wolfpack singlets for boys

Luckily I have a sewing weekend planned ahead.


18/52 Spots Spots and Dots

I have been wearing this dress for the last couple of weeks and when we got home the other night I quickly got Andrew to take some photos so I could share it with you. This dotty dress is straight out of the packet – a Kwik Sew pattern from the op-shop which I have mislaid at the moment. The fit is pretty much right – I could take some out of the waist but I am going with that it is designed to be blousy.

I got the rayon from the Salvation Army store in for $8 so this was an easy and cheap make that I think I can wear year round as I can put a slip on and tights in winter and it is light enough layering with the changeable spring weather. I picked up the belt to go with it from the op-shop as well as the self covered belt was always going to get lost with this fabric.

I sewed 90% of this at social sewing which meant I used french seams in it as I did not have my overlocker at my side. Although I did get distracted talking at one point and put my pocket in sideways… which I realised after I had trimmed the seam and top stitched it down. I managed to focus enough to trace off another pocket piece from the tiny handful of scraps I had left over and fixed it up once I stopped laughing.
On a side note…how amazing is my husband…this is the birthday cake he made me. It is an orange camel like an animal biscuit. And there is a bonus shark cake from the leftover piece!