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Thanks and Melbourne

I just wanted to so thanks for all the lovely comments on my dress.  I do really love it and I think it is quite flattering and  so easy to whip up. The little poster above is so there is something other than a few words.

I also want to put out there, that I'll be in Melbourne of the weekend of 20//21 December and wondered if anyone wants to meet up. I know it's a bad time being weekend before Christmas - fabric shopping is probably last thing on people's minds, and I don't need anything either, but maybe a coffee or lunch or dinner would be a possibility.  I'm seeing Nick Cave on 18 December with a friend from Adelaide and I'm staying a couple of extra days.  There is an exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier on at the NGV and I'll definitely go to see it so if anyone wants to see it and hasn't yet and wants to meet up I'd love it. Just put a note in the comment and I'll get back to you.

I'm making some beach skirts and cushion…

Batwing Burda 6/2013 105

I had a dinner last night and so the opportunity to wear my new dress again and get a photo (for once) with my hair done and some (very light) make up.

This is the fabric... it has a that lovely double border and I wanted the more open, bold print on the sleeve side. I draped the fabric over me to see what would look the best. The more busy print is better camouflage for my tum. It was perfect for this style dress. 

Due to the batwing taking up  just that part of the bolder print, there is more of that left and I think I can make a skirt out of it. I'm not a great fan of synthetic fibres but this is a lovely polyester and Erin had told me she bought 5 or 6 metres of it and this was about 2 1/2 of that.




When I made this dress I did a few things I hadn't tried before. This dress has an invisible, invisible zip... the only other invisible zip I put in, wasn't very invisible. I used a plastic invisible zip foot that I bought for $4 and the first time I wasn't successful a…

Brisbane Frocktails!

Frocktails... tonight?

Why the question mark? Because until Tuesday I thought Frocktails was on the 18th of November, then Tuesday I was thinking, "Hang on if the 15th is the G20 meeting then the 18th cannot be a Saturday... doh! We had a funeral on Wednesday (of a dear, favourite Aunt) and appointments on Thursday. I had lots of big house jobs that had to get the last three weeks but then thought, they'll be finished by the 7th so I'll spend time making my dress for Frocktails. Ha!


I changed my plans and decided to make the Burda dress (above 6/2013 #105 but long length) mentioned previously for Frocktails and not a Vogue designer pattern I thought I'd make. I traced a little on Thursday and mostly Friday. Cut my fabric and lining and sewed my invisible zip last night. I'm happy to announce I did my invisible zip perfectly. I have to attach the lining and finish the dress ..... so why am I writing a blog post? Procrastinating of course. I've cleaned up the house too, including the…

Spot the mistake!

Hee, hee... it's not the blurry photos...


No, it's not the white band is put in incorrectly...


No, the legs are actually the same length....

The mistake? When I cut these out, somehow, the underneath piece of lycra was about 2cm shorter(??) and I didn't notice hence the 'design' feature of the white stripe.

These are cut from a pattern I cut off a pair I bought in Cyprus in 2009 when Alex was 5 years old. I just added a couple of centimetres all the way  round and this worked this time and the last time I used this 'pattern' (the photo is right down the bottom) I don't think this will work as Alex gets older... I want to invest in a Jalie pattern and will do that soon. Togs are anywhere from $15 - $20 for cheap ones and $30 - $50 for better brands so it's worth making them. I don't really worry about 'brands' and although some people say the more expensive ones last longer, I haven't noticed that at all.. I do notice that size wise …