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This past weekend our friends got married in a gorgeous little ceremony on the Gold Coast.  When the wedding invitation first arrived I decided I would make myself a dress to wear.  I spent a while searching for inspiration and after getting some advice on twitter about where to get some nice red lace I picked up some gorgeous lace with a scalloped design from Darn Cheap Fabrics.  Now before I go on I must say the ladies from Darn Cheap were a massive help.  I had multiple emails with two lovely ladies and they sent me swatches of all the laces they had in stock.  Once I had decided I ordered via email and my fabric arrived the very next day.  Now I am not getting paid to say this I just love finding a great shop with affordable fabric and great service!  Now onto the dress….


red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

The dress is a hybrid of two patterns.  The bodice is from vintage Simplicity 5343 and the skirt and sleeves came from New Look 6723.  I had used this bodice before when making my sewing dare dress and I knew that it fit well so I decided to use it again rather than having to fit the bodice from the New Look pattern.  Also, the new look bodice has princess seams and I didn’t feel like trying to match the lace on those seams.  As the skirt was partially gathered it was really easy to match it up to the alternate bodice.  I also lengthened the skirt pattern a little bit.


red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

The dress is lined in a red cotton poplin.  After cutting all the pattern pieces I hand basted the lining and lace together and worked through construction as if they were one piece of fabric.  I took a lot of time on this one to make sure the insides were just as neat as the outside.  I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out!  I used bias binding the hem the lining and for the neckline.  The perfect finishing touch was the hand picked zipper which I finished sewing in at 9pm Friday night.  I am so happy with how this dress turned out and that I managed to get it finished in time.  For my first time working with lace I think I did pretty well!

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One thing I really wanted to do this year with my blogging is get more involved in the blogging community.  This included not only commenting more and getting involved with the community on twitter but also taking part in more sewalongs and competitions.  So far this year I have taken part in the Sew For Victory sew-along and undertaken a sewing dare.  I also decided to give the Tessuti Gridlock Competition a go.


tessuti gridlock competition dress vintage vogue 8812

tessuti gridlock competition dress vintage vogue 8812

As soon as I saw this fabric I thought it would make an awesome summer dress.  I had a peek through my stash and decided on Vintage Vogue 8812.  In hindsight, this probably wasn’t the best project for the fabric as it is quite thick so the gathers look quite bulky.  But once I had made my decision I couldn’t envisage it being anything else.  I thought the contrast of the white bolero would look nice for summer and whipped it up in some cotton drill from my stash.


tessuti gridlock competition dress vintage vogue 8812

tessuti gridlock competition dress vintage vogue 8812

This competition was a great learning curve for me.  I had a lot of fun taking part and I think now that I have done it once I will be more likely to take part in other online competitions in the future.  What I would change next time though is to use a pattern I had worked with before.  This way I would be able to focus on getting the details of the garment perfect rather than trying to figure out a new pattern.  I would also try not to get too set on an idea until I had a chance to see the fabric in real life.  Above all though I think you just need to remember to have fun with it.  Because at the end of the day if you don’t win at least you have a brand new outfit and you had fun making it too!  I am having a lot of fun this year with my sewing and I can’t wait to take part in more sewalongs and competitions.

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I am so excited to finally be able to share my Sew For Victory outfit with you all.  I finished this outfit at the start of last week but every time Corey was home to take pictures for me the rain would come back.  But finally here we are.


1940s pinafore skirt blouse

1940s pinafore skirt blouse

When this sew-a-long first popped up I jumped straight on the bandwagon.  I am trying participate in a bit more around the blogosphere this year and I thought this was the perfect place to start.  I already had a 1940′s reproduction pattern (simplicity 3688) in my stash that I knew I could use and after seeing Tasha’s pinafore skirt I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  I did a little google search for some inspiration and came across this pinafore skirt by NudeeDudee which I used as my starting point.  Instead of a pastel I decided to go with a forest green cavalier garbadine that I picked up from Spotlight.  The straps are not actually functional.  The buttons are just sewn on top for decoration.


1940s pinafore skirt blouse

1940s pinafore skirt blouse

Originally I was just going to take photos of this skirt with a blouse I have in my wardrobe.  However, it isn’t 1940′s at all and I thought to myself if I was going to join in a sew-a-long I needed to do it properly.  So I went on a search for a blouse pattern to make and came across this wrap blouse by Mrs Depew’s Vintage.  I didn’t want to buy anymore fabric so grabbed this cream & yellow spotted seersucker from my stash.  The only alteration I made to this pattern was to make a pleat in the sleeves instead of gathering them.


1940s pinafore skirt blouse

1940s pinafore skirt blouse

And this is how the blouse looks without the skirt.  It is a wrap blouse so for the skirt I just pinned the wrap pieces across to the sides.  I really like this blouse, however, if I was to make it again I think I would need to try and lower the v seam in the front so it actually sits below my bust.  I am so glad I decided to take part in this sew-a-long.  It was so much fun!  I have another sew-a-long planned for this year and hopefully I will get to take part in many more.  A massive thank you to Rochelle for organising this sew-a-long.  I have had a lot of fun!

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I am so freaking excited to finally be able to share this outfit with you guys.  I got the idea for this outfit a few days before Christmas.  I bought the watermelon fabric from Spotlight a while ago and was always planning to turn it into a skirt but when I was going through my pattern stash before Christmas I decided to do something more.  This project is not, as you might assume, a skirt a top.  No my friends!  It is a skirt……………..and a jumpsuit!!!

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Oh yeah! Isn’t that the most awesome thing ever.  When I was going through my pattern stash before Christmas I came across this pattern and I realised that this watermelon fabric had to be paired with a green jumpsuit.  I was so excited to make it that I made Corey take me to Spotlight straight away so I could grab the green linen.  I cut into it as soon as I got home and started sewing.  Obviously, the sewing got put aside for Christmas day and while we went to Melbourne.  But as soon as I got home I picked it up again.  I finally got around to finishing it all last week and had planned to get Corey to take photos on the weekend.  But as I am sure you would have seen on the news we were hit by an horrendous amount of rain and gloom so I couldn’t get any till this afternoon.


50s watermelon circle skirt

50s watermelon circle skirt

This watermelon print is just too much fun!  It might possibly be a little too kiddish but I love it anyway.  And so what if I am a grown woman wearing a bright pink watermelon print skirt.  I love it!  I used green buttons for a bit of contrast.  I love the green/pink combo.  I actually saw a really cool crochet blanket in green & pink the other day that I want to recreate.  But that is getting a bit off topic.  I also used the leftover green linen to make the pockets for another pop of colour.

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The jumpsuit is just as cute by itself as it is with the skirt.  I actually think I will get more wear out of this by itself rather than with the skirt.  It is just so summery and fun and I can’t go past a good jumpsuit.  Plus I don’t really love how it gets all bunchy at the top when paired with the skirt.  But that is the only downside to this outfit.  Everything else I love so I can deal with that!

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