BurdaStyle Smocked Dress

Pattern: BurdaStyle Smocked Back Dress
Description: This heavenly corset style dress is lovely and versatile with a front snap placket, hip pockets, and a fitted smocked back bodice. It is easy to make with sewing instructions that have step-by-step images so even if this is your first sewing project you’ll be able to follow along!
Fabric used: Blue lightweight denim and Black Cotton Sateen

This BurdaStyle pattern is just soooo cute! It said easy in the description and it certainly was. I managed to knock this dress out while I was watching an episode of Outlander! (Minus the hand sewing and fabric covered buttons)

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Vogue 1449 Dress

Pattern: Vogue Dress 1449
Description:
Lined, sleeveless dress (close-fitting through bust and fitted through hips) has neck band, jewel neckline, seam detail, drop-waist, pleated flounce, bias armhole band and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Cotton Sateen from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco

As soon as I saw this Vogue pattern I knew I wanted to make it because of all of the amazing drop waist patterns out there. One of my absolute favourite drop waist versions is House of Pinheiro’s Saiph Tunic.

So this pattern itself was really easy to make and didn’t have too many pattern pieces like Vogue normally does. For sizing I ended up cutting a 10 but I had to take it in about two sizes. So I would suggest doing a muslin first because you’ll probably find it to be quite a large fit. Especially with this stretch cotton sateen.

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Charity Sewing – Laundry Bag

Echidna Sewing January Project

If you’re interested in a sewalong head over to the Echidna Sewing blog, where they will be featuring a new Charity project each month. This month’s sewalong is dedicated to Aussie Heroes – A blog encouraging people to make quilts and laundry bags for Aussie service men and women currently serving overseas, and to express our gratitude for their service.

The project is to sew a laundry bag themed for men, since that’s what they are currently needing. So, I had a look on Pinterest (as you do) and came up with this design below. It’s almost designed to look like a punching bag!

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50’s Pop Art Costume

Each year we do a dress up party for our work Christmas party and it’s fitting because it’s a sewing and embroidery company. Some people opt to make their own costumes, while others order their outfits online. This year when browsing through ideas I saw the 50’s Pop Art theme and since I’ve always being a huge fan or Roy Lichtenstein I was keen to make my own dress.

This was mostly a mash up between my previous Lekala Dress top and also the Butterick 5949 skirt. I also just added to two yellow panels to break up the red and blue dots.

img_8037Here is a photo of me and my co-worker Michelle who also made her own 50s dress from New Look pattern 6824.

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Craftsy Senna Tote Bag

If you’re looking for a great bag to take to the beach with you this summer, I would highly recommend the Craftsy Senna Tote Bag! I made a test bag using some material I had in my stash but then ended up loving it. However, I still plan on making a new one so I have a a couple of bags to choose from.

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My Beach Senna Tote Bag

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This size of this bag is perfect to fit your towel, wallet, phone, sunscreen and even your spare clothes! I was also considering going to Cotton On and getting one of those cushion beach pillows.

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