Last day of OWOP!! Today was beautiful, sunny and 29 degrees so I had to pull out my black linen Renfrew again. No wool today. Paired with an old Butterick 3597 made with a black and white polka dot from Clegs. Perfect for a Gumbo dinner in the sunshine at our local cafe...
Day 5 of OWOP, my week of wearing Renfrew tops. Enter my 4th Renfrew top made up in a black linen knit from Tessuti Fabrics. I wore it with a simple tube skirt made from fabric (also from Tessuti) salvaged from a disastrous maxi dress.
A lovely casual outfit... if I do say so myself!!
Project Details - Top
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew
Fabric: Midnight Black Sake - Linen Knit from Tessuti Fabrics
Project Details - Skirt
Pattern: self drafted
Fabric: Argo #4000 Jersey from Tessuti Fabrics
Day 3! My favourite combo so far. The Renfrew made up in a warm yellow merino knit paired with my new pair of Colette Clovers which I made in a charcoal wool suiting. A lot of people commented on my outfit today. I love the red accessories with the yellow. Happy days!
PS. Excuse the blurry photos, these were taken at 7am with two screaming children running around as we were heading out the door to childcare & work.
Day 2 of One Week One Pattern: I wore my first ever Sewaholic Renfrew made up in a black wool interlock with a pair of denim capris and my Minoru jacket. A day of food shopping at the Queen Vic Markets (with my mum and without kids!!), kid wrangling and a trip to the movies with my better half to see the wonderful The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold.
Pattern: Vogue 8028 View A (with shortened sleeves)
Fabric: Suda Night Check from Tessuti Fabrics
Notions: 9 x 15mm buttons from stash, interfacing (two different weights for collar & facing)
This Vogue Easy pattern was very straightforward to sew. The only difficulty I had was cutting the fabric out. Trying to match the checks as well as the optical illusion this fabric gives caused quite a headache! I was concerned that it was starting to look like a school uniform but with the sash and a good lick of red lipstick this is avoided.
I highly recommend this pattern if you're after a good shirtdress.
Soon I will be turning 30 and we are having a party!! I have taken the plunge and ordered the fabric I have been swooning over for a few weeks. It is called Emerging Spots and is a navy, black & ivory Japanese cotton voile from Tessuti Fabrics.
Once again I am undecided about which pattern to use...
I originally thought the Colette Truffle dress. With a black cropped jacket, black heels and a statement necklace??
What do you think? The fabric will need lining and I will probably go with a navy lining to make it a bit darker and more suited for an evening party (not kid's birthday parties for once!).
Any other pattern suggestions? I have 3.5 meters so enough fabric to play with.
I used to have the pleasure of visiting the lovely ladies at Tessuti Melbourne on an almost weekly basis. Unfortunately (but fortunately for my bank account) my maternity leave finished and I returned to work. So my fabric shopping opportunities have diminished significantly. Enter Tessuti Online Shop!!
Tessuti runs an efficient and pleasurable online shopping experience. Each fabric has a few photos and clear description. Sometimes they include the weight, texture and potential uses for the fabric. I wish this info was included on all fabric as it makes it easier to "visualise" the fabric. In terms of efficiency, I ordered my fabric on Sunday night and it arrived Tuesday. All beautifully packaged in pattern tissue and a Tessuti ribbon.
In summary, I love Tessuti in all it's forms and if I can't get to the shop then the online version is a fantastic backup plan.
Delivery: Express Post via Australia Post (free for orders over $150), extremely efficient, beautifully packaged
Extra Info: Fabric is ordered by the quarter meter, so be aware - for one metre enter quantity of 4, very helpful staff
Last but not least, my purchases! Two knit linens, in black and white, to make the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern. Plus a large piece of Japanese Cotton Voile Emerging Spots to make a dress for my 30th Birthday party (more on this soon!).
This weekend we took an extended long weekend and headed to Inverloch camping. We had 4 days of family time to recharge and spend time with the kids. No mountains of washing to fold, no laptop and no sewing machine... Just me and my boys.
Destination: Inverloch, Gippsland Coast (Check out here and here) 2 hours drive from Melbourne
Accommodation: Inverloch Foreshore Camping
Activities: walking, swimming, fishing, surfing, fish & chips!
I work 3 days a week and my husband travels a lot for his work. So a freezer full of food is a necessity for my sanity. Every second Sunday I cook and stock the freezer and fridge for the weeks ahead. My all time favourite meal that can be prepared and then frozen is Jamie Oliver's Quick Tomato Macaroni Cheese. It is full of tomatoes and basil and is not too cheesy. I know, macaroni cheese is supposed to be cheesy. But I like it this way. And the best thing is, the boys eat it!!
The recipe states that it serves 4 people but I split it into two baking dishes and it does us for two meals and leftovers for lunch. I don't do the 400g of mozarella, opting to just grate some over the top. I freeze one dish and pop the other in the fridge for later that week.
Between sewing for myself, my boys, my husband and our home, I buy a LOT of fabric. I tend to spread myself out across the fabric retailers within the city and inner norther suburbs. So I thought over the next few months I would do reviews of my main fabric and sewing supplies retailers.
Early one morning I dragged my boys down to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy to The Fabric Store. My mum had recently been to their Brisbane store and told me there was heaps of wool suiting and merino knits. I was in search of some fabric for a few Renfrew tops and a black wool crepe for a pair of work Clover pants.
The shop is full of fabric organised predominantly in colours, with some fibre content organisation as well. The service was friendly but not pushy. I did find that they weren't really eager to assist with fabric selection even though I'd asked for some help. I had two kids and a list, so a bit of assistance would have gone down a treat. I also didn't feel like they really sewed a lot.
Besides that, it is a wonderful shop full of ex-designer fabrics, lots of wool knits and linens and a good turnover of stock. You need to be careful when they cut the fabric, as there are often flaws in the fabric. Two of the pieces I bought had holes in the middle but the assistant happily gave me extra fabric to enable me to easily cut around the flaw.
Store: The Fabric Store, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (there are also stores in Sydney, Brisbane & NZ)
I am so very happy about these pants! I read reviews and googled pictures of them for months before finally embarking on making them. I was expecting them to be a lot of trouble but I was pleasantly surprised. I am wearing them with my Tiny Pocket Tank.
Pattern: Colette Patterns Clover Pants
Fabric: Stretch Navy Cotton Drill from Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne
Notions: 10" invisible zip
From my muslin test run, I made a size 18 sizing down to size 16 during the fabric fit. I then straightened the centre front seam and made it more like a right angle (by about 1cm) to remove the bagginess I get in the crotch. I then raised the centre back by 1cm by adding tissue to the paper. When I cut my fashion fabric, it had more stretch so I took in the side seams by another 1cm. I got a lot of bubbling on my hips. You know the bit between your love handles and tops of your things? Where the dint is? So I straightened the hip curve to eliminate this. Worked like a charm!
I used the book Pants for Real People heavily during this make and strongly suggest buying this book if you want to understand fitting process of pants.
There is still a little bit of extra fabric in the crotch area but I think I can live with that. Any suggestions? Next up, a pair in charcoal herringbone wool suiting I picked up at The Fabric Store.
I finished the waistband facing with some lovely navy and white spot binding that I bought in Tokyo last year. Every time I put them on, I think of our lovely holiday. That makes me smile!