April 30, 2013

Knit: Red Dishcloth

Project Details
Pattern: Dishcloth Duo (dishcloth only)
Yarn: Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in bright red from Yarn & Co
Needles: 3mm aluminium needles
Alterations: Kept increasing the stitches in each row until the dishcloth bias was the length of my needles (approximately 28cm)

The perfect project for practising my knitting. And now I have a dishcloth!

L x
April 28, 2013

Sew: Silk Geometric Laurel Dress

Meet my new Laurel dress. We're not exactly best friends but we'll get along just fine. But we'll never be besties.

This fabric was originally purchased for a Sencha blouse but I kept thinking about a dress. When the Laurel pattern was released I thought it would be a perfect match. Busy print with a simple style. As soon as I started sewing, I knew it wasn't going to be perfect. The fabric is too fluid for this style. It's not that bad and I still like the dress as a whole. I chose to line the dress rather than underline. 
Project Details
Pattern: Colette Patterns Laurel Dress, size 14
Fabric: Silk Geometric Print from The Fabric Store, red goldliner lining from Clegs
Alterations: 4cm sway back adjustment, removed 3cm total from back neckline, 5cm hem

Perfect for a few Sunday afternoon drinks with a lovely lady!

L x

April 26, 2013

Knit: Charcoal GAP-tastic Cowl

I finished my charcoal GAP-tastic cowl when I had the dreaded lurgy and spent the best part of two weeks on the couch with a blanket and my knitting. It was so therapeutic. So much so, that I immediately cast on another. This time in a mustard wool blend.

Project Details
Pattern: GAP-Tastic Cowl
Yarn: Morris Norway 14ply wool in charcoal from Morris & Sons
Needles: 7mm Knit Pro Nova Metal Interchangeable Knitting Needle Tips & 100cm Knit Pro Options Cables
Alterations: Casted on 191 stitches instead of recommended 131 due to smaller yarn and needles (basically I kept casting on until the cable was almost full)

I think this cowl is going to get a LOT of wear this cold Melbourne winter!!

L x
April 24, 2013

Travel: Mornington Peninsula

We had the in-laws visiting last weekend. Instead of sitting around Melbourne all weekend we decided to get out of town and visit the Mornington Peninsula. A quick look on Stayz and I found a house to rent that would sleep all six of us and had plenty of room to keep the boys happy. It was fabulous!

We visited the strawberry farm for fresh scones with jam and cream plus a much need caffeine boost. Unfortunately, it was the last day of the picking season so we didn't get to do the U-pick option. I did manage to buy some jam strawberries. 4kg for $20!! I now have 3 huge jars of homemade strawberry jam.

Besides our strawberry fix, we went to a few wineries and had lunch at Montalto. Which, by the way, is perfect for lunch if you have little ones. You can sit there sipping your wine in the sunshine, surrounded by the vegie patch, while the kids run riot of the huge patch of lawn. Just be sure to get in early!

We also went to Cape Schanck, Portsea and Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. The maze was amazing and was surrounded by fabulous gardens. Unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of time there, so I hope to get back there soon. I also want to try the Peninsula Hot Springs next time. An excuse to go back for a family weekend!

Travel Details
Destination: Mornington Peninsula
Accommodation: Alfresco House at Blairgowrie
Places to visit:

Overall, a fabulous place to visit that I really hope to get back to soon. It was also a great place to visit with kids. Most wine and gourmet regions are not that kid-friendly but Mornington Peninsula was fabulous.

Before we hot-footed it down the freeway, I took my in-laws on a bit of a fabric and yarn shopping adventure. This involved my MIL and I leaving my FIL in the car with the kids while we had a "quick" look in Rathdowne, The Fabric Store and the new yarn shop on Smith Street, Yarn & Co. It was a fabulous afternoon. I managed to grab some fuschia pink wool for my Anise jacket and a few jerseys for t-shirts. I even subjected the in-laws to the Mr Burger truck for lunch! The. Best. Burger. Ever.

L x

PS. I just noticed on the Yarn & Co website that they do high tea!!
April 14, 2013

Sew: Vogue 8787 for SewcieTea


Today I spent the afternoon sipping champagne, drinking coffee and eating lots of yummy things. It was SewcieTea!! And it was fabulous. Thanks the Melanie, aka Seamstress Poppykettle, for organising.

I had planned to purchase a new pair of nude pumps to complete this outfit but considering I am supposed to be wearing sneakers due to my broken foot, ballet flats was a good compromise. 

I did manage to finish my dress. With 2 whole days spare! I made Vogue 8787 again in a wool blend floral print I picked up at the August Sewing Meet Up at Tessuti. I made the cowl version this time with the capped sleeves again. The first version of this dress was not a success. The black ponti knit was too thick for the style and I made it too big. I went down a size in the bodice but kept the same size in the skirt and waistband.  Love the dress but do NOT like the sleeves. I cannot move my arms in this dress and had to drive to SewcieTea with my dress fully unzipped.

I will make this pattern again, without the sleeves, in a red wool crepe from the Alannah Hill outlet. I love the cowl neck and classic style of the dress.
I took a few photos of the dress on Florence as I really gain a lot from studying photos of dresses on the internet. Amanda's Adventures in Dressmaking in particular is a great resource. 


Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 8787, view D, size 16-18
Fabric: Wool blend floral remnant from Tessuti Melbourne & goldliner lining from Clegs
Alterations: Size 16 bodice graded to a size 18 waistband and skirt in addition to a swayback adjustment (2cm above and below the waistband)

I couldn't find the right shade of green for the lining and had to settle for an olive green instead of a bottle green. A minor detail, but it drives me nuts!

I didn't follow the instructions for finishing the armholes. The instructions have you stay stitch the armholes, then clip and turn in before hand stitching. I find this method tedious and not very durable. I opted to finish the armholes with bias binding instead.

The fabric is lovely and not something I would normally wear so I thought it would be a good occasion to use it. A high tea surrounded by lovely people who talk in pattern numbers was the perfect occasion!

A few happy snaps from SewcieTea.

My friend Siobhan & I
Lara (Thornberry), Anna (Blogless Anna), Rachel (Boo Dogg & Me) & I
The gorgeous spread at The Gables
Thanks again to Melanie for organising. I had a fabulous time and hope we can do it again soon.

L x
April 12, 2013

MMM: Me-Made-May 2013

It's almost May so it must be almost Me-Made-May time again. I had a fabulous time last year, so I've signed up again.

Here we go,

'I, Leith of Sew Brunswick, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear only handmade garments (except cardigans, jeans & undergarments) for the duration of May 2013 and document it here at Sew Brunswick.'

I've decided to up the ante this year and wear only handmade garments with the exception of underwear, cardigans and jeans. There are a few reasons for this. First, I love my wool cardigans and will freeze if I can't wear them. Second, I don't wear jeans a lot so I'm not about to start sewing them. And thirdly, I thoroughly enjoyed last year's challenge where I pledged to wear one handmade garment every day. This, combined with the fact I sewed 91 garments last year means I really need to up the ante and wear my lovingly handmade garments all the time.

Who else is in? 

L x
April 11, 2013

Table: Vogue 8787

I'm slowly working on my dress for SewcieTea. Slowly being the operative word. I've come down with a nasty chesty thing and have spent the last 7 days on the couch. I get up and do one bit and then go back to the couch. The end is in sight though so I will be there in my new frock! I'll even bypass the prescribed sneakers and go wild with a pair of ballet flats...

April 08, 2013

Sew: Vogue 7837 Liberty Pyjama Pants


Another pair of Liberty pj pants. I wanted to share this fabulous print, Reuben Nouveau in shocking pink. Excuse the wrinkles, I couldn't resist wearing them.

Project Details
Vogue 7837, view E, size L
Fabric: Reuben Nouveau Liberty fabric in shocking pink from Shaukat
Notions: Red cotton drill tape & 1cm wide non-roll elastic from Clegs

April 03, 2013

Sew: Vogue 7837 Liberty Pyjama Pants

 After the epic Gridlock dressmaking adventure, I was hankering for a simple project. I was also in desperate need for some new pyjama bottoms. Enter Liberty fabric and a classic Vogue sewing pattern!

Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 7837, view E, size L
Fabric: Abbey Pool Liberty fabric in orange & green from Shaukat
Notions: Yellow cotton drill tape & 1cm wide non-roll elastic from Clegs

These were so quick and easy. I have another pair waiting for elastic. Then it is on to my SewcieTea Dress...

L x
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