I made a thing.

Bubble has a fluorescent yellow trilby. I had some fluorescent yellow crepe type fabric intended for piping on another project, some ancient black crepe that has been in the stash for eons (with substantially less polyester than I assumed, judging from the heat I was able to apply to it), and the remnants of some black-with-coloured-birds poplin (bought from Spotlight for yet another cut but as yet unsewn Scout). A summer top had to happen.

Pattern is Debbie’s Birthday Dress, shortened to a top. Lots of fun, a few new things tried and messed up.

I’ve plans for a couple more variations. Hopefully at some point Bubble will allow me to style her, so I can post some action shots. In the meantime, please use your imagination on this highly boring phone snap.


Updated to add photo of highly reluctant model:


And slightly less reluctant:



Sally in the wild

As promised, Sally in action:

I did say the photos were conditional on Bubble liking the dress, and the first reaction I got when I asked her to put it on was a resounding NO. But we got there eventually.

It’s a lovely, floaty frock for Bubble to frolic about in on a (rare) beautiful Melbourne afternoon. We were at a party for the first birthday of Miss Tilly, and a fantastic time was had, even if it involved dribbly watermelon, black iced chocolate cake and Bubble’s first skinned knee.

20131103-213630.jpgLike Anna, I had a bit of a problem printing the bodice pattern (the fold line didn’t print). At the time I just carried on, but in hindsight, maybe this had something to do with the slightly off-the-shoulder look Bubble was sporting. But she is quite petite, and I’m not convinced I’d be able to get it over her head if the bodice was any narrower. Some of the pattern photos seem to have wider shoulder straps than I ended up with; perhaps user error is the answer?

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Regardless, I’m really pleased how this turned out, and am looking forward to making it again, with sleeves and pockets this time.

I was also quite chuffed that my handiwork was recognised as a handmade Sally ‘in the wild’ by Lightning McStitch. We had a lovely (if brief!) chat about sewing and patterns, and discovered that our respective partners had much the same reaction to our enthusiasm for sewing and blogging.

So lovely to chat, it totally made my weekend!