Is it finished?

No, not yet.

Shorty is in the midst of a big dress phase, and has few to choose from (relatively speaking; she’s 2, so I’m lucky if an outfit lasts the day without needing to be changed).

So in an effort to Sew All The Things, you know now, 2 days before Christmas, today I almost made her another Crafterhours Racerback dress.

I say almost, because she HAD to wear it before it was hemmed or had the binding attached to the arm holes. Hell, I think one side seam is even unfinished. But she could try it on, and that’s (apparently) the important thing.

It’s the pinkest thing I’ve ever made in my life, and to counter it, the next frock will be black. Bubble wanted a dress with pink lace, so I used it on the back yoke, underlining it with the pink knit. You can get away with a bit less stretch in the fabric on this section, but you do need to be mindful of the neck; it’s a bit of a squeeze getting a toddler noggin through the hole, even if you don’t get all fancy with lace. Which I learnt the first time I made this dress. And promptly forgot.

I have a big pile of $2/m jersey and tshirts to upcycle, but today’s session was aborted prematurely due to my back being irritatingly painful. I wasted a whole lot of time today trying to salvage stupid mistakes, so maybe after a rest tonight I’ll get a few more easy dresses finished tomorrow.

I may also attempt to blog some things, since Sonja has sent all this traffic my way. 😄

Draped T(heatre) Dress

Last night we went to see the MTC production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Which was awesome. The acting, staging and company were all excellent. We rarely make time for date nights, so it was a lovely night out.

In the last 6 months, I’ve reduced my wardrobe by about half. Seriously. I’ve donated half of my clothes. Which feels great, because now I have a cupboard full of things I will wear, plus they actually fit post-Bubble me.

Recently though, I’ve been feeling like I’m wearing the same sweatshop crap over and over, because I don’t want to buy new clothes and, since I am now back at school, have little time and motivation to sew any.

This came to a head at 5:30pm last night when I had the ‘oh my god, it’s the THEATRE, I’ve nothing to wear’ panic. With a 7pm deadline (we had to leave at 7:30, and I wanted to leave some time to shower and cry, should my crazy attempt at a last minute frock fail), I cut out You Sew Girl’s Draped T Dress.

I had traced the pattern ages ago, and decided one pattern piece might just be doable in the available 90 minute time frame.

Never mind the fact I am a total knit novice (you can count my knit FOs on two fingers, and they were both for Bubble), I used a very heavy, drapey viscose/elastane jersey from Darn Cheap Fabrics and had no instructions…

Stand by for Actual Styled And Modeled photos, where the camera is not a phone pointed at a mirror.

In the meantime, this was taken at 5:30pm last night:



I’m still busy working away on my latest Scout, as well as lots of little projects for the Bubble and her friends.

Hell, I’ve even been eyeing off some patterns for the bloke and considering joining a couple of sew-alongs! (Yep, I’m crazy)

I am kind of in shock that anyone has actually read my blog, but it seems like a few people find it vaguely interesting. I’d love to know who you are so I can follow back and see what you’re up to (I use Bloglovin), so please say hi in the comments!

I’m blown away that people from the US and Germany have been visiting, as well as any Australians who aren’t people who actually know me! (I do still appreciate friends reading, though :-))

Hope you’re having a great week doing what you do.