18 August, 2014

Beautiful Finds - Etsy Eyecandy

Vintage Justin Roper Boots Ankle Kilties Burgundy Red Mens Size 8 B Womens Size 9.5  From Nowvintage on Etsy

Vintage Justin Roper ankle boots from NowVintage - Oregon, United States. I love the deep burgundy colour!

Ombre jewelry - Ancient Forest green necklace - Natural history jewelry (N079)

Beautiful ombre resin necklace in forest green. Handmade by Beauty Spot, Ukraine.

20 Caramel Jersey - Czech Glass Piggy Beads

Gorgeous Czech glass beads in caramel, from Zoe & Bruno. Victoria, Australia. Seriously check out this store - I have never seen beads look so delicious!

bubinga  wood purple coral hair pin shawl pin

Hand-carved wooden hair/shawl pin by The Ancient Muse, Turkey. I just discovered this store, and if you're looking for interesting things to do with your hair, it's amazing!

Happy Monday everyone!

Apologies for being MIA of late - on top of uni work and knitting new orders I've been doing a little bit of event management. Can't wait to fill you in on the details :D

I'll have plenty to post about once the fun part begins - preparing decorations!

03 August, 2014

A Striped Knit Dress - With Sparkles!

I bought this organic cotton jersey a few months back, after seeing this knit dress from Madewell (no longer available). I have been loving the combination of horizontal and vertical stripes for a while now, and there's nothing better than a looming essay on rhetorical criticism to motivate me to sew!

Warning: Despite my sad hair day, this is a pretty picture-heavy post. This dress is that awesome!

If you have been reading this blog a little while, you might recognise the bodice from my blue striped top. The unexpectedly trusty Simplicity 9427 was a pretty perfect candidate for this dress style.

I cut the size XS, stopping at the waist-line, plus taking a slice out of the center back and a decent amount from the side seams to account for stretch. As happy as I am with the result, I sort of wish I had stayed true to my inspiration and straightened the front side seams. 
Next time I guess!

All seams and top-stitching were done using a ballpoint needle and zig-zag stitch on my regular machine. I used a strip of elastic to gather the skirt pieces before attaching them to the bodice. This means that the waist seam is extra flexible when pulling the dress on and off. PJ level comfort!

The jersey is pretty lightweight, so it's going to be awesome in Summer. For now, though, it goes nicely with tights and a cardigan!

Because the fabric is so thin, I decided to line the bodice for a bit more structure and opacity. The back panel is lined with self-fabric, and was literally the only stripe-matching required for this dress! I lined the front pieces using a soft and slightly thicker cream knit from my scrap pile. 

The greatest thing about this jersey is near invisible in the above photos, so here are some gratuitous close ups. Gold sparkles!

If you want to get your hands on some of this gold striped organic cotton jersey, it's still available via The Remnant Warehouse (AU & NZ). I'm hoping to scrounge a casual top out of my leftovers!

Lining a knit garment is not something I have done before, but with careful pinning it was pretty straightforward. The result is beautiful. I love the clean neckline and the way it makes the whole dress feel more secure. I'm positive that it will last longer too. 

Have you ever lined a knit garment (the Moneta dress, perhaps)? I'd love to hear what you think!

Happy Sunday!

01 August, 2014

Beautiful Finds - Etsy Eyecandy

Botanical Button Collection - Mossy Leaf Green Light Pink and Lavender OOAK - Ready to Ship
Botanical themed ceramic buttons by Back Bay Pottery - CA, United States.
Have you ever seen buttons so gorgeous?! If anyone happens to buy a set, pretty please show me what you do with them!

Wooden coaster - Oak wood - Wood slice coaster - Rustic coaster

These beautiful oak wood coasters would be so perfect on a painted coffee table. Handmade by Les Domoy - Moscow, Russia.


I just love the mint and gold combination of this multi-strand leather bracelet. Handmade by Aimee Glucina - Auckland, New Zealand.

Manatee - 5 x 7 print

I just recently stumbled across the wonderful prints by Sam Georgieff of Poor Dog Farm, United States. His store is filled to the brim with beautiful ink and watercolour artworks - many featuring adorable animals wearing hats, like this "dapper manatee"!

Hope everyone has been having a lovely week :)
I'm looking forward to some sunny weather over the weekend - there is a new dress longing to be photographed!

21 July, 2014

Monday Motivation - Dreaming of Summer

Instead of moping about the cold, I have taken to looking through old Instagram photos from Summers on the coast, and dreaming of how warm my toes will be in just a few more months.
Before Winter ends, however, I'm determined to venture out into the frost with my camera. By Christmas I might need something cool to stare at, after all.

How do you stay motivated when your sewing space becomes an ice-box? Maybe I just really need to move house :P

Happy Monday!