peplum dress hack

The idea for this dress has been floating around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until the perfect fabric presented itself that I was inspired to make it.

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I’ve used the free Peplum Top pattern from Peppermint Magazine before (see here), and I thought it would make a great base for a dress. All I had to do was lengthen the peplum piece to be 80cm long (plus seam and hem allowance).

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The only bit I’m unhappy with is how low the armhole is, I should have raised it about 3 or 4 cm. I’m not too worried about showing my bra though, maybe I just need to make a super fancy bra and wear this dress to show it off!

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I also decided to add some inseam pockets. As you can see here, I had to sew the pocket bag from white cotton, as my fabric ran a bit short. I had enough to add a little facing, so when I slip my hand into my pocket, you can’t see the white cotton.

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The fabric is a beautiful, soft double gauze from Tessuti. I was so drawn to the colour, although this dress would have been really lovely in any of the colours they had in stock (a brick red, saffron yellow, white, silver, and black).

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This was my first time sewing with double gauze, and I found it very different from what I’m used to. The weave is very loose, which meant my neckline and armholes relaxed and stretched out quite a bit. I had to use tear-a-way to get them back into shape, then I bound them with some bias-binding. I also sewed the entire dress using my walking foot.

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I also had some concerns about pressing this fabric. It has a natural wrinkle which is very appealing and I didn’t want to press it out, but I always press my seams as I’m sewing. I decided to only lightly press the binding as I went and leave everything else alone. After a wash, the wrinkles all came back! Yay!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Peplum Top by In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine
  • Style/size: Size D
  • Fabric: Cotton double gauze from Tessuti
  • Notions: Self-made bias binding
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • I made the peplum pieces 80cm long, plus 1cm seam allowance at the top and a 4cm single turn-up hem
    • Added pockets to the skirt side seams
    •  Used bias binding for the neckline and armholes

This dress is very comfortable to wear, I think I’ll need to get my hands on some more double gauze soon!

Mitty x

shelby dress

When I sat down to think about which patterns to include on my Make Nine 2020 list, I knew that I wanted to start wearing more ‘day dresses’. I searched for the perfect style, and I found it in the Shelby dress by True Bias.

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The V neckline; the button-up front; the princess seams; the tie at the back! All these features lean heavily into 90’s fashion styles and I’m totally loving it!

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The skirt has a substantial amount of flare, which, when made in a fabric with a lot of drape, makes for a very swishy event!

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The ties at the back are probably my favourite feature. They can be tied tighter to bring the waist in a little, or tied with a bit of slack, for a looser look.

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I made my dress in a printed rayon from Spotlight, and while I think this is a great match for the pattern, I’d also like to make it in something with a bit more structure, such as linen (hint: coming soon!).

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I adore this dress, I’m so pleased I settled on the Shelby pattern. I’ve already worn it 3 times since I finished it, I love it so much!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Shelby Dress by True Bias
  • Style/size: View A with the smaller cap sleeves, size 8 (I picked this size based off the finished garment measurements)
  • Fabric: Pebble patch printed rayon “Marsala & Black” from Spotlight
  • Notions: 7 metallic look buttons from my stash, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • After making a toile, I lowered the bust point about 3cm

Stay tuned, because I’ll be making another one of these very soon!

Mitty x

sorrento bucket hat

I love bucket hats on kids. The style is so good for protecting their little faces, ears and necks from the sun. My son had outgrown his last bucket hat and was in desperate need of a new one.

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Enter, the Sorrento Bucket Hat. This is a free pattern from Elbe Textiles, and it is exactly what I wanted. Both the hat sides and the brim are nice and deep, so they provide excellent sun protection.

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My little boy is like me, he doesn’t deal well with the heat and humidity. To try and add a bit of ventilation, I made four eyelets in the hat, one on either side of the side seam. I hand-stitched these eyelets, and I think they turned out very neat.

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As I was using a medium weight cotton fabric for this hat, I decided to reinforce the brim by adding some heavyweight interfacing (like the stuff they use in the collars of mens’ shirts). For a personal touch, I embroidered my sons’ name on some ribbon, to act as a name label.

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This hat has already been to the zoo, daycare and the back yard, and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. He really likes it too, I guess I made the right decision by using fabric with cars printed on it!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Sorrento Bucket Hat by Elbe Textiles
  • Style, size: XS
  • Fabric: Medium weight cotton (almost like quilting cotton) from my Mums fabric stash
  • Notions: Heavyweight interfacing, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: Added an eyelet to either side of the side seams to add ventilation

I’m so impressed with this pattern that I think I might make one for myself, although, maybe not in matching fabric..!

Mitty x

scrap pouch

I am forever trying to think of new ways to use the scraps of fabric that come hand in hand with sewing. This little pouch was inspired by some dried rose petals I had bought from the Food Co-Op in Katoomba.

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I used some scraps from my hand-sewn Tokyo jacket, which is a 100% cotton slub in a beautiful dusky rose colour.

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I sewed it by hand because I really wanted to sit on the lounge and binge-watch a bit of YouTube. While sewing, I found that I really liked the way that the ‘inside’ looked, and decided to keep it as the outside. I frayed the side seams and hand-stitched the eyelets for the ribbon.

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Next, I filled it with the dried rose petals. These were labelled “organic”, and have such a delicate perfume and a vibrant colour.

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Finally, I tied the ribbon up and did a little stylized photoshoot. The pouch now sits on my bedside table, and I like to give it a little squeeze to help release the scent before I go to sleep.

This was a very quick project, and I think it’s super adorable!

Mitty x

 

 

wilder gown

Do you ever see a pattern that is blowing up in the Sewing Community and think, “nah, this one isn’t for me”? That was my first thought when I saw the Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company.

It looked too fussy at the neck, too covered at the chest, and so oversized and loose that I couldn’t see how anyone could make it look elegant. It also reminded me of a Victorian nightgown, which is totally a look; I just didn’t know if I could pull it off.

Then, I browsed the hashtag #wildergown, my arm was twisted and I fell in love! See some of my favourite Wilders below:

 

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Now, I’m the first to admit that the fabric I chose really does make this look like a nightgown! It absolutely needs the right accessories to liven it up.

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When making the pattern, you can decide to have the necktie functional (so tied up every time you wear it), or you can leave them open, but you do have to tack the neckline to them, otherwise it just falls open. I enjoy wearing this dress both ways, so if I want to wear the neck open, I just use some small gold safety pins to secure the ties.

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The fabric I used was some printed rayon from Spotlight, and while I love how floaty and summery it is, it does need ironing before every wear… Not a huge task, I know, but it has put me off wearing it a few times.

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I also really love the dress styled with a denim jacket, it certainly makes it look a little more modern.

GARMENT DETAILS

I made this dress back in 2019, it’s taken me a while to get some nice pictures of it, so this doesn’t tick off the Wilder Gown listed in my Make Nine for 2020. I have another printed rayon for that make, and I think I’ll do a few things differently.

Mitty x

make nine 2020

“The Make Nine Challenge is a gentle, self guided challenge for makers”

Rochelle – homerowfiberco

This challenge worked so well for me last year, I decided to give it another go this year. Again, I have tried to plan my projects so I can make them during the year, as the seasons change.

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This list is full of items that I reached for last year, but didn’t have. I’d really like to get into wearing more “day dresses”, so there are a few in my list.

I am also desperate for some comfy track pants. Somehow, I got through last winter with a single pair, a RTW pair, no less! I think I’ll be making at least 4 pairs.

I feel like each of these items will fill the gaps in my wardrobe. I am also planning to use fabrics from my stash for a few of them!

I’m really hoping to complete this list in 2020, I certainly think it is achievable, and I’ll be so happy if I do!

Mitty x

hand sewn tokyo jacket

There are a lot of “firsts” that go along with this project.

  1. It is my first post of 2020
  2. This is my first fully hand sewn item of clothing
  3. I’ve created my first sewing vlog on YouTube about this jacket

A bit about YouTube later, let’s have a look at the jacket.

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In the past, hand sewing and I had a strained relationship. I didn’t have time for it, and it always looked sloppy when I attempted it. However, over the past year, I’ve grown a real appreciation for hand sewing, so I decided to set myself a bit of a challenge.

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I wanted to make an item of clothing that was completely hand sewn, by my hands. After a bit of searching for the right pattern, I decided to make the Tokyo Jacket by Tessuti Patterns. It’s an oversized, unlined jacket, in a slouchy style that I seem to be drawn to lately.

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My fabric is from Spotlight, and it was labelled “Fancy Cotton Slub” in the colour Antique Pink. It was really lovely to work with, and I love how it looks like linen.

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Hand stitching this jacket took just over one week. Each seam was sewn with a backstitch, then the raw edges of the seam allowance were hidden away using a flat-felled seam finish. This makes sure that the inside looks just as neat as the outside.

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As well as adding my own label to the neckline, I slipped this cute one by Kylie and the Machine in at the side seam. The metallic thread used to weave the letters is such a perfect match for the antique pink colour of the fabric.

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I am so very pleased with how this jacket turned out! It feels much more… made than anything else I’ve ever sewn. You can see all of the flat-felled seams; the stitching threads peak through to the outside and I simply love it. Hand stitching this jacket has certainly given me the confidence to take on something a little more involved next time!

If you are interested in watching my process vlog, click here!

GARMENT DETAILS:

Would you try hand sewing an item of clothing? I found it really wasn’t difficult, and I came to enjoy the nights sitting on the lounge with my sewing project in hand.

Mitty x