sydney frocktails outfit – spring 2019

Frocktails! One of the most anticipated events on any sewists’ calendar across the globe! This would be my first time attending Frocktails (along with my Mum!), so I went all out on some really lovely fabric for my outfit.

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Where else does one go for super special fabric, other than Tessuti?! I saw this amazing Italian designer printed 100% viscose pop up on their Instagram and knew I had to have it! The large scale, abstract floral design is stunning. I love that the edges of the lines aren’t solid, they almost look like tie-dye.

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I absolutely love a dressy jumpsuit, but going to the ‘ladies’ can pose a few problems… (who likes sitting on the toilet naked?!) I decided to go for the jumpsuit look, but in separates. I used the Winslow Culottes and the ever faithful Ogden Cami.

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When my fabric arrived in the post, it wasn’t as opaque as I had hoped. I decided to fully line the cami and the culottes with some ivory viscose from The Fabric Store.

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This was simple enough with the cami, I just used the standard front and back pattern pieces and cut them about an inch shorter at the hem. To give the neckline a fighting chance, I used some iron-on interfacing to help stabilise it. I also under stitched by hand, which gave a really lovely result.

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Lining the culottes was another story, and all because I had extended the top of the pocket bag so it could be sewn into the waistband. I wanted the lining to hang directly behind the outer fabric, so there was no chance of seeing the pockets. This meant I had to leave the side seams of the lining open to the bottom of the pocket, so I could slip the pockets through to the very inside.

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This actually worked really well. I anchored the bottom of the pockets and the lining together by using a thread doubled over and loosely tied to form a ring. This gives both layers of fabric enough ease to move around, but the tacking stitch isn’t so tight that it pulls and is visible on the outside.

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I also took the opportunity to have a go at a hand-picked zipper for the first time. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, and I think it looks really lovely!

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As if a matching two-piece outfit wasn’t enough, I also made a pair of polymer clay earrings to wear. I have to thank my Mum, who sanded and polished these to perfection!


  • Pattern brand/name/number:
  • Style, size:
    • Cami: size 12
    • Culottes: size 12, midi length
  • Fabric:
  • Notions: Iron-on interfacing, zipper, hook & eye, thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Brought in the sides of the cami by 1cm (4cm in total)
    • Shortened the cami straps by 5cm
    • Used a full length lining for the cami
    • Culottes were sized the same as my wearable toile
    • Extended the pocket bag of the culottes so they were sewn into the waistband
    • Added lining to the culottes
    • I had to straighten off the hem of the culottes at the inner leg seam, it dropped quite noticeably (outer fabric only)

I also have to send out a huge thank you to Caz from UsefulBox for organising the whole event. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into the night, but it was clearly  appreciated by everyone who attended. I met some online friends in person, and made some new sewing friends too. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Mitty x

yanta overalls

A few weeks ago, while rummaging in my local Salvo’s store, I came across two large, cotton twill curtains. They were very long and had a little sun damaged down the sides. I knew exactly what I was going to make from them.

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I purchased them both for $9 (I know), got them home and did some measuring. Each one was 2.38m long, and 137cm wide. That means I got 4.76m of fabric for about 50c p/m.

I unpicked the curtain tape across the top, double wrapped them in plastic bags, and popped them into the freezer overnight to kill off any bugs, The next day, I washed and dried the fabric, and it was ready to use.

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I had a bit of fun with the stripes by cutting the chest pocket at the same angle as the top edge. I think it adds a bit of interest to the overall look.

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I cut the back pockets straight, and I love the way they disappear into the pattern. If you have made the Yantas before, you might notice that I have cut the back pieces on the wrong grain line… a total “oops” on my part, I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the pattern pieces.

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Another place I strayed from the instructions (totally intentional this time) was to add hardware on the straps. I think the adjustable sliders, strap loops and buttons make this pair of overalls look a little more polished.

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I must admit, I was very nervous to wear this out in public. I don’t think the Yantas themselves, or the stripes, are too far from my normal style, but somehow together… I just wasn’t sure if I’d managed to pull this one off. But I pushed my insecurities to the side and wore them to my sons’ playgroup, where I received lots of compliments and had a lovely sewing conversation with another mum.

These overalls are very comfortable, I know they will get a lot of wear over spring/summer!


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Yanta Overalls by Helen’s Closet
  • Style, size: 3/4 length leg, 10 at bust graded to 14 at hips
  • Fabric: Cotton twill curtains thrifted from the Salvos, white cotton for facing from my stash
  • Notions: 20cm invisible zipper at side, metal hardware from M.Recht Accessories
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • I had to bring the hips and legs in a lot, maybe around 12cm in total
    • I originally cut the crotch at a size 14, and it was just too low and baggy. This wasn’t an easy fix, but cut and pasted extra fabric into the crotch and re-cut it at a size 10. It isn’t the prettiest of fixes, but it made a big difference to the wearability of the finished item
    • Shortened the legs by about 4cm
    • Left off the front leg pockets
    • Extended the straps by about 6cm to add hardware

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The eagle-eyed among you may also recognise this fabric from my last post… May as well use as much of it as possible! I still have some left, maybe I’ll make an apron from it!

Mitty x

closet case patterns – floor pouf

I’m sure that anyone who sews has run into this problem: what do I do with all my scraps of fabric?

For the majority of my sewing life, I was putting them in the bin. I just didn’t know what to do with them. Of course, the bigger bits I kept for future projects, but I couldn’t keep everything. Then I heard that you could recycle your fabric scraps at H&M. So that’s where I would take my bags of scraps until we moved away from the city.

These bags have since been accumulating under my sewing desk, taking up my foot room. Something had to be done. I remembered that the girls from Closet Case Patterns had a free pattern for a big floor pouf that you could not only make from scraps, but also fill with your scraps!

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It’s pretty hard to take a nice picture of a sad, half-filled pouf, but I did my best! While I could have gone for the patchwork vibe, I decided to make the entire thing out of this striped cotton fabric that used to be a curtain.

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I wasn’t overly concerned with pattern matching, some stripes do not line up, but the overall look is pretty good. I also made the piping from the same fabric.

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The zipper on the bottom is such a great idea, initially, I thought it would be worked into the side seam somehow, but this is (obviously) a much better place for it.

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I made the suggested inner bag to hold all the scraps from some mesh that was in my stash. My drawstring is a packing ribbon from Tessuti (which I always save).

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This thing isn’t even half full yet, and it weighs a tonne! I can’t wait to see it all puffed and filled to the brim. The only thing is, once it is full, where do I put my scraps?!

I’ll have to make another pouf! And so the cycle continues!

Mitty x

alter it august 2019

I’ve had this dress for at least 8 years now, maybe more. I was working in a dress shop in my home town when I bought it, and I don’t remember it fitting as badly then as it does now. It may look like it fits, but I promise you, it flattens my boobs to the point that it’s almost painful to wear.

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Yes, adorable, I agree, but I can’t wear it for more than a few minutes at a time. Why do I still have it then? I always thought I could cut it up into something new, but clearly never got around to it. Then I came across the sewing challenge “Alter It August” hosted by SewNorth.

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The challenge is quite simple; look in your wardrobe for something that doesn’t get worn, that you can change/mend/up-cycle into something that you will wear. This dress was the perfect candidate.


Initially I had hoped to get a skirt, a cami and a hair tie out of this dress, but once I started cutting it apart I quickly realised that was not going to happen.


The skirt is very basic, gathered onto a straight waistband, with an invisible zipper at the back. I used the mighty long ties from the original dress and cut them down to be a bit shorter. I sewed these into the waistband side seams so I can tie them together at the front or back of the skirt.


With the last scrappy bits of the ties, I pieced them together and made a headscarf. It isn’t very straight (or neat), but you can’t tell when it’s tied up in my hair. It gives me major Minnie Mouse vibes.


I’m very happy with the end result, and I promise that this skirt will get much more wear than the original dress ever did. What to alter next?!

Mitty x

winslow culottes – a wearable toile

One of my first jobs was working at Baker’s Delight, a classic-style bakery franchise. The uniform included culottes. They were absolutely hideous, I hated wearing them, but I did because it got rather hot behind the counter.

Never (!) did I think I would want to sew, let alone wear, a pair of culottes. Then, Helen from Helen’s Closet released the Winslows.

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These are the floatiest, most stylish culottes I have ever seen or worn. I think the simple inverted box pleats work so well with a fussy print like this.

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Clearly I am having too much fun in these! I honestly couldn’t help but swish around.

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Oh yes, this baby has pockets too! I’m not sure I’ll be putting much in them though, this rayon fabric is very soft and I think anything too heavy would distort the silhouette. However, it is lovely to have them there to slip my hands into.

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These were always intended as a toile for my Frocktails outfit, but I am so pleased with how they turned out that I’m sure they will get a good workout over Spring/Summer.


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet
  • Style, size: Midi length, size 12
  • Fabric: 100% rayon “Night Garden” (that’s been sitting in my stash for about 5 years) from Spotlight
  • Notions: Iron on fusing, invisible zipper, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Ended up taking 4cm out of the waistband (1 cm from the back, and 1/2cm from the side seams, which I created). To fit the pants into the waistband, I took them in by 1/2cm at both side seams, the front seam and the back seam. I could probably just make a straight size 10 next time.
    • 4cm off the hem length.

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These culottes ticked so many boxes for me, I got to use fabric from my stash, I perfected the fit, and I completed another project from my Make Nine 2019 list. Happy days!

Mitty x


stellan tee x 4

Please don’t judge me for the amount of pictures of myself in this post! Hahah!

I love wearing a good T-shirt, the right style can be very flattering and chic. There are so many T-shirt patterns available, but I hadn’t really found ‘THE’ pattern that ticked all my boxes, until now!

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Hello Stellan! This is a free pattern by French Navy and it has proven itself as my go-to, always reliable T-shirt pattern.

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Sarah-May (the pattern designer) describes it as “boxy, but still slim, with a high neckline and long sleeves”. I know it’s just a T-shirt, but every element is perfect and well plotted.

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I love it so much, I made 4 versions in a week! Each has a slightly different finish to the sleeve hem, which I will detail towards the end of this post.

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The hem shape on this pattern is lovely, it’s slightly curved, coming up a bit higher at the hips, but not so much that it is difficult to turn up.

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While it looks great sewn up in a jersey with a bit of structure, I also love how it looks in something with a bit more drape. This maroon version is made from Merino Wool jersey, and it’s just beautiful to wear.

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Yes, I made two white T-shirts! But as you can see, this version is much softer than the first. This jersey is lightweight, perfect for tucking into high waisted jeans.

So what fabrics did I use, and what are the different sleeve hem finishes? Let’s get into that.

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  • Fabric: 100% cotton jersey, “Pillow White” #2299 (no longer available) from The Remnant Warehouse
  • Sleeve finish: Cut and left raw


  • Pattern brand/name/number: The Stellan Tee by French Navy
  • Style, size: Size M
  • Fabric: As listed above
  • Notions: Matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: None to the actual pattern, just the different sleeve finishes

I am so glad that I’ve found ‘THE’ T-shirt pattern, I think it’s just perfect, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have another version cut out ready to sew up!

Thanks if you made it to the end of this post!

Mitty x


ginger jeans #2

I love wearing jeans, and after I had finished my first pair of me-made jeans, I knew I wanted a second.

I had 2 meters of denim left from my first pair, so I decided to bleach it for a lighter colour. I must say, this wasn’t the easiest of tasks. The only way I could tackle it was in our very small bath.

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As you can see, the denim was no where near laying flat. For the first 10 minutes I moved the denim around non-stop. After that, I would swish it and flip it every 15 minutes. I did this for 2 hours (setting a timer so I didn’t miss a flip).

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Before and after the bleach bath

It was a long (and smelly) process, but I am so happy with the result. There are a few small bleach lines and lighter patches, but it is as even as I could possibly get it.

If you want to try bleaching denim, True Bias has a wonderful tutorial which I referenced quite a lot.

With my denim lightened, I got onto making the jeans. Again, I used a hardware kit from Closet Case, but this time I picked the copper colour. My topstitching thread was pink, to match.

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My first pair turned out to be a pretty good fit, but I did make a few changes with this pair. I took the ankles down to a size 10, but I also shaped the leg to hug my knee. I’m not sure if it’s because the denim is softer after the bleach, but I found that there was a lot more room around the knee this time.

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I really love the fit of this pair. I won’t transfer the alteration to my pattern, I think I’ll just have to judge each new pair as I make them.

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I added a little faux leather patch to the waistband which I think looks great! I might go back and add one to my original pair.

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I used the same pocket topstitching design from my first pair, but I added another line. I really like the way it looks.

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  • Pattern brand/name/number: Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns
  • Style, size: High rise version with the skinny leg, size 10 at waist, 14 at hips and 10 at ankles
  • Fabric: Stretch denim from M.Recht which I bleached, cotton lining from stash scraps
  • Notions:
    • Zipper fly hardware kit in Copper from Closet Case Patterns
    • Gütermann topstitch thread, colour 473
    • Gütermann general thread, colour 311
  • Modification/alterations:
    • Shaped the leg to hug my knees
    • Added a faux leather patch to waistband

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The finishing touch was to stitch the make-date on the inside of the fly shield. It’s a cute little detail which makes me smile every time I see it.

Mitty x