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The Queen of Hearts

Far out, where has the summer gone?? I had the best intentions of making and blogging heaps over summer, goals which I half-achieved: plenty of making, not so much blogging! I guess after exams were all finally over, I felt much more like getting away from my desk and being creative than I wanted to just sit and write about it. Then Christmas, always a crazy time of year – then I was off jet-setting on an international adventure! I spent most of January in Canada, travelling solo, and was lucky enough to finally meet the amazing Erin in person and spend a whole weekend sightseeing and talking bras with her! I realised at the time that it had been almost six months since I’d made a bra for myself, but learning some alteration and drafting techniques from Erin (who is an amazing teacher by the way – if you’re lucky enough to live on the same continent as her, definitely go and check out her amazing studio!) definitely got me inspired and ready to make myself some new lingerie.

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White halter top paired with polka dot circle skirt and red belt

A Style of One’s Own

Hi there friends! I was a little horrified when I saw that my last post had been in October – where on earth has the time gone?? That seems to have been a theme for me for sure this year; life is pretty great right now but continually getting busier in a trend that doesn’t seem like letting up any time soon! But for now, I’ve managed to come through the end of year uni/exam vortex and finally enjoying my hard-earned break. I’ve been making the most of them so far, and sewing up a storm of projects that I can’t wait to share with you all, but I have something a little different to share with you all today (and it’s not just my hair)!

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This time of year certainly lends itself to reflection, and I’ve certainly been thinking about the past year a lot recently! I’ve also really enjoyed reading Erin’s posts on her personal style search over the last couple of months, and thought I’d share a bit about my own style journey this year! I’m pretty comfortable and confident in my personal style now, and am very settled in my retro and vintage ways – but that doesn’t mean that my style is no longer evolving! There are always new preferences to discover,  and so many new styles and ideas to try, that I doubt anyone ever really finishes perfecting their personal style. I know for myself, I’ve recently become more adventurous with doing my hair in pin-up styles (and even temporarily dyed it pink!), and choosing to dress in a more overtly retro style on a day to day basis.

Dressing vintage style on the daily can be very daunting to even the most passionate lover of retro designs; so I often I see in blog comments, forums and Facebook groups people repeating their fears of looking “too dressed up”, “costume-y” or standing too far out from the crowd. So what I thought I’d write about today is some tips for dressing retro in a more casual, easy-to-wear way – given that this is something I feel I have only started to get the hang of more recently, I hope it will coax some more vintage devotees to embrace their preferred style on a daily basis!

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Tartan Nettie Dress

What’s better than Secret Pyjamas?

…a Secret BLANKET, of course! If you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to enlighten you at once – the secret pyjamas movement trend promotes the wearing of clothes that LOOK like normal clothes – but are secretly like wearing pyjamas! I know Heather of Closet Case Files is a big supporter of this trend, so I’m sure she’d approve of my efforts to take this noble ideal another step forwards – to secret wearable blankets!! Using one of her fabulous patterns, no less – I proudly present my new Nettie secret blanket dress!

Tartan Nettie Dress

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Boundless Style: Review

A change is as good as a rest, apparently – so a little change of pace here on the blog with a book review! I think from my numerous makes from Gertie’s books over the last couple of years how much I enjoy a good sewing and pattern book; provided you like at least a few of the patterns, they can be tremendously good value – I have definitely gotten more than my money’s worth out of my Gertie book so far (to be fair, I did receive them as presents from my parents. But I’ve still gotten a lot of value out of them)! I also really appreciate having a beautiful hard-cover, bound, colour set of instructions to work from, let alone the usually helpful and comprehensive reference they usually provide. So I was pretty thrilled when I expanded my collection late last year, when I won Pattern Review’s giveaway to win a copy of Boundless Style!

Spring Blossom Shirt

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Turtledove Dress

Knits Sew Easy!

I’m no stranger to stretch fabrics – they’re very much a staple of lingerie sewing fabric! But up till recently, I’d never really used them for garment sewing. The main reason for this was my lack of overlocker – although you can definitely sew stretch garments on a regular sewing machine, I didn’t seem like the cleanest way of doing things and that was enough to put me off. But once I got my overlocker? Well, let’s say there’s been a dramatic increase in the amount of stretch clothing I’ve made 😉

Cosy Knit Pencil Skirt

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My sewing space

A Bounty of Gifts

Soooo it’s been almost six months since my birthday at this point – and I still haven’t gotten around to showing off some of the amazing sewing-related gifts I was lucky enough to receive! You’ve all already heard about one or two of them – the gorgeous fabric my sister gave to me, and the overlocker from my grandmother and aunties, but there are still some great ones to share! Also, I’d love to give you all a look at my new sewing space, now that it’s just about finished – so here it is!

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Aurora Ball Gown

Once Upon a Dream

Yes, it surely is that time of year again – ball time (I know, already??)! My annual uni ball is always a highlight of my social calendar every year, as not only an amazingly fun night with all my friends, but also the perfect excuse to really frock up and indulge my taste for sewing desperately decadent gowns. Without further ado, this year’s beauty!

Aurora Ball Gown

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Work Clothes for the Vintage Soul

Well, I said I got on a sewing roll during the holidays, and I wasn’t kidding! My main goal for holiday sewing was to focus on separates: as much as I love sewing AND wearing dresses, they’re just never going to be as versatile as shirts, skirts and pants. And given I had some beautiful cotton I’d bought at the start of the year just begging to be sewn up, and patterns already in mind, there was nothing to do but get sewing!

First up were two patterns I’d worked with before – Butterick 6133, and the pencil skirt from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.This time, I had a beautiful white textured cotton from The Cloth Shop for my shirt, and another fantastic piece of vintage wool from my great-aunt for the skirt. And I’m pretty damn pleased with how they turned out!

Snow White Shirt & Gray-Lead Skirt

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Blush Silk Slip

A Slip In Time

I’m back! The whole month of June seemed to slip by so incredibly fast – between my exams, a house move and my three weeks of incredibly jam-packed holidays, July arrived before I even realised it’d been well over a moth since I’ve managed to post! Not that I’d let myself feel bad about it; things have been incredibly hectic lately, and we all know that life just happens sometimes and you have to let some things slide – but still, I never want to just fade away from existence in the sewing blogging community, I love this corner of the internet far too much 🙂 But however busy the last few weeks have been for me, they have still been very productive for sewing! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have seen a little preview of my sewing area – I can’t wait to share it with you properly (once I’ve tidied it up a bit more and taken some proper photos 😉 ). But the absolutely lovely new space I have to sew in has been extremely inspiring, and I’ve finally gotten through a bunch of projects that have been sitting in my queue for months! And first up, I’ll be sharing projects made in my favourite fabric of all – remnants!

I ask you kindly and humbly to please bow down to me as your remnant queen, because what I’m about to share with you is, I think, deserving of the title. Two metres of amaaaaaazingly lush silk from Rathdowne Fabrics for $15 – and what better use for it than some incredibly luxurious underwear??

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