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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Birthday Bombshell Dress

Dancing Queen

It’s absolutely crazy how fast time is flying by these days! It feels like only a couple of weeks ago I was starting placement and now I’m almost finished my first semester – it’s been a very busy year so far and at times exhausting, but on the whole, I’m definitely enjoying it:) On top of that, I’m also continuing my French studies, planning an overseas trip, and helping prepare for our up-coming house move (seriously cannot wait to set up my new sewing space!). On top of THAT, I just recently celebrated my 21st birthday! It was a pretty fabulous affair, a big party with both friends and family (and I have quite a lot of both!). I don’t think anyone who knows me was surprised to find: 1) there was a theme, 2) the theme was ‘Decades of Style’, and required everyone to dress up in classy vintage garb and 3)  obviously, OBVIOUSLY I had made my outfit for the occasion! I’ve been posting little teasers of my progress on Instagram for a while, so without any further ado – my 1950s birthday bombshell dress (ft. incredible Singer birthday cake, courtesy of my incredibly talented grandmother)!

Birthday Bombshell Dress

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Back to Black Watson Bikini

Back to Black

It feels so good to be posting again! I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last post, and I’ve missed it so much – yet another reason to look forward to my mid-year break. Still, though I’ve been quiet I have been getting in some sewing, and I’m so glad to be able to share it with you now – especially given how happy I am with these makes😀

I had noticed a little while ago that there was a bit of a gap in my lingerie wardrobe; I didn’t own a single plain black bra! Which did seem a little ridiculous for someone who has over twenty bras… Also, a few months ago, I became completely smitten with this Playful Promises set, and while I tossed up on buying it, ultimately I couldn’t afford it😦 But its simplicity of design got me thinking – as did the bolt of black stretch satin sitting in my grandmother’s fabric stash. Here are the results of my endeavours!

Back to Black Lingerie Set

For this set, I used my favourite Boylston bra and Watson bikini patterns, as well as a new one, the Ohhh Lulu Greta garter belt pattern. And I am pretty damn pleased with how they all turned out!

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Royal Blouse

Out of the Blue

Well hey! Bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me again so soon! I know I said last week I might be scaling back my posts to fortnightly soon instead of weekly, and that may still happen – but I happened to be finished this project in time, and given it’s only that shirt I’ve been trying to finish for a month, I couldn’t wait to share it! So here’s my first real shirt, Butterick 6133, in royal blue poly cotton:)

Royal Blouse

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Polkadot Dirndl

Spot the Medical Student

This is going to be a short and sweet one today – placement, while brilliant, is taking up a lot of my time right now, which is cutting into the time I have to sew things and to write about them! Still, I’m working on little bits and pieces here and there, and I have some upcoming projects I’m very excited to share with you down the track:) But for today, another placement piece – a darling little dirndl!

Polkadot Dirndl

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White Meringue Pocket Boxer

Fancy a bit of meringue?

So I was sticking quite well to my break-from-lingerie-sewing resolution. I’ve managed to churn out quite a few articles of clothing over the last month or two, and I was quite proud of myself. But then it struck – halfway through working on a new shirt, sew-jo fled. Vanished. I had zero desire to work on this shirt. Turned out I wasn’t turned off all sewing, however – because I whipped up a dirndl skirt using one metre of polka dot poplin from the Lincraft half-price sale (a dangerous, dangerous place) in about two hours. “Oh, I just needed a break from the drudgery of shirt-making,” I thought. “I will definitely finish this shirt now”. Well, the shirt is still sitting about two-thirds finished on my desk. I said I wasn’t allowed to make anything else until it was finished. But then I remembered it was lace month on the Bra-A-Week Challenge…and that this would be my last week to get a submission together…and I had this really, really pretty lace I wanted to use…

I’ll spare you the rest of my justifications – we all know I’d rather make frosting than cake! – here’s my veritable *meringue* of a lingerie set:

White Meringue Lingerie set

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Fast Fashion & Sensible Sewing

A bit of a change of pace today lads (if there are lads? make yourselves known!) and lasses – I’m not sharing a make this week! Not that I don’t have makes to share (believe me, the backlog is real), but I wanted to take this chance to reflect a little bit on clothing and fashion, and what the year holds in store for me:)

I talked a little about discovering my personal style last week, and how mind-blowing (and fun!) that proved to be for me. It also changed the way I shopped and considered clothes a lot. I’ll freely confess that I was something of a fast-fashion addict prior to stumbling across the majestic wonder that is Dior’s New Look. I was constantly buying new clothes, everything from t-shirts to party dresses to shoes, taking home with me any pretty thing that caught my eye. I tried out a lot of different shapes, colours and styles during that time, which certainly wasn’t a bad thing. But after a few wears, I’d tire of them, or decide I didn’t like how they looked on me, and to the back of the cupboard they would go. I also wanted clothes as cheap as I could get them, so many didn’t survive the scant wears they got terribly well either. Sometimes, they didn’t even get worn – I sold a dress at a second-hand market a couple of weeks ago that still had the tags on.


What my wardrobe looked like before the purge…

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