Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

OK, so I’m clearly a bit behind on posting my creations – these photos were taken when I still had hair! After the success of my Tessuti Fave Top, I promptly cut out a Mandy Boat Tee. The fabric was one I bought to create a contrast neck binding on my Aeolian Tee, but I liked the colour so much I figured I may as well buy a couple of metres and make a top too.

A woman wears a red swing tee with black pants
Pants are a Country Road $3 op shop score. Shoes from country op shop, necklace from local environmental boutique.

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Tessuti Our Fave Top

Lately, I’ve been all about the tees. Sewing with knits is fun and easy – there’s nothing like an instant gratification project! Most of the projects I’ve been sharing with you are a result of a huge knit fabric order from The Remnant Warehouse, whose fabrics I adore. There are more projects to come and I haven’t even used up all the fabric yet!

A woman stands under a pergola, wearing a draped knit tee, purple pants, and a panama hat.
Worn with purple Style Arc Elle pants, $2 op shop leather flats, and a panama hat from KMart.

Today’s make is the Our Fave Top pattern, available free from Melbourne retailer Tessuti. As I’ve never sewn with their patterns before, I figured a free pattern was the perfect way to dip my toes in. Continue reading “Tessuti Our Fave Top”

Relapses: Fear and Loathing in Chronic Illness

Warning: contains GIFs

Three years ago, I was at the peak of my health with ME/CFS. I was able to drive myself out every day, go for walks, go out for dinner with my friends and even be taken on short trips out of town. I handed out how-to-vote cards at the state election, was volunteering one day a week at my local Lifeline op shop, and was doing so well I was looking at paid work for another day a week.

Two women wearing Greens shirts, posing with a poster of former Victorian State Premier Dennis Napthine.
Chillin’ with Den.

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Aeolian Tee + Style Arc Wallis Pant

This outfit was a near miss – one of those projects that you mess up so frustratingly that you want to chuck in the bin and forget about. Lucky me that I chose to persevere!

A woman poses in a garden, wearing a black and white striped tee and black ponte pants.
Red Walnut flats, $2 from the op shop. Yasssss.

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How shaving my head saved my life

Grace Jones. Sinéad O’Connor. Sigourney Weaver. Miley Cyrus. Lupita Nyong’o. Demi Moore. What do these names bring to mind? Power. Strength. Beauty. And of course, they are all women who have shaved their heads.

Grace Jones at Studio 54.

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New piece published on The Mighty

Just a heads up that The Mighty have published another of my pieces, “Why I Think ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ Needs a Name Change”. It is a summarised form of a section from my Dummies’ Guide to ME/CFS. Of course, the first comment on The Mighty’s post on their Facebook page was a derogatory insult regarding my authorship which delegitimised my experience with this illness. We still have a long ways to go, folks.

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My tacky-tastic Simplicity 2246

A woman poses in an arch, wearing a shirtdress with pineapples on it.

This post was brought to you by my friendly local Vinnie’s. You’ll know by now my love for op shopping, and a few weeks ago I stumbled across some fabric about which I was totally undecided. I love me some crazy prints, but felt this particular fabric might stray from the “so ugly I love it” category to “so ugly I actually hate it”. As it was a mere $2 for 4m, I bought it anyway, and decided it would make economic muslins if anything. I’m glad I did, as this is possibly my most hilarious dress yet.

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