Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

A woman wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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The Dalek Outfit Reviewed – Burda Emily Shirt & Box Pleated Skirt

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Last time I shared my experience of ordering from Spoonflower with you. TL;DR: don’t do it. Today, I’ll review the patterns I made from my Spoonflower fabric, starting with the Burda Emily Shirt.

A woman wears a button up shirt with Dalek print, skinny blue jeans, and brown boots.

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A Dalek Outfit, and 10 Things I Hate About Spoonflower

Apologies to those who read the title and thought this would be a “listicle” post- I’m not Buzzfeed, nor The Warrnambool Standard*, and I think we can all agree writing lists requires a certain brevity which I do not possess.

This Spoonflower review is a long time coming – almost so long as to make it redundant! (Sorry, guys.) But I figured if I was going to share the garments I made from my Spoonflower purchase, I may as well share some thoughts on the quality of their fabric.

A tweet from Tim Brunero. Tweet reads, Mrs Dr Karl makes all his shirts. Today was the first outing for this number, a dalek/classic Obama poster hybrid. Picture is of two men. Dr Karl on the left wears a shirt with a Dalek print on it. Man on right wears plain tee.

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Tessuti Berlin Jacket

Is anyone else in the Antipodes SUPER excited to see the end of this angry summer? It’s been so hot and humid even in the first month of Autumn, that I leapt at the chance to photograph my Tessuti Berlin Jacket as soon as it cooled down to a bearable temperature.*

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a spotted button up shirt, maroon skinny jeans, brown boots and an oversized brown wool open coat.
Shirt is a Trenery score from the op shop. Burgundy Threadz skinny jeans from a local shop end of season sale. Diana Ferrari boots from Savers. I am SO excited to be able to walk in jeans again, so long as they are very stretchy.

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Ottobre painted canvas top

A woman stands in front of a weatherboard wall. She wears a colourful printed t-shirt, crop jeans, and leather loafers.

I know, another short sleeved top. I’m nothing if not consistent! This top is made from one of my Ottobre back issues, Summer/Spring 2/2016 #2, printed canvas t-shirt. It was drafted for knits, but as Ottobre tees tend to have a generous fit, I chanced sewing it with a stretch woven. The fabric substitution worked better than I anticipated, and now I have another versatile short sleeved top to add to my wardrobe. Continue reading “Ottobre painted canvas top”

Living through fear

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear

Mark Twain

 

Marge: Everybody’s afraid of something.
Homer: [smugly] Not everybody.
Marge: Sock puppets.
Homer: [shrieks in terror] Where? Where?

 

A friend recently remarked on how surprisingly blasé I seemed about the possibility of getting worse. “You could become seriously unwell again – and you don’t seem concerned at all!” The fact is, I am always concerned about the prospect of relapse. The thought that one day I could wake up and be totally paralysed is a permanent backdrop in my mind, and it is utterly terrifying.

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Writing published elsewhere

Recently I was lucky enough to have two pieces of my writing published. The first was for a popular Australian lifestyle website, Mamamia, entitled, “Seven things you probably don’t know about chronic fatigue syndrome.” I was very grateful for the opportunity to share my experience of ME/CFS with a wider audience, and it was well-received within the Aussie ME/CFS community.

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