The Little Dress That Could – Inari Tee Dress for Jungle January

This project shouldn’t have worked.

Despite initially being excited to start the Named Inari Tee Dress for my Jungle January entry, I was convinced throughout cutting and sewing that I had made the wrong decision. The cocoon shape would not flatter my figure and the deliberate style details (unbalanced shoulder seam, raised front hem) were usually tell-tale signs of a poorly-fitted garment on me. But this is the garment that proved me wrong!

A woman stands against a garden fence, wearing a fern print dress, sunglasses and trilby hat.
Look at that glare. Those trees, hat and sunglasses. DOES SHE LIVE IN A JUNGLE?!

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On Guilt

Warning: contains GIFs

Guilt has been my constant companion throughout the course of my illness. It admonishes me for the things I cannot do, and shames me into believing that I am responsible for my own incapacitation. I am not alone in feeling this way. But just why is guilt such a common feeling among the chronically ill? And why do we spoonies so often feel responsible for that which we cannot control?

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2016 Christmas Presents – Part II, Clothing

I’ve already shared the slippers and knitting needle roll I made for friends this Christmas. This post is about the clothing I made for Christmas: dresses and PJs for my friend Beth’s children*, and a shirt for my dad.

Firstly, the little outfit for Beth’s kids. After going way over-the-top for their birthdays, I kept it simple with some classic Christmas pyjamas and a special dress each. Both of these fabrics were op shop finds: the amazing robot fabric I used for the PJs is actually a doona cover, and the fabric for the dresses is Michael Miller’s Children at Play Parade, which I couldn’t believe I saw hanging from the racks at Salvo’s.

Two pairs of children's pyjamas in robot print.

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Regina the Fourth

OK, so I know I promised you more Christmas presents, but I haven’t managed to get adequate photos of them yet. So instead, I wore a wool hat and scarf in 35C+ degree heat to take photos of this project. It’s a hard-knock life, guys.

A woman wears a red cloche and white scarf.
Scarf is Trellis Scarf by Purl Bee, knitted in white Ton of Wool cormo which is unfortunately discontinued. Lipstick is Kate Moss for Rimmel #10, for any other diehard lippie fans.

This hat is my Regina the Fourth, named as such as this is the fourth hat pattern I’ve made from this yarn (not counting all the hats of the same pattern knit and reknit cos I chose the wrong size). It started as a Verity, which was immediately ripped and knit into a Cloche Divine, then Ripley, and now Carina Spencer’s free Regina pattern.

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2016 Christmas Presents – Part I, Accessories

Despite my usual insistence that making Christmas presents is for chumps, somehow this year I managed to make far more presents than I expected. I’ve split them into two posts: this first post features the presents I made for my childhood friends Alyce and Beth. Continue reading “2016 Christmas Presents – Part I, Accessories”

Top 5 of 2016

Every year, Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow hosts a Top 5 of 2016 round-up, whereby members of the online sewing community share their top 5 hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. I haven’t been blogging long enough to do a full post on each category, so today I’ll share one from each.


A woman stands in a garden, wearing a white button up shirt and red skinny pants.

My definite hit for the year are my Style Arc Elle Pants. Made up in cherry red and berry purple bengaline, these pants are comfortable, stylish and easy to wear. They’ve also opened up the rabbit hole that is sewing stretch pants! My only complaint is that they are made from such a lightweight, cool fabric, I can only wear them in the warmer months. Continue reading “Top 5 of 2016”