A Series of Unfortunate Events – Burda 7136 & Style Arc Misty Jeans

You know those projects, which for some reason or another, just don’t go quite right. The fabric acts up, the pattern isn’t quite what you’d hoped, or your machine is on the fritz. Both creations I’m sharing today are just a bit…unfortunate.

A woman stands in a garden archway. She wears a cutlery-print button-up shirt and dark skinny jeans.
Leather loafers, Country Road, from the op shop.

My shirt is Burda 7136. I’m enamoured with Burda shirt patterns, and had been wanting to try this particular pattern for a long time. So when I picked up some Isaform cutlery print poplin on the $2/m table at Spotlight, making this pattern was first on my list. First: this fabric. THE FUCK, SPOTLIGHT.

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New post on The Mighty

I had another piece published on The Mighty today: a Christmas wishlist for a chronically ill person. It’s slightly different to what I wished for as a child, writing letters to Santa!

You can read What I Wish For Most This Christmas as Someone With Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis on The Mighty.

 

A glimpse into the past – Women’s Budget Magazines, 1913

Women's Budget Magazine

One of the advantages of having a father who is an antiquarian bookbinder and bookseller is that I get to see a lot of really cool old books. (The other advantages mainly revolve around having ample opportunity to make Black Books references.) Continue reading “A glimpse into the past – Women’s Budget Magazines, 1913”

The Un-Wedding Dress – Burda 03/2016 #106

A woman poses in a garden in a retro floral print shift dress and green flock brogues.

I love checking out Burdastyle.com* for their latest pattern releases, and early this year a dress from their wedding collection caught my eye: Short A-Line Dress 03/2016 #106. As lovely a wedding dress it made, I felt it would also work as a casual, 60s-inspired shift. So I dug out some vintage sheets from my collection and got to work. Continue reading “The Un-Wedding Dress – Burda 03/2016 #106”

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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