Summer Slippers

When my beloved Peter Alexander slippers hit the dust this summer, I decided to try my hand at making my own. My previous attempts at crafted slippers were not at all successful – I’d crocheted some slippers a few years back, which remain mostly unworn due to the pain of the crocheted fabric cutting into my foot, and the less said about my countless failed sewn slippers the better.

Yellow handknitted mary jane slippers.

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Mysterious phone calls, Stalinist conspiracies, and Burda 7390

If you follow my Instagram, you may already know my penchant for writing letters to the editor. A topic of particular interest to me is climate change. Apparently it is of interest to others, as whenever I have a letter printed regarding climate change, I receive a phone call from a concerned stranger who is determined to correct my beliefs regarding the Great Global Warming Conspiracy.

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a knee-length tent dress in an orange tropical floral print. A black and white cat sits next to her.
I know this is super bright but it’s all we have right now. Also: THOSE PEACHES

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Cats wearing bowties! Now that I’ve got your attention…

When I slowly began to get back into sewing garments after my last relapse, loose-fitting tees were at the top of my list. Luckily, I’d had the Frankie Top and Dress pattern stashed away with fabric to match. The skirt is one I made a while back but only just got around to wearing because I resisted hand-sewing in a hook and eye for months!

A woman stands in a veranda. She wears a white tee with black cat print, and a straight black denim skirt, with gold necklace and shoes.
Because the light is so damn harsh you get glamour shots of our filthy front veranda. There’s that plant, which I guess is kinda classy? Necklace and Diana Ferrari gold flats from the op shop.

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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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Butterick 6528 – Are Pineapples Still Hot Right Now?

A year or so ago, a pineapple craze swept the Instagram sewing community. The tag, #pineapplesaresohotrightnow, accompanied creations made in a pineapple print fabric. Being typically late to the party,* I have only just made a similar pineapple print dress.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence, wearing a pineapple print dress and panama hat.
99% of the photos I took are of me staring in this direction, to avoid the hot northerly blowing dust in my face. Country Road leather loafers, from op shop, hat from KMart.

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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.

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It must be love

You guys – I’ve finally found my perfect match. Every sewist knows the struggle with patterns that aren’t quite drafted for their body type – the restrictive arms, the too-wide neckline, and the dress that looks cute on the envelope, but looks more like a muu-muu on your body. Enter European sewing magazines: well-drafted, stylish, and the perfect fit for my body.

A woman wearing a dirndl
And they have a dirndl issue every year. What’s not to love?

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