Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wool wrap

Just in time for summer! There was a cold snap in Sydney this week, and I found myself hankering for a new jacket. Bit bored with the old ones.
Moggy kindly gave me a copy of out-of-print McCalls 4600 earlier this year, after I admired the asymmetrical jacket she made and took to Japan.

I used a light double knit wool from The Remnant Warehouse, and made the small.

Of course, I read the reviews on Pattern Review after I'd finished it, so I didn't know it's too big through the shoulders and upper body for most people. It's a little too big, but it's comfy.

I used a twin needle for the first time for this project, and I've gotta say, I'm sold! I like the look of the double stitching for the hems, rather than having zig-zaggy top stitching.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I made this after work one evening last week. I have plenty of sundresses, but I have worn them all multiple times, so I need some fresh ones.

This is made from some poplin I picked up at Spotlight, bought on impulse when I went there to get a zip for another project. I used this pattern again for the bodice, and added a four gore skirt for a casual look.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I was chatting with my friend S late last week, and she described a frock she had tried on in a boutique, which had a neck flounce. I was inspired to try a dress with a flounce, and this is what I came up with. I used McCalls 8223 for the bodice and attached a different, slightly A-line skirt because bengaline + waist gathers = tragedy.
I winged it on the flounce. I cut out a circle with a little triangular bite on the top, and pleated it until it folded how I wanted it to.

The fabric is bengaline, which didn't make for the flounciest of flounces (not helped by making a facing out of the same fabric and having to tack the flounce down to the front bodice so it didn't drag the neckline down) but I like it just the same.

I think I'll make a black one out of a light knit, for extra flounciness.