Unseasonal sewing : Marrimeko Sophie dress

I had big plans for an autumn Tessuti Sophie dress but mmm I made a spring version. The leaves are starting to turn gorgeous colours here in Canberra, so why not make um a dress for spring?


Marrimeko from the stash

I really wanted another Sophie dress but I was keen to shop my stash, this Marrimeko fabric has been lurking for a while. I got it in Melbourne, the Marrimeko shop had just opened.

Back when I lived in Darwin (and before I became obsessed with sewing) I used to buy clothes from a very talented lady who used heaps of Marrimeko. It was perfect for the Darwin climate, where really anything other than 100% cotton is unwearable.

Now I’m a sewist I still have a hankering for the amazing large-scale Marrimeko designs, though it would be wonderful if they came with a little more drape. The Melbourne Marrimeko shop sells ready to wear in lovely fabric but the fabric they sell is essentially for the home decorator.


Always easier the second time. This was a quick make. The most time-consuming part was making sure the tree was upright. Pattern matching mattered. I did better on the front than the back where I was running low on options.

Barbarajanemade waist seam Marrimeko Sophie dress

front waist seam


Barbara Jane made Sophie dress

back seam

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Tiffany flip shirt

Tiffany flip, how could I resist linen called Tiffany flip

How could anyone? This linen is from Tessuti and has been in my stash for a while. So yay! stashbusting!

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This shirt is based on the Grainline Archer with:

  • no pockets
  • princess seams
  • a taller sleeve head
  • collar using Andrea and Tasia’s tutorials (links in my previous button -up shirt post)
  • sleeve plackets from the Colette Negroni shirt
  • flat felled and French seams.

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Luxe fabric : a sandwashed silk button-up shirt

Hi there folks, this is a story of travel and luxe fabric.

Not my travel unfortunately or my luxe fabric, but hey, I get to live vicariously and play with the beautiful sandwashed silk*.


On one of her many travels (me jealous? mmm just a bit) Gail scoured the fabric shops of Singapore and came home with some divine sandwashed silk.wpid-wp-1427249147893.jpeg

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Alabama Chanin goes to the beach

Hi there, how’s it going in your neck of the woods? A lovely end to summer here and I was lucky enough to get to the beach before summer officially ended.

Do you miss your sewing machine when you’re away from it? I really do. Last year I tried embroidery, it never really flew.

Alabama Chanin, holiday stitching

This year, I tried Alabama Chanin, which I guess is also embroidery, but embroidery on a garment.

I loved it. Relaxing and satisfying.tmp_5958-image469361210

Minimal equipment

I used a photocopy of the Anna’s garden stencil, blown up a couple of times on a photocopier. I only cut out some of the shapes, with scissors.

I used a disappearing fabric pen to mark a few shapes at a time. I didn’t worry about remaining true to the stencil, just moved it around where ever felt right. I also made up my own shapes.

Here’s some pictures of the work in progress.

Barbarajanemade stencil and fabric pen

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