A very lemony frocktails frock


Spot the clutch purse…. ha ha, well disguised isn’t  it. Because when you sew you can do that crazy stuff.

 Photo by Kirsten Simpson at the Seamstress Bar for Frocktails!

It was a lovely evening of gorgeous frocks and fabric, excellent food and cocktails organised by Kat, Libby and Renay, thank you! Great to catch up with sewing friends and meet new ones. 

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Adventures in draping- Style Arc Billie top

I tried a pattern with draping for the first time and I like it. This is the Style Arc Billie top.captureIt’s just one piece of fabric ! (and one facing). It looks so strange as you cut it out. Then suddenly it makes sense and suddenly it looks so elegant.

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For this one I used a viscose crepe that I had earmarked for a dress. Purchased from the Fabric Store, I can’t decided if it’s lavender or grey. I’ll go lavender. Continue reading

Red cut out lace dress, not a tablecloth after all!

Pinterest I was not alone in opening the Tessuti package, throwing the lace over the table and thinking mmmm nice tablecloth.

This is my entry for the #tessuticutoutlacecomp – to create an outfit that showcases one of three gorgeous laces, a black, white and red, all the same solid, easy to work with lace with the same cut out pattern.

I chose the red and in the end I think it’s a rather woo hoo frock. There were so many possibilities with the cut-out pattern matching, it was fun rearranging and trying differnt placements to show off the lace.

My obsession with the  bell sleeves continues, how are these red lace sleeves?barbarajanemade tessuticutoutlacecomp.jpg

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It’s a wrap – kielo by named

My darling  daughter sends me photos of outfits she thinks will suit her (and me). Most recently it was the Kielo wrap dress by Named. She’s got a good eye.

This is my second Named pattern. I love my Saunio cardiganwpid-20150906_125146.jpg, it looks so simple, like there’s nothing to it, but there’s some clever drafting hidden in the simplicity. I like it so much I made this one and another in white (unblogged) that gets lots of wear.

But back to the Kielo. I got 5m of this navy eyelet from the A2F  sale, enough for a Kielo for me and M.Barbarajanemade Named Kielo wrap dress.jpeg

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