A Laurel, a Sale and a Chocolate Fish

Hello lovely sewists! I have been watching in awe as all the entries for the Monthly Stitch‘s competitions have rolled in. In case you’ve been living under a rock the Monthly Stitch have been hosting a month of competitions for Indie Pattern Month. Although this is the last week you still have four days to enter the last round – Indie Fan Girl – by submitting a post of of you wearing two patterns by the same designer. Also there are tonnes of prizes!

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So… I made a dress! This is the Laurel by Colette. This pattern has been phenomenally popular despite it’s simplicity so I had to try it out. I was not disappointed. It only took me one night to put together (whilst binge watching Underage and Pregnant) and it required minimal adjustments.

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I made this dress out of a thick double knit, synthetic/ wool blend by Kate Sylvester. The fabric is what ‘makes’ this dress for me. Because it’s a knit there’s enough stretch to avoid putting the zipper in the back as I can easily pull it over my head without it. But it’s pretty firm and essentially one-way stretch so it still has a bit of shape.

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As you can see there are a few things that are not quite right about this dress. Namely the darts. They are too high on me. I had the same issue when I made the Bridgette dress (free pattern!) by Simple Sews. I need to get in the habit on doing FBAs and making muslins, however this dress is still an absolute staple. It’s such a simple style that I wore it with a blazer to work one day, and then with a leather jacket to a party that night.

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In case you were wondering, I bought the brooch from the Salvation Army on Dominion Road and the hipster hat beongs to my sister. She is much cooler than me. So can anyone guess where I am? If you can comment below and I will send you a chocolate fish (for real!) Here’s a clue:

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Also – as part of the Monthly Stitch‘s Indie Pattern Month I am offering 15% off all patterns in my store. This includes Sewaholic, Colette, Cake, Victory and By Hand London. Sale ends Monday 🙂

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I Heart Remnants

A wee while ago Karen at Did you make that? began writing a segment entitled True Confessions so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and confess something. Here goes … I love fabric remnants. I don’t know what comes over me but when I see those little rolled up pieces of fabric but I’m like a magpie. I dive in and rummage around and i always find two or three that I like and want to buy … Including the fabric that I actually intended to buy for the project I had already planned.

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Which brings me to my next point – it’s always unintentional. It’s not like I go out intending to spend an extra few dollars on additional fabric. I just can’t help myself.

I think I can put it down to a few reasons. First, it’s so cheep – what’s a few more dollars when I’m already spending double digits on fabric? Second, I can find selecting material to be a bit intimidating. All that selection, and so much potential to make the wrong decision. Smaller quantities at the discounted rate is a lot more appealing to someone who is easily scared off, like me. Which feeds in nicely to my third reason – who doesn’t love a discount? Amirite?

My favourite of all the remnant baskets out there is undoubtedly the one at Global Fabrics. They have the most amazing fabrics in Auckland so naturally they also have the most amazing remnants basket too!

This year I made/ attempted these three projects below spontaneously simply because I found the right fabric for cheep in the basket. The cape, admittedly, is still and UFO

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Are you a fan of the remnants?