Green linen dress

Hi again! Rather than apologise for announcing my triumphant return then waiting, oh, five months to post anything… I’m just going to jump in with posting about a “new” dress.

“New” because I actually made this dress about 2 years ago. I remember finishing the hem by hand for a friend’s wedding (a friend who’s son is turning one in June).

And speaking of birthdays.. these photos were taken yesterday, on E’s first birthday! Holy cow how the time goes. One of my favourite “motto’s” for this last year has been “the days are long but the weeks are short” (the other one is “this too shall pass”) and it’s certainly held true for us.

So, the dress, the dress. The pattern is Simplicity 1880, and is made up in a lovely green linen from The Fabric Store (Wellington, NZ). Honestly since I made it so long ago I have no idea what size I made it, nor what changes I had to make, but I don’t think there were many.

I did use a lapped size zipper (I think the pattern calls for an invisible zip) – regular zips are usually easier to find in a specific colour and I prefer using a lapped zip to an invisible one (although invisible zips are easier to insert), especially over waist seams where invisible zips can get stuck. The insides are merely overlocked and the hems (skirt and sleeves) are finished with bright yellow bias binding. The white buttons are all I had in my stash at the time – it’s so frustrating being so far away from fabric/notions shops.

I really like this pattern. The gathers at the shoulder/yoke and the pleats at the waist and sleeve hems add interest and a slightly vintage flair without being OTT, as well as adding significant wearing ease (without being TOO blousy). The skirt being cut on the bias with a central seam means it sits flat over your bum and belly but has lovely movement. This is a dress I can wear if I want to be dressy but not too dressy.

The details are harder to see in linen, of course, which develops lovely creases as soon as you look at it. I really do love linen – it’s one of my favourite fabrics to sew and wear. I do have another version that’s almost finished in a sateen but it has been “almost finished” for… oh… about 2 years as well (I started it soon after finishing this one then got busy and then pregnant and knew I wouldn’t be able to fit it for ages). I WILL finish it at some stage as it was supposed to be #9 in The Dreamstress “0 degrees of separation” challenge.

So that’s it for another dress. I promise to take photos of the other things I’ve been making and get them posted. I have a few waiting in line, both from before pregnancy and in the last few months since I’ve finally gotten the energy to sew for myself.


Welcome back (to me)!

Kia ora kotou!

Firstly, I really hope you’re all getting this… as you may notice, my blog domain has changed to www.tworandomwords.net. My web hosting and domain renewal were due right around when I was due and so I let it lapse… and in the meantime someone else bought my old domain. So here we go – hopefully there aren’t too many teething issues.

Speaking of teething (or not teething, really, but it was a good segue), here is the reason I’ve been absent for so long:

Yep, that is one ridiculously cute looking baby. And yes, she is wearing a pink velour tracksuit with “PRINCESS” written across the chest and the bum. And yep, she is munching on a lamb chop, despite not having any teeth yet (we’re doing “Baby Led Weaning”).

“E” is now just over 6 months and holy heck, she is amazing. She is 6.5 months old and, with her and working part-time since way-too-early, and the post-partum changes to my body, I haven’t really felt like sewing much up until recently! I do have some garments I sewed while pregnant (and even a couple from before pregnancy) which I will try to get photos of soon, as well as the odd thing I’ve made since. Many of them I’m not wearing because they’re not breastfeeding friendly, but there they sit in my wardrobe!

So, that’s me. Hopefully back, not sewing or posting with as much frequency as previously but I will plod along.

One question, though: I have been doing sewing for E, and plan on doing a lot more. Do people want to see the baby clothes/things, or should I keep this blog just for my things (and the odd thing for Mr. Guy)?



A rather old dress, and something I’ve been working on for the last few months

Hello all! First off, I’d like to apologise for my extended absence – I think it’s been about four months now! I haven’t had much energy recently for sewing or blogging, mainly because of something really exciting that I’ve been working on for the last several months, and am finally ready to share.

So what have I been working on? Want to guess?

No, it’s not a book.

Or a pattern company.

Or even sewing related, really.


A baby!

I’m currently 8.5 months pregnant – hence not having much energy or desire to sew. The heat of a very hot summer and fatigue from pregnancy, mixed with a rapidly changing body, means that I just didn’t feel up to a huge amount of sewing.

I will say, it’s amazing how quickly the body changes. Even though I wasn’t really “showing” until late in my 6-7th months (I was 5 months pregnant in my last post!), my bust measurement increased by 2″ by 8-10 weeks and my ribs expanded very quickly, which meant that most of my woven clothing went into a box for “later”. Slowly my waist got higher and has finally started to disappear, so anything remotely fitted hasn’t been an option for most of the pregnancy.

So most of what I’ve been wearing has been made from knit fabric, and mostly things I had already – like my more summery Moneta knit dresses (the leopard print and purplish ones), my Gillian wrap dresses (here and here), and some knit skirts I’ve made but not blogged about, together with singlet tops and occasionally blouses – luckily enough, my Granville blouses still fit over the belly! Although they have to be unbuttoned over the bust.

The few woven dresses I’ve worn have been like this one – which is a wrap dress made from “Gertie Sews Vintage Casual“. You may remember I’ve made this pattern before in 2014 – well, this version was actually made shortly after that one, I’ve just never gotten around to taking photos and posting about it.

One of the main problems I had with the pattern (which I didn’t fix before making this version) is that the waist is much too high – which is perfect for pregnancy! Hooray. That, and the overlap not quite being wide enough, which is less ideal for pregnancy. But no incidents yet.

The rayon challis has also been really nice to wear during the summer – as I mentioned above, it’s been SUPER hot here this summer, and having a little oven in my tum has made it worse. And there’s no air conditioning at work.

So, yes. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take some photos of the things I’ve been sewing recently – I finally got around to getting a new camera charger, which will help! And I think it’s finally starting to cool down….

(Oh and I promise I’ll get around to answering some of the questions people have left me! And thank you so much to the couple of people who emailed about my absence – it made my day that people were missing my posts!)


Self-drafted faux-wrap dress

In the interest of sharing all the old projects I haven’t blogged about yet… here’s a dress I made today. I’m nothing but consistent!

And, disclaimer: we’ve lost the charger to our camera so all these photos were taken on Mr. Guy’s cellphone. Just now realising what a difference a nice camera makes – the lighting was PERFECT when we took these but they’re still much more glaring than photos taken with our actual camera.

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Muse – Gillian Wrap cardigan

You know how, every once in a while, you see a style/pattern that you had previously discounted and suddenly think “yes!”? And the more you look at it, and different versions of it, the more you want it? That happened to me about two months ago with the Papercut Coppelia wrap cardigan. But while there is many, many beautiful versions of it (this is probably my favourite), I also read some complaints about the fit, particularly around the sleeves (see here for an example).

So instead of spending the extra money (which I’ve been trying not to do, since we have a mortgage now) and faffing about with the fit, why not try and alter a pattern I already had that fit well, to match the style?

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Self-drafted shirtwaist dress from sloper

Okay, I have two things to admit to you all. One, I still have a bunch of garments I haven’t blogged yet – most of them from before I moved (2m ago), and I think the number is now 5 or 6. It’s hard to get around to take photos with the shorter days, and I think I probably need a tripod for the days where Mr Guy doesn’t want to take them. The second is that I have been doing more drafting and it is so much fun, I don’t even want to go back to patterns. I know something awesome will draw me back but for now the only plans I have for using patterns is togs and a coat.

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A slippery slope(r): Suzy Furrer’s craftsy classes

One day soon, I hope, I’ll get the hang of taking consistently good photos. I still can’t quite work out why sometimes my blog photos are awesome and I look awesome, and other times I look like hell. Is it the makeup (or lack of it)? Posing? Photographer? Lighting? ALL OF THE ABOVE, DAMNIT?

Anyway, you’re not here for my face (I don’t think), but my WONDERFUL sewing (cough). But I’m going to go ahead and say that I think today’s two skirts are wonderful – partly due to fabric, and partly due to the fit which I have almost perfect, thanks to Suzy Furrer’s craftsy class on skirt slopers. (Please note, I’m using affiliate links in this post. But trust me when I say that doesn’t change my opinion at all of the classes, I’d still be recommending them)

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“Whoops I forgot to name this before I posted it”. A striped Moneta

Happy birthday to me! I’m 27 today, and am celebrating by heading into town to have lunch with my mother, then having my parents over for dinner tonight (Indian curry, which is one of our specialties).

It’s been a busy two months or so, as Mr. Guy and I bought our first home and set about moving in and making it our own – he built a fence (so it’s almost completely dog-proof) and I planted some fruit trees. Hence my absence from the blog, and from sewing in general – I haven’t sewn in about 6 weeks and only unpacked my sewing room yesterday. Luckily I have a bit of a back log of projects I need to post!

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