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.


“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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“I think this new dress is a hoot”

Happy Waitangi Day everyone! For those of you outside NZ, Waitangi Day is almost sort of like Australia Day or maybe Independence Day, but it’s less “go us!” and more controversial.  Itcommemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, a contract between the Maori people and the British colonists back in 1840. The Treaty is still a big deal these days (for good reason) although some people think it’s importance implies some kind of “reverse racism”*.

*I can only hope that most of you know that reverse racism is not a thing.

The best part, other than the whole colonial accountability, is that Waitangi Day is a public holiday – which I get to take advantage of now that I have a 9-5 job!

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The dress formerly known as Simplicity 1459

Ever since I saw Tanya’s two Simplicity 1459 dresses (here and here, CSC review here), I’ve been wanting to make one. She was kind enough to send it to me, along with a bunch of other patterns, when Joann’s had a big sale (for those of us in NZ and Aus, $1 patterns is mind-boggling), and it’s sat in my stash for a few months waiting for the appropriate fabric and motivation.

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Red Linen Dress

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a great time. We spent the day with family here in sunny Nelson, and it was grand. We’re now back at home in Takaka as I’m working Monday and Tuesday before getting another 5 day weekend over New Years – hooray!

Today’s dress is another one that I made maybe two months ago, and have worn a lot since. I still have… 4 or 5 things made that I’m yet to blog about (and I haven’t even sewn in a month), but these are the last photos taken in Featherston so at least you’ll get Golden Bay photos from now.

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Green Linen Sundress and giveaway winner

Welcome back, me! I’ve had a totally unplanned break from both blogging (6 weeks!) and sewing, probably due to distraction and lack of motivation because of our big move. I’m happy to say now that we’re now residing in the beautiful Golden Bay, and as of today I’m back to full-time work (now as a GP registrar, hooray!). I haven’t quite got my sewing room set up but I have a couple of projects lined up that should hopefully ease me back into it!

I also have a few projects backed up from October/November that I haven’t blogged about, including todays dress. I already have photos taken of a few of them so I don’t even have that excuse for being so absent. I can admit though that while a few of the photos will have me with pink hair, I actually dyed it again about a month ago in an effort to become respectable again.

I also left a giveaway hanging in the air – which is pretty bad of me, so I apologise. The winner (thanks to a random number generator) of the Jutland PDF pattern is Shannon Church. I wasn’t able to find your email address so you’ll need to message me on tworandomwordsblog@gmail.com and I’ll send it through. If you have already bought the pattern (because I’ve been so slack), I’ll sort something out for you instead :)

Enough blathering, you want to see some sewing right? This is a dress I made maybe 2 months ago, when I realised how fast it was becoming summer, and how few summer-appropriate clothes I had.

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Floral Lawn: Gertie’s Wrap Dress

I’ve had Gertie’s first book for about a year now, and while I’ve only made two patterns out of it (despite having big plans for the wiggle dress), I’ve got a lot out of it. I got the new book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual several weeks after it was released, and here is my first version of the wrap dress:

Excuse my lack of smiles in these pictures – I was facing the sun and trying not to squint!

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Time not waisted: McCalls 6696

I love shirtwaist dresses. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love ’em. Despite not making very many of them, when looking at fabric I’ll often judge it by thinking “how would this look as a shirtwaist dress?”. I have several fabrics in my stash that would, in fact, look great (if I had thought to buy enough yardage) – but I have only ever made two. Finally my ass was kicked into gear when Mary issued her “Autumn/Spring of 1000 Shirtdresses” challenge.

So may I present: my first McCalls 6696.

Yes, I am wearing high heeled jellies! Hello, 90’s

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A strawberry dahlia

Has everyone seen the new pattern release by Colette Patterns yet? I admit, when I got the “sneak peek” yesterday, I thought about it for all of 30 seconds before I bought the PDF. Using the thin excuse of “I need to buy buttons for this other dress”, I drove to work to print out the pattern, then promptly cut, taped and traced off the pattern.

I was initially tossing up which version to make, when I spotted these two fabrics lying together in my stash, and inspiration struck: I present, my Strawberry Dahlia.

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