Thursday, 14 February 2019

year of the dress pt 3

This is my " as cheap as it gets!" dress. Op shop pattern 50c, fabric free. - found at hard rubbish! Zip was the most expensive part at $1.10 from the fabric shop on Sydney road opposite Super Cheap fabrics ( I don't go there often and can never remember the name, I know the sign is orange and white!

This was really a wearable muslin, I had to do a couple of joins in the back. And it was my practise run to try inseam pockets. ( 3 dresses in now I am getting better each time!)

The neckline didn't quite sit right, so I made 2 little tucks and called it a design feature!

Pattern is an older New Look "easy" number 6602. I cut and redrafted (and have since redrafted again, still tweaking the shape a little more) based on the lovely shift dress I picked up at the fabric restash last year (and have lived in, thank you mystery sewist who made it!).


The year of the dress pt 2

Another op shop make over, this one is a 70' or 80's Katies dress I found a couple of years ago.

I removed the drawstring neckline and waistband a while ago, but still wasn't quite happy with it.

It needed a bit of extra colour, and I wasn't happy with the waistband. Then I remembered I still had enough orange fabric to make another "sash" band, and tah dah, another make over done. The dresses are different enough I don't think it matters that I have 2 dresses with the same colour waistband!

Friday, 8 February 2019

The year of the dress pt 1

I decided last year I wanted to wear more dresses. But first I had to make some...and find some at the op shop! 

This is one of my favourites. It was a little too big so I took the sides in a bit. It had loops for a belt, but I unpicked them and made the orange tie belt instead. A $5 dress with $1 worth of fabric for the tie. Plus the orange tie tones down the pink a little!

test post - trying a new blog app


How cool is this home made vintage 60's dolls house? Spotted at an op shop recently! 

Trying a new blog app as blogger is a total failure. Several reviews for this app posted in Jan also said blogger not working, so relieved to know it is not just me having issues!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Update and restash

Hi sorry for the loong break, blogger is playing up again and I can not post photos, only text. Bloody annoying! All my photos are on my phone- which I refuses to send email anymore- so I am kind of stuck!
But I can post text ( fingers crossed that still works!) so wanted to let you know that the  wonderful Anna over at Blogless Anna has organized another Fabric Restash day-

16 February
Fairfield Community Room
( near the library)
121 Station St Fairfield

See you there!

Thursday, 27 December 2018


I am sooo far behind with posts here! Here is the finished costume, complete with tesseract!

The tesseract is a plastic storage cube bought from kmart years ago, with a set of  reject shop battery operated led lights inside.
Black pleather op shop pants. T shirt top stretched a bit so will probably remake. Very happy with pieced pleather vest/ chest piece. Used some fabricy- foam material from Rathdown remnants ( pretty much all fabric purchased from there for this make!) to add just the right amount of " body" to the vest.

The cape is s straight rectangle of black lining cloth, lined with green, gathered at the top. Attaches to the back of the shirt with velcro.

Op shop belt was the perfect shape!
Shoulder paldrons made from painted yoga mat, shaped by  heating with an old hairdryer.
 Arm bracers made from painted. vinyl. Tried a lot of new techniques with this make. A lot of hours but a fun make!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

More cosplay adventures

With 2 weeks' notice (and on the last day of the school holidays), the eldest finally decided what he wanted to wear for year 12 "muck up day". And along with making a costume for him, he asked me to make one for a mate too!
So it was time to do some research, taking lots of screenshots, drawing sketches, looking at YouTube, and then taking my ideas into Rathdown Remnants to find some fabric inspiration!