We had the honour of being invited to our dear friends Max and Cassidy’s Wedding in New York! This called for new dresses, a winter black tie wedding in New York isn’t something we have hanging around in our closest. This was a wonderful opportunity to tackle more advanced Vogue Patterns! Off we headed to the fabric stores to find some inspiration for some wonderful fabric and patterns.
Erin in Vogue 1520
We couldn’t think of anything more fitting for a winter wedding than a full-length velvet dress!
We’ve seen Vogue 1520 by @badgleymischka in the pattern books for a while, but never had the opportunity until now to make it!
The pattern only has 5 pattern pieces for the outside layer, each a really unique shape given the side gathering! We sewed about 70% of the dress just on the four-thread overlocker and completed gathering stitches and hems on a domestic sewing machine.
We deviated from the pattern in two ways: 1. added gathering around the wrist (by extending the sleeve piece and using the same method of the side waist of the dress) instead of the lace feature. 2. removed the train to allow for maximum dance floor moves but kept the shaping at the back
Lauren Vogue 1908
A winter black tie wedding in New York was an excellent opportunity to tackle Vogue 1908 in a challenging fabric
This pattern is a wrap-style dress with a button-bodice closure and a wrap skirt. We loved this pattern for the self-covered button and collar feature, even though the self-covered buttons were challenging in the metallic georgette!
This fabric was tricky to work with and looking at the photos afterwards could use a popper on the left side seam to help hold the wrap strap into place. If you would like to follow along with the construction of this dress check out our Instagram Highlight here.
Photographer: James Christie Media Pattern: Vogue 1520 and Vogue 1908
As a sewist, no holiday is complete without visiting the local Fabric Stores!
On our recent road trip around South Australia, including the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Adelaide, we visited some amazing fabric stores we wanted to share with you!
We visited South Australia on our Operation Tiny House New Years’ Eve for the 2019-2020 New Year’s Eve (see our matching outfits from our New Year’s Eve Trip here), so we had a couple of favourites to visit again and some new ones to try!
DK Fabrics is a wonderland of fabrics! From dance fabrics to evening wear to cotton – it has such a diverse range of fabrics.
If you are looking for a bargain, there are some discounted fabrics for about $3.00. In contrast, if you are looking for more expensive fabrics like lace, sequins or satin, DK Fabric’s also has you covered.
This store has become a favourite to visit every time we come to South Australia!
Ferrier Fashion Fabrics reminds us of the fabric stores we used to visit with our Nan as children. It feels like you are walking into a treasure trove of a carefully picked collection of fabrics in a family-owned business.
This fabric store is filled with great quality and beautiful fabrics, whether you are looking for premium daywear, knit fabric or evening fabrics.
“Entry guidelines are super simple. Sew whatever style you want. Sew something that’s sympathetic to the fabric. Sew an original design or use a pattern. You can use one, both or a combination of all three competition fabrics.” –Tessuti Fabric Sewing Blog
The fabric was a Japanese polyester crepe de chine available – as the competition suggests – in three colours. With an open design brief, a fabric we were unfamiliar with, and two colours to play with – it was time to get creative!
What do see our past entries in the Tessuti Sewing Competitions? See our Skylines entry here.
Photos taken by Ben and James Christie.
While we were trying on Pinstripe Asymmetric Dress at Cue Clothing Australia last month we fell in love with the ruched effect through ties. The crepe de chine had the perfect balance between weight and flow of fabric required for these pull up sleeves and skirt to work their magic!
The first thing we noticed when we picked up this fabric, was how well it would drape and float in ruffles… enter the inspiration – Vogue 1413.
This ruffled top pattern we hunted down once we realised it was going out of date from the last one left in Victoria… one phone order from Spotlight Tarragon later and it has been sitting in the collection waiting for its moment to shine. Using this pattern as the base, we added a skirt, extra ruffles and went to town on the Baby Locker overlocker to finish off the metres (and metres) of hems!
We are thrilled have been selected as a finalist in Dressmaker of the Year Awards, hosted by Make It Today – Dressmaker Magazine. The dress was part of the occcassion category for our pale blue silk evening gown. The dress was originally designed for Erin to wear to the 2017 Deakin Law Society Ball hosted at Crown Pelladium.
The design was sketched up after some serious sessions on Pinterest to bring together the elements. The bodice was drafted ourselves with toiles made to ensure final fitting before cutting the blue pale dupion purchased from Clegs (now sadly closed but stock acquired by Rathdowne Fabrics).
Constructed in two main parts – a straight strapless dress with an over skirt, the hem of the over skirt is adorned with a combination of vintage lace, existing and hand made flowers each hand sewn onto the skirt.
Having finished the entry for the Tessuti Skyline Competition there was around a meter of fabric left… what to make… what to make? With the rumor of Spring in the London air the opportunity to try the Avid Seamstress Drop Shoulder came to mind.
The first PDF sewing pattern experience was a great one! With the comfort of printing on A4 paper at home, a sticky tape session and a quick cut later without the pressure of having to head back to the store if decided it needed to be a different size and the delicate nature of the tissue.
Some small alterations to the pattern were made to extend the bias neck to become part of the loop for the button and small side split with the step to the already shaped hem.
Ready for a casual Sunday looked styled with jeans and with canvas sneakers it could also be tucked into a waisted skirt of pants for a more formal look. Already planning the next version of this top so stay tuned.
Tickets to the 100 years of jazz in the UK festival feat the Puppini Sisters with the dress code of “Waistcoats, flapper dresses, top hats, pinstripes, fascinators are all highly encouraged” and the comment “Don’t worry about feeling over dressed, people will be coming in all sorts of wow!” called for a new dress for the occasion.
Turning to Pinterest for some inspiration searching out images of Downtown Abbey, Miss Phryne Fisher and the Great Gatsby the key features started to form – see the Pinterest board here. Inspired by the draped and handkerchief hems the fabric was ordered with a feature to be made of two beaded motifs with one on the hip and the other for a hair clip.
Working with no pattern meant mapping out approximate measurements and self fittings to gather the drape into the best position. Edges were finished with the baby lock action on the overlocker due to the large length of edge added with front feature and back draped chiffon.
Set for a night in the historic Troxy Art Deco themed ballroom the night was danced away in a tribute to an era gone by.