Month: April 2014

If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.


Coffee? Coffee. COFFEE !


March was Miss Bossy Patterns for the Monthly Stitch. I’m a bit late, but honestly I did finish this about 3 weeks ago! Pictures were taken at Kat’s front door as she was taking picture for her her Sew Dolly Clackett Dress and she thought I could get away with this one being a little Dolly Clackett too, hence the crazy name! I read a lot of Terry Pratchett and I got this quote from the Discworld book Lords and Ladies.


Next thing – thank you to everyone who voted for my Miss Bossy (Sorry it’s late!!). To be honest, I wasn’t entirely thrilled with this one since I usually wear more fuller skirts and when I first put it together it made me.. hmm.. angry haha! But after lots of hacking my sis and I fixed it.


The pattern I used was Butterick B5032 with a shortened skirt. The pattern pieces I traced were waaaay too big for me – not sure if I measured myself wrong, or if just traced the wrong fabric or whether the pattern was all wrong or what, but it was SERIOUSLY too big for me.


Since the bodice was sooooooooo much too big and the front was just one piece, we had to make princess seems down the front. Luckily, this gave the bodice a lot more shape, which helps with my bust size!

inside bodice

I put the dress on backwards and Kat pinned down the middle, when I took it off I unpicked the bottom bust darts and measured how much fabric to take in at each new princess seam. I also brought it in a little bit more under the bust to give a little more shaping and I reckon I did pretty well 🙂

inside bodice_2

The pic above is the front bodice facing and shows how much extra fabric there was! I mean common, WHY?!?!

So I just cut it in the middle and sewed it up which wasn’t all that pretty, but it’s on the inside so, whatevs!


The fabric is quilting fabric 100% I got from the Arthur Toye closing down sale in Wellington Jan/Feb 2014. It was about 2.5m and used ALL OF IT, which is why the facing is a different fabric, but oh, so pretty, maybe I’ll use different facings every time now?!


The fabric has coffee designs all over it. It makes me so happy. The dress is also really comfortable apart from the arm holes which could have been a little bigger at the bottom, so will probably give them another 1cm depth next time.


The skirt front has 2 areas that have 3 pleats folded over on each other and gives it a nice little detail.

The pattern is also incredibly easy to put together and (before I hacked the bodice apart) only took a few hours to put together. It’s also a pretty cool design


Oh, and FLAMINGO !!! This came to me from Fortune and Blame jewellery which Mel’s fashionable younger sister’s (FYS) owns and create things. The light is reflecting a bit off the bottle, but it has blue glitter and a pink flamingo in it!! So cool! Check her other jewellery, she makes some VERY cool resin stuff.



Fabric a Brac Awesomeness

Last weekend was Fabric a Brac where you can buy and sell all of the amazing fabrics and accessories like BUTTONS ! I only bought 2 buttons, they are a little hard to see on this, but they are pretty amazing.


LOOK!! It’s a horse shoe with mushrooms inside, SO COOL and I’ve never seen a button like this before. Wish there were more for me to snatch up.


Lots of the WSBN showed up and we had tea and cake in the cafe my sister set up with lots of home made baking and it was amazing.

(From the front going right clockwise: Trees, Ria, Juliet, ME, Emma, Gemma, Nikki, Johanna, Sandra, Kat, and Joy.)


Now to the fabric!!

I may have spent a lot of money.. as in, I went to the ATM multiple times when I ran out. I came out of this day with a box and some more of fabric and in VERY high spirits.

I have never been to something like this before, the only place I’ve tried to buy fabric before is at a shop, this was magical.

In this pile there is some rayon, wool, Flamingo cotton and some pretty florals.


FLAMINGOS !!! This is some FABULOUS fabric and I am so happy for it.

This next bunch has some more florals, corduroy, Woodland Mushroom Cotton (Alexander Henry) and some stretchy lace stuff.

I am quite excited about the corduroy because believe it or not I have never sewn with it before. It will surely pick up all the cat hair, but this is fine.


JAPANESE COTTON, isn’t it beautiful, it’s so SO cute, I love it.

Also, Peter Rabbit cotton, Airplane cotton and some lace stuff that would be perfect for sleepwear/lingerie.


EEE 70s brushed cotton (I think) paisley design, vintage floral cotton and a knit. YUSSS !!!


There were also some knitting patterns around the place which I promised my mummy to pick up for her. Also 1 crochet pattern for me, which I needed cause seriously, look at that hair, BEAUTIFUL (bright red pattern).

knitting patterns

So those are all my scores. I have some vague ideas and then some definitive ideas about each and every one of these. What would you do?