Month: May 2014

I Scream for Cherries

After watching my sisters blog grow so large with some amazing dresses that she had been making, I decided I wanted to make one, however whenever I made a anything with a bodice it never fit quite right so I when I came across the Amazing Fit Simplicity 1606 I had to try it!

Simplicity Amazing Fit

So I finally finished it. It went on the back burner for a while when I was sewing to raise moneys to move to Wellington and when I got around to finally doing some more on it, the zip broke, just as I finished it and went to put it on the first time. AARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!

It was in the naughty corner for a while again after that. However, when I got another zip I stuck in and got it finished and I love it to pieces!

back - close up

(The hem is actually straight, I promise, please don’t judge me)


Aww, who’s that over there?!

It’s Aunty Jen in her brand spanking pretty new Cherry Dress!

don't be!

This dress is actually quite straight forward to make (until the alterations, then it can get fiddly!

The bodice has princess seams and the skirt is just a front and 2 back pieces.

do I look pregnant?

I didn’t get any pictures of the alterations because I actually did them all last year, however I’ll try to relate what I can remember happened!

I had a lot of gaping at the front princess Seam by the armhole. I fixed this by unpicking a couple inches and then redoing the seam by making it more rounded.

I had to unpick that part because there was more excess fabric on one side of the seam than the other to make it sit flat.

Front in sun

I also graded it in more below the bust by rounding it in wards. A lot – it is a very close fit, maybe too close? My girls are quite defined, not sure if they need to be.


Since I took the front princess seams in a bit near the armhole it made the armhole quite tight which I didn’t factor it. It’s not super tight, but just uncomfortable enough to annoy me.

The waist was also a bit low so I had to take it up, more so in the centre front area, by a cm or so (can’t really remember how much).


Of course some pictures got photo bombed since we had the little guy with us.

These photos were taken at the water tower above Newtown on such a beautiful day I’m surprised I didn’t turn into a lobster/tomato/something really red.


The dress looks really short. From what I remember I used the length of the pattern but my fabric wasn’t quite wide enough so it had shortened sides on the bottom and I cut the hem up to there. Probably a mistake? But hey, gets me more enthused to gym it!

I scream

The necklace. Isn’t is awesome?! I got it from Fortune and Blame jewellery which Mel’s fashionable younger sister’s (FYS) owns and create things. This piece is created out of resin and yes, it does have real 100s and 1000s candy in it, so if I get caught out in that zombie Apocalypse I will have something to munch on when times get a bit too dire.

It’s called the I Scream.

I vote go have a look, she has some very VERY cool things.


Look at my pretty new dress it’s amazing!

Yes, I may have said that last sentence is a VERY girly voice, enjoy.


You can just see the little guy thinking:

“Dude… What ARE you doing???”

Suspicious much?

Double Lacey Ensis Goodness


April was sew double for The Monthly Stitch. This worked out nicely as I needed MORE t-shirts and was going on a road trip, EEEEE ROAD TRIP !!!

purple ensis palmerston

As you may know, I moved up from Dunedin to Wellington in January and well.. due to my lack of finances couldn’t move all of my stuff.. my precious precious stuff !! So I had to store it at the parentals (thanks parentals!), including my car. So over the Easter holidays/Anzac day and all the days in-between, I headed down to Dunedin with a friend to pick up my stuff, EEEEE MY PRECIOUS STUFF !!

purple ensis boulder love

Day 1 we drove from Dunedin to Oamaru and passed through Palmerston (which I had to take a picture with, just for you Juliet 😀

We also stopped at Moeraki Boulders. First we got tricked and went on the turnoff to Moeraki, but sneaky sneaky, they are in different places !! Anyways, after we walked along the beach in Moeraki (the village), around Moeraki (the village) for a while and then headed back to the highway to find the REAL Moeraki (the boulders), we finally hit success!


Wow I’m strong.

purple ensis boulder destroy

After Moeraki (the boulders) we finally made it to Oamaru and went to the Steampunk museum, which was pretty cool.. there was quite a bit of stuff to look at. I don’t have many pictures because there is a large inside bit that is really dark, but there’s a little guy below there, we made friends.

There was also a skeleton driving a crane. Very cool.


Back to the actual t-shirts though !!

I made 2 (obviously) and I had made one previously in February.

black ensis back

This time I changed it up a bit. I was thinking for a while about making something with lace on the top or just lace.. anywhere. Lace is GREAT. I did already have a t-shirt that I bought with stripes on the bottom and lace on top and it looks so pretty and it’s so comfy and cool since I overheat all the time so basically its FANTASTIC !

I don’t think I was ever going to get around to making them though, until I saw Sandra’s on on her blog which just looked so comfy and amazing I had to have my own. I HAD TO!

black ensis front

And now I do.

black ensis side

Win. And look below, I’M CLIMBING A TREE !!!

in a tree awesome

Right, t-shirt, yes, must stop getting distracted. So tired. Ugh.

This time around making these Ensis Tee’s I left the sleeves at the shorter option (Since they were a bit too tight around my guns *ahem* I mean arms.

I guess that’s all I did different, isn’t much you have to do to make your Ensis comfy that’s for sure !

I used the XS size and think that I will make the neck a bit bigger/wider/lower (?) next time.

The stripey fabrics I got from a factory store several years ago when visiting Wellington which is up the Wairarapa somewhere, though I forget the name of the place (no matter how many times I’m told, sorry Kat!).

The gray lace I got from Kat’s stash and the black lace I found at Arthur Toye’s closing down sale in January/Febuary.

Ensis totally wins!

in a tree