La Sylphide blouse – with birds !

Papercut La Sylphide Blouse.

front side

I really like this pattern, it’s so lovely and girly with the necktie and peplum!

back side

I was originally making this for the monosewn month at TMS in July last year. It got cut out and then put on the “I’m not sure” pile. Mainly because I had cut out the necktie and sleeves with black and white polka dots cause I ran out of the black and white birds fabric.

I started making it up again in March this year and rage quit cause it was AWFUL with the black and white polka dots… way too much going on.


And thats when I changed it to plain black poplin. Also changed the sleeves to cap sleeves because I reckon it’s WAY too much with the gathered sleeves!! I used the sleeve pattern from the Deer and Doe Reglisse. I love cap sleeves!

Although I look really unimpressed about something in the below photo.. fascinating..

front ties

So I made the La Sylphide in red rayon last year for Indie Pattern Month and it turned out REALLY well.. even with the gathered sleeves 😛 But of course it’s uber short, so I’m gonna cut this up into a blouse version because I have only worn it once and that fabric DESERVES to be worn.

Perfect for work too 😀


La Sylphide Deranged

eeeeeee Papercut La Sylphide SO PRETTY !

I made this dress as part of the Indie Fan Girl competition on The Monthly Stitch.

Fake Street Dress Front 2

Indie Fan Girl is a competition where you have to make 2 garments from 1 Indie pattern designer to create an outfit.

I made this with the Bellatrix Blazer which is why I called it ‘Deranged’ – Deranged Bellatrix from Harry Potter?

Graffiti Front

Oh wow.. the more I look at this dress the more I like it, it’s so cute and pretty and gorgeous.

Woman Graffiti Dress Marilyn Monroe

This pattern was again, so easy to put together. The pictures make all the difference and didn’t take me long at all to put it together.

I made the size M as per my measurements and lengthened the hem by about 20cm (which I then cut off later on anyway).

Woman Graffiti Dress Back

The fabric is rayon which I found for $3 at Fabric-a-Brac in April. What a score! It was 3m by 90cm wide so was a bit of a mission cutting this beauty out of it.

I had to create a seam down the CB of the skirt pieces since it was so full it didn’t fit in the fabric..

I also left the neck piece until last when cutting out *sigh* and I ran out of fabric. My god I seem to be getting good at that!

Woman Graffiti Dress Ties

When I came to the part of sewing the neck tie, I then decided to do something about it and that was when the added length to the skirt came off to fix the problem.

Woman Graffiti Dress Ties Length

Since the skirt is quite full, the neck tie turned out a bit long. I like it though, long is good! It sits so nicely in this fabric as well.

Fake Street Dress Front Skirt

However, it made the dress a little short.. eep

Graffiti Looking Over Shoulder Windy

REALLY have to watch out for that wind now.

Fake Street Dress Neck Tie

I took the waist in by about a half inch on each side and I should probably take it in by another half inch each side again because it is still a little big around there, however I am hesitant because I don’t want to end up with weird lines under my bust which it already does by creases, this stuff creases so quick!

Graffiti Back MJ pose

Whole outfit, doing a cool pose! Aww yeah!

Tree Dress Buttons

The dress is fastened by buttons right up the CF. I used 10 in all and chose my own button placements cause that always seems easiest.

The buttons I got on special from Spotlight when I was working there about 5 years ago. I think they are brand Beuton (?).

Once the dress was constructed, I hung it overnight for the hem to settle since the skirt is quite round. They also mention this in the instructions which is awesome because I have never seen it before only heard about it from the WSBN.

Woman Graffiti Dress Front 2

Next day I hemmed it – the shortest part was the button placket (YUSS). So took off.. well only surprisingly small amounts to bring it to that length.

After that I decided to roll hem the bottom because, well.. that is the easiest type of hem IN THE WORLD and they look great and they are so fast.

HOWEVER, the fabric decided it did not want to be roll hemmed, ugh. So I just ended up folding it up 1cm and stitching it down, it’s not the prettiest but I didn’t want to loose any more length!

Fake Street Dress Back

Right, I think that’s all. Time for the deets!

Pattern: Papercut La Sylphide

Fabric: Rayon 3m x 90cm $3

Notions: Buttons x 10 from stash

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?

Birdy Bleuet

 Some of the WSBN (Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network) decided (a while ago I think!) that we should go to Staglands wearing a Deer and Doe garment that we had made. Staglands, Deer and Doe – this totally goes together. Below, I’m wearing a Deer and Doe Bleuet feeding  some doe. Win.

feeding doe

Staglands is a cross between a wildlife reserve, a zoo, a petting zoo, and beautiful gardens. There were so many awesome animals and they were really friendly. Some were a little too friendly and really wanted some food.. lucky me, I got jumped on by a goat, which gave my bruises on my legs.

jumping goat

It wasn’t a hard choice for me to make the Bleuet as the girls that told me about Staglands day showed me the pattern they were making and I couldn’t say no! The bleuet is a wonderful dress, so many awesome things about it – a collar, puff sleeves, buttons, and princess seams. Oh AND A BOW!

I was in love.

Deer and Doe Bleuet

Making it however, was not so easy. I got stuck on so many things in the instructions – which of course didn’t surprise me because I have a hard enough time following other peoples patterns anyway. So I had pretty much the entire dress made (as much as I could) before I realised that the patterns NEVER tells you to sew up the shoulder seams. I wasn’t even the one that realised it, my sister did when I was trying to fit it haha without shoulder seams – smart!

But thats ok cause I touched a deer antlers and they are SO SOFT. Like velvet.


Since my sister Kat came along, so did her man and their toddler who was squirming to get away from the sheep. The sheep that can’t see, right? Cause the horns. Crazy design.

escaping nephew

Right, so about the actual dress !

The fabric is pretty quilting cotton from Arthur Toye fabric store in Wellington, 4 days before it closed down *cries*. My first and only visit to that amazing store.

Kat thought I should do piping down the princess seams, which I really wanted to do because it meant learning to make bias binding and then making the piping, what a novelty! So I stuck into doing that first thing and I used a bright pink polyester that we had found the weekend before at the SPCA open day in Wellington which belongs to the back of a duvet cover costing us $1.

The buttons I found in my stash, after about 2 hours of um-ing and ah-ing with my flatmate to just narrow it down to “think it over” for a couple days following that. I only used 10 buttons because that was all I had of that colour !

buttons and piping

Bias binding is incredibly easy to make and I followed instructions from Kat as I was going. Unfortunately I don’t have any of the pictures, I can’t find them 😦 but I will try to describe what I did!!

First cut the fabric into a square.

Next is to cut a bit off one side in a triangle shape (sorry but I can’t remember how big) this is to sew on the other side so instead of a square it now looks like a parallelogram.

Now measure (I think we did 5cm) parallel lines from on side to the other following the slant of the sides of the parallelogram.

The next bit is the tricky bit and I don’t even know if the above stuff makes sense enough for this bit to even try to make sense! So we want to sew the top and the bottom of the parallelogram together to make a cylinder type thing and match up the lines. To do this pin the top and bottom together right sides together but try to match the lines 1/4 inch below the edge of the fabric so that they will be matched up on the seam line when turning the fabric out.

After sewing that you can now cut along the lines and will have a long strip of fabric.

Press in half.

Yay bias binding complete (if you could follow those instructions). I was going to link to Kat’s page because I think she has a tutorial on how to make bias binding, but I couldn’t find it so Kat please comment below !!

With the bias binding, it is super easy to make piping, just use a zipper foot and as you sew push the piping in towards the pressed edge as far as possible.



The fun parts about making this dress is that I got to learn things and do things I have never done before. Including the bias binding, piping, collar, bow, hem facing (picture above, which I am SO proud of), and gathered sleeves, EEP gathered sleeves, I still think they are waaay too girly with all the pink going on. It’s a little bit of a love/hate relationship with them, but they are still attached so I think the love is winning!

A bunny collar

I got to hold a bunny.

4 of us made the same dress, but they still all look so different ! Looking fabulous girls !


Backwards quaduplets