OAL Outfit Along

Hi hi !

A couple of months ago my sis decided it would be a good idea to join in the OAL outfit along with Andi Satterlund from Untangling Knots and Lauren from Lladybird. Oh my gosh, it totally was a good idea. I KNITTED A THING!

front_side cardi sitting

Kat also knitted a thing. Together we knitted the same thing. Win.

We used the same wool – Crucci Landscapes – but different colours – mine is the Forest and Kat’s is the Lava.


The outfit along consisted of a cardigan and a dress. I decided to go with the chosen Myrna by Andi Satterlund for the cardigan.

For the dress I chose the Alameda Dress by Pauline Alice. This is the pattern that I won from my Circley Tiramisu Dress in Indie Pattern Month “New To Me” challenge. Thanks again to everyone who voted for me, I absolutely LOVE this pattern.

The Myrna knitted up quite quickly considering this is my first knitting project. The other knitting projects I have done were scarfs when I was a kid that I never completed and.. I didn’t actually start them either, that was mummys job, you’re amazing mummy!

I found the pattern very straight forward to follow and the only thing that really confused me were the short rows – I think I did my left side 4 times and then realised I was following the instructions for the right side.. awkward.

back cardi

The keyhole in the centre back looks AWFUL until you touch it up and then it looks really good, I am so pleased with it!

keyhole cardi

Since my waist seems to be quite high – as in, I usually take everything up by about an inch to make it fit properly – the cardigan sits a little bit too low and wrinkles. Good to know for next time so I can try to take it up a little bit? HA that’s if I can figure out how to do that.

buttons cardi

The buttons I found in my stash and were cheap ones from Spotlight back in the day. My flatmates helped me choose them and I am happy with the result, well done flatties!

neckline cardi

Neckline detail – it looks pretty good I reckon!

sleeve cardi

Sleeve, which unfortunately does not sit properly at the underarm across to my boob – lame! Maybe I actually needed to put more stitches in here since I now have total guns from the gym. W00t gym, guns not so much.


EEEEE dress – look at the flounce at the bottom, beautiful! On a side note – not sure what face I’m pulling there.

front dress looking down

The Alameda Dress by Pauline Alice is lovely. It has piping down the princess seams, a flounce along the bottom, an invisible zip up the back and is fully lined.

pockets front dress

I haven’t made up a Pauline Alice pattern before and the instructions were lovely to follow!

I also used the pocket pieces from the skirt on view B (view B is a skirt with flounce and invisible zip and pockets and a crop top).

back dress looking down

Excuse the bra straps!

I used a quilting fabric that I got at Made on Marion about a month ago when I got 3 fillings at the dentist. Poor Maryanne, she had to talk to me when I couldn’t make my mouth move properly cause the numbing stuff. Bahahahah must’ve been quite hard to not laugh at me I reckon.

The lining I found in my stash – last piece, just enough! Awesome, cause I totally forgot to buy some for this.

back dress open zip

The piping I made myself by using the instructions from my Birdy Bluet post, which need a bit of touching up, so I might put it into a tutorial post of its own, easy to find for next time!

I used a dark chocolate-brown poplin from my sisters stash – thanks sis!

front bodice lining

So the dress is fully lined, as in the only ONLY seam that isn’t enclosed is the CB on the flounce since the flounce isn’t lined.

The pattern says to hand stitch the lining around the zip and around the bottom. Umm.. that is definitely not a thing that I do, not anymore anyway, I HATE HAND STITCHING!!

Right, so.. I used my zipper foot to attach lining to zip down to the bottom of the lining with a bit left unstitched so I could fold it under.

I then folded it under and top stitched it around the bottom – fully encased, no hand stitching, total win!

front lining dress
There is a bit of gaping around the armholes, but it’s because I was making this in winter, in my cold cold room and did not want to try it on during the process. Also, I don’t make muslins cause lazy.

I can deal with a bit of gaping since the rest of the dress looks damn good!

I took in the centre back seam by about 1cm on each side since it was a bit big and perfect! Love it! Favourite make so far!


eeeeeeeee pretty waterfall pic, enjoy!


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 the Pleats

I did sewing at high school through all the years. This is where I found I loved sewing and that there were so many possibilities ! I found so much inspiration going to class and seeing what everyone else was making, Have to say, made me enjoy school! I spent my lunch times and free periods in there and even stayed after school longer just so I could go hang out in the sewing room.

When I was there I fell in love with pleats. Not sure why, maybe it was seeing all the kilts around school…? So naturally I made some skirts with pleats, the first skirt I don’t have anymore, but it was maroon with 5 pleats on the left side and a yoke waist. I remember it clearly !

 One of the first things I made was a fully lined box pleated skirt (2 pleats on the front and 2 on the back). This was actually one of my favourite skirts. It was made of black Drill and had a bright pink tartan fabric inserted in the pleats. Since I made this in 7th form it has been well worn and through a couple of zip changes. It is well faded now though, sigh *sad face*.

In my second year of university I really wanted to make this pattern again, absolutely loved that skirt! However, I couldn’t follow the first pattern I made as I didn’t clearly label it and it was made of really thick paper. So I just remade the whole pattern, which was easier since I wasn’t putting a different fabric insert into the pleats.


The pattern (if I remember this correctly since I did make it 4 years ago) started as a block pattern to my personal measurements. I then measured sellotaped the darts together and cut from the hem to the bottom of the dart in a straight line – creating an A-line pattern.

I measured 10cm from the top and cut this out all the way around which became my yoke.


From here I measured the same distance from the centre front (CF) top to bottom and the same for the centre back (CB).

On these new lines I then measured 20cm away from the CF and CB which were the fabric for my box pleats.

For those who don’t know what a box pleat is, it’s when both sides of the pleat are folded in together. Box pleats can come as both inward and outward. However, I don’t really like box pleats that go the opposite way to this, probably because it reminds me of a really ugly school uniform I was made to wear.


I like lined skirts.


I like invisible zips.


I made the pink floral skirt first (see below) as soon as I made this pattern, and stayed up ’til about 5 in the morning finishing it, ah, the student life !

The blue one I starting making 2 years ago and came back to it midyear last year to complete.

I had made the pattern with an extra flare of about 5cm at each side. This would have been fine if it wasn’t for the stiffer 100% cotton quilting fabric I used. However, this gave it too much bulk and the pleats don’t sit quite right.

I also think that when I was adjusting the fit of the pink floral one I only took it in on one side, hehehe oops! At least I know better now. Or maybe cause that point is was about 3am or something..


My sewing teacher taught me how to finish things “nicely” so I edge-stitched my pleats (hoping that would help them keep their shape and maybe less ironing time) and box seams of the yoke as well.

I love edge-stitching/top-stitching!


All up this was quite cheap for me as while I worked at Spotlight I picked up the best bargains and got both fabrics for around $2 a metre. Lining I bought when it was on special for maybe..$7.99 a metre?

I really like box pleats still and I continue to wear these skirts ! Maybe in the future I’ll think of some more fun ways to spice this up !

Teapot Skirt



A-line lined skirt with yoke.


I made this pattern myself starting with a block pattern. From there I matched the darts off which automatically made it into an a-line skirt. I took some off the top of the pattern so that it would sit on my hips instead of my waist (because I find waist high extremely uncomfortable) and then cut a 10cm piece off around the pattern to create the yoke.

The material is 100% cotton from the quilting (double-blocked range) at Spotlight a few years ago. It’s quite a light material. For the lining I used the basic anti-static white fabric from Spotlight as well.


I sewed this up the usual way:

1 – Interface the interfaced parts

2 – sewed yoke’s onto associated skirt part

3 – from here I pinned it around myself to make sure it fitted me well and cut it a little it in around the hips

4 – sewed on the invisible zip on the left side.

5 – sewed up the right side

6 – attached inside yoke’s to associated lining

7 – sewed up the right seam on the lining

8 – attached inside to outside

9 – sewed inside around zip

10 – hemmed it

oh.. and I also edge stitched around yoke/skirt edge and top edge