So we have just entered my birthday month and I have been reminiscing the grand time I had last year. My dearest threw me a birthday party and invited the 30 most nearest and dearest to me.
A number of gifts I received were beautiful fabric in Pacific Islands, Indonesian, and African prints. Most of these I had stitched right away, but never got around to posting about them.
Of the Pacific Island prints, I made straight dresses dressed up in belts or bows. The African/Ankara print was made into a fit and flare dress with off-shoulders.
The black batik print is what I haven’t dared to stitch yet. Hopefully I get the time to work on it before the next time I turn 30!
It was a beautiful Saturday morning when I found myself [yet again] in Atlas somehow. To tell you the truth, it isn’t at all coincidental that we park in MHCC for our Saturday trips to the Suva market; it makes for an easy detour to Atlas 🙂
What caught my eye on this particular Saturday were these rolls of jersey fabric going for $4 a metre. Now, if you have read about my previous projects you would know that I LOVE stretchy fabric. It has the advantage of a fitted piece without worrying too much about zippers. Anyways, I bought a grey and maroon piece to be transformed into overlap dresses.
The end results were slightly different from what I had set out to do. Firstly, I wasn’t sure the hanging overlap would look as good as it does in the sketch and secondly, I decided I wanted to wear the maroon piece to work, so I added shoulders.
It has been a while since my last project. Keeping a work-life balance is difficult sometimes. And sometimes, I am lazy.
Eventhough lazy, create I must. So I have been working on simple shift dresses. Over the last few months of 2016, I had been hoarding fabric. I had bought multiple prints in only one meter pieces. Initally I had though I would make blouses out of these (I am becoming a pant person) but assessing the amount of fabric that would be leftover and potentially unuseable, I decided against it. Went with shift dresses instead.
These dresses are simple to cut and stitch. I have previously made a few without sleeves, but the fabric width allowed sleeves so I went for it. Of the seven prints, 3 were of similar fabric, soft and flowy; and these are the ones which I transformed into summer shifts.
I think I have professed my love for polka dots in a previous post, so I will just get started on the pieces I created.
This fabric was bought and stitched more than a year ago but I only got around to wearing the dress this week! The design is very similar to the white dress for my civil union, just the skirt is a hi-low cut.
The leftover fabric was of course utilised and was turned into a blouse. The neckline is a bit of a cowl design, a bit; with a bow.
Not bad for a 3 metre fabric costing FJD18 now is it?
It was a fine sunny Saturday when I found myself in the fabric store. It was also a lucky day; I found fabric I wasnt even looking for.
The were rolls of these thick cotton-spandex blend; great for making office wear. For my day-to-day office wear, I like simple, no fuss dresses. Which why I love shift dresses [and keep on making them]. To add a bit of twist to the shift, I added triangles to the torso
I didn’t get the triangles to meet in the middle as the joints would have gotten too thick. Instead, I ran a cross stitch two centimetres from the triangles and it formed a perfect X.
Suva is currenlty going through its dark and moody weather. The kind in which all you want to do is curl up with a hot beverage and a good read. On days like these, a bit of colour and coffee can do a world of good.
I had picked up the floral prints from Atlas store in Suva. It is a soft cotton blend and perfect for our [usually] tropical postcard weather. I have previouly made a colour block in The One in Green but with plain fabrics. This colour/print block shift dress also features a colour block shoulder.
In one of my fabric hunting trips, I found this white fabric with blue prints – I fell in love. To make it worse, it was stretchable! I had to have it then.
Once home and a few dollars poorer, I set to work on this brilliant fabric. And did I mention that I am now a proud owner of these scissors with gold details? Have a look, I am not kidding 😉
I wanted to make a side gathered dress and since I don’t work with patterns, I had to make do with my imagination and some lousy calculations!
Despite all the challenges, the dress looks pretty good.