Straightgrain Bubble Dress

Late to blog this number but here is a Straightgrain Bubble Dress (with alterations) I made 2 years ago. I was inspired by Shirley Temple and that Era of dresses to come up with my own version. Here is what I came up with: My inspiration: The details: Pattern: Bubble Dress by Straightgrain patterns (no longer available). I chose this pattern because of the short bodice. The bodice is fully lined with a pointed collar buttoned down. The skirt is the from the sewing pattern – only instead of sewing together the outer and inner skirts to create a bubble I left them separate to create a skirt and a lining. I also added the full back opening to incorporate the fully functional buttons. Ps. Thanks to Bec for the great photos <3 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

  The Megan dress pattern is one of my absolute favourite basics. I have 2 in regular rotation and they are so great for all seasons to wear to work. Not pictured is a cute one in rayon that I have to wear strictly with leggings as it is a bit short (Ran out of fabric). I make a few small adjustments – personal preference really. I prefer this dress with a fully lined bodice instead of facings. I put the zipper in but don’t often need one – the neck hole is wide enough. I have also decided I do not like sleeves on this dress. I find it limits my movements and feels constricting in my arms. It looks super cute with sleeves though. I have several more planned of this one – going to make some with gathered skirts too. It is such a great basic bodice that isn’t too fitted but still gives a little more shape then a shift dress. Overall: Highly recommended!   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Period underwear: truth

Period underwear: truth

This year I have been trying out and testing period underwear. For those that do not know period underwear is a sustainable alternative to disposable sanitary items – think cloth pads only sexier. If you are only just looking into period underwear you probably have seen them crop up here and there. Basically the idea is you wear absorbent, specially made, protects your outer clothes underwear in place of OR in addition to other items. After wearing them for the right amount of time, different for everyone, you just give them a rinse, hang them to dry and then throw them in with your regular washing load. It is very easy and not disgusting at all – at least I haven’t found it weird. You can even just give it a rinse in the shower. Some key advantages: Much more comfortable, more freedom of movement, no chemicals touching your fragile areas (all the bleach and chemicals in pads and tampons is absorbed by your body and they can also dry out and adjust your natural balance), dramatically reducing your environmental footprint, long term better on your hip pocket. There are a few companies on the market. I tried two: Modibodi and Thinx. Modibodi Modibodi is Australian owned, this was very exciting for me… Until I received the products and found they were made in China anyway. They came with an excessive amount of plastic packaging and took months and months to arrive. Unfortunately they also stuffed up my order. The customer service team were okay at resolving this. This product does work well – however they only have light and...
Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

The Megan Dress is one of many patterns in the Love At First Stitch Book, thanks Granny Nancy for the awesome gift. It was not love at first ‘stitch’ for me with the Megan Dress. The fit on me did not match the fit displayed in the book and it wasn’t something I was used to wearing. I have worked out that this is because the measurements to fit are very different to the finished garment measurements. I made the first one in an amazing light weight Indian Cotton in blue with a small pattern on it. I loved the fabric so I committed to wearing the dress… Even if it was looser then I had hoped. I am beyond happy to report that I grew to love this first Megan Dress so much that I now wear it so long it is definitely a major staple in my wardrobe. Granted, I do have to wear a bra with this dress given that it does not have a full lining and it is not fitted. I love love love the Megan Dress (at least my first one). I have tried unsuccessfully to make another Megan Dress that I have fallen in love with. This is my fault though for choosing the wrong fabrics. Light and soft fabrics only for this one guys. Definitely try it and love it, or hate it and then give it away. I have tried making it with the sleeve option and have always hated it and found it uncomfortable. You might like it though, so who knows. Thanks for reading. Catelyn 🙂 Share this:TweetShare...
Elimination Communication (EC), what’s next?

Elimination Communication (EC), what’s next?

First of all, what is Elimination Communication (EC)? Well, it is not potty training. It is a gentle process by which a baby, often from very early stages, learns with the help of parents and caregivers to communicate and become aware of his or her elimination needs. Practicing EC removes the need to ‘potty train’ your kids as they already understand when they need to use the toilet and can do so on their own. For support and resources check out this page. Having seen this first hand this whole process can be amazing! I have seen my sweet little baby nieces happily holding their ‘eliminations’ until they are being held over a toilet. Happily lying there without a nappy on and having no accidents. *I myself am not a parent, but I have every intention of becoming one someday so want to be fully informed and understand how to parent my children. I also understand that what works for one family does not necessarily work for everyone else. So here you are, your baby understands their elimination abilities and have become physically able to get themselves onto a potty or toilet. This is a very exciting step as finally you are free of changing/washing (if you cloth) nappies! Get yourself a good baby accessible toilet. Here is a pretty comprehensive write up on some of your options and what to look out for that will work for you. Baby will need some sort of underwear that they can easily undo/take off. Get yourself some cloth nappies with velcro so tiny hands can start to help themselves. What to wear: shirts...
The Stella Dress

The Stella Dress

The Stella Dress is one of my absolute favourite dresses from my collection. I love all of the women’s dresses because they are so comfortable and easy to wear. I have worn my own dress so many times and washed it so many times the fabric has become so buttery soft that I don’t even iron it at all. The dress is fully lined so can be comfortably worn without a bra. The classic cut and design lends this dress effortlessly to every season. I wear it in Summer with sandals, Winter with leggings and cardigans and in between seasons with a variety. Dress features a V shaped back which is very flattering. The details: Fabric: Brushed light weight cotton available here Pattern: Altered Ruby Dress available here Model: Bianca Saul, Adelina Martinez Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Simple Sew: Ruby Dress

Simple Sew: Ruby Dress

I first saw the ‘Ruby Dress’ on Facebook when Love Sewing magazine offered it for free with their latest magazine. The pattern is by Simple Sew. Designed for woven cottons, back zipper, facings, darts, circle skirt, V back. It all looked great on paper…BUT I sewed up the dress to my measurements – clean size 10 (waist and chest). The dress does not sit right. The chest looks awkward and too big. The chest up has too much fabric. The armholes don’t sit flash – they gape in the front a little I do like this pattern but I need to try to fix it. I could try the next one out with a full lining instead of facings… That might help! I will report back if the next one turns out better.   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Ishi Dress Blog Tour

Ishi Dress Blog Tour

My favourite pattern shop for children’s clothing is Straightgrain. An runs the blog and shop out of Antwerp, Belgium (also one of my favourite places… Which I will blog about eventually). When it looked like a new pattern was coming out by An I was so excited to try it out and I am so glad I have gotten the opportunity. This is the second time I have gotten to come along the ride on a new pattern blog tour. I also got to try out the Lua Sleep sack here. Amelia was the lucky baby to get to wear that pattern too. She has definitely grown. My love affair with Straightgrain stretches right back to when I first began sewing and An’s patterns were all free and hand drawn BUT still beautiful and perfect. I own just about all of her patterns. My absolute favourite – the Hanami dress. Todays dress is a special one. The very recently released Ishi Dress. I had a lot of fun with this one because there are infinite combinations. You can customise different fabric solids or patterns, short sleeves, long sleeves, no sleeves, buttons, zips. Sizes run through from 1-10 years which means I can keep clothing my little nieces in this number for a long time. I opted for the long sleeve version – it is very difficult finding a nice long sleeve pattern. This one came together really well – the fit is good and she can move all around. The details: I made the long sleeve view with zipper back. Fabric – main fabric used is some floral lawn I...
How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

If anyone has been following along with my Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you will know I have made a number of Archer Shirts. You can check out some I blogged here and here. I have been looking for a sleeveless shirtless dress to wear over leggings or jeans in Autumn/Winter for a while and could not find any in the shops… I would also like something I can sell in my shop that is actually good. Now for the photos (follow to the end for the how).         Now for the part that all the sewing people out there might find interesting… Here is the short of it: I have altered the bodice part of the Grainline Studios Archer in the past to fit me well and now I have a pretty well fitting set up. So what I did with this one: Add 6″ in length and made the skirt more A-line. Omitted the sleeves. Angled the top of the arm hole in. Added bodice darts to wherever they worked the best. Finished the arm holes with bias tape. Extended the button placket all the way to the bottom (the buttons are fake after the top 5).   *** What I will do different next time, make it an extra inch longer. Use a bit less interfacing. Hopefully work it so I don’t need a bust dart at all.   Happy Sewing! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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