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 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...
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...

(Very) Early planning for Winter sewing.

Hello!   If you follow me on Instagram (@morningstarsews) you will have noticed I have been travelling around Europe. My partner and I had a great time seeing so many great sites, eating delicious things and playing with snow for the first time! I plan on posting some posts in coming weeks about our experiences and recommendations, so stay tuned!   Today we got back to Australia and to a 37 degree day (after leaving 2 degree Rome) and it is rough. While travelling I was thinking about sewing… Of course. What else would I be doing!   It is definitely too late and way too hot to sew for Summer. I might make some simple jersey cotton shorts for wearing in the heat or a quick something to wear to work but mostly I won’t be sewing.   I have however started to plan some things to sewing for the colder months.   Here is how my imagined wardrobe is shaping up.   1. Wiksten’s Tova    I really love this patter. I purchased the pdf pattern before I left for Europe with high hopes that fell short. I purchased some light weight corduroy in navy colour from Spotlight. I would love to also make one or more in a flannel (maybe some of the stuff from my stash). I think these would be great over leggings/pants.  2. Raglan Tees I have sewn this one up twice now.. I still don’t have the fit right. It seems to sit too low in the neckline and it is really loose despite making the recommended size. I would like to...

Lua Sleep Sack pattern tour

I have been looking forward to trying out this pattern by An from Straight Grain since she first mentioned it many months ago. It has been such a joy and privilege testing this sleep sack pattern. My partner did not really understand my jumping up and down about it either.  It is no surprise that I love this pattern especially given I have finished 2, started 3 more and have a 6th cut out to sew as well. With all of the babies expected this year and things starting to cool down here in Australia – this is the perfect pattern.    I had hoped to include some photos of my new niece Amelia in her sleep sack but she has been unwell. Please accept this very sweet (5 days old) photograph of her as a runner up prize.***photos of sleep sack in use now available (pictured at 6 weeks old).    (For those here for the baby photos, more at the bottom)   Basically this pattern was a breeze to sew up. The instructions are very clear with a number of illustrations to help out. Printing and piecing together the pattern was so easy and paper efficient – the bottom section of the pattern can be used for both the front and back pieces.    The only tricky part of the pattern (besides choosing the fabrics, of course) is installing the zipper. This is walked through though very gently and was not hard to do. There are some great tips throughout – I certainly learned a few things.    This pattern is very adaptable and could easily be made...

Project Run & Play

Hello, I am posting early for Project Run and Play’s 2nd week challenge: Spring Break. My look is inspired by the holiday destination I am most excited for this year: Italy! Mind you I will be there in January so it might be a bit colder then the beautiful imagery that inspires my outfit. My inspiration: What I came up with: Patterns: Dress: Own pattern Leggings: Leggings from Shwin Designs‘s Baby Basics set The pattern size is 12-18M which actually ended up being massive on this string bean little nearly 2yo. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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