The Swing of Sewing



My summer camp of not studying continues. The obligatory tidy of the Woman Cave was completed and the list of "must do" jobs was complied.  I love that feeling of ticking things off the list, it makes my head space so much clearer.

One job I had been neglecting was finishing off some custom orders for my lovely friend Emz. You may recall that this little lady bought me over a stash of proper vintage material in pristine condition. I had made one batch of skirts and crop tops for her. I had these tea dresses cut for the longest time but had not found the time to sew it together.

The tea dress is a vintage pattern that I always use. It features a capped sleeve and I left out a lot of the "puff", deciding on pleating the skirt for these two. The top picture is of a crop top that I made for the first round but we decided it need a bit more room in the body and a bit more length. I decided to add some lace inserts to the side and a little ruffle around the bottom. A success I think.

On a thrifting trip I managed to stumble on some contrasting vintage fabric in the same pattern to add to her articles. You can see the contrasting orange features on the kangaroo pockets in the middle pictures tea dress. The tea dress pictured on the bottom had a permanent apron sewn onto it as a feature.

I have enough of her material to make one more thing.... but first to work out how to make the pattern. What did you get to make this week?

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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