Windrush Shirtdress


A little while ago some amazing Liberty fabric caught my eye… As I googled the various colourways, I stumbled upon this amazing story on uppercase magazine about just how the print was made. Helen Musselwhite hand cut the whole thing! Definitely a worthy read…


I didn’t think I would splurge and buy any of this fabric, until my mum offered to buy some special fabric for me for Christmas. I ordered it online from Shaukat.


I wanted to make a dress, and to choose a pattern that would help break up the repeat a little. I flirted with the idea of a BHL Sabrina dress for a little while, but then settled on the Pauline Alice Camí dress. I quickly made up a toile and had the whole dress done over one weekend because I was determined to wear it on my first day at my new job!!


What a great print matched with a great pattern! And funnily the fabric name ‘windrush’ is pretty appropriate to the pattern – walking in the city you can get some good billows!! But the skirt is not indecently short by any means so no major troubles so far!


This dress sewed up very nicely, and after making so many Archers I didn’t really need to spend too long reading the instructions! The invisible zip made me most nervous, by my new Janome I treated myself to last year handled it well. Hooray for invisible zipper feet! And automatic button holes!


The buttons are from the Alannah Hill factory outlet store in Fitzroy, they match so nicely! I should have taken a close up.


I loved making and love wearing this dress, and I have another cut out! The next version will be in a very different but still very lovely floral… Hopefully this weekend sees some sew time!

pink jasmine

This was my first make from the beautiful Colette Patterns. I was very pleased with how this pattern came together, and have been a long time fan of their blog, which is filled with tips, tutorials and ideas. I made the Jasmine top.


I picked up this sweet Japanese lawn from spotlight, and it was nice and easy to press and sew.


I feel a bit proud about this bow detail! I’ve since been wondering if I can add a bow like this to a scout tee, as you know it is my forever love pattern. I’m not sure how it would work without the v neckline though.


I like how this top looks, but it feels a bit funny in the shoulders. I made a size 0, but maybe next time I’ll size up.


I’ve worn this top out a few times now, and I like how both the fabric and pattern are so feminine and pretty.


Since making this I’ve tried a few more Colette patterns – a bunch of successful laurels, a half finished dahlia, and some clover pants in need of rescuing! I’m hoping to have more sewing time soon.

Happy Friday!