Sunday, 16 April 2017

My first cross stitch: The Smith Street Band

I got a cross stitch book for christmas and ever since I have been obsessed with it. I always saw cross stitch as a very boring looking craft. After all I'd never seen anything but those 'home sweet home' patterns. Alas, my life changed after being introduced to the world of subversive cross stitch and the realisation that this was actually the type of craft I had been waiting for. For my very first cross stitch I actually decided to make my own pattern. This was pretty simple as it was just lettering and only a single colour was used (black). It was a huge learning curve and although it is not perfect I am so in love with it. 

"We are more than future housewives" 

This came from the lyrics of a song by The Smith Street Band which is a favourite of mine in Australia. The song is called birthdays.  I had been singing along to it non stop so I decided to use the lyrics that I probably loved the most. 

I feel like this is a reminder that even though you may come up against people that don't respect you, that does not define your value. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you are always more than the labels people try to give you. Your worth is not defined by those who try and dismiss you. 


xx Alecia

Monday, 27 February 2017

Vera Venus sundress bodice and gathered skirt

This dress started it's life as another dress, a poorly drafted, extremely unflattering floral disaster from what was presumably a vintage magazine 'draft it yourself' section found on pinterest. It was terrible. I think I wore it twice or maybe three times at most. I had spent SO LONG on that dress trying to make something that was never going to work, work. 

A short time ago I decided to remake this dress, I loved the fabric too much and are far too stubborn a person to give to up. The pattern I used was the free sundress bodice pattern from Vera Venus. This pattern states that it is sized for a 35-37 inch bust or 34C/D-36C. I had some issues fitting the bodice as I have a small ribcage and waist and a large chest. I went through a couple of fittings before I got something that fitted okay, which is more of a reflection of my relative inexperience with adjusting patterns of this type. 

I've only just started to wear this dress as after TWO very frustrating and time consuming sews the mere sight of the fabric gave me Kill Bill-esque rage scene feeling. I am pretty happy with it now and can't wait to wear it more. I put a lot of fabric into the gathered skirt so it's extra twirly and full. It feels wonderful to swish around in. 

Fabric: Spotlight
Pattern: Vera Venus

Would I sew this again? Knowing what I know now about the fitting and what adjustments I need to make straight away...definitely!! It's free, duh. I love me some free patterns.