Things have been crazy, crazy busy around these 'ere parts which explains my long absence from blogging. CRAZY BUSY FACT #1 - Three months ago, I returned to full-time work after eight years of working part-time. CRAZY BUSY FACT #2 - I resigned from state education and moved to the private sector so had to familiarise myself with a new workplace and learn a new education system. CRAZY BUSY FACT #3 - I'm teaching a year level I've never taught before. CRAZY BUSY FACT #4 - I went through the emotional drain of putting my youngest child into full-time kindy. (Sure, he's almost 5, but that doesn't make it any easier.) Oh, and if that doesn't sound like a big enough change.......here comes CRAZY BUSY FACT #5 - I'm planning a major household renovation. Sewing? What sewing!
Funnily enough, when I looked over my blog today, the outfit I'm wearing in my most recent post, is actually the outfit I wore to my job interview over three months ago. I must have gotten Paul to photograph me on the morning of my interview. I looked so relaxed and carefree... I think I'm looking a little more weary these days. Thank god for concealer!
Well, even though I haven't kept on top of my own sewing and blogging, I've successfully kept on top of reading all about yours. My blogroll has provided me with a much-needed sanctuary when I've been too weary to head to the staffroom at lunchtime and mingle with my new colleagues. Meeting and getting to know new people and repeating my story over and over again is not a break. Instead, I often chose to sit in the peace and quiet of my empty classroom and secretly live out my sewing fantasies through all your wonderful creations. It was a welcome break from constantly talking, thinking and doing. I think peppermint tea and my blogroll got me through the tough first three months. So thank you.
On to sewing....
I do have a number of catch-up posts to do of garments I made prior to starting my job. I'll have to schedule in a photography session with Paul this week before holidays end. I remember my sister telling me years ago that Ashton Kutcher set up a bar in Demi's walk-in-wardrobe so that he could sit back, chill and have a few drinks while Demi asked him to critique all her outfits in a 'does my butt look big in this?' style. I think I may have to channel something like that, but I'll ditch the bar and the wardrobe and replace it with a beer, cool music and the back verandah.
Sewing inventory since starting my new job: dress x 1, long sleeve knit top x1, unfinished pants x1, unfinished skirt x 1, unfinished shorts x1, unfinished jacket x1. Are you starting to see a pattern here?
Chloe Dress - Victory Patterns
This week, I made the Chloe dress by Victory Patterns. I wore it out on a lunch date with my husband today and have to say, I kinda love it. It was super comfortable and I think it suits my silhouette well. Best of all, it can be worn as either a tunic top over jeans in winter or by itself as a dress when things warm up. It also lends itself to a ton of accessories options, which I love.
I sewed the Chloe dress using a lovely piece of linen I bought from Tessuti, Melbourne around Christmas time. I also decided to embrace the 'clashing prints' fashion trend from last season and added piping down the front/side front seams, sleeve bindings and pocket flaps using a contrasting linen print from The Fabric Store, Melbourne. I wasn't sure how the whole 'clashing print' thing would go, but I have to say, I love how it turned out. I don't think the dress would look anywhere near as groovy, if I'd used a matching contrast. I also added fabric-covered buttons to the pocket flaps using the flowers featured on the fabric from the shell of the dress.
From memory, the only alterations I made were to alter the shoulder seams to better fit my square shoulders and to remove some fabric that was pooling in the front sleeve section. Other than that, I think it was a pretty easy fit. I could always go and check my toile to confirm these alterations, but you have to understand they are in a completely different room to where I am currently sitting. Weary much?
Styled with: Elk sandals, Elk necklace, Kangaroo leather cuff, Jag slim fit jeans
There photos were taken today at Palm Cove Beach. It was a beautiful winter's day, but boy was it blowing a gale!