Missoni like – V8724

At the hen’s night I was waiting in line at the ladies, there was a girl wearing a missoni knit dress. I complimented her on it and she was floored and appreciated the compliment. So I’ve used this pattern with the Missoni like fabric to come up with this simple knit dress. I bought this fabric at The Remnant Warehouse.

Simple is misleading. The toile top that I cut out in January and only finished it this week as a post-gold dress project was how I refined the fit of this dress.

This green version shows the design lines better. The reason I’ve also made this version is to show the princess lines on the back. This is a cool feature for those of us with a sway back. This green knit was again from the $20 garbage bag of remnants from Pitt Trading.

My adjustments were:
1/ Lowered the bodice piece by 2.5 cm so that it sits under my bust. I’ve followed this adjustment through to the back pieces so the waist detailing follows from front to back.
2/ Roll shoulder adjustment. So the back shoulder seam is 2 cm higher at the sleeve seam. The front shoulder seam is 2cm lower at the sleeve seam.
3/ Shortened the hem to above the knee.
4/ Pinched out 2 cm from the front neckline so that the neckline doesn’t gape open.

I’ve used all 3 machines on the Missoni version. The sewing machine for the darts, bodice to skirt seam and side seams. The overlocker was used for the back seams. The coverpro was used for the neckline, dress and sleeve hems.

Now that I’ve finished this UFO, I can concentrate on gearing up to make a formal trench and the gold coat with some trench detailing. I suspect that some of you are in the midst of developing a coat because we have a few sew-alongs happening. More about this next post.
Many thanks to two bloggers I follow. Firstly to Rhonda Buss on Rhonda’s Creative Life  for featuring my sewing on her blog this week. My little Macaron was also featured in a Macaron parade on Rhinestones and telephones by Sarah Gilbert. There are a lot of great Macarons out there. Have a look at the Flickr group. I love sewing amongst so many wonderful sewer across the world.
Thank you to all of you who commented on my gold dress. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to have a look and comment. I did think about glueing and zigzagging the lace on at one stage. I really did:)

Just one more – Butterick 6582

I just wanted to make this dress up because I had the fabric; the lace remnant; and the test dress worked. What I was curious about was how this dress would work in a medium weight fabric instead of georgette print.

I found that as tedious as hand sewing can be I loved spending the time handsewing the lace onto the dress. This took 5 hours to do but there was no deadline to meet and I had no other commitments ie, the housework for the weekend was finished. I even managed to do some weeding and watered the garden. It looks like we’ll need some rain this summer.

The fabric was a steal at Pitt Trading and the lace was a remnant from the ASG industry in June. I think this colour works without a tan too although Spring is in the air – in Queensland and not in Sydney today.

I don’t have an occassion to wear this dress but as the handwork was going to take time I wanted to have this in the wardrobe ready to wear for a special event than do a late night rush job when an occasion does pop up. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

As Sylvia gave me what was left on the roll, I have enough of this gold fabric to make a formal trench coat…

Thank you all for your lovely comments about the outfits I’ve been making too.

Successful dressmaking

This year I started working with vintage patterns. So why not buy a old sewing book and see if we’re doing anything different than previous sewers?
This book doesn’t have an ISSN number but is registered with the Adelaide Post Office and there’s no date. I bought this on ebay in May and it comes up from time to time so I’m guessing it was a high school text book. The school I went to was a home economics girls school so it’s no wonder I’ve stayed with sewing. Most of the girls in my year pursued other things 🙂
If you don’t want to spend a lot on patterns, this book goes through the basics to make your own pattern blocks.

Fit was and still is an issue for dressmakers.

The photos are classic black and whites but they are do explain dressmaking techniques well.

At the moment I’m working on piping and this book has got that covered.

Recyling and mending was also something dressmakers did.

Recycling is now a trend as well for eco-friendly sewers.
Coletterie also reviewed a classic like this, and this prompted me to review this book, before it slipped my mind 🙂

Biryani by DH

We love visiting local market stalls and DH picked up a lime chutney from a market in Canberra and he’s been wanting to make an Indian meal for a while. I bought this enamel pan from Aldi recently and DH has been using this for lots of his recipes. This biryani dish was one of them. 

The poppadoms (bought from a local Indian grocer), the mango chutney and lime chutney made more authentic for us.
DH did add a chicken curry onto the menu for the night so you could say we had a smallish banquet.
The biryani masala paste from the same local indian grocer was the basis for this dish.
Here’s the recipe on the label.
Recipe: For 1/2 kg rice, add required quantity of water, 200g cut vegetables (of your choice) required salt, 3 tsp ghee, 3tsp Priya Biryani masala paste and cook. Mix well and serve hot.
Optional: If desired add few stems of coriander leaves and mint leaves.
DH added pieces of leftover roast lamb.
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. DH added 3 tablespoons of the paste so it really did taste like the real deal.

Battered zucchini flowers

I can only give you part of this recipe because the cheese/mint filling was already inserted into the frozen filled zucchini flowers when I was helping GM.

The batter uses half flour and half cornflour and the liquid is beer. Only use enough beer to make the batter smooth. Drink the remaining beer. Don’t waste it!

Use a small saucepan with frying oil to lightly fry the batter dunked zucchini flowers and drain them on paper towel.

Serve warm with lemon juice. How else would you dress a Greek dish? (rhetorical question) :))

Impossible pie

Here’s another one of Mum’s 1990s recipe that could make a comeback.

4 eggs
1/2 c butter or margarine
1/2c plain flour
2c milk
1c sugar
1c coconut
2t vanilla essence


  1. Blend all the ingredients together.
  2. Pour into a greased pyrex pie dish.
  3. Bake at 180c for 1 hour or until the centre is firm.

The flour settles at the base to form a crust.
The coconut forms the top crust and the centre form an egg custard. Mmm custard.