Sunday, 14 September 2014


I know it is has been yonks since my last blog post (over 6 weeks in fact) - I apologise, but I have been friggin busy. Like, totally run off my feet busy. With what I hear you ask? What is it that has taken me away from my beloved sewing machine? – I’ve gone back to uni for a complete career change. As excited as I am about returning to study, this change has GREATLY reduced my sewing hours. And a reduction of sewing = a reduction of blogging.
That said nothing was going to stop me from attending this year’s frocktails. I needed a new dress. Stat. With 7 days on the clock before the event I decided another Sigma would do the trick; not just any sigma - a metallic one made from fabric I found in the remnants bin. My Robot Sigma.

I bought the fabric from Addicted to Fabric, and it is some kind of polyester blend. It’s a navy blue base with a metallic thread running on the diagonal. It isn’t as stiff as it looks in the photos, but it would go up in flames (or melt) if I stood too close to an open fire.  Oh, and apologies for the standard of the pics – it’s really quite hard to take good pics in the dark.
I’m not going to talk too much about the construction of this dress as I have made plenty previously. The only difference with this one is that it is fully lined with a luscious cotton silk blend as the metallic fabric is scratchy as all hell. I omitted the facing and hand stitched the lining to the inside of the zipper tape. I also hand stitched the hem and the sleeves (luckily I finished this very late the night before the event – hand stitching on the bus to Sydney was my ‘down to the wire’ option).

The obligatory back view :)
I also graded out the skirt to accommodate my winter hips, and played with the curve between the waist and hips. I hadn’t factored in how long this step would take and ended up unpicking this seam three times damnit. The rest of the dress is exactly the same as each of my others.
I was so excited to attend frocktails this year. It was my first frocktails and I was a bundle of nerves! I was worried my dress wouldn’t match up to the standard of the other sewers, but I needn’t have worried – sewists are the most encouraging, welcoming people I know. My dress was well received and people actually LIKED my dress. To all who commented on the night – thank you! You have lit the fire in my belly to find more time in my day to sew.

To anyone who hasn’t heard of frocktails, let me tell you a little about it. It is an annual event where sewers get together to eat, drink cocktails and meet other sewists in their hand-made frocks. This year the lovely Kat (All the whimsical things) organised the event and I bussed up with a few of my Canberra sewing crew - Amanda (bimble and pimble), Jen (the stitcher and gatherer) and Kirsty (top notch). It was a wonderful weekend of new friendships, scrumptious food, expresso martinis and fabric shopping. What more could a girl want??? I’m already looking forward to next year.

The Canberra crew (from left): Jen, Kirsty, Amanda and me

On that note, I will get back to the drudgery of work, back to the uni books and back to the reality of single parenthood. But I will find a few minutes here and there to devote to my sewing because sewing (and the sewing community) make me happy.