Sunday, 14 September 2014

I ROBOT




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.

18 comments:

  1. Sorry the photos didn't turn out perfect, but the dress sure did. Such a winner Myra. Robot and clutch were a hot combination!

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    1. Oh no Kirsty, your photographer skills are great! It was the limited artificial light that was to blame. My pics of you were so bad you couldn't use them remember? Thanks for the dress love. x

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  2. I've been feeling the same was about the sewing community lately. And it the reason that the moment the parentals leave tonight, I'm starting on planning my summer wardrobe!

    Your robot sigma is stunning - so wish I had been there to see it for myself.

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    1. I wish you were there as well Michelle. It would have been great to have the whole Canberra sewing crew. Ooo - can't wait to catch up and hear the summer wardrobe plans.

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    1. Thanks Jen. There were so many stunning hand-made frocks - yours was one of them :)

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  4. Totally hot robot babe! you looked amazing and it was wonderful to meet you!

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    1. Haha. Thanks Susan. It was great to meet you IRL.

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  5. Your dress looks amazing and so glad you had a great night. It was lovely to meet you at Tessuti.

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    1. Lovely to meet you too Sharon. Hopefully you can make it to next year's Frocktails! I'm already thinking about next year's dress and catching up with everyone.

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  6. You are amazing - your Robot Sigma was perfect and I love that we could have a tea ceremony with the big stone warriors during Frocktails ... ;) It was fabulous to meet you IRL! ;)

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    1. Hehe Nic. Thanks to China Republic for providing some props for our amusement :) Looking forward to catching up IRL again. Until then, I will continue blog stalking you. x

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  7. You are totally robolicious, my dear! And the rad new clutch made the fabric pop so beautifully!

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    1. Robolicious?! You are hilarious lovely lady. I may need you to teach me some robot moves before I pull this dress out for a second wearing. Much love to you.

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  8. I love your Robot dress...and it was really lovely to meet you at Frocktails. I hope we get to meet again soon...or later...sooner or later.

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    1. Thanks Mel. I can't believe how awesome the sewing community is. I suddenly feel like I have sooo many friends out there who totally get me and why i sew. So nice to meet you. Looking forward to meeting you again.

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  9. As if we wouldn't love your dress! It was fabulous. Like Amanda says, robolicious. SO lovely to meet you - and all the best for your studies!! x

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    1. Thanks. I was so nervous beforehand - especially given there were so many sewing bloggers there that I followed (like you). Thanks for the robot dress love. x

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