sack dress

I finally set up my sewing machines in the corner of our bedroom. Sounds grim, but our bedroom is large and there is a good spot in an alcove under the window. AND I have actually finished three dresses in three days, in between other things... ohmegod new clothes...

One is pretty strawberry fabric, on which I worked out the pattern, a pattern that is basically a sack... Two is a dress I may just wear to a wedding, made from black linen I bleach dyed while in Holland making flags for a little wooden boat. Now I am glad I carried it home with me. It was a tough decision in the final days, what to leave behind in Paris, heavy fabric, worn-out but loved jeans (soft and good) worn-out but loved t-shirts, perfectly fitting op-shop dress in a style I feel vaguely uncomfortable with. HMMM... what to push the weight restrictions with? The jeans went, so did the t-shirt and dress. I've had pangs of regret (perfectly fitting op-shop dress!) but I'm happier about it now as I have a new dress, a new sack dress. Thirdly a plain black linen bats wing sleeve dress.

The last version of this sack will be sewn up from the woodplanks fabric I printed today. On raw silk. Hopefully it'll be as good in reality as it is in my head.

On that note, woodplanks fabric is very good in reality. I have been wanting to print it for years, so it made me VERY happy to see 20 metres of it laid out on the table today. Like a VERY long log cabin. Ooh it's beautiful.

On that note, I'd like to publicly thank ms durston for the overlocker. Its SO good to be able to make new clothes after living in a suitcase for a year (I even hand-stitched a top in Berlin, that sort of effort from me defines desperate) Pene I love you!


pen said...

and you looked 'sew' cute in your little sack dress- I meant to say and just spent your visit complaining....
too cute for words- that's my excuse!

animaldelmar said...

oh, please, dear dell. a photo! miss you, m.

Amelia said...

hello, I was wondering if you knew about Melbourne's collaborative op shopping blog 'I op therefore I am'


there are links there to maps and addresses of Melbourne's op shops. let me know if you are interested in joining.

regards, Amelia