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Fitting woes

Why is it that I can find dresses in the shops that fit me perfectly, but when it comes to making my own I just can’t get in right?

I think we need to start a conversation about fitting your own clothes when you don’t have someone else around to help. (I have tried to train up the cats, but their lack of opposable thumbs makes it difficult.)

What are your tips?


Wedding Dress Update

Good news everybody! After the debacle of last week, where I discovered that my motif looked completely off-centre when I actually tried the bodice on properly (the joys of working with an asymmetrical motif), I was able to remake my bodice and complete the dress until the desired point (I’m waiting until I get down to Adelaide to do the hemming and stitch the motif on – cutting it fine, but I really need some extra hands and eyes for those steps).

This time around, I underlined the bodice with some organza I had presciently picked up the weekend before. It looks so much nicer – I am very relieved!

No photos, though – I want to wait until the big day to show it off!

Now all that’s left to do is sew up a couple of bowties for the boys 🙂


Wedding Dress Update

So … two weeks to go and I have to completely remake my bodice.

Not feeling so great right now. It’s going to be a busy weekend.


Winding down

My first week at work was (in what I’m sure is a complete shock to no-one) pretty exhausting. So it was nice to unwind this afternoon with a little gardening.

It’s been raining for weeks here in Brisbane, and doesn’t show any sign of letting up. So I figured I’d make the most of it by planting some herbs – this way I don’t have to worry about watering them!


I’m back!

Finally, I can post again! We’re all settled in up here in Brisbane, and we finally have our internet connected. Today is my birthday, so we’re off to Mt Tamborine, which should be lovely. I have made negative progress on my dress, coming the the conclusion that the pattern I was working with is simply not going to work with a non-knit fabric – at least not for the bodice (I can still use it as the basis for the skirt). So now I am trying to put together a sloper and work something out from that, but becoming rather terrified that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Oh well, we’ll see what happens!

I’m sure I’ll be in touch with more soon!


Engagement photos and other scary stuff

We had our engagement shoot yesterday (only 13.5 months after we got engaged). It was very awkward and strange, and I’m scared about how the photos will turn out.

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I should probably apologise in advance if posting is a bit sparser than usual over the next month or two. It’s only four weeks until we do the big move to Brisbane, and there’s a lot to get organised. How do you organise the logistics of a move like this anyway? We have to work out how we get up there, find somewhere to live, get the cat up there too. I don’t think there’s going to be much time for wedding dress sewing!