It’s another Emery dress!

I’m pretty much a one trick pony by this point.


I did things slightly differently this time – I combined the pretty shape of the Emery dress with the frankly gorgeous neckline of the Mae blouse from Bluegingerdoll.emermae-back

It wasn’t an exact, focused, patternmaking endeavour – I just sat the Mae facing piece on top of the Emery front bodice piece, lined it up so it more or less worked and cut it out.

And I’m so pleased with how it turned out!


This is my entry into the Sewing Indie MonthPattern Hacking category.

Noodlehead Summer Madras Tote

It’s official – this is the perfect tote bag!

It’s the Summer Madras Tote from Noodlehead, and it’s just what I’ve been looking for!summer-tote

I’ve been perpetually short on tote bags for ages – I’m always looking for one in my cupboard but it just didn’t exist. I stumbled across Noodlehead ages ago and bookmarked the Super Tote (gah – it’s perfect! I need to make it soon!). I was innocently browsing the other day when I was meant the be… ahem.. studying and stumbled across the Summer Madras tote tutorial. It looked cute and functional and it was free (Bonus! I’m broke).

I actually rearranged a whole heap of my sewing things the other day, so I have lots of fabric out nice and visible. It reminded me of this cotton drill I’d acquired from Spotlight ages ago. I’d bought 1m with no specific purpose in mind – I just loved the design so much I had to have some. I had vague plans of making a cushion cover, but really, I think it always wanted to be a bag. I grabbed some red organic cotton (originally from fabric.com and used to underline my lacy Meringue skirt) and it matched pretty well.

I found the instructions a little confusing in places and I made a few dumb mistakes when I wasn’t paying attention, but this came together very quickly.

And now it’s perfection! I’ve used it a ton and I only finished it two days ago.summer-madras-noodlehead

In fact, I haven’t yet washed out the fabric marker I used to mark the front centre seam – there’s a strange yellow spot that doesn’t quite belong. Note to self: wash it before I take pictures.  (Update: It didn’t wash out. GAH! It always washes out.) It’s a much needed pop of colour (the bag, not the marker) after years of using a faded old black tote and it’s a much better size too. Big, without being too large. Super handy and quick to make – I think there’ll be more of these in my future! Mum’s already requested I make one for my grandma for Christmas.

The Maths

Outer fabric – bought ages ago… maybe $10?

Lining – remnants, so free.

Bias – stash, free

Interfacing – $5