Today I met up with my buddy Enid in Southbank, Brisbane. It’s a great place to bring kids to play, with a city beach and water park and gardens open to the public. Lila especially loves visiting the water park on a hot day. I wore my new red-stripe Tiramisu dress and Enid took photos!
I whipped this dress together yesterday from my Tiramisu Dress pattern- by the way, you all have pre-ordered nearly 250 patterns! I’m so excited, it’s such a pleasure to be involved in your sewing!
Speaking of sewing involvement, I’ve been experimenting with letting Twitter and Facebook into my sewing room. As I stitched this dress and another sample yesterday, I took photos for my notes as usual (it’s the simplest way, I find). This time, I tweeted my photos and some of my notes and it was such fun. I loved that many of you responded and I chatted back, like having friends drift through my sewing room as I work. Thanks for the lovely sewing experience, I’ll be trying that again!
This summer, I’m working with a predominantly blue and red color palette, and trying to work in some yellow accents. I love yellow, but yellow doesn’t love me. When I saw these canvas and rope wedges, I knew I had to pick them up to wear with my dresses! I don’t like heels, but a wedge offers great stability and support so I like them nearly as much as ballet flats and loafers. The black and white hat came home with me the other day, and matches my many black and white purses. We didn’t get any shots with my bag, note for next time!
In the middle of taking photos, I had to explain to Lila it’s a bad idea to jump into a shallow pool. The only reason I include this is as an “action” shot- no gaping neckline! No tumbling out! This is a big deal to me.
After splashing around in the water park, we pretended to fish in a reflecting pool. These were outtakes, but I like them and thought you might, too. Lila’s wearing her Book Report Dress, it’s a favorite around here.
This dress fabric is a fairly stable cotton jersey. I tested this dress on a wide variety of knits, and I’m happy with the way it behaves across the spectrum of stretchiness. I find the “best” knits for this dress are similar to what would be used for t-shirts, but it also works with slinkier knits. I have not tested this on synthetics or 4-way stretch but I doubt it would behave much differently.
If you’d like to win 3m of this striped jersey, leave me a comment below! I love sending fabric out into the wide world, especially when it’s something I have used myself. One caveat: this is a printed stripe, not a “knitted in” stripe. I didn’t find it terribly different or difficult to work with, and as far as I could tell the stripes are printed on grain.
It’s totally worth it anyway, because I love Penelope’s dress on the new pattern cover and it delighted me to no end to bring it to life. If you’d like to bring your own Tiramisu to life, do pop over to Etsy for the pre-sale.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway, just tell me so below along with your favorite summer time style tip. Leave a comment by the end of The Circus (October 5th, Brisbane Time) to enter!
Tomorrow: My Tips for Sewing Knits on a Regular Sewing Machine