Sewing for the Hemispheres: Day Two

Welcome back for more WOMEN'S sewing..... today we are sharing awesome creations from Denita and Lisa. Each are cute, comfortable, and stylish.... and yet perfect for very different seasons.  What are your favorite patterns to transition through the seasons????


It’s Fall y’all! This my most favorite time of year. The weather is comfortably between cool and warm. Football is in full swing and now it’s time to be cozy. Seriously, this is my favorite time of year.

For my Fall look, I chose Pattern for Pirates Raglan and Jocole Skinny Pants. In South Carolina, the raglan is a great layering piece. Early in the morning and late evenings it’s cool; however, the days are still warm. There are so many options with the raglan pattern (there’s an add­on pack with even more options).

The raglan is sewn using cozy, lightweight sweater knit from Purpleseamstress. The skinny pants work well for Fall because they can be changed to fit the weather conditions. Depending on the fabric choice, the Skinny Pants can be super warm or super cool. I changed up the skinny pants a little by using jeggings fabric from Purpleseamstress. The denim jeggings fabric gives the skinnies a more relaxed fit. This is perfect for chasing my youngsters!

So what’s your Fall go to outfit?


Jennifer Paganelli's Circa fabric line was released a couple of years ago, around the time I started sewing, and I remember spending quite a bit of time online pouring over all the beautiful options before choosing­ this gorgeous blue, pink and yellow floral.  It was the first designer quilting cotton I ever purchased, and when it arrived I just wanted to keep touching it, so of course, it has been in my stash ever since... ­ too beautiful to cut into, and waiting for the right dress to come along.

When I started thinking about sewing for this post, my Circa fabric kept coming to mind. Everything about it says Spring.  And when I saw the Miss Audrey dress pattern from Aussie designer 1 Puddle Lane, I knew I had the perfect project.  The Miss Audrey dress is simply classy and beautiful- a tapered princess seam bodice, and a fit and flare style which I love.  More than any other pattern I've sewn, this one made me feel like a real seamstress.  The pattern has cutting lines for A­DD cup, and an extensive online tutorial on making a muslin so you can get exactly the right fit.  

There are steps for stay stitching and using fusible tape before joining any seams, optional lining, pockets, back darts, back invisible zipper, and an option for pleated or gathered skirt (mine is pleated) ­ no shortcuts here, but it is absolutely worth it.  The instructions are clear and comprehensive, and the online sew along tutorial gives you photos and extra tips if you need them. This is one of those times when I can't quite believe I actually made this myself.

In Melbourne, we have a major fashion season around the Spring Racing Carnival and the Melbourne Cup (horse race) in November.  I think this dress could mix it with the best of them.  Although I think it would be best accessorised with a glass of champagne and an afternoon with friends.  I couldn't be happier with this...bring on the warm weather!