I had a metre and a half of leftover Japanese geo print cotton from my Ultimate Shift Dress, so I decided to tackle the Megan Dress from Tilly Walnes’ book Love at First Stitch! The Megan is probably the only pattern I hadn’t made from this book, so I was pretty excited about trying it out.
It was actually autumn here in Brisbane when I made the dress, but I couldn’t stop myself from making a bright, summery frock… and now it’s finally the right weather to wear it! I opted to add in side seam pockets (every dress needs pockets!!) and make my dress sleeveless. I actually took some time to make a proper toile of the bodice and make a couple of minor adjustments to the pattern before cutting out my dress fabric, and I’m glad I did – the dress fits very nicely now!
I made my own bias tape with the scraps leftover from cutting out the dress, following this tutorial, and finished the armholes with a bias tape facing, following this tutorial. I’d never done this before, but it was actually pretty easy!
I’m so pleased with my dress – it’s professional enough to wear at work, but the print makes it fun enough for a weekend brunch or date night out. I just love how simple and sweet the Megan pattern is, and how little fabric it uses (only about 1.5m if you omit the sleeves!) – I can definitely see more Megan dresses in my future!
It’s time to share my August Project Life pages! This month I took a leaf out of Ali Edwards’ book and focused on repeating elements on my pages to tie things together – mostly by using the same patterns on my journal cards for each page.
For my title page, I incorporated a couple of postcards that came with online orders from Brown’s General Store and McKean Studio – I love being able to incorporate bits and pieces of life ephemera in my pages!
Today I’m sharing another traditional 9×12 layout, all about my brother’s corgi, Roscoe! I based the layout on this sketch from the Studio Calico archives – a nice, simple grid layout.
Since the actual layout of the papers and photos was so simple, I took my time picking out the right papers and embellishments to make sure everything looked good together. I experimented with a bunch of different options until I found one that I was really happy with.
I’m so glad to have this page to document a couple of special moments with my beloved nephew-dog!
My husband and I don’t do a lot of overseas travelling, but we often go on one-week or three-day mini breaks to other places in Queensland or sometimes interstate. I decided I wanted to create a separate album for all of those little holidays, and I kicked off my new album with some pages about our recent trip to Victoria!
Sharing another traditional layout today – this time featuring one of my favourite photos from our trip to Japan last year!
I started with the patterned paper, which matched the colours in the photo – and it just happened to work really nicely with the black and gold patterned Japanese paper I bought earlier this year at the BrisStyle DeStash Market!
I used black, blue and gold embellishments and papers to frame my photo and add some journalling spots and details. I was surprised by how quickly this page came together – the colours in the main papers made it super easy to pick out elements that looked good together!
I’m really pleased with how this layout looks, and I’m glad I’ve got another pretty page to document the fun we had in Kyoto with our friends!
- Patterned 9×12 paper from an old Messy Box kit
- Japanese black and gold patterned paper purchased at the BrisStyle DeStash Market
- Blue, white and black papers and gold washi tape from my stash
- Wood veneer “#squad” from the Studio Calico ‘Jolly Holiday’ documenter kit
- Black foam Amy Tangerine thickers purchased from Spotlight
- Date written with a gold metallic Sharpie; journalling written with a Pilot Juice Paint pen purchased in Tokyo