2011 Favourite – “Tribute to Diane”

Name & Location:  Deb – Brisbane, Australia

Blog:  A work in progress ….. http://pomegranite-anewbeginning.blogspot.com/

How long have you been sewing:  I hand stitched a skirt when I was 10 (under the guidance of my mum) and I’ve been sewing very irregularly since then – but if I added all the actual sewing time together, probably about 5 years.  I put myself in the intermediate category.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:   I want to be a great sewer, a sewer who is willing to have a go at anything – and I need a deadline!

What do you love most about sewing garments:  I love fashion and much of what I like I either can’t afford or the style is so simple the little voice in my head says “you could make that”. I also love the feeling I get when I can say “I made this” when complimented about an outfit.

What do you hate most about sewing garments:  Tracing and cutting out the pattern, having grander ideas than my skills, oh and I’m not that keen on hemming either!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge:  To push myself and my skills to a more advanced level

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012:  Reclaiming my home – reorganising/eliminating all the “stuff” that has invaded my house (and there is lots of it with 2 children and a partner who like to “collect” things) and then restyling to bring back the calmness that has been buried under “stuff”.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs:  Apart from the obvious (Sew Weekly is a morning ritual) I like to check in with Colette Patterns, Burda Style, Kazz the Spazz, Handmade Jane, Garance Dore and The Sartorialist (sorry – I can’t get the “link thingy” to work).

The Facts

Fabric: Stretch jersey from Spotlight
Pattern: McCalls M6163 view A
Year: 2011
Notions: None.  The pattern required a zip, but fabric is stretchy enough to leave it out.
Time to complete:  Approx 3 hours
First worn: June 2011
Wear again? Yes

Total price: A$30 (not including price of pattern)

I did this dress for the “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” challenge back in February 2011.  I love Diane von Furstenburg and Sacha Drake (an Australian designer) designs, so this is my tribute to them.



Deb has been sewing on and off since she was 10 years old. Her main sewing goal for 2012 is to challenge herself as a sewer and to "have no fear"!


Comments are closed.

  1. Check it out, yet another Brisbanite… We might have some great Sew Weekly get-togethers this year, with all the Queenslanders… Heh.

    Very cute dress on you, by the way. :)

  2. That dress looks fantastic on you. I too am continually trying to purge stuff from our apartment; if I let up for a couple months suddenly the task is overwhelming! Good luck. . .

  3. This dress is great on you – the color and style are stunning! Fabulous job :)

  4. Hi Deb, glad to see you back!

  5. Happy Sew Weekly to you Deb, and I see your Diane-ness in this dress for sure! Wishing you a fun 2012, and love seeing more Australians here! xoxo

  6. Pleased to see you all signed up for the Challenge. It’s going to be a good year.