2011’s Favorite: “Terra Incognita” Dress


Name & Location: Stephanie / Steph, an American living in Brisbane, Australia.
Blog: 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World
How long have you been sewing: I started sewing to supplement my imagination as a kid- maybe 7 or 8?  Twenty years later, I’m still sewing to supplement my imagination.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I want to contribute to the wider online sewing community in a useful, positive way because I have learned so much from other bloggers and online resources.  Besides, I want to “up my game” as a sewist and blogger.  I look forward to testing my writing and sewing abilities through completing the Sew Weekly Challenges, and make new friends along the way.

What do you love most about sewing garments: There’s magic in it.  You take a pile of fabric, threads, assorted notions and a pattern, then call a beautiful garment into existence.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: I hate it when my skills don’t match my vision- that’s the other side of the sewing magic.  Sometimes I do my best, maybe it’s technically perfect but the finished garment just doesn’t work.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Even though I work in a creative field, sometimes I just stop creating because I can’t be bothered to think of what to do next.  I’m hoping the Sew Weekly Challenges will encourage me to sew more consistently.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I want to learn to drive.  I don’t see well.  My eyes don’t work together to create a 3D image in my brain which affects my depth perception, so I never learned to drive.  I tried for years as a teenager and it didn’t happen.  This year I’m learning to drive if I can.  If not, at least I tried.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: My favorites are pattern~scissors~cloth, Happy Sewing Place, The Dreamstress, New Vintage Lady, American Duchess, Tanit-Isis Sews and Tilly and the Buttons.  I just started following Bimble and Pimble, I like the cut of her jib.

The Facts: Terra Incognita Dress
Fabric: Extra-wide, fine batik intended for quilt backing, but begging to be a summer dress.
Pattern: Self-drafted (keep an eye out, I plan to make it available online when I can find the back piece.)
Year: 2011 via the mid 1950’s
Notions: Invisible zipper, armoweft interfacing
Time to complete: 4 hours from draft to completion
First worn: December 10th, 2011 to a dinner with my husband and his thesis-buddies to celebrate finishing the academic year.
Wear again? Uhm, more like “wear constantly.”  I made it to wear to a dinner, but it’s so comfy and fun I wear it all the time, at least once a week.

Total price: around $30- I’ll be more careful with my book-keeping in the future!




Stephanie mothers, writes, and teaches sewing in Brisbane, Australia. She blogs about sewing, drafting, vintage style and sustainability at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World.


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  1. Love the first photo. So cute! I love that this Sew Weekly challenge has shown me a whole new bunch of Aussie blogs I haven’t read.

  2. Love the photos! I just can’t get over how gorgeous the fabric for this dress is!

    And thanks for the shout-out :-)

  3. Simply stunning and I love the fabric!
    Can’t wait to watch your progress in the Challenge.
    Thank you so much for the shout out as well! :D :D :D

  4. The photos and fabric are super lovely!!

  5. Yay Steph! Gorgeous dress and wishing you a super Sew Weekly year ahead!