The “Owl’s About A Kiss, Then?” Dress


Name and Location: Hello there! My name is Jess Foxparse and I hail from Melbourne, Australia. The Land of Variable Weather and Really Excellent Breakfasts!

Blog: No blog yet, but one can always hope I’ll get my arse in gear and make one.

How long have you been sewing: I’ve been making mistakes in sewing since about 1996, but only really started getting serious 2 years ago.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I am always making things for other people on short notice, I figured I should start doing for myself! Selfish reasons aside, I really want to push myself, skillswise, this year. I want sewing to be less guesswork, more science!

What do you love most about sewing garments: I love being able to make the clothes that suit my body and seeing other people in clothes I’ve made especially for them. I am not so crash hot in other creative pursuits but with sewing, I tend to use the Force somehow and make some pretty good things!

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Hemming! Oh hemming, I curse you into the heart of the sun! I am also slightly deranged when it comes to zips. I do not like them, hells no.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Make myself some out of my comfortzone clothes and broaden my sewing horizons. Maybe learn to use my overlocker? (Naaahhh)

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I am definitely going to learn how to drive a car this year. Definitely.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Bloody hell, Top 5 Internet Capable Desert Island blogs? Veronica Darling, Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing, Coletterie, My Poppet and Ink & Spindle (plus about 50 faffillion others!)

This little purple and navy number I made to wear to an event at my local Comic Book Shop and boy, did I overdress! It was my first crack at a bi-coloured dress and at sticking to a pattern. And golly, what a pattern it was. I’m used to making things in 3-4 pieces maximum, but this was 9-10 bits of fiddley mayhem! Steep learning curve. I really do love how the colours go together (and match my hair) in a darling ‘3 Day Old Bruise/Pansy Bouquet’ way. I also like how I managed to get it over my head/considerable bust without installing a zipper! What I’m not so keen on is how long it is and how the weird box pleat at the front tends to stick out like a..well, like I’m hiding a book in my knickers. And the boob-darts are a little wonky. But overall, it’s a spiffy little number.

The Facts

Fabric: Navy Blue and Purple Homespun Cotton AKA The Crinkley Wonder
Pattern: Butterick Retro 5209
Year: 2011
Notions: Nothing! Haha! Take that, zippers!
Time to complete: About 2 days, on and off.
First worn: September 17th
Wear again? With a bit of alteration, yes!


Total price: $8 (homespun is cheap, yo!)

I’m really looking forward to having an exciting sewing adventure!



Jessica sews like a demon & swears like a sailor - usually at the same time, though never in front of her mother.


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  1. Ooo, excellent breakfasts, now I’m bummed I didn’t stop in Melbourne on my trip to Australia! And I’ve just added “faffillion” to my vocabulary, sweet!

  2. Can we be friends? Your bio makes me feel like we’re some kind of soul sistas! :)

    Anyways, love the dress! We’re you shooting for a certain comic inspiration?

    • Haha, totally friends, how can I say no to someone with a grin like that? :D

      Originally, I was going to make an original Catwoman dress type thing, but decided I’d rather make something I could wear to work than dabbling in beginners cosplay.