Two-Toned Leila Dress

As soon as I finished my first Leila dress by Marsha Style patterns I knew I needed another one! I decided to colour contrast it with this abstract Duck Cloth cotton from Spotlight. This dress is so cute and comfortable to wear on the weekends and also really easy to make up!

Description: The Leila Dress features a V-neckline with gathered tiers.
Pattern: Taree Marsh Leila Dress
Fabric: Lightweight denim
Changes I made: I brought the v-neck higher so it wasn’t so low cut. I also took it in about 10cms at the sides so the overall dress wasn’t so full.

This colourful shift type dress dress reminds me a bit of the twiggy style! It’s so retro and fun! I could almost see myself wearing this to a 60’s themed party. Or shopping with the girls on the weekend haha. I also think this style would be really cute if you had a daughter and wanted to make matching outfits.

I’ve been a bit unmotivated lately since this is now my 10th month working from home and miss the daily excitement from heading into the city. Although I have really enjoyed being home with the pugs since they have had their old age puggie issues and follow me around everywhere. Even upstairs when it’s getting muggy and hot!

This past week I downloaded Les Mills and the Sweat app and started working out from home since I find the gyms super boring. It’s actually helped a lot! I’ve also ordered a few more books to read since I haven’t been reading as much not having a daily work commute.

I have also recently finished my backyard for the pugs area so they have some nice new grass. I also built a spot to put a veggie garden in the holidays. My next big project will be the side garden and my dad will help me build a pergola for some outdoor seating and a bbq area. I cant’ wait! It’s been really enjoyable having my own place and I get so excited about even the smallest renovations.

I have a few more dress reviews coming soon! A few trial and errors and some dresses I might not wear until I’m back working in the city but it’s been good to test out the different patterns and styles.

I hope everyone else is getting excited for Xmas holidays this year, especially after the year we’ve all had.

Happy Sewing! Erin & the puggies xx


Denim Leila Dress

My latest summer dress is the “Leila Dress” by Marsha Style patterns. This is a very popular style of dress at the moment, so it’s nice to be able to make my own version. The Leila Dress is easy to download and print out. It has a number of variances to choose from and it’s very quick and easy to stitch up.

There is a sleeve hack on Taree’s blog to make the sleeves shorter. Otherwise you can make them mid or long length. You can also add another layer to the dress to make it maxi length.

Description: The Leila Dress features a V-neckline with gathered tiers.
Pattern: Taree Marsh Leila Dress
Fabric: Lightweight denim
Changes I made: I brought the v-neck higher so it wasn’t so low cut. I also took it in about 10cms at the sides so the overall dress wasn’t so full.

This is the perfect summer dress and really comfortable and flowy. If you haven’t tried Taree’s patterns yet, I would highly recommend them. You can also see my Blue Sia Dress or my Yellow Sia Dress, which is her other style of pattern.

I love finding cute summery dresses and this is now one of my favourites. I’m looking forward to wearing this one out for a shopping day with friends.

I also excitingly got added to Feedspot’s top 15 Australian Sewing Blog posts which brightened up my weekend.

Happy Sewing

Erin xx

Yellow Summery Sia Dress

It has been the most amazing weather in Brisbane lately which is perfect for a dress like this. I have previously made this Sia Dress in blue linen. The Rayon was also a really nice comfortable fit, being light and airy.

Description:  The dress features a low V neckline, front bust pleats, back bodice darts and a shaped waist band with optional self fabric ties.
Pattern: Sia Dress – Marsha Style
Fabric: Rayon material from Spotlight

This dress is fully lined with white cotton and I think after wearing this once I might even stitch up that front slit a tiny bit further. It is quite a revealing, so you can add a clasp or simply stitch it together at the front.

As mentioned on my previous post, I made this dress as part of a testing group. The pattern was really well designed and the instructions are very thorough, so it’s perfect for all types of sewing skills. There is also a number of beautiful versions of this dress on Instagram if you want to get some inspiration.

This almost finishes off my summer dresses for the season since it’s starting to cool off a bit. I think my next few projects might involve some jackets and skirts! Can’t wait to test out some new patterns!

Happy Sewing!

Erin xx

Marsha Style – Sia Dress

I was lucky enough to be part of the pattern testing group for Taree’s (Marsha Style) pattern ‘The Sia Dress’. As soon as I saw her dress on instagram I knew I wanted to be involved.

I adored Taree’s version, so I pretty much copied it down to the fabric to make my own blue linen dress.

I really enjoyed the process of making this dress and providing feedback. There is a long, short, lined and unlined version to choose from. There’s also two different sleeve variations. We all gave what feedback we could but it was already so well constructed and the instruction booklet was beyond thorough. The final version will be perfect for beginner sewers.

The only variation I made to the dress was crossing over the front top section slightly more than it was originally designed.

I loved this version of the sleeves with the little side ties. I also made the front waist band only cross over at the front, rather than going all the way around the dress. The only reason I did this was because I ran of of fabric.

I absolutely loved working with linen for this dress. Apart from not ironing very well for the photos I think it suited this pattern perfectly. There were a number of different versions made for this dress and it suits lightweight cottons and rayon’s.

A big thank you Taree for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I couldn’t recommend this pattern any more. I also love supporting local businesses and pattern makers and hope everyone is doing the same to keep this beautiful hobby going while we’re in lock down!

xx Happy Sewing!! xx