Girt By Sea {Butterick 6453}

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I’m not sure I ever shared my Girt Squad collaboration here on the blog, but if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that it was a bunch of Australian designers and makers working together to create a cohesive collection of bits and pieces (clothing, home wares and accessories). All the rad prints were designed by Ellie Whittaker and have a distinct retro sporty vibe. I chose three prints for my pieces (and it was a tough decision!), but when I saw Eclectic Bambino’s pinnies in this blue racquet print, I fell in love and ordered some just for me.

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And I apologise for being that guy, but you can’t purchase it anywhere because it was created just for Girt Squad. You can buy some of Ellie’s other designs through Next State Print (in Australia) and Spoonflower.

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I decided to make another version of Gertie’s B6453, this time with a circle skirt instead of the gathered version.  It’s such a lovely pattern but does run big, so check out the finished measurements before you go cutting. I sized down on my first version but unfortunately it was still a bit too big so I ended up giving it to a friend. For this one, I cut my pattern down slightly but managed to make it a touch too small. Ugh. Perhaps because the first one was a cotton linen blend and had a touch of give whereas this poplin has absolutely none. Anyway, I can still get it on and zipped up but it’s a bit too firm. Hopefully I’ll be able to wear some foundation garments underneath to fix it.

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How good is it with red gingham? So good that I found this jersey at Spotlight and made a matching wrap top.

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I’ve made a couple of these wraps now, but I’m yet to photograph them properly for the blog. I cloned it from a RTW top and I’m so glad I did because they are perfect for when I want to cover my arms but it’s too hot for a cardie. Which in our climate is often. Expect one in every colour.

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I just have a wee bit more sewing to do and then we’re off to Samoa. I’ll be drinking out of a coconut very soon.

 

4 thoughts on “Girt By Sea {Butterick 6453}

  1. Wow that outfit is cool! Good luck with the foundation garments. I had a great piece of shapewear from target, it was like undies that came up to your bra line and had snaps for easy bathroom trips. I had to make sure i didnt get addicted to it, like i noticed i started to wear it a lot and it wasnt healthy, i think shapewear is great for awesome clothes that are a bit tight – like this dress. But i think it can be a slippery slope to body shame. Sorry that was a bit random….

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    1. I’m not a huge fan of shapewear, it’s really too hot for our climate. But I do have an excellent WKD waspie that I used to wear a lot, especially after I had abdominal surgery. Now she’s too big though and I really must invest in a new one. Or make my own.

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