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The Galah Dress! (Paperbag Ensemble Dress from Your Style Rocks)

20 Oct

I adore pink and grey together, so when I saw this fabric – a beautiful cotton poplin in Spotlight I just had to have it.

Paperbag Ensemble Dress from Your Style Rocks 

And for those non-Aussies, this is why I’m calling it my Galah dress. This, my friends, is a galah!

I know, strictly speaking the pink of the fabric is a tad light, but since when did galahs strictly speak anyway? 😉

My (very!) wearable muslin top from cotton voile, to check the fit.

  • The original pattern photo


  • Fabric/notions/trim used

Cotton poplin; long invisible zip; plenty of pins and scowls to get the lapped waist seam right; the cat for the photo shoot. (Or was she just using me to get her photo taken? One does wonder when it comes to cats…)

  • Construction notes:

As mentioned above, the waist seam is lapped, the pleated skirt with a facing, lapped onto the waist of the bodice. I’m so used to two right sides together and sewing along the edge, it took a couple of goes to get the back skirt sitting along the bodice waist seam properly. That was the only difficult bit really.

However, I did make life more difficult for myself by deciding I could go one better than the pattern at the back gathers (which really are gathers instead of a back dart). In the instructions these are sewn across. I thought it would be much more comfortable if they were elasticized. I was right, the bodice, though snug, has plenty of give. Comfortable, yes, but snug with give is a very weird feeling for a poplin garment to have!

The belt was too wide and too short to be practical, in my opinion. So I cut it in half lengthways and sewing it all back together, and I like it now. However the dress looks great without the belt too. This is good. Belts are hot. It is SOOO hot here. Remind me why I live in Darwin again?

Elastic gathers from the outside:

And from the inside:

My only real issue with the dress is – how do you get the pleats on the skirt waist to sit nicely? Of course I could just iron the dress before I wear it, but I hate ironing. If I’d used fairly stiff interfacing perhaps that might have helped? But they flip over along the seam and I’m not sure interfacing would stop that. (I usually don’t interface much *gasps* because it is just another layer of fabric to make me hotter.)

I ended up partially tacking them down, and it stopped them flipping down over the skirt. They’re kinda messy compared to the pattern photo, but I rather like the organic look they have now I’ve done the tacking. Maybe the galah dress is slightly ruffled? (I’m steadfastly refusing to stick the words “ruffled feathers” in there. Admire my self-restraint!)

Last but not least, this is the first internet download pattern I printed out at a printing shop. By the time they charged a set fee and the printing fee and going out of my way to get to the copyshop, then back again to pick it up, it cost about as much as a nice Vogue pattern. Next time I’ll just print it out on A4, stick some Agatha Christie on the tv, regress to kindergarten and stickytape the pattern together. Hmmm should I be putting on playschool instead of Agatha Christie? Or just go buy a Vogue pattern…

  • Cost:

Fabric 3m @ 12m – $36

Invisible zip – $4

Printing out the pattern – $17

  • Final word:

I’m totally in love with cotton poplin. Can I have some more please!?

The pattern was great – well-drafted, went together easily, easy to follow instructions. I’m impressed! I’m hoping they release a pattern of their latest contest winner. I can totally see myself in a pair of these: (Click on the link to see the entire entry, she includes the ice-cream :-))

The dress is getting a lot of wear, and Darwin can get quite windy. Uh, does that sound like I’m stating the obvious? No no no, I mean Darwin in general can be quite a windy place. So much so that wearing a light, full skirt can cause some moments of madly grabbing at any bit of billowing skirt I can get at, to preserve some sense of modesty! Hey, I know! I need some bloomers to wear underneath it 😀

Beautiful fabrics (or: My latest treasure haul :-)

7 Nov



During “Buy nothing new October, I found this at the op-shop. The burn test revealed it to very likely be rayon. It is soft and drapey, and fairly thin, all 3 1/2 m of it. And it is a stunning, intense blue. WOW! What a find?



In October I lost my most favouritest and belovedest hat in the entire world. Last known picture of it is this one of me walking on the reef in Darwin Harbour at low tide, recently. It was just sooooooo good. A decent-sized brim, the colours in the leafy tapestry went with everything, and it even doubled as camo when bowhunting. Not bad huh? It was a severe blow to lose it. In an op-shop of all places! I rushed back asap to look for it, but it was nowhere to be seen.

I can only conclude someone bought it. I can’t blame them, I am sure they too recognised its superlative qualities. I hope they get as many days and years of enjoyment out of life with the help of this hat as I had. It is so tough it will probably last another 10 or so year…





The pattern was Butterick 3664, I am pretty sure the view is D


I know I bought this fabric right in the middle of the “Buy Nothing New October”, but this was an essential purchase! And if anyone wants to argue with me that hats with suitably wide brims that goes nicely with everything, is soft and squishy to be able to shove into my handbag are not an essential, go stand outside in the Darwin sun around midday for 10 mins, then come back and we will talk ;-P

This is the new hat fabric. It may not be as effective a camo hat for bowhunting as the old one – that background is probably a bit bright. But other than that it should work just as well as the old one. I hope!










This is my “galah” polkadot cotton poplin. So called because it is pink and grey.


I am planning to make it into this patter from yourstylerocks.com





Another craft cotton. This is the red colourway of the same fabric design as my “Weaver’s Dress” I had my eye on the red ever since I bought the blue one for the Weaver’s Dress. In fact I almost bought it instead. So when I saw it on special I nabbed it!




I am planning to make this, and the fabric below into a tunic top inspired by the schoolhouse tunic, which I have also been eyeing off for ages. However, I will adapt one of my own patterns for this. Just a moment of stubborn determination to not buy yet another pattern 😀 (For now!)




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