Stakes Day

Seppelt Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse is a fun family day.  What this screams for us is matching family outfits!  Unfortunately, Mum and Dad were not able to join us like last year.  Luckily (or unluckily for her) Sophia was able to join us and helped design her own dress for the day. 

We purchased the navy and white gingham from Spotlight.  We wanted to ensure that there would be a contrast in the scale of the pattern to add some textural interest to the outfits.  

The great gingham scale debate of 2019 captured by James Christie

Sophia’s Outfit

Pattern: Bodice Simplicity 6408 and skirt Vogue 9349
Fabric: Navy and white gingham from Spotlight
Lexington Headpiece: Lauren J Ritchie

Bodice pattern Simplicity 6408
Skirt Vogue 9349

Lauren’s Outfit

Pattern: Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen with Drop Sleeve Top by The Avid Seamstress
Fabric: Navy and white gingham from Spotlight
Starlight Headband by: Lauren J Ritchie
Shoes: Wittner

Stitches and Sutures

Our dear friend Dr Kate, also known as Stitches and Sutures comes over for Sewing Sundays. The champion helped us with the sewing for this week. Taking on challenges such a large amounts of hand sewing, advanced Vogue Pants and welt zippers. Her dedication can be best demonstrated by her commitment to Lauren’s straight hems on her pants. Thank you Dr Kate!

Erin’s Outfit 

The Myer Millinery Award is a prestigious competition that is open to Milliners across the globe. A selection of 60 of the best applications are invited to present a piece on Kennedy Oaks Day. This year Lauren created this stunning red tulle piece titled Mayfair. Erin modelled the piece and wore the red tulle dress that was created for an event earlier in the year.

Design: Bodice pattern Vogue 9355 with circle skirt with quarter circle godet
Fabric: Navy and white gingham from Spotlight
Abby Bow Headpiece: Lauren J Ritchie
Shoes: Wittner

Bodice pattern Vogue 9355
Cheers to a wonderful cup week! We hope you enjoyed seeing our outfits and we look forward to near year’s racing season.

It was a wonderful week to create outfits for Stakes Day.  Check out our Melbourne Cup Day and Derby Day looks to see what else we made for the week. 

Lace Blue Deakin Law Ball

This year Erin graduates from her studies at Deakin University which means this year is her final Law Ball.  Over the last six years we have created a new outfit for the occasion that has included navy sequins, red lace, pale blue flowers.  This year it was time to mix things up.

We started by collecting some images on Pinterest,originally we had purchased a gold fabric to make a draped bodice but after Erin was nominated for the Lawyer’s Weekly Award this dress was created for that occasion and this opened up the possibilities.  

Law Ball sketch - Blue Lace - Tessuti Fabrics - Erin Ritchie - Two Sewing Sisters


The bodice for this Law Ball outfit was cut from McCall’s 6331 in cream coloured drill to create a nude effect to be layered with Billi’s Royal Lace from Tessuti Fabric . The lace comes in 50cm wide panels which meant strategic placement of panels on the pattern. The bodice was heavily boned to support the strapless corset style and the key design lines had matching blue ribbon top stitched on them.

Why a two piece not a jumpsuit? If you have to ask that question, chances are you have never been to the bathroom in a jumpsuit. The pants are created from Megan Nielsen Flint Pants as a base with removal of the pockets for a smooth line in the lace.

Details of the Outfit for Law Ball

Pattern: Bodice McCall’s 6331 and bottom Megan Nielsen Flint Pants
Fabric: Billi’s Royal Lace from Tessuti Fabric
Shoes: Florsheim
Clutch: Olga Berg