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Another African wax print dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131

The two fabrics used in this dress are souvenirs from fabric shopping in Paris with Felicity last year. The pattern is BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131 in a size 44 with the cap sleeves swapped out for regular sleeves from BurdaStyle 10/2012 … Continue reading

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Wattle shirt-dress: Burdastyle 06/2013 #103 pattern hack

Going to a fabric store with Felicity means discouraging the purchase of multiple lengths of novelty fabric. She still manages to get a least one every trip. Last time it was quilting cotton with a wattle print. While I moan … Continue reading

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Using the ‘right’ side of the fabric

Thank you for your kind comments on my last post about my reversible skirt. It is a bit ridiculous that making such a simple garment has been so pleasing, but it seems that lots of you are with me on … Continue reading

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The dilemma of reversible fabrics

I know which side of the fabric is the right side, but what if I like the wrong side too? That makes it an unintentionally reversible fabric, right? This fabric is a delightful Italian linen from a high end English … Continue reading

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Linen wrap skirt: BurdaStyle 02/2015 #109

More sewing for Felicity This skirt was made with the same fabulous embroidered linen I’d used earlier for a boxy top. It’s a lovely wrap style with box pleats front and back and enormous pockets. Pattern: BurdaStyle 02/2015 #109B Size: … Continue reading

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Fun Sewing: Cleo Dungaree Dress

Does a 50 year-old woman need a teal blue dungaree dress? Did she sew one anyway? Course she did! And put all the pockets on the front … …and the tiny slit at the back, because she didn’t pay enough … Continue reading

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Party at the back dress: BurdaStyle 08/2014 #116

Looks like a sweet little dress at the front But it’s all party at the back with its lower back cut out, full skirt and mullet hem Yes, I added pockets. Because. Pockets are a Thing. Technical details Pattern: BurdaStyle … Continue reading

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Short boxy tops: BurdaStyle 06/2015 #106

There has been a bit of (totally justified IMO) criticism of Burdastyle magazines lately.But it’s not all bad. Some of those boxy patterns actually turn out alright. Let me show you my evidence The cute Felicity version The trial version … Continue reading

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Dashiki Dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131

And now presenting the second of my Philadelphia wax prints in dress form. I took a long time deciding what to make and how to place the print. Pinterest was most helpful. Also an excellent rabbit hole to fall down … Continue reading

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Ghost Fish dress: BurdaStyle 07/2016 #117

My love of African wax print fabrics continues to burn strongly. Even after sewing two of them up. First up was the ghost fish. This is based on BurdaStyle 07/2016 #117 I really liked the asymmetric and wrapped straps of … Continue reading

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Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins

I know. Its halfway through January and no-one. No. One. cares about Christmas cakes. But they were so cute. I just couldn’t not blog about them. This is almost entirely the work of He who Cooks. The sewing related contribution … Continue reading

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Christmas dresses

It’s already a week since Christmas and I haven’t posted about Christmas sewing yet. Outrageous. Anyone would think I’ve been on holidays! Two Christmas dresses were sewn this year. One for me. One for Felicity. Both Burdastyle patterns. Both in … Continue reading

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Silk chiffon tablecloth dress: BurdaStyle 03/2015 #121

Another awards dinner. What a social whirl wind my life is! Ha. It is. So. Not. But it did mean that another dress required. The wonderful online sewing community* gave me courage to cut into a silk chiffon that has … Continue reading

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Black tie: BurdaStyle Designer original 12/2013 #130

This time the fancy evening frock sewing was for me. He who Cooks and I had a black tie event to attend. I love how this dress turned out. I have used this pattern before: Felicity’s year 11 formal. Hers … Continue reading

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Valedictory Dinner in a Halter Maxi Dress: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #106

Valedictory: bidding farewell, this weekend, to secondary schooling. Just an exam or two (or in Felicity’s case, about 14!) and it’s all over. So lets go out in style. Technical details: Pattern: Burdastyle 06/2016 #106 Size: 34 – 42, I … Continue reading

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