Zero Waste sewing: Liz Haywood’s Ursa dress

It was impossible to resist Liz Haywood’s zero waste Ursa dress pattern when it was released – zero waste and a cowl neck? In a sack dress style perfect for a hot summer day? Exactly what I love! The hard part was working out which of the several drapey fabrics in my stash I shouldContinue reading “Zero Waste sewing: Liz Haywood’s Ursa dress”

Jenny Shorts

This is another winner pattern from Closet Core Patterns! And I’ve only just scratched the surface by making the shorts. The first version was a trial using an unloved fabric from the stash. Bright happy colours but not on my good list for showing some dye run during prewashing. You know how this turns outContinue reading “Jenny Shorts”

Paris street scenes dress: Burda 06/2013 #138

Burda 06/2013 #138 is another potential dress pattern for my delightful yellow roses fabric. My trial version is in a souvenir fabric featuring street scenes from Paris. It’s a light weight ponte, so a good match in terms of drapiness and body to my yellow roses fabric. It’s a lovely pattern and I like theContinue reading “Paris street scenes dress: Burda 06/2013 #138”

Dark green dress: Burda 08/2012 #143

I acquired this very lovely piece of fabric from an etsy seller (JannsFabrics). Jann is a dear friend IRL and an inspirational sewist with an enviable fabric collection. She’s rehoming some of that fabric and I’m very pleased to have a few of her pieces. It’s a linen silk jacquard and a delight. So delightfulContinue reading “Dark green dress: Burda 08/2012 #143”

Lodo dress times three

The Lodo dress from True Bias is my new favourite summer dress pattern. Three so far! So much to love about this pattern. It has a nicely shaped V neck, it’s loose through the waist, has excellent shoulder coverage, is designed for a stable knit, a woven fabric is used for the facings and (bonusContinue reading “Lodo dress times three”

Flippy skirts for Felicity: #108burda02/2020

Simple pattern. Cute skirt. Gorgeous daughter. Stash fabrics. These are some of my favourite things. This is Burda 02/2020 #108. In size 40 waist and size 42 hips. The first version was in a poly cotton tartan cotton for spotlight. Horrid fabric to sew – the weave is too loose. It turned out well asContinue reading “Flippy skirts for Felicity: #108burda02/2020”

Orange and blue top: #128burda02/2015

A colour blocked top in ponte is an idea that has been percolating in my head for a while. It all came together this winter because I made a simple pencil skirt in an orange and cobalt plaid and I had ponte in matching colours in my fabric stash. I love my stash! The projectContinue reading “Orange and blue top: #128burda02/2015”

Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes

Grief. It’s a strange thing. Different very time. Why did I think I’d feel the same after my dad died as I would after my mum did? I guess it is (blessed) inexperience. But it has been so much harder. Anyway. I’m out the other side of (most of) it now. And I have aContinue reading “Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes”

My almost zero waste Lillypilly dress

Before I launch into a post about the latest thing I made, I want to say: Black Lives Matter I’m a white woman of privilege. Black makers like Renee, Elaine and Carolyn have said it so much better than me and written eloquently about murder, injustice, civil unrest, pain and anguish in a way IContinue reading “My almost zero waste Lillypilly dress”

Sewing competitions: another Wilder gown

I have just cut out and sewn fabric from Tessuti’s 2019 competition whilst the 2020 one is still open. What does this say about me? Slow? Large stash? Not enough sewing time? Indecisive? All of the above? Its not that I don’t love this year’s competition fabric – I have several pieces waiting for me.Continue reading “Sewing competitions: another Wilder gown”

Klimt the Kiss meets Tessuti Bella Dress

One of my favourite artists is Gustav Klimt and one of my favourite paintings of his is “The Kiss”. I’m not an orphan in liking this painting, nor of items made from copies of it. A quick web search revealed an umbrella available from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, a hoodie from Cacofonia Milano,Continue reading “Klimt the Kiss meets Tessuti Bella Dress”

Virtual Venice travel jacket: Closet Case Sienna Makers Jacket

I am so lucky that the only casualty to COVID-19 for me is garments I intended to make for a holiday. So far, that is, and long may it last. And for your family and friends too, dear readers. Keep safe everyone! I do feel a bit weird to be posting about sewing when thereContinue reading “Virtual Venice travel jacket: Closet Case Sienna Makers Jacket”

Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805

I went to my local fabric store for thread and came out with thread and fabric. The fabric is pretty cute. An oatmeal coloured marle cotton knit with rainbow freckles sprinkled throughout. Practically a neutral. While I should have just bought the thread and left the fabric behind, I thought Felicity would like the fabricContinue reading “Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805”

What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue

I love Joy the Baker’s blog. She suggested a recipe that couples could cook together on Valentine’s Day. I thought yes, brilliant idea! Who wouldn’t want to prepare shrimp etouffee risotto (spicy Cajun stew with prawns and risotto) together and then eat it? He who Cooks was much less enthusiastic. He was right that theContinue reading “What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue”