Category Archives: Sewing

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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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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Liberty Love in a blouse: Burdastyle 10/2012 #122

I finally did it! Did what, you ask? Cut into my Liberty of London fabric. It only took two and a half years. Purchased in London in April 2014. Sewn and worn in Adelaide in October 2016. I’ve understood the … Continue reading

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Sequins: Burdastyle short swing jacket 11/2013 #115

I’d overlooked this design when I’d received this issue, and hadn’t considered it since. Something about the scratched old photo look, beanie and graffiti just didn’t appeal. But look at the line drawing. Perfect for sequins….a minimum of seams for … Continue reading

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Philadelphia and African wax prints

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little while you know I have the greatest job in the world. I work with wine and I get to travel to science conferences in all sorts of interesting places. This year … Continue reading

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Is it Winter or is it Spring? BurdaStyle 01/2016 #115 and friends

It’s that changeable time of early Spring. One day is wonderfully sunny and legs and arms are barred. There’s a promise of summer in the air. The next day its back to grey skies and rain and 15°C as the … Continue reading

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Turning souvenir fabric into a winter Tee-top: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #101

Yes I did bring back some fabric souvenirs from Philadelphia. I’ll tell you about them later. Today is about souvenirs of Brighton. In particular, a lovely grey and baby blue boiled wool. I scored the last of that fabric on … Continue reading

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