Category Archives: WIP

Brighton fabric shopping and other travelling stuff

I have the best job. I’m a wine scientist and I get to go to wine conferences all around the world. And usually in very nice places. Like Brighton, England. Brighton Pier, from the perspective of a merry-go-round horse Who … Continue reading

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Formal dress, all done bar hair and makeup

..and talking about sewing… here’s a sneak peek from the last and final fitting If she stands up straight those wrinkles on her stomach disappear. Whatever. Fitting is done. No more adjustment necessary! A fun after party outfit has also … Continue reading

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Formal dress progress – drafting done

A month has gone since I last posted. I probably don’t need to tell you that the formal dress drafting has been all consuming…. And it’s now almost done. Thank goodness! The bodice toile is now a flat pattern – … Continue reading

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Formal dress drafting…part 1

Felicity *loves* this part of dressmaking As a side note, who would have known printed scuba was so good for toiles? When it’s inside out you can draw in the changes so easily with sharpies or textas (and random smiley … Continue reading

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Oscar de la Renta sushi

There are no more excuses! Felicity’s formal dress is done. The landscape dress project is relegated to later in the year. I’ve muslined the pattern. This fabric has to be made into a coat. Now. So I put my big … Continue reading

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Formal Dress progress with bonus Easter cuteness

It has got to that stage. Of not liking what I am sewing. It’s not because I don’t like the colours of the fabrics I’m using… Graphic fashion fabric on the left, neon yellow crepe for the bodice underlayer on … Continue reading

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Crop top or Formal dress muslin #1

I hope you’re not sick of reading about my WIPs (works in progress). This time its Felicity’s Formal dress: BurdaStyle 12/2013 #130 Whilst going through my fabric stash for something else, Felicity spied this polyester woven and wanted to know … Continue reading

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Coat muslin, IKEA style

I’ve listened to you and worked hard this weekend on my coat. I know you are expecting something like Burda’s vision of elegance for this pattern (BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111) But, I’ve made a muslin and it’s not an elegant coat … Continue reading

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Lime balls

Have I told you about my great new cooking book? One of my Christmas presents was the My Petite Kitchen Cookbook. I love Eleanor’s blog and have been very happy with how her gluten free recipes have turned out (here … Continue reading

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The tale of two “muslins”

Are you a muslin (toile) maker? Or do you get straight into the pattern with your fabric and fit as you go (or, like me, hope for the best)? Felicity’s Big Winter Coat, 2011 I have made muslins in the … Continue reading

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Jungle January update

I am pretty certain I am not going to make up my Jungle January swap in January. But you need at least an update in January, right? I have the pleasure of Lara of Thornberry as my swap partner. You … Continue reading

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Help! I need panel print ideas

What to sew? Jungle January is on and I should be zig-zagging with a zebra. Or making a toile so that I can turn that glorious designer laminated tweed into a coat. But this digital border print is messing with … Continue reading

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An early Christmas present

Liz from Designer Fabrics Australia has gifted me with this wonderful fabric. How lucky am I?! I love that it came in a Mood Bag too. It’s an Oscar de la Renta double-faced wool, linen and mohair blend, woven houndstooth … Continue reading

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Writing Secrets Blog Hop

Have you, like me, been enjoying the blog hop about blog writing that’s been going around? Imagine my delight when Catherine of Cyberdaze asked me to be part of it! So, here goes.   What am I working on now? … Continue reading

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The dilemma has been solved

My cluttered sewing nook is now graced with this work in progress. Yikes, it that a rose on Eliza the dressmaking dummy’s breast? In my eagerness to get the all the bits I liked onto a fairly narrow panel it … Continue reading

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