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 knew that English sparkling wine had become so good? Not all the consequences of climateContinue reading “Brighton fabric shopping and other travelling stuff”

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 been sewn: A shirt from ‘A very hungry caterpillar’ printed cotton and white shorts withContinue reading “Formal dress, all done bar hair and makeup”

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 – yes two of the pieces go to hip height and one doesn’t. I know. BadContinue reading “Formal dress progress – drafting done”

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 faces too), plus re-pinning the seams is a cinch! I think textas might be myContinue reading “Formal dress drafting…part 1”

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 the right, and neon lime organza for the underlining at the bottom, complete with orangeContinue reading “Formal Dress progress with bonus Easter cuteness”

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 why it couldn’t be used for her Formal dress. It’s certainly not the jacquard thatContinue reading “Crop top or Formal dress muslin #1”

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 in any way. IKEA upholstery fabric. So much more fun to make muslins from than,Continue reading “Coat muslin, IKEA style”

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 past, but not very many (like, all of two or three in the last sixContinue reading “The tale of two “muslins””

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 know, *that* Lara who sews fifteen garments and blogs about them in the time IContinue reading “Jungle January update”

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 my mind. It really needs to be sewn! This lovely fabric is from EmmaOneSock. LindaContinue reading “Help! I need panel print ideas”

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 with metallic threads and a dark brown laminated back. Liz said that this was aContinue reading “An early Christmas present”