The spring coat I haven’t made yet: BurdaStyle 03/2010 #101

This was the final pattern I auditioned this summer for the beautiful yellow roses fabric. And it’s a winner. So. Why haven’t I actually made it up? Well. Timing. March seemed the wrong time to make a spring coat for an Australian sewist. But I do very much love my trial version. I used anContinue reading “The spring coat I haven’t made yet: BurdaStyle 03/2010 #101”

Style Arc’s Adeline African wax print dress

I really, really love this dress and I am wearing it, again, right now as I press publish on this post. I’m surprised to have arrived at the end of summer without having made at least one more version. Four Lodos and then distraction in the form of lovely yellow roses fabric might be theContinue reading “Style Arc’s Adeline African wax print dress”

Green lantern dress: based on BurdaStyle 07/2016 #117

Several African wax prints were selected by Felicity when we had mother & daughter time in Paris two years ago. This fabulous green lantern one has been patiently waiting to be turned into a dress since then. Felicity and I have had various ideas about what to do with it, but nothing had seemed rightContinue reading “Green lantern dress: based on BurdaStyle 07/2016 #117”

Souvenir T-shirts are nice, but souvenir fabric is the best

I’ve been on the most glorious holiday to the UK. Some quality souvenir shopping was done. You would think I would come home and immediately sew some of it. Or perhaps some of the souvenir fabric from Madrid from my last trip that I wrote about in my last post? But no. Even older souvenirContinue reading “Souvenir T-shirts are nice, but souvenir fabric is the best”

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 #118 I moved the neckline up a few cm, and used my stipey square fabricContinue reading “Another African wax print dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131”

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 in. (click image for source) There was lots of draping myself in my fabric length.Continue reading “Dashiki Dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131”

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 this design, but I wanted to check the fit and style before committing to theContinue reading “Ghost Fish dress: BurdaStyle 07/2016 #117”

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 has been exceptional. My latest trip was to Philadelphia. I managed to squeeze in anContinue reading “Philadelphia and African wax prints”