Turquoise, teal and blue floral top: BurdaStyle 08/2012 #147

Yes that was a new top under my coat in my last blog post! Well spotted M of Nonsuch. I had originally pulled out the fabric to use as lining for this coat. It’a been in my stash from before children (my eldest ‘child’, Felicity, is 24). The colours work well with my coat fabricContinue reading “Turquoise, teal and blue floral top: BurdaStyle 08/2012 #147”

Striped teal and mustard coat: Burdastyle 09/2008 #133

After the success of the ‘Valentino red’ jacket I was ready to try the other version that Burda offered – full length sleeves, longer length and a stand collar. Burda made their version in a fake fur. I had a knit boucle from emmaonesock waiting in my stash to be used. Same same but different.Continue reading “Striped teal and mustard coat: Burdastyle 09/2008 #133”

Mustard yellow skirt: Burdastyle 09/2008 #136

This skirt is from the same collection as the Valentino red jacket in the last blog post I like the details. And I like the way the jacket pockets are echoed in the skirt. So I made a skirt to coordinate with the jacket. This is a size 48 hip grading back to a sizeContinue reading “Mustard yellow skirt: Burdastyle 09/2008 #136”

‘Valentino red’ jacket: BurdaStyle 09/2008 #134

I seem to be drawn to Burda’s plus size designs from a decade or more ago. This jacket is no exception. I really like its simple lines I made it in a RPL bottom weight stretch gabardine from emmaonesock in ‘Valentino red’. Gorgeous colour. It has drape and medium body I lined it with aContinue reading “‘Valentino red’ jacket: BurdaStyle 09/2008 #134”

Lemon Sherbet dress for Felicity: BurdaStyle 07/2021 #119

The other wedding guest dress. This one was sewn in a delightful rayon nylon blend from The Fabric Store. This is what The Fabric Store say about it (and it still seems to be available – this is not a sponsored post – I just love the fabric!) A deadstock rayon blend in a lemonContinue reading “Lemon Sherbet dress for Felicity: BurdaStyle 07/2021 #119”

Eucalypt Merino wool knit dress for Felicity: BurdaStyle 11/2021 #115

In March, Felicity and I started planning what she was going to wear to a wedding at the end of April. We ended up with a shortlist of these three Burda dress patterns: After shopping the stash, no appropriate fabrics were found. I know. Amazing… Off we went to The Fabric Store, and found manyContinue reading “Eucalypt Merino wool knit dress for Felicity: BurdaStyle 11/2021 #115”

Blue and orange Closet Core Cielo top and Burdastyle 07/2012 #134 skirt

This was an indulgent project. Not because the fabric was precious or special. But because it was totally decided upon on a whim. This project leapt ahead of other projects that would have been more practical and actually filled a wardrobe gap. Just because I felt like sewing the three 1 metre lengths by 115Continue reading “Blue and orange Closet Core Cielo top and Burdastyle 07/2012 #134 skirt”

Handmade Halloween: Burda 07/2016 #111

“Mum can you make me a dress for Halloween?” “Sure, what were you thinking?” “Carrie. Pink prom dress covered in pigs blood. I’m thinking the same dress you made for Christmas in 2016.” Actually nothing like Carrie’s prom dress, but no problem. Great I’m thinking. The Christmas 2016 dress is still around so I canContinue reading “Handmade Halloween: Burda 07/2016 #111”

Orange shirt: BurdaStyle 06/2009 #136

I’ve been admiring the collar on the Myosotis dress for some time. Then it dawned on me – there’ll be a BurdaStyle magazine pattern for that. After a pleasant hour or so trawling through my Burda magazine collection I found just what I was looking for in the June 2009 issue – a long lineContinue reading “Orange shirt: BurdaStyle 06/2009 #136”

Basics – a Burda pencil skirt and a Forget-me-not Patterns Vera top

This is one of those boring posts about basics. Great for blogs that are mainly personal journals, like mine. Not so good for blogs that other people actually read. And to make it worse, this post comes with not so great photos of creased garments and tired faces because the photography was done at theContinue reading “Basics – a Burda pencil skirt and a Forget-me-not Patterns Vera top”

A coatigan to remind me of my grandma’s carpet: Burda 12/2011 #114

I was lucky enough to get 2 yards of this totally glorious fabric from emmaonesock last year. It looks like a fabulous vintage carpet. It’s a wool fleece with raised areas, a brushed texture, and decorative selvedges. The design seems to be knitted in as you can see below on the reverse. The fabric arrivedContinue reading “A coatigan to remind me of my grandma’s carpet: Burda 12/2011 #114”

Fabric swap skirt: Burda 01/2011 #137

Fabric and pattern swaps. What a wonderful idea. @adelaidesewists organised this swap in July. I took 13 lengths of fabric and it felt good. My no-longer adored fabric was going to a good home and not landfill. Someone else is going to make something amazing from it. I come home with 6 lengths of fabricContinue reading “Fabric swap skirt: Burda 01/2011 #137”

Linton Tweed pencil skirt: Burda 03/2010 #136

I have thoroughly enjoyed the sewing journey with this skirt. Which is fortunate, because the end result was much less satisfying than the journey to get there. But that’s fine. This fabric was such a delight to sew. It is a silk, wool and cotton blend purchased from Linton Tweeds in Carlisle whilst on holidayContinue reading “Linton Tweed pencil skirt: Burda 03/2010 #136”

Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101

This is a story of going to the fabric store to buy fabric for a specific pattern but buying something we loved that wasn’t really suitable for that pattern. Anyone else do that? When we realised what we’d done, all the Burda magazines came out and Felicity and I spent a pleasant hour or soContinue reading “Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101”

‘Bib Skirt’: BurdaStyle 10/2020 #118

Bib skirt. Burda. Really? What were you thinking? You have to hope it sounds better in German. Brooklyn Farm, at which some of this pinafore was sewn, provided the most wonderful backdrop for these photos. It’s allowed to look great – it was a movie set. Of course once the pinafore was made it neededContinue reading “‘Bib Skirt’: BurdaStyle 10/2020 #118”