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”

Dark green dress: Burda 08/2012 #143

I acquired this very lovely piece of fabric from an etsy seller (JannsFabrics). Jann is a dear friend IRL and an inspirational sewist with an enviable fabric collection. She’s rehoming some of that fabric and I’m very pleased to have a few of her pieces. It’s a linen silk jacquard and a delight. So delightfulContinue reading “Dark green dress: Burda 08/2012 #143”

Flippy skirts for Felicity: #108burda02/2020

Simple pattern. Cute skirt. Gorgeous daughter. Stash fabrics. These are some of my favourite things. This is Burda 02/2020 #108. In size 40 waist and size 42 hips. The first version was in a poly cotton tartan cotton for spotlight. Horrid fabric to sew – the weave is too loose. It turned out well asContinue reading “Flippy skirts for Felicity: #108burda02/2020”

Klimt the Kiss meets Tessuti Bella Dress

One of my favourite artists is Gustav Klimt and one of my favourite paintings of his is “The Kiss”. I’m not an orphan in liking this painting, nor of items made from copies of it. A quick web search revealed an umbrella available from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, a hoodie from Cacofonia Milano,Continue reading “Klimt the Kiss meets Tessuti Bella Dress”

Virtual Venice travel jacket: Closet Case Sienna Makers Jacket

I am so lucky that the only casualty to COVID-19 for me is garments I intended to make for a holiday. So far, that is, and long may it last. And for your family and friends too, dear readers. Keep safe everyone! I do feel a bit weird to be posting about sewing when thereContinue reading “Virtual Venice travel jacket: Closet Case Sienna Makers Jacket”

Cielo Top and a Burda pencil skirt: BurdaStyle 11/2019 #110

My new year’s resolution to sew my fabric collection (AKA stash) is still going strong. Formerly too-precious-to-use fabric continues to break out of my fabric collection and into my wardrobe. This gorgeous fabric comes from Mood in NYC and was purchased 5 years ago. A beautiful cotton voile with a huge pattern repeat featuring birds,Continue reading “Cielo Top and a Burda pencil skirt: BurdaStyle 11/2019 #110”

A skirt of Japanese cats: BurdaStyle 05/2019 #112

Who buys Japanese fabric on holiday in Spain? Who wouldn’t when it’s as irresistible as this! I mean. Look at that cheeky cat in the middle with the ball of wool. And the smiley yellow one. And the little black one. And the…. I turned this souvenir fabric purchased from Nunoya in Barcelona into aContinue reading “A skirt of Japanese cats: BurdaStyle 05/2019 #112”

The dress that’s IKEA inside and out: Butterick 6677

This fabric was another long term stash dweller but not of the too-good-too-sew variety. It’s cotton IKEA curtain fabric with a very simple bright print that Felicity loves and I don’t. Our local fabric store had this pattern made up as a sample and that’s what inspired this make. First I thought I could findContinue reading “The dress that’s IKEA inside and out: Butterick 6677”

Festive Cielos

My love affair with the Cielo dress pattern continues. What better fabric to use in late December than Jocelyn Proust Christmas themed fabrics? The back yokes and sleeve bands are a brilliant place to use all those other cute Christmas remnants. I didn’t consult with Felicity about her contrast fabric so the contrast sleeve bandsContinue reading “Festive Cielos”

Rome Collection in Spain

I want to add my love for Closet Case Patterns Rome collection. I’ve made at least one of all the patterns in this collection. And tested them out on holiday in Spain. Firstly, my least favourite, the Fiore skirt. This is nothing to do with the pattern, but is all to do with me –Continue reading “Rome Collection in Spain”

Classic fitted shirt: #114burda04/2010

More #daughtersewing. A simple shirt elevated by excellent fabric and custom fit. This is why we sew   The deets Pattern: Burdastyle 04/2010 #114 (or, in instagram speak, thats #114burda04/2010) Size: 40 with 2.5 cm FBA Changes: left off the breast pocket and back tab, interfaced with self fabric Fabric: Jocelyn Proust printed cotton fromContinue reading “Classic fitted shirt: #114burda04/2010”

My new favourite dress: Lynn Mizono V1410

I am very late to V1410 party, but I am very very happy to have finally got there! This is an awesome pattern and so much fun to wear. I made two versions in quick succession in January and have since struggled to get photos taken. I’d like my eyes to be open, I’d preferContinue reading “My new favourite dress: Lynn Mizono V1410”

Happy pants: BurdaStyle 01/2017 #110

These are Burdastyle 01/2017 #110 in a woven Indian cotton from my local Spotlight fabrics store and made without the hem bands – I just added length to the legs. I made these in a size 42 and they are too big for Felicity through the bum and thigh. But. Happy pants. Is fit somethingContinue reading “Happy pants: BurdaStyle 01/2017 #110”

Repeat offenders: Bella dress

I’ve being repeating patterns again. I made another Tessuti Patterns Bella dress. This version is sleeveless and made up in a gloriously happy silk from The Fabric Store. And of course it has pockets. It was hard to capture the fabric colour with these photos taken in late evening light but it’s a gloriously happyContinue reading “Repeat offenders: Bella dress”