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”

Red and olive colour blocked dress: Style Arc Mila

Another experimental dress! How did this happen? Well, I had intended to add olive cuffs to my last red Bella dress but the fit issues dampened my enthusiasm. But you know how it is – I still had the olive fabric out and there was a sizeable remnant of the red fabric left. Plus aContinue reading “Red and olive colour blocked dress: Style Arc Mila”

Sizing up Bella

Tessuti’s Bella dress pattern is an old favourite. Search through my blog – you’ll see I’ve made several Bella’s for myself and Felicity. But I am no longer the same size thanks to having so many birthdays that I’ve hit menopause. So it was time to test another size. Version one was in a redContinue reading “Sizing up Bella”

Should’ve made a shirt

I’ve had this small floral woven cotton in my stash for a while. It’s always been earmarked for a shirt. Shirting weight, small floral. Makes sense doesn’t it? Light grey and white. Perfect as corporate wear. But I had an idea in my head that I wanted to use the Closet Core Cielo dress patternContinue reading “Should’ve made a shirt”

Style Arc Hope Woven Dresses: the midi versions

Style Arc’s Hope Woven Dress pattern is hugely popular. Several Instagram sewists (I’m looking at you @rou2an1_made and @johassler) have made more than 10 versions. Yes. More than 10! There’s even a hashtag for multiple sewing of this pattern: #hopedressspringseternal. And it is deservedly popular. This style seems to look great on everyone, every bodyContinue reading “Style Arc Hope Woven Dresses: the midi versions”

Is a kaftan a cocktail dress?

I think the photo answers that question! I used Cris Wood Sews Envelope Dress zero waste pattern and a floral rayon I purchased on holiday in Glasgow in 2014 to make this ‘cocktail kaftan’. Why was fabric purchased as a souvenir? Is that really a question for a sewist? I’ll answer it anyway. It wasn’tContinue reading “Is a kaftan a cocktail dress?”

Christmas dresses

Using Jocelyn Proust Christmas themed Australian animal prints to make Christmas dresses has become a tradition. This year, wombats and waratahs became a Sew Different Tulip dress for me. The whole menagerie of Australian animals was made into another version of B6677 for Felicity. Yes of course there was a matching mask! If you followContinue reading “Christmas dresses”

Style Arc Adeline dress #2 and #3

I’m on a red dress roll. Must be Christmas! This fabric was a souvenir from Barcelona. I fell in love with the colours and I love border prints. As a bonus it’s an overprinted jacquard. Almost certainly made from synthetic fibres but interesting and unusual. The base is white (as you can see above) andContinue reading “Style Arc Adeline dress #2 and #3”

Red Papercut Tide dress

I’ve admired the Papercut patterns Tide dress ever since it was released (as the Kobe dress). Such a clever but simple design with the pleating and cut out at the back. In a recent sale I succumbed and purchased it. And then spent several happy hours looking though my fabric stash for suitable fabrics. OfContinue reading “Red Papercut Tide dress”

Pink dresses: McCalls 7922 and Butterick 6677

An invite with a request to wear something pink. Some people would add a pink accessory. Not Felicity. She needed a new pink dress. It was no surprise that there were several pink fabrics in my stash. But, also no surprise, none of them were deemed suitable. Apart from the delightful silk charmeuse with someContinue reading “Pink dresses: McCalls 7922 and Butterick 6677”

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”

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”

Pink linen shirt dress: Burda 07/2004 #135

I’ve really gone back to the archives of my Burda magazine collection for this one. Moving up into the Plus size range will do that to you! I’d learnt from my mistakes about sizing and this time I traced a size 46 with a 2 cm petite adjustment above the bust and out to sizeContinue reading “Pink linen shirt dress: Burda 07/2004 #135”

NYC in the snow and rain dress: 04/2010 #108

I still haven’t cut into my yellow roses fabric…. I am often but not always this indecisive – I do sometimes sew up other fabrics from my stash that are irreplaceable or have a back story. This fabric is the partner to the Paris street scenes fabric. Both were bought on a bit of aContinue reading “NYC in the snow and rain dress: 04/2010 #108”