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Sewing competitions: another Wilder gown

I have just cut out and sewn fabric from Tessuti’s 2019 competition whilst the 2020 one is still open. What does this say about me? Slow? Large stash? Not enough sewing time? Indecisive? All of the above? Its not that … Continue reading

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What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue

I love Joy the Baker’s blog. She suggested a recipe that couples could cook together on Valentine’s Day. I thought yes, brilliant idea! Who wouldn’t want to prepare shrimp etouffee risotto (spicy Cajun stew with prawns and risotto) together and … Continue reading

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A sequinned Bella

Who buys rainbow reversible sequin fabric as a souvenir in Bordeaux? This one is a bit harder to explain than buying Japanese cotton in Spain! I knew Felicity would love it. I only just had enough to cut out a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Baby blue floral Wilder gown. Not like a nightie at all.

I have fallen hard for this pattern. One minute I’m “why is it so popular? It looks like a nightie. Or little house on the prairie style. So not for me.” The next, I’m totally smitten by the gorgeousness of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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You are my sunshine: #117burda04/2019

“This is my favourite thing ever that your mum has made for you” I’ve got to agree with that! The lovely fabric I used is a cotton and silk blend Tory Burch gauze from The Fabric Store. I used a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Maxi dress: BurdaStyle 04/2013 #125

Another addition to Felicity’s black and ivory summer mini wardrobe: a maxi dress based on BurdaStyle 04/2013 #125 It’s sewn in rayon from Spotlight. Unfortunately I didn’t buy a generous amount: I had 2.9 metres and the pattern called for … Continue reading

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Trying to perfect a pattern

I’ve now made six dresses based on BurdaStyle 02/2014 #141. Six. Just this year. Yes, that surprised me too! Version 5 was made in a novelty weave fabric in deep stash and originally from Gorgeous Fabrics labelled Maggy London. The … Continue reading

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White Christmas dress

I’ve been dreaming of a White Christmas…dress. Apologies to Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé. And my dreams have materialized thanks to my fabric and pattern stash. Gotta love an extensive stash! This pattern  is from one of Burda’s extra magazines. … Continue reading

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What not to do with scuba: BurdaStyle 05/2011 #108B

Felicity was gifted some floral scuba and she has a church event coming up that needs a nice frock. Both she and I have wanted to make BurdaStyle 05/2011 #108B for a long time. Fabric and an event and a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Dress code ‘smart casual – frolicking in the fields’. Or what I sewed for my brother’s wedding

What do you do when you receive a wedding invitation with a dress code like this? You buy new fabric and make two new dresses. Of course! What other option was there? I had ‘nothing’ already suitable in my wardrobe … Continue reading

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