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”

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”

Strawberry almond tart

The wisteria is flowering and strawberries are delicious and plentiful. It feels like Spring! The Weekend Australian Magazine had a very tempting recipe for a strawberry almond tart. Resistance was futile! Crustless strawberry almond tart 150g butter, at room temperature ²/³ cup (150g) raw caster sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanillaContinue reading “Strawberry almond tart”

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”

‘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”

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”

Lodo dress times three

The Lodo dress from True Bias is my new favourite summer dress pattern. Three so far! So much to love about this pattern. It has a nicely shaped V neck, it’s loose through the waist, has excellent shoulder coverage, is designed for a stable knit, a woven fabric is used for the facings and (bonusContinue reading “Lodo dress times three”

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 I don’t love this year’s competition fabric – I have several pieces waiting for me.Continue reading “Sewing competitions: another Wilder gown”

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”

Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805

I went to my local fabric store for thread and came out with thread and fabric. The fabric is pretty cute. An oatmeal coloured marle cotton knit with rainbow freckles sprinkled throughout. Practically a neutral. While I should have just bought the thread and left the fabric behind, I thought Felicity would like the fabricContinue reading “Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805”