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Wattle shirt-dress: Burdastyle 06/2013 #103 pattern hack

Going to a fabric store with Felicity means discouraging the purchase of multiple lengths of novelty fabric. She still manages to get a least one every trip. Last time it was quilting cotton with a wattle print. While I moan … Continue reading

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Short boxy tops: BurdaStyle 06/2015 #106

There has been a bit of (totally justified IMO) criticism of Burdastyle magazines lately.But it’s not all bad. Some of those boxy patterns actually turn out alright. Let me show you my evidence The cute Felicity version The trial version … Continue reading

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Christmas dresses

It’s already a week since Christmas and I haven’t posted about Christmas sewing yet. Outrageous. Anyone would think I’ve been on holidays! Two Christmas dresses were sewn this year. One for me. One for Felicity. Both Burdastyle patterns. Both in … Continue reading

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Sequins: Burdastyle short swing jacket 11/2013 #115

I’d overlooked this design when I’d received this issue, and hadn’t considered it since. Something about the scratched old photo look, beanie and graffiti just didn’t appeal. But look at the line drawing. Perfect for sequins….a minimum of seams for … Continue reading

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Is it Winter or is it Spring? BurdaStyle 01/2016 #115 and friends

It’s that changeable time of early Spring. One day is wonderfully sunny and legs and arms are barred. There’s a promise of summer in the air. The next day its back to grey skies and rain and 15°C as the … Continue reading

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Turning souvenir fabric into a winter Tee-top: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #101

Yes I did bring back some fabric souvenirs from Philadelphia. I’ll tell you about them later. Today is about souvenirs of Brighton. In particular, a lovely grey and baby blue boiled wool. I scored the last of that fabric on … Continue reading

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The ‘Your time starts now’ skirt

As ridiculous as it is, I made a skirt to wear on the plane just 2 hours before I had to travel. Yes it does match my suitcase colour I know. It was just an elastic- waisted skirt with two … Continue reading

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Classic navy top in a modern shape: BurdaStyle 02/2016 #103

I really love this top! I love the fabric. I love the high low hem I love the plain back. I even love the silly little pocket! I especially love the proportions: sort of crop toppish, but I can lift … Continue reading

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Not a formal scuba dress for me: Burda 6858

Thank you for your lovely comments about Felicity’s dress. I have one more photo of that event to show you, because I have a scuba dress too… Why do I have a scuba dress? It was all part of the … Continue reading

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The mindfulness dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131

No I haven’t found that pattern yet. But lets talk about something different. Why should the mindfulness colouring in trend be limited to paper? Fabric can be coloured in too! I had a lot of fun with this dress. And … Continue reading

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The skirt edition of sewing at the beach

I made some skirts at the beach too. Simple stretch cotton summer staples. Fabric from the stash, but originally from Gay Naffine’s sales in July 2014 and November 2010. Red ticking skirt This is an adaptation of my asymmetrical wrap … Continue reading

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Sewing at the beach: BurdaStyle 07/2014 #108

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a great start to 2016. I had a lovely time at the beach: swimming, reading, catching up with friends, fishing and … sewing. He Who Cooks graciously made room in the car for … Continue reading

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All the teal things: Paco Peralta Draped Top

My party frock in the last post is my favourite colour. I even love how this thread of this colour looks in my overlocker. So lets keep making all the teal things. A piece of fine teal woven fabric in … Continue reading

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Pattern placement is not easy! Burdastyle 10/2014 #105

This fabulous printed stretch fabric seduced me in New York City. I knew it would make a great knit dress. And how much fun is that print?! It has girders, cityscapes, buildings, bright flowers, sunset-water reflections, and flowering cherries. But … Continue reading

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Oscar de la Renta coat

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post about this coat. I’m delighted with it! One side view.. and the other. Now, the promised construction details. A major decision with this project was which side of the fabric … Continue reading

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