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”

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”

Retro Hope dress

Piping and a large print on a donkey grey background seems to have taken my third Hope dress into retro style. And I like it! This is Style Arc’s Hope woven dress at knee length. With a thin waist tie attached to the side seams. The pattern description says the dress is in two lengthsContinue reading “Retro Hope dress”

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”

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”