Christmas/New Year sewing

I love the easy days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Perfect for sewing! And this year my dear friend M joined me. What’s better than a sewing day on Boxing Day? A sewing day on Boxing Day with a sewing friend! The catering by He who Cooks was pretty good too. This Christmas/New YearContinue reading “Christmas/New Year sewing”

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 fabric lacks body and collapsed a bit under my bust so I added some verticalContinue reading “Trying to perfect a pattern”

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 or fabric stash. And it was a spring wedding in Queensland so I couldn’t beContinue reading “Dress code ‘smart casual – frolicking in the fields’. Or what I sewed for my brother’s wedding”

Pencil skirts and turtle necks

No, I have not yet made an A-line skirt.  But I have made five pencil skirts and two turtlenecks. Why isn’t there a sewing related version of the Twelve Days of Christmas? Ahem, I digress. Five pencil skirts. Why? Well.  All of the skirts in my wardrobe made from my go to TNT pencil skirtContinue reading “Pencil skirts and turtle necks”

Third time’s a charm? BurdaStyle 02/2014 #141

Not a very accurate title, as fourth time may be the charm. But whatevs I really like this pattern. Have wanted to make it for a long time. Finally it made it to the top of my to sew list. As I was drafting it, I realised how fabulous it would be as a simpleContinue reading “Third time’s a charm? BurdaStyle 02/2014 #141”

Is it still Summer? Another Kalle Shirt dress

The equinox has been and gone but it still feels like summer. Highs of over 30oC. No wonder I’m still sewing for warm weather! Yes another Kalle shirt dress. This time in tencel. I love this pattern. This is the fourth time I’ve used it. And I’m not tired of it yet. Some of theContinue reading “Is it still Summer? Another Kalle Shirt dress”

Something old and something new

Well this is an unexpected bonus. My new sparkly linen top works very well with one of my old favourites. This skirt was recently rescued from the depths of my wardrobe. It’s a bit faded but still loved! But let me tell you about the fabric in my top. It’s a coated linen from TheContinue reading “Something old and something new”

Lovely pattern but with not quite the right fabric: Sew over it Eve dress

You know how sometimes you get the match making a bit off between pattern and fabric? No? Doesn’t happen to you?   It does to me. Sometimes,  I even quite like the mismatch. But that usually requires a brief time out. This was one of those times. Seduced by the cool vibes in London in SeptemberContinue reading “Lovely pattern but with not quite the right fabric: Sew over it Eve dress”

Bella and Kalle in pink linen for summer

Cool loose-fitting linen dresses are a must for summer holidays. Bella and Kalle provided just the right styles and my local Spotlight had a good selection of linens to pick from. All I needed to add was a sewing machine and some time! Pink floral Bella The linen was a little see through so IContinue reading “Bella and Kalle in pink linen for summer”

Bella Dress #2 and #3

I knew I couldn’t stop at just one. Such a satisfying pattern! Bella Dress #2 is  for me. I added an infinity scarf made from the leftover metrage, inspired by Lara from Thornberry. It’s a good way to get rid of scraps! #2 was made from a light weight ponte bought online some time agoContinue reading “Bella Dress #2 and #3”

The perfect dress for eating autumn food: Tessuti’s Bella

My first Tessuti pattern. I’m. In. Love. So swirly. So loose fitting through the waist (what waist?) Clever pockets. Technical details Pattern: Tessuti’s Bella Dress Size: XXS to XL ( bust 81 to 106 cm). I made a size M (bust 96). Fabric: I think it’s a wool crepe. It’s a very long term stashContinue reading “The perfect dress for eating autumn food: Tessuti’s Bella”

Pink lace top with black trim: BurdaStyle 02/2013 #135

An easy top to sew with a Chanel like vibe. Not a lot more to say! The lovely pale pink lace fabric was a remnant from my dear friend M of Nonsuch Sewing. The pattern is BurdaStyle 02/2013 #135. I traced off a 40 and then did a 3 cm FBA. I removed the extraContinue reading “Pink lace top with black trim: BurdaStyle 02/2013 #135”

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 and groan theatrically at the time, her fabric choices usually turn out okay. This dressContinue reading “Wattle shirt-dress: Burdastyle 06/2013 #103 pattern hack”

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 without the collar and tie for Mum For a boxy top I say this isContinue reading “Short boxy tops: BurdaStyle 06/2015 #106”

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 novelty cottons from Spotlight. Both with pockets. Mine was BurdaStyle 04/2016 #114, lengthened to theContinue reading “Christmas dresses”