Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101

This is a story of going to the fabric store to buy fabric for a specific pattern but buying something we loved that wasn’t really suitable for that pattern. Anyone else do that? When we realised what we’d done, all the Burda magazines came out and Felicity and I spent a pleasant hour or soContinue reading “Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101”

Jenny Shorts

This is another winner pattern from Closet Core Patterns! And I’ve only just scratched the surface by making the shorts. The first version was a trial using an unloved fabric from the stash. Bright happy colours but not on my good list for showing some dye run during prewashing. You know how this turns outContinue reading “Jenny Shorts”

Flippy skirts for Felicity: #108burda02/2020

Simple pattern. Cute skirt. Gorgeous daughter. Stash fabrics. These are some of my favourite things. This is Burda 02/2020 #108. In size 40 waist and size 42 hips. The first version was in a poly cotton tartan cotton for spotlight. Horrid fabric to sew – the weave is too loose. It turned out well asContinue reading “Flippy skirts for Felicity: #108burda02/2020”

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 double layer of fabric for the bodice and skirt. The flounces are a single layerContinue reading “You are my sunshine: #117burda04/2019”

Classic fitted shirt: #114burda04/2010

More #daughtersewing. A simple shirt elevated by excellent fabric and custom fit. This is why we sew   The deets Pattern: Burdastyle 04/2010 #114 (or, in instagram speak, thats #114burda04/2010) Size: 40 with 2.5 cm FBA Changes: left off the breast pocket and back tab, interfaced with self fabric Fabric: Jocelyn Proust printed cotton fromContinue reading “Classic fitted shirt: #114burda04/2010”

Corduroy trousers: BurdaStyle 03/2019 #102

Felicity and her seamstress (that would be me) are still taking inspiration from the seventies. This time it is in the form of dark caramel coloured corduroy utility trousers. I know. It’s not the quintessential flares, but it is in orange/brown tones, and corduroy. That’s seventies enough to me. The fabric is a mid waleContinue reading “Corduroy trousers: BurdaStyle 03/2019 #102”

Dressing like a librarian: BurdaStyle 08/2018 #109

Felicity’s love of 70’s style continues.  She requested this ‘waistcoat bodice dress’ for her Mothers’ Day outfit* We went fabric shopping at Spotlight. I was uninspired by their offerings for the waistcoat bodice dress but we did come home with a lovely dark floral rayon that was destined to be a tie neck blouse. AndContinue reading “Dressing like a librarian: BurdaStyle 08/2018 #109”

Seventies coat: BurdaStyle 02/2010 #126

I’ve never liked seventies fashion. I blame it on seventies hand-me-downs from my older cousins that didn’t fit me until the eighties. By which time they were just so uncool. Felicity, however, has no such bad associations. We came across a coated denim in the newest store of The Fabric Store in Adelaide. It’s coatedContinue reading “Seventies coat: BurdaStyle 02/2010 #126”

Happy pants: BurdaStyle 01/2017 #110

These are Burdastyle 01/2017 #110 in a woven Indian cotton from my local Spotlight fabrics store and made without the hem bands – I just added length to the legs. I made these in a size 42 and they are too big for Felicity through the bum and thigh. But. Happy pants. Is fit somethingContinue reading “Happy pants: BurdaStyle 01/2017 #110”

No natural fibers were harmed: Burdastyle long line vest 12/2015 #107

Vest in plastic. So fantastic. This story started with a gift of some very cool fabric from Jann. It is some sort of perforated synthetic double mesh, with excellent body. This fabric said “long line vest” or some other dramatic and impractical garment. Right from the very beginning. I knew it would be perfect forContinue reading “No natural fibers were harmed: Burdastyle long line vest 12/2015 #107”

Crop top or Formal dress muslin #1

I hope you’re not sick of reading about my WIPs (works in progress). This time its Felicity’s Formal dress: BurdaStyle 12/2013 #130 Whilst going through my fabric stash for something else, Felicity spied this polyester woven and wanted to know why it couldn’t be used for her Formal dress. It’s certainly not the jacquard thatContinue reading “Crop top or Formal dress muslin #1”

Graphic print maxi skirt

This fabric had been earmarked for me even since I bought it. Clearly it spent too long in the stash, and it defected to Felicity… The defection had a good ending, of course! Technical details Pattern: BurdaStyle 10-2013-120 Size: 34 -44, I made a 40. It was a bit roomy through the waist for FelicityContinue reading “Graphic print maxi skirt”

Tulips and twelve year olds

Semi tulip skirt on a twelve year old without an hour glass figure (yet)? Perhaps not such a good idea. But she’s happy ( “Hannah liked it” she said after its first wearing…). It’s a Burda pattern I’ve wanted to make for myself but haven’t got to yet. Burda have their useful hysterical description ofContinue reading “Tulips and twelve year olds”