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 which sequin removal would be required, and a drape-y style that would allow lots ofContinue reading “Sequins: Burdastyle short swing jacket 11/2013 #115”

Asymmetric wrap skirt; BurdaStyle 12/2013 #109

Once upon a time, Sewingelle fell in love with a handsome skirt pattern And then this came along from her favourite RTW store, Veronika Maine How could she choose between these two loves? As the initial infatuation wore off, she started to see faults. Why didn’t the RTW version come in navy? The wrap partContinue reading “Asymmetric wrap skirt; BurdaStyle 12/2013 #109”

Top fail times three (or fourth time lucky)

This was the inspiration. And this is what was eventually made. Why did it take four attempts?? Well the skirt was the easy bit. I just had to find the fabric. Thanks, Mood Fabrics (and a work commitment that took me to the US!). The top was the tricky bit. First try was the topContinue reading “Top fail times three (or fourth time lucky)”

Fabric shopping, Venetian style

Why did I wait so long to go to Venice? Have you been? Isn’t it wonderful? I’ll post more travel stuff later. Right now I want to tell you about my fabric shopping. I didn’t find any apparel fabric shops on Venice, but I did come across a great curtain and upholstery fabric store: ColorcasaContinue reading “Fabric shopping, Venetian style”

Update on another WIP: the landscape dress

Remember me talking about this gorgeous fabric? You were most helpful in deciding which pattern to use and I even made a muslin. Then I got cold feet. Ruth of CoreCouture‘s pattern whispering of Vogue 9021 might have contributed to this I worked out I could just squeeze this pattern onto my panels if IContinue reading “Update on another WIP: the landscape dress”

The tale of two “muslins”

Are you a muslin (toile) maker? Or do you get straight into the pattern with your fabric and fit as you go (or, like me, hope for the best)? Felicity’s Big Winter Coat, 2011 I have made muslins in the past, but not very many (like, all of two or three in the last sixContinue reading “The tale of two “muslins””

Green shoes, split image skirt and Rachel Comey top

New shoes need a new outfit, right? IRL, the shoes are a perfect match for the greeny-blue in the skirt fabric. It went from flat-pack-in-the-stash to pencil skirt in a few hours. (image from Tessuti’s) I did have a top in the perfect matching greeny blue, but I didn’t want to go overboard. Ahem, wellContinue reading “Green shoes, split image skirt and Rachel Comey top”

New fabrics coming to live with me (Gay Naffine and Lucy Giles fabric sale)

I missed the first day of the sale. Gay and Lucy’s workroom looked very sparse this morning after that first day of frenzied shopping by others! No doubt, everyone else’s shopping was a very good thing for my bank balance. And the groaning shelves where my fabric collection is stored. I did, however, find someContinue reading “New fabrics coming to live with me (Gay Naffine and Lucy Giles fabric sale)”

Art Gallery Frock

An exhibition opening at an art gallery demands a New Frock. When the exhibition is designer fashion, the Frock specifications get a little more exacting. Luckily, I had just the fabric in my stash for an Art Gallery Frock: embroidered black chiffon with largish bronzy paillettes. Technical details   Pattern: 03/2011-106 I shortened it considerably,Continue reading “Art Gallery Frock”

Poodle coat finished and modelled

I think she likes it… I like it too. It looks great and it feels wonderful. The fit is good too Perhaps a bit big through the shoulders and back (but that means it fits me too… not that this was planned!) You can just see the grey marl ponte under sleeves in the pictureContinue reading “Poodle coat finished and modelled”

Poodle coat construction

I am having a lot of fun with this project.   Stand collar ‘interfacing’: not a fusible, but lovely Italian shirting cotton There’s something appealingly subversive about using “couture” techniques when sewing faux fur that looks like a poodle. Mais oui, pourquoi pas? Of course a poodle needs couture treatment. It is French, no?  Continue reading “Poodle coat construction”

A very ‘hip’ skirt and ‘Hannah’s’ blouse

I have ‘interesting’ but not always wise pattern choices. This is the fashion shoot photo: Those ‘wings’ are interesting aren’t they? They seem to draw attention to her waist, contrasting the difference between waist and hip. This tulip shape has worked for me before. Would it work again, now I’m older and stouter? Lets see,Continue reading “A very ‘hip’ skirt and ‘Hannah’s’ blouse”

Downton Abbey dress

Do you look at the fashion pictures in BurdaStyle and think unflattering  or dowdy or I wore it in the seventies/eighties/nineties why would anyone want to make and wear that again? I thought all of this, and more, when I saw this pattern (BurdaStyle 08-2013-109) Flip, over went the page. But my daughter did noneContinue reading “Downton Abbey dress”

Not-a-designer-knock off green cardigan

It worked! I have another cardigan to love to death. And a pattern for the next time I need to make one. What I did I traced off a pattern from my RTW cardigan for the front and back and used the sleeve pattern from a My Image cowl top (M1152). The armscye was veryContinue reading “Not-a-designer-knock off green cardigan”