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”

Unlined linen jacket: Burda 02/2009 #115

This jacket was inspired by @groovygreylook. Meridy posted a purple linen version to her Instagram and I remembered how much I liked this Burda magazine pattern. That was all I needed to search through the archives, trace it off and cut out my fabric. This is style 115 from the 02/2009 issue. Almost vintage! IContinue reading “Unlined linen jacket: Burda 02/2009 #115”

My jacket journey to Itch to Stitch’s Hvar

My wardrobe is lacking in me made work appropriate winter jackets.  Not really surprising. Jackets, done properly, can be a lot of work. So, I purchased a lovely silvery grey ponte from Tessuti with a soft but semi-structured jacket in mind. And spent a delightful few days looking through my patterns and being distracted byContinue reading “My jacket journey to Itch to Stitch’s Hvar”

Vegetable jacket: BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might have noticed I have a weakness for IKEA fabrics. Dresses instead of curtains. Skirts instead of upholstery. That sort of thing. When faced with this Instead of thinking cushions like most sensible peolpe do. image from Beego Homemade Felicity and I thought jacket. AndContinue reading “Vegetable jacket: BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110”

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”

From Oscar de la Renta suiting to IKEA upholstery fabric

You know those competitions where you use one pattern for different looks? I’ve got a great example to show you. This is BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110 The shorter version of BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111 Why do I make a shorter version of this same pattern? Don’t I have lots of other perfectly good patterns? Well, I hadContinue reading “From Oscar de la Renta suiting to IKEA upholstery fabric”

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”

The ongoing search for a cardigan/wrap

This is the RTW cardigan I need to clone. It came from a low end chain store, it’s basic, it’s boring in colour, and now it’s also pilled and a little stained. It’s also just the right length and shape for me. I tried to replicate it back in 2010, unsuccessfully. I can’t bear toContinue reading “The ongoing search for a cardigan/wrap”

Squares or circles?

A bit overwhelming together, but both the jacket and skirt work well as separates. I had some fun playing in my wardrobe. Technical Details Jacket: Pattern: Burdastyle 03-2012-109 Size: 36-44. I made a 42. Fabric: The fashion fabric is a French navy and ivory reversible jacquard polyester cotton blend, from Lucy Giles’ winter fashion rangeContinue reading “Squares or circles?”

Seafoam striped skirt with a repurposed zip gives new life to an Oscar de la Renta denim jacket

This denim jacket has been languishing in my wardrobe for about ten years. It was made with an Oscar de la Renta Vogue Pattern and a stretch denim bought in Tampere, Finland (my brother worked for Nokia for a while, and we visited them; fabric and notions have been my souvenir of choice for aContinue reading “Seafoam striped skirt with a repurposed zip gives new life to an Oscar de la Renta denim jacket”

Plans: A Chanel inspired jacket and the gorgeous fabric for it

This weekend’s ‘sewing’ activities. Tracing off patterns Burdastyle 03-2012-109 Buying fabric online click image to view source The online buying fabric bit was a first for me. But it was not just any online fabric seller, it’s Gorgeous Fabrics. I’m yet to hear a bad word about Ann’s fabrics or service, so I took theContinue reading “Plans: A Chanel inspired jacket and the gorgeous fabric for it”

The Non Tailored Jacket

No facings, no interfacing, no lining, no seam or edge finishing, no roll lines, no turn of cloth allowance, no pressing as I sewed. Not very tailored. Also a bit too big. Perhaps I should stick to BurdaStyle patterns. I know how they fit. The fabric is a double faced wool knit, so I shouldContinue reading “The Non Tailored Jacket”

The Jacket that took forever

I don’t make a lot of jackets. Now I remember why. So much time.. too many tailoring details. Double the work if you are lining the jacket. Do it all at least three times if you make a muslin first! This jacket was planned soon after a skirt (The Vintage Skirt!) was made back inContinue reading “The Jacket that took forever”