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”

‘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”

Lodo dress times three

The Lodo dress from True Bias is my new favourite summer dress pattern. Three so far! So much to love about this pattern. It has a nicely shaped V neck, it’s loose through the waist, has excellent shoulder coverage, is designed for a stable knit, a woven fabric is used for the facings and (bonusContinue reading “Lodo dress times three”

Klimt the Kiss meets Tessuti Bella Dress

One of my favourite artists is Gustav Klimt and one of my favourite paintings of his is “The Kiss”. I’m not an orphan in liking this painting, nor of items made from copies of it. A quick web search revealed an umbrella available from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, a hoodie from Cacofonia Milano,Continue reading “Klimt the Kiss meets Tessuti Bella Dress”

Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805

I went to my local fabric store for thread and came out with thread and fabric. The fabric is pretty cute. An oatmeal coloured marle cotton knit with rainbow freckles sprinkled throughout. Practically a neutral. While I should have just bought the thread and left the fabric behind, I thought Felicity would like the fabricContinue reading “Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805”

What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue

I love Joy the Baker’s blog. She suggested a recipe that couples could cook together on Valentine’s Day. I thought yes, brilliant idea! Who wouldn’t want to prepare shrimp etouffee risotto (spicy Cajun stew with prawns and risotto) together and then eat it? He who Cooks was much less enthusiastic. He was right that theContinue reading “What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue”

My Missoni ‘Tee’ jumper: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #101

Back in 2015, I was incredibly fortunate enough to acquire this Missoni summer weight wool/viscose knit from Liz of designerfabricsaustralia. It’s been sewn into many imaginary garments over the last five years. But they never got past the planning stage and actually into my wardrobe. It was one of those too-good-to-sew fabrics. Until now. ThisContinue reading “My Missoni ‘Tee’ jumper: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #101”

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”

Secret pajamas maxi skirt: BurdaStyle 12/2015 #115

I’ve been trying some new silhouettes, styles, techniques and fabrics recently. Not all successfully. I think this skirt might, just, however, sneak over the line into the success category. Although I am challenged with styling it. Dowdy with my liberty shirt. More successful as pseudo evening wear with a velvet top. Think how much betterContinue reading “Secret pajamas maxi skirt: BurdaStyle 12/2015 #115”

Sophie wins: BurdaStyle 03/2018 #117

M of Nonsuch and I have just enjoyed a delightful sewing weekend. One of the daughters benefited more than either of us planned. So. How does that work? Something to do with everything looks good on her perhaps? M made Tessuti’s Alice top in a delighted watermelon linen from Spotlight. It was remodeled into aContinue reading “Sophie wins: BurdaStyle 03/2018 #117”

Fabric shopping in Madrid, another cocoon coat and another Bella

I’m sorry to report that the strawberry thief shirt has not been progressed since I posted last. I have two excuses. Excuse 1 I had a work trip to Salamanca in Spain. I didn’t take my sewing machine with me. Playa Mayor, Salamanca, 8 PM (before dinner, of course!) However, my accommodation in Madrid en-routeContinue reading “Fabric shopping in Madrid, another cocoon coat and another Bella”

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”

Is it Winter or is it Spring? BurdaStyle 01/2016 #115 and friends

It’s that changeable time of early Spring. One day is wonderfully sunny and legs and arms are barred. There’s a promise of summer in the air. The next day its back to grey skies and rain and 15°C as the maximum. All those winter clothes that you are tired of wearing have to come outContinue reading “Is it Winter or is it Spring? BurdaStyle 01/2016 #115 and friends”

Classic navy top in a modern shape: BurdaStyle 02/2016 #103

I really love this top! I love the fabric. I love the high low hem I love the plain back. I even love the silly little pocket! I especially love the proportions: sort of crop toppish, but I can lift my arms and not scare anyone with my midriff! ( too be fair, this isContinue reading “Classic navy top in a modern shape: BurdaStyle 02/2016 #103”