The last of the summer sewing

The season has turned, I’ve brought my winter coats back into the wardrobe. It’s almost too late to be blogging about summer sewing… but not quite! This top is Burdastyle 06/2016 #129 I’ve even used a similar colour to Burda. Mine is made from a floaty cotton voile that has been in my stash almostContinue reading “The last of the summer sewing”

Pink linen shirt dress: Burda 07/2004 #135

I’ve really gone back to the archives of my Burda magazine collection for this one. Moving up into the Plus size range will do that to you! I’d learnt from my mistakes about sizing and this time I traced a size 46 with a 2 cm petite adjustment above the bust and out to sizeContinue reading “Pink linen shirt dress: Burda 07/2004 #135”

Rome Collection in Spain

I want to add my love for Closet Case Patterns Rome collection. I’ve made at least one of all the patterns in this collection. And tested them out on holiday in Spain. Firstly, my least favourite, the Fiore skirt. This is nothing to do with the pattern, but is all to do with me –Continue reading “Rome Collection in Spain”

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 new favourite dress: Lynn Mizono V1410

I am very late to V1410 party, but I am very very happy to have finally got there! This is an awesome pattern and so much fun to wear. I made two versions in quick succession in January and have since struggled to get photos taken. I’d like my eyes to be open, I’d preferContinue reading “My new favourite dress: Lynn Mizono V1410”

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”

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”

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”

Baby pink linen Kalle shirt

I wish I was writing about having made multiple Closet Case Kalle shirts and shirts dresses. Sadly, I have only made one. So far. This is such a great pattern. I made the cropped version with the faced hem, but with 10 cm extra length. I like the idea of the chest pocket, but IContinue reading “Baby pink linen Kalle shirt”

Using the ‘right’ side of the fabric

Thank you for your kind comments on my last post about my reversible skirt. It is a bit ridiculous that making such a simple garment has been so pleasing, but it seems that lots of you are with me on this! Now, I promised to show you the more mundane use of this fabric. ThisContinue reading “Using the ‘right’ side of the fabric”

The dilemma of reversible fabrics

I know which side of the fabric is the right side, but what if I like the wrong side too? That makes it an unintentionally reversible fabric, right? This fabric is a delightful Italian linen from a high end English menswear line. I was lucky enough to visit Ditto fabrics in Brighton in the UKContinue reading “The dilemma of reversible fabrics”

Linen wrap skirt: BurdaStyle 02/2015 #109

More sewing for Felicity This skirt was made with the same fabulous embroidered linen I’d used earlier for a boxy top. It’s a lovely wrap style with box pleats front and back and enormous pockets. Pattern: BurdaStyle 02/2015 #109B Size: 36-44, I made a 42. It’s a bit big on Felicity, but, being a wrapContinue reading “Linen wrap skirt: BurdaStyle 02/2015 #109”

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”

The mindfulness dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131

No I haven’t found that pattern yet. But lets talk about something different. Why should the mindfulness colouring in trend be limited to paper? Fabric can be coloured in too! I had a lot of fun with this dress. And who says it over? Boring meeting? I can whip out my textas and zen outContinue reading “The mindfulness dress: BurdaStyle 07/2011 #131”

Jungle January update

I am pretty certain I am not going to make up my Jungle January swap in January. But you need at least an update in January, right? I have the pleasure of Lara of Thornberry as my swap partner. You know, *that* Lara who sews fifteen garments and blogs about them in the time IContinue reading “Jungle January update”