Sewing at the beach: BurdaStyle 07/2014 #108

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a great start to 2016. I had a lovely time at the beach: swimming, reading, catching up with friends, fishing and … sewing. He Who Cooks graciously made room in the car for my sewing machine .. ..and.. the overlocker. He’s a keeper! Can you think of aContinue reading “Sewing at the beach: BurdaStyle 07/2014 #108”

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”

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”

Scuba knit vase dress

It’s done! So glad I took your advice and used this pattern. I love the shape. It will work with a thin merino top underneath and tights for cooler days, and on its own for warmer spring weather. Technical details Pattern: BurdaStyle 09/2012 #121 Size: 17-21 (petite equivalent of 34-42). I made a 21 withContinue reading “Scuba knit vase dress”

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”

Not so silly dress

After such positive reinforcement from you, my lovely readers, and from family and friends who saw the silly little dress peplum top without photoshop (just kidding), I had to use this pattern again. Yes I made a dress with a mullet hem (another fashion trend appearing late in my wardrobe) . Technical details Pattern: 08-2012-115Continue reading “Not so silly dress”

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?”

A not reversible straight skirt

I have been planning the Anthropologie Knockoff, I swear. I’ve even drafted bits of it and starting to make a toile. But I had this fabric cut out for a skirt even before I saw the Anthropologie dress and it really is the most delightful fabric and deserved to stay ahead of Anthropologie Knockoff inContinue reading “A not reversible straight skirt”

Grey Dress of Doom

It’s taken four weeks in the magic closet and a brief separation of about 12000 kilometres … before I can smile when I wear this dress. To be fair, it’s not the pattern that was the problem. It was not reading instructions, making decisions about lining fabric based on look not function and not cuttingContinue reading “Grey Dress of Doom”

A dress for Ruthie’s wedding

Weddings are a great excuse for a new dress. Felicity had liked style 110 in the May 2010 Burda Style since the magazine arrived in our letterbox, and now we had an excellent reason to make it up. The style has lots of nice details: pintucked bodice and fluttery sleeves (more than intended by theContinue reading “A dress for Ruthie’s wedding”

The Big Winter Coat Finale

Here it is, in the fading late afternoon winter sun. Everything is done, apart from taking it to the drycleaners for a professional pressing (I hope that’s why the hem doesn’t look perfectly smooth yet..) This has been a long project and I’ve learnt a lot about tailoring. I even know how to bag outContinue reading “The Big Winter Coat Finale”

Another skirt [still no progress on The Winter Coat]

Yes, I am avoiding the Big Coat Project, but I also need to update/renew my winter work wardrobe. I’ve changed jobs and the dress code is more corporate. The other day I wore a tailored jacket I made more than ten years ago that is now work appropriate, and sadly I found, mid morning, itContinue reading “Another skirt [still no progress on The Winter Coat]”

Skirt inspired by Jann

Do I need Christian Lomboutin for inspiration? Nahh! Jann is just as inspiring! Technical details Pattern: BurdaStyle 07-2008-113 Pattern Sizing: 36-44, I made a 36 for Felicity Fabric Used: Stretch cotton Changes I made: I lengthened the skirt to just under the knee for that retro look by adding 15 cm. I followed the angleContinue reading “Skirt inspired by Jann”