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”

Coat muslin, IKEA style

I’ve listened to you and worked hard this weekend on my coat. I know you are expecting something like Burda’s vision of elegance for this pattern (BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111) But, I’ve made a muslin and it’s not an elegant coat in any way. IKEA upholstery fabric. So much more fun to make muslins from than,Continue reading “Coat muslin, IKEA style”

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””

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”