Blue and orange Closet Core Cielo top and Burdastyle 07/2012 #134 skirt

This was an indulgent project. Not because the fabric was precious or special. But because it was totally decided upon on a whim. This project leapt ahead of other projects that would have been more practical and actually filled a wardrobe gap. Just because I felt like sewing the three 1 metre lengths by 115Continue reading “Blue and orange Closet Core Cielo top and Burdastyle 07/2012 #134 skirt”

Basics – a Burda pencil skirt and a Forget-me-not Patterns Vera top

This is one of those boring posts about basics. Great for blogs that are mainly personal journals, like mine. Not so good for blogs that other people actually read. And to make it worse, this post comes with not so great photos of creased garments and tired faces because the photography was done at theContinue reading “Basics – a Burda pencil skirt and a Forget-me-not Patterns Vera top”

Orange and blue top: #128burda02/2015

A colour blocked top in ponte is an idea that has been percolating in my head for a while. It all came together this winter because I made a simple pencil skirt in an orange and cobalt plaid and I had ponte in matching colours in my fabric stash. I love my stash! The projectContinue reading “Orange and blue top: #128burda02/2015”

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”

Oops I did it again – Kalle Shirt

This time in June’s Meadow Liberty lawn. I did the same things as last time – lengthened by 10 cm and used a cut on button band – but I also used another Liberty lawn print for the hem facings and inner yoke. I’m really the only one who knows it there, but it makesContinue reading “Oops I did it again – Kalle Shirt”

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”

The skirt edition of sewing at the beach

I made some skirts at the beach too. Simple stretch cotton summer staples. Fabric from the stash, but originally from Gay Naffine’s sales in July 2014 and November 2010. Red ticking skirt This is an adaptation of my asymmetrical wrap skirt Burdastyle 12/2013 #109 I took the left front side pattern piece (the one withContinue reading “The skirt edition of sewing at the beach”

Cafe latte skirt

You’ve already seen this skirt, but, until now, I haven’t told you all the fascinating details about its construction. [It has been ironed, very rigorously, but it’s a metallic poly cotton blend, and those metal threads just love crinkling up the weave unless they are pulled very taut.] The style is a classic princess lineContinue reading “Cafe latte skirt”