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”

Is it still Summer? Another Kalle Shirt dress

The equinox has been and gone but it still feels like summer. Highs of over 30oC. No wonder I’m still sewing for warm weather! Yes another Kalle shirt dress. This time in tencel. I love this pattern. This is the fourth time I’ve used it. And I’m not tired of it yet. Some of theContinue reading “Is it still Summer? Another Kalle Shirt dress”

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”

Wattle shirt-dress: Burdastyle 06/2013 #103 pattern hack

Going to a fabric store with Felicity means discouraging the purchase of multiple lengths of novelty fabric. She still manages to get a least one every trip. Last time it was quilting cotton with a wattle print. While I moan and groan theatrically at the time, her fabric choices usually turn out okay. This dressContinue reading “Wattle shirt-dress: Burdastyle 06/2013 #103 pattern hack”

Non flattery 101: How to look older and fatter than I am

Small floral patterns, A-line knee length skirts, and buttons or zips over my stomach. All things I generally avoid in garments for me. I’ve learnt they are not usually flattering. So what possessed me to combine all three of these elements into one garment? Perhaps the fun of adding contrasting sleeve cuffs, button bands, undercollarsContinue reading “Non flattery 101: How to look older and fatter than I am”