Baby blue floral Wilder gown. Not like a nightie at all.

I have fallen hard for this pattern. One minute I’m “why is it so popular? It looks like a nightie. Or little house on the prairie style. So not for me.” The next, I’m totally smitten by the gorgeousness of the Wilder made by M of Nonsuch Sewing and so many other beautiful Wilders appearingContinue reading “Baby blue floral Wilder gown. Not like a nightie at all.”

Festive Cielos

My love affair with the Cielo dress pattern continues. What better fabric to use in late December than Jocelyn Proust Christmas themed fabrics? The back yokes and sleeve bands are a brilliant place to use all those other cute Christmas remnants. I didn’t consult with Felicity about her contrast fabric so the contrast sleeve bandsContinue reading “Festive Cielos”

You are my sunshine: #117burda04/2019

“This is my favourite thing ever that your mum has made for you” I’ve got to agree with that! The lovely fabric I used is a cotton and silk blend Tory Burch gauze from The Fabric Store. I used a double layer of fabric for the bodice and skirt. The flounces are a single layerContinue reading “You are my sunshine: #117burda04/2019”

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”

Happy pants: BurdaStyle 01/2017 #110

These are Burdastyle 01/2017 #110 in a woven Indian cotton from my local Spotlight fabrics store and made without the hem bands – I just added length to the legs. I made these in a size 42 and they are too big for Felicity through the bum and thigh. But. Happy pants. Is fit somethingContinue reading “Happy pants: BurdaStyle 01/2017 #110”

Repeat offenders: Bella dress

I’ve being repeating patterns again. I made another Tessuti Patterns Bella dress. This version is sleeveless and made up in a gloriously happy silk from The Fabric Store. And of course it has pockets. It was hard to capture the fabric colour with these photos taken in late evening light but it’s a gloriously happyContinue reading “Repeat offenders: Bella dress”

He Cooks [pork pies]… She Sews [a BurdaStyle shirt 04/2013 #138]

For all the cooking He Who Cooks does and She who Sews eats, you’d think she’d return the favour and does some sewing for him, wouldn’t you? The odd pair of boxers and an apron now and then just doesn’t cut it. This is another way of saying I finally made Chris a shirt. IContinue reading “He Cooks [pork pies]… She Sews [a BurdaStyle shirt 04/2013 #138]”

Maxi dress: BurdaStyle 04/2013 #125

Another addition to Felicity’s black and ivory summer mini wardrobe: a maxi dress based on BurdaStyle 04/2013 #125 It’s sewn in rayon from Spotlight. Unfortunately I didn’t buy a generous amount: I had 2.9 metres and the pattern called for 3.6 metres. This meant the bodice wasn’t lined and there was no belt, no buttonContinue reading “Maxi dress: BurdaStyle 04/2013 #125”

Christmas/New Year sewing

I love the easy days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Perfect for sewing! And this year my dear friend M joined me. What’s better than a sewing day on Boxing Day? A sewing day on Boxing Day with a sewing friend! The catering by He who Cooks was pretty good too. This Christmas/New YearContinue reading “Christmas/New Year sewing”

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”

White Christmas dress

I’ve been dreaming of a White Christmas…dress. Apologies to Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé. And my dreams have materialized thanks to my fabric and pattern stash. Gotta love an extensive stash! This pattern  is from one of Burda’s extra magazines. The website is calling it Burda Easy HW/2014 but my magazine is called Burda SpecialContinue reading “White Christmas dress”

When Fiona met Christmas prints: Closet Case Patterns Fiona sundress

A Christmas sundress for an Aussie Christmas. How could this not be an excellent idea? This is Closet Case Patterns Fiona sundress in a Chris quilting cotton from Spotlight. I made it in a size 14 with a FBA and some other bodice side seam tweaks to get the fit right. I used a reasonablyContinue reading “When Fiona met Christmas prints: Closet Case Patterns Fiona sundress”

What not to do with scuba: BurdaStyle 05/2011 #108B

Felicity was gifted some floral scuba and she has a church event coming up that needs a nice frock. Both she and I have wanted to make BurdaStyle 05/2011 #108B for a long time. Fabric and an event and a pattern.  Seemed like an excellent coalescing of opportunities and needs. Or was it? I tracedContinue reading “What not to do with scuba: BurdaStyle 05/2011 #108B”