Linton Tweed pencil skirt: Burda 03/2010 #136

I have thoroughly enjoyed the sewing journey with this skirt. Which is fortunate, because the end result was much less satisfying than the journey to get there. But that’s fine. This fabric was such a delight to sew. It is a silk, wool and cotton blend purchased from Linton Tweeds in Carlisle whilst on holidayContinue reading “Linton Tweed pencil skirt: Burda 03/2010 #136”

The last of the summer sewing

The season has turned, I’ve brought my winter coats back into the wardrobe. It’s almost too late to be blogging about summer sewing… but not quite! This top is Burdastyle 06/2016 #129 I’ve even used a similar colour to Burda. Mine is made from a floaty cotton voile that has been in my stash almostContinue reading “The last of the summer sewing”

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”

Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805

I went to my local fabric store for thread and came out with thread and fabric. The fabric is pretty cute. An oatmeal coloured marle cotton knit with rainbow freckles sprinkled throughout. Practically a neutral. While I should have just bought the thread and left the fabric behind, I thought Felicity would like the fabricContinue reading “Fruit tingles top: Vogue 8805”

Cielo Top and a Burda pencil skirt: BurdaStyle 11/2019 #110

My new year’s resolution to sew my fabric collection (AKA stash) is still going strong. Formerly too-precious-to-use fabric continues to break out of my fabric collection and into my wardrobe. This gorgeous fabric comes from Mood in NYC and was purchased 5 years ago. A beautiful cotton voile with a huge pattern repeat featuring birds,Continue reading “Cielo Top and a Burda pencil skirt: BurdaStyle 11/2019 #110”

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”

Sewing Competitions

Sewing competitions. Why do I enter? Because I love the community feel of being part of something bigger than me and my sewing machine.  Not so much because I think I could actually come first. The skill of entrants in these competitions is truly humbling. Plaid matching and excellent grading and looking as good insideContinue reading “Sewing Competitions”

Something old and something new

Well this is an unexpected bonus. My new sparkly linen top works very well with one of my old favourites. This skirt was recently rescued from the depths of my wardrobe. It’s a bit faded but still loved! But let me tell you about the fabric in my top. It’s a coated linen from TheContinue reading “Something old and something new”

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”

Flouncing around: BurdaStyle 07/2017 #119

I’m following M of Nonsuch’s mathematical approach in one of her recent blog posts “I want to sew this fabric” + ”I want to make something with flounces” =  new top I’ve been wanting to sew this fabric for a long time. It came from Liz of Designer Fabrics Australia. I am simultaneously wishing LizContinue reading “Flouncing around: BurdaStyle 07/2017 #119”

Pink lace top with black trim: BurdaStyle 02/2013 #135

An easy top to sew with a Chanel like vibe. Not a lot more to say! The lovely pale pink lace fabric was a remnant from my dear friend M of Nonsuch Sewing. The pattern is BurdaStyle 02/2013 #135. I traced off a 40 and then did a 3 cm FBA. I removed the extraContinue reading “Pink lace top with black trim: BurdaStyle 02/2013 #135”

Short boxy tops: BurdaStyle 06/2015 #106

There has been a bit of (totally justified IMO) criticism of Burdastyle magazines lately.But it’s not all bad. Some of those boxy patterns actually turn out alright. Let me show you my evidence The cute Felicity version The trial version without the collar and tie for Mum For a boxy top I say this isContinue reading “Short boxy tops: BurdaStyle 06/2015 #106”

Liberty Love in a blouse: Burdastyle 10/2012 #122

I finally did it! Did what, you ask? Cut into my Liberty of London fabric. It only took two and a half years. Purchased in London in April 2014. Sewn and worn in Adelaide in October 2016. I’ve understood the love for Liberty prints for a long time. Now I totally get the love forContinue reading “Liberty Love in a blouse: Burdastyle 10/2012 #122”

Turning souvenir fabric into a winter Tee-top: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #101

Yes I did bring back some fabric souvenirs from Philadelphia. I’ll tell you about them later. Today is about souvenirs of Brighton. In particular, a lovely grey and baby blue boiled wool. I scored the last of that fabric on the roll, and it was only 1.2 m of 120 wide. Options were limited. ShouldContinue reading “Turning souvenir fabric into a winter Tee-top: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #101”