Patrones: one out of three ain’t bad

Why Patrones? Good question. The answer is a lot to do with feeling dissatisfied with Burda itself and how I could subscribe in Australia. And liking the idea of an online magazine. And liking the concept of a smallish pdf that you then trace off your pattern from. Sounds odd? This is what Doctor TContinue reading “Patrones: one out of three ain’t bad”

Is a kaftan a cocktail dress?

I think the photo answers that question! I used Cris Wood Sews Envelope Dress zero waste pattern and a floral rayon I purchased on holiday in Glasgow in 2014 to make this ‘cocktail kaftan’. Why was fabric purchased as a souvenir? Is that really a question for a sewist? I’ll answer it anyway. It wasn’tContinue reading “Is a kaftan a cocktail dress?”

Red Papercut Tide dress

I’ve admired the Papercut patterns Tide dress ever since it was released (as the Kobe dress). Such a clever but simple design with the pleating and cut out at the back. In a recent sale I succumbed and purchased it. And then spent several happy hours looking though my fabric stash for suitable fabrics. OfContinue reading “Red Papercut Tide dress”

Zero Waste sewing: Liz Haywood’s Ursa dress

It was impossible to resist Liz Haywood’s zero waste Ursa dress pattern when it was released – zero waste and a cowl neck? In a sack dress style perfect for a hot summer day? Exactly what I love! The hard part was working out which of the several drapey fabrics in my stash I shouldContinue reading “Zero Waste sewing: Liz Haywood’s Ursa dress”

What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue

I love Joy the Baker’s blog. She suggested a recipe that couples could cook together on Valentine’s Day. I thought yes, brilliant idea! Who wouldn’t want to prepare shrimp etouffee risotto (spicy Cajun stew with prawns and risotto) together and then eat it? He who Cooks was much less enthusiastic. He was right that theContinue reading “What not to do on Valentine’s Day, and Vogue 8921 to the rescue”

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.”

Dress code ‘smart casual – frolicking in the fields’. Or what I sewed for my brother’s wedding

What do you do when you receive a wedding invitation with a dress code like this? You buy new fabric and make two new dresses. Of course! What other option was there? I had ‘nothing’ already suitable in my wardrobe or fabric stash. And it was a spring wedding in Queensland so I couldn’t beContinue reading “Dress code ‘smart casual – frolicking in the fields’. Or what I sewed for my brother’s wedding”