A coatigan to remind me of my grandma’s carpet: Burda 12/2011 #114

I was lucky enough to get 2 yards of this totally glorious fabric from emmaonesock last year. It looks like a fabulous vintage carpet. It’s a wool fleece with raised areas, a brushed texture, and decorative selvedges. The design seems to be knitted in as you can see below on the reverse. The fabric arrivedContinue reading “A coatigan to remind me of my grandma’s carpet: Burda 12/2011 #114”

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”

Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101

This is a story of going to the fabric store to buy fabric for a specific pattern but buying something we loved that wasn’t really suitable for that pattern. Anyone else do that? When we realised what we’d done, all the Burda magazines came out and Felicity and I spent a pleasant hour or soContinue reading “Silver crushed velvet dress: Burda 01/2018 #101”

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”

My almost zero waste Lillypilly dress

Before I launch into a post about the latest thing I made, I want to say: Black Lives Matter I’m a white woman of privilege. Black makers like Renee, Elaine and Carolyn have said it so much better than me and written eloquently about murder, injustice, civil unrest, pain and anguish in a way IContinue reading “My almost zero waste Lillypilly dress”

Sewing competitions: another Wilder gown

I have just cut out and sewn fabric from Tessuti’s 2019 competition whilst the 2020 one is still open. What does this say about me? Slow? Large stash? Not enough sewing time? Indecisive? All of the above? Its not that I don’t love this year’s competition fabric – I have several pieces waiting for me.Continue reading “Sewing competitions: another Wilder gown”

Classic fitted shirt: #114burda04/2010

More #daughtersewing. A simple shirt elevated by excellent fabric and custom fit. This is why we sew   The deets Pattern: Burdastyle 04/2010 #114 (or, in instagram speak, thats #114burda04/2010) Size: 40 with 2.5 cm FBA Changes: left off the breast pocket and back tab, interfaced with self fabric Fabric: Jocelyn Proust printed cotton fromContinue reading “Classic fitted shirt: #114burda04/2010”

Corduroy trousers: BurdaStyle 03/2019 #102

Felicity and her seamstress (that would be me) are still taking inspiration from the seventies. This time it is in the form of dark caramel coloured corduroy utility trousers. I know. It’s not the quintessential flares, but it is in orange/brown tones, and corduroy. That’s seventies enough to me. The fabric is a mid waleContinue reading “Corduroy trousers: BurdaStyle 03/2019 #102”

Dressing like a librarian: BurdaStyle 08/2018 #109

Felicity’s love of 70’s style continues.  She requested this ‘waistcoat bodice dress’ for her Mothers’ Day outfit* We went fabric shopping at Spotlight. I was uninspired by their offerings for the waistcoat bodice dress but we did come home with a lovely dark floral rayon that was destined to be a tie neck blouse. AndContinue reading “Dressing like a librarian: BurdaStyle 08/2018 #109”

Seventies coat: BurdaStyle 02/2010 #126

I’ve never liked seventies fashion. I blame it on seventies hand-me-downs from my older cousins that didn’t fit me until the eighties. By which time they were just so uncool. Felicity, however, has no such bad associations. We came across a coated denim in the newest store of The Fabric Store in Adelaide. It’s coatedContinue reading “Seventies coat: BurdaStyle 02/2010 #126”

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”

Secret pajamas maxi skirt: BurdaStyle 12/2015 #115

I’ve been trying some new silhouettes, styles, techniques and fabrics recently. Not all successfully. I think this skirt might, just, however, sneak over the line into the success category. Although I am challenged with styling it. Dowdy with my liberty shirt. More successful as pseudo evening wear with a velvet top. Think how much betterContinue reading “Secret pajamas maxi skirt: BurdaStyle 12/2015 #115”

My jacket journey to Itch to Stitch’s Hvar

My wardrobe is lacking in me made work appropriate winter jackets.  Not really surprising. Jackets, done properly, can be a lot of work. So, I purchased a lovely silvery grey ponte from Tessuti with a soft but semi-structured jacket in mind. And spent a delightful few days looking through my patterns and being distracted byContinue reading “My jacket journey to Itch to Stitch’s Hvar”

Third time’s a charm? BurdaStyle 02/2014 #141

Not a very accurate title, as fourth time may be the charm. But whatevs I really like this pattern. Have wanted to make it for a long time. Finally it made it to the top of my to sew list. As I was drafting it, I realised how fabulous it would be as a simpleContinue reading “Third time’s a charm? BurdaStyle 02/2014 #141”

Fabric shopping in Madrid, another cocoon coat and another Bella

I’m sorry to report that the strawberry thief shirt has not been progressed since I posted last. I have two excuses. Excuse 1 I had a work trip to Salamanca in Spain. I didn’t take my sewing machine with me. Playa Mayor, Salamanca, 8 PM (before dinner, of course!) However, my accommodation in Madrid en-routeContinue reading “Fabric shopping in Madrid, another cocoon coat and another Bella”