Turquoise, teal and blue floral top: BurdaStyle 08/2012 #147

Yes that was a new top under my coat in my last blog post! Well spotted M of Nonsuch. I had originally pulled out the fabric to use as lining for this coat. It’a been in my stash from before children (my eldest ‘child’, Felicity, is 24). The colours work well with my coat fabricContinue reading “Turquoise, teal and blue floral top: BurdaStyle 08/2012 #147”

Striped teal and mustard coat: Burdastyle 09/2008 #133

After the success of the ‘Valentino red’ jacket I was ready to try the other version that Burda offered – full length sleeves, longer length and a stand collar. Burda made their version in a fake fur. I had a knit boucle from emmaonesock waiting in my stash to be used. Same same but different.Continue reading “Striped teal and mustard coat: Burdastyle 09/2008 #133”

Eucalypt Merino wool knit dress for Felicity: BurdaStyle 11/2021 #115

In March, Felicity and I started planning what she was going to wear to a wedding at the end of April. We ended up with a shortlist of these three Burda dress patterns: After shopping the stash, no appropriate fabrics were found. I know. Amazing… Off we went to The Fabric Store, and found manyContinue reading “Eucalypt Merino wool knit dress for Felicity: BurdaStyle 11/2021 #115”

Sizing up Bella

Tessuti’s Bella dress pattern is an old favourite. Search through my blog – you’ll see I’ve made several Bella’s for myself and Felicity. But I am no longer the same size thanks to having so many birthdays that I’ve hit menopause. So it was time to test another size. Version one was in a redContinue reading “Sizing up Bella”

Two Helen’s Closet Hazelwood Cardigans

I’m late to Helen’s Closet patterns but that will be no news to regular readers – I’m a late adopter of many new indie patterns. The Hazelwood cardigan struck a cord though, so I dove in this winter. I made View A (the long version) in a size 16 B cup. My first version wasContinue reading “Two Helen’s Closet Hazelwood Cardigans”

Basics – a Burda pencil skirt and a Forget-me-not Patterns Vera top

This is one of those boring posts about basics. Great for blogs that are mainly personal journals, like mine. Not so good for blogs that other people actually read. And to make it worse, this post comes with not so great photos of creased garments and tired faces because the photography was done at theContinue reading “Basics – a Burda pencil skirt and a Forget-me-not Patterns Vera top”

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”