Bella in St Kilda

Here’s Bella on a sunny winter’s day in St Kilda.  I made this version in stretch crushed velour from Spotlight.  I omitted the pockets and shortened the sleeves.  It’s brilliant for travelling!st k 1

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M sewing BurdaStyle #103 12/2011

I really dislike sewing plain work clothes.  I thought this jacket might cure that – with its horizontal seams.  I don’t know what it is, but I feel a bit blehrg about this one.  Here it is, made up in a textured, mixed fibre fabric from Ferriers.  Perhaps there is too much synthetic in it – it didn’t press very well.  Anyway, here it is, with a matching Rachel Comey skirt.

I accept that the T-shirt may not display the jacket to best advantage… I felt sufficiently blehrg about the jacket to not bother putting something more appropriate on.

My favourite thing about the jacket are the snaps – purchased from the Button Bar.



Pretty sure Yukii is the plural of Yuki – one of the new patterns from Tessuti.  This is a great pattern and quite straightforward despite the warning on the pattern that it is for advanced sewists.

I love the unusual collar and the in-seam pockets.  I have made three versions:

Yuki 1 – in tie dye linen from Tessuti.  I had a lot of trouble turning out the drawstring, even with a specially purchased implement – perhaps that’s where the “advanced” part comes in.

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Yuki 2 with bonus Nettie – in lovely quality cotton velvet from The Drapery and lace remnant from Tessuti for the collar.  I cheated and used some satin cord for the drawstring.  This caused a temporary disaster, as I used Fray-Stopper on the ends.  Unbeknownst to me, a drop landed on the front of the dress.  Athough the stuff is meant to dry clear, of course it dries white on black velvet!  The discovery was made at craft night when I turned the dress out and went “tah daaa!” to the craft ladies – to be met with horrified looks – erk.  Fortunately, those same craft ladies went into disaster recovery mode and discovered that pure alcohol will dissolve the glue.  Sure enough, it worked perfectly.  Not for the first time, I wondered what I would do without the lovely craft ladies in my life!

I made the Nettie top underneath from a fine mesh purchased from Ferrier Fashion Fabrics.  I made it a size or two too big, considering the amount of negative ease in the fabric, so spent the day pushing the sleeves up.

Yuki 3 – Double Denim for S.  Soft tencel denim from Spotlight.  Getting the hang of the drawstring now…

Bella for my bella

S saw me sewing Tessuti’s new pattern “Bella” in a wool-mix crepe and asked if it was for her.  It was really for me and a size or two too big for S, but because I am a great mum(!), I said yes, of course.

Like all Tessuti patterns, this is easy to follow and went together like a dream.  The only thing I wish Tessuti would do, is give instructions for optional lining (not smart enough to figure out on my own).

The pockets are 1/3rd top-stitched and look great


S is v happy with her new dress – twirl factor 6.


M sewing BurdaStyle dress 126, 5/2013

H asked for a navy dress to wear to her boyfriend’s cousin’s wedding.  She chose this pattern – wanting something that didn’t look too “try-hard”.  I believe someone once said “you can be overdressed but never over-elegant”.

The photo in the Burda magazine shows gorgeous double edged lace, applied at the waist seam.  Of course, nothing similar can be had for love nor money in Adelaide.  I made my own – cobbling together two pieces of edging lace with a length of grosgrain.  It works!

I made this up in a stretch sateen from Spotlight.  There is not a lot to say about the pattern – it was very straightforward to make and I like the shaping achieved through the deep pleats in the bodice and skirt.  Think I nailed the brief.

M sewing Kwik Sew 3623 (OOP)


Or the “Law Society Triumph Jacket”, as my lovely friend Liz puts it.  Thanks to Liz also for the pics taken in her lovely garden.

I made this jacket last year, thinking to make a skirt or sheath dress to go with it but failed on both counts.  I had to give a paper at a work forum so decided this would be the occasion that spurred me to make the matching item.  The dress was too small and the skirt was too poufy so I had to make a mad dash to Target for a dress to wear under the jacket – v stressful but here’s the end result:

The fabric is a wool/poly mix from Lincraft – bought on sale for $3m!  The jacket is unlined except for the pleated bits at the ends of the sleeves.  I love the sleeves very much – they are the reason I made this pattern.


Now for a close up of the self covered buttons:


Sweet brooch from a jacket I bought years ago at Sportsgirl.

M sewing Burda 4/2016 Top 118

After a series of wadders, I have been in need of some familiar or simple projects.  This was one of the latter.  Almost embarrassed to post this but I thought I should document the stashbusting use of a gorgeous piece of Liberty cotton.

I made a 44 but increased the lower part of the side seams to give it a bit more of a swing shape.  It is a perfect fit and although one of the most basic of tops, I am ridiculously pleased with it.  Second photo is me directing my photographer (thanks H) to show a close up of the only real feature of the top – some stitched down darts.


The darts have hot pink topstitching which disappears into this loud print, but I know it’s there.  In fact I used hot pink thread on top and orange underneath (living on the edge).  Again, ridiculously pleased with self.