Wishing you a cherry Christmas

H is the biggest fan of Christmas and when she asks for a new Christmas dress, it is an absolute delight and privilege to oblige.

I made this pattern – view D in cotton duck from Spotlight.


The pattern was fun but complicated to follow.  It is not apparent from the picture on the front of the envelope or from the line drawing on the back, that the skirt is joined to the waistband with gathers, pleats and a long dart:

The pleats, darts etc are asymmetric and there are less, but more (in terms of greater aysemmetricality) asymmetrical pleats on the back.  There is an invisible zip down the side, complicated by an inseam pocket but the instructions are clear, so this went together pretty well.

The facings all needed extra stitching down – I suspect because yet again, I used fabric not totally compatible with the pattern.  IMG_2109

Anyway, all the fancy gathers, pleats etc made for a pretty shaped skirt and H loves it:



Christmassy Charlie

So I made the Charlie Caftan for myself – in decidedly un-caftanlike fabric.  The fabric is described on the selvage as taffeta – it is an itchy-scratchy fabric from Lincraft but I like the dress so much I will put up with it.  With this very large pattern repeat, I was glad I bought 3m of fabric and I am happy with the way the pattern worked on this design.

Nothing else to say about this fabulous pattern – but here’s a parting shot my photographer sent with the others…



Tulip dress


This is a brilliant pattern.  It is beautifully drafted and went together so easily – even though I tried to make it difficult by making it in a widely spaced broderie cotton (from Spotlight) which needed underlining.


I made a Euro 44 and it fits perfectly.  So happy with this dress.  You can see the shape of the dress in the first photo below but the second photo shows it really does photograph better in the sunlight…

Bonus paparazzi shot:


M sewing Burda 4/2016 #126

I picked this pattern because after a recent spate of disasters, I needed something rated 1.5 circles.

I also had this very lovely silk cotton from Tessuti.


It looks a little granny-ish like this – but when you try to fly, this happens:

It’s so lovely and swishy.  The base part of the garment is a sleeveless jacket-y thing and the sleeves are enormous semi-circles stitched over the top.  I love it.

M sewing Burda 11/2017 #129

Inspired by Sewing Elle’s last post and in possession of a day off yesterday, I made myself a much-needed work skirt –


This pattern was a breeze to make and I did my first, very grown up, lined skirt with waist facing.  Fabric is a beautiful quality cotton pique from Tessuti, with rustle-y lining from Spotlight.

Bad pic, I realise, but the truth is it looks rather frumpy, so a better pic would not necessarily make a difference.  I cut a very generous 44 but it feels too loose – perhaps contributing to the frumpiness.  The real issue for me is what Burda kindly call “a full tummy”.  Next time I make this pattern (and I will because it goes together so well), I will not be so lazy and make proper adjustments.

M sewing Burda 02/2015#104 or The Shirt That Took Forever

I have had my eye on this pattern for some time and armed with this gorgeous fine linen from The Drapery I set out on the journey.  A fair bit of MacGuyver-ing was required as either the instructions were deficient (surely not!) or the pattern was too advanced for moi.  I cut the pattern out on the June long weekend and got up to attaching the front placket and then it sat in my UFO pile for months.  It has taken the last couple of weekends to brave the placket and then finish it.

The front placket was the most difficult part and does not bear close inspection but overall, a very wearable blouse!  There are a lot of lovely things about this top but my favourite and the reason for making the pattern is the lovely rollercoaster-y flounce

I particularly like how this looks from the side and back:

I didn’t put buttons/buttonholes on the cuffs because I am unlikely to ever do them up if I had them and also I like the way the linen folds when I turn them up.


M sewing Burda 09/2012 #119

When I saw this 3.1 Phillip Lim metallic navy, boucle-lined coating on the EmmaOneSock webstore, I couldn’t resist.  My (not so) inner 80s rock star was calling.  When I found the perfect pattern:


and unwrapped the precious fabric bundle, I discovered even more gloriousness – a fringed selvage!


So, this needed to be incorporated and I think it makes an excellent edging for the front of the coat and the collar.


This was my first time sewing lapped seams and it went reasonably well (thanks to the help of SewingElle) but the fabric was not ideally suited for the technique – as the outside of the fabric is comprised of slippery fibres which split apart when sewing – particularly if across the grain, which was the case for a few of the seams (notably the front shoulder shown below).  The benefit of this busy fabric is that you can’t really tell.


OTTas it is, I love it and even if I can’t summon up the nerve to wear it, I feel happy knowing it is in my wardrobe.