pattern review, Sewing

Hudson v Anima

If you’ve been reading along you’ll know that I made the Papercut Anima Pants (here), and loved them, although they seemed too big. Instead of making another pair (which I will may do), I thought I’d give the True Bias Hudson Pants a try and see if I liked them better. Well I didn’t! Am I the only […]

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pattern review, Sewing, Stashbusting

The Maya Bra: a winner!

I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for the new Maya bra by Ana of Afilimonb, and it is a beauty! Not only that, but it’s free – how amazing is Ana to give this pattern away? I had been watching Ana slowly and rigorously develop the bra, paying particular attention to measuring and sizing […]

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Japanese sewing books, pattern review, Sewing, Stashbusting

Basic Black Shirt “M” – the planets have aligned

I have identified a gap in my wardrobe – a need, not a want! I didn’t have a black shirt. Crazy, right? Once my whole wardrobe was filled with black things, but since I’ve started making all my clothes, I tend to not make them in black as it’s so hard to see, especially at night. […]

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Japanese sewing books, pattern review, Sewing, Stashbusting

Casual Sweet Clothes jacket N

    As soon as I bought Casual Sweet Clothes  by Noriko Sasahara I knew I had to make Jacket N. It is a braided denim jacket and I thought it would be a really useful addition to my wardrobe. And now begins a cautionary tale. I decided to make it a spring jacket and didn’t have […]

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Free pattern, Op shopping, pattern review, recycling, refashion, Sewing, Stashbusting, underwear

More t-shirt refashions

This was my last hurrah in the repurpose, reuse, refashion month – I took 3 t-shirts and made 4 pairs of undies. While having an idle wander around the internet I came across this free pattern from indigorchid and thought I’d give it a go. I started with this t-shirt which Bridgette had thrown out and I’d […]

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pattern review, Sewing, shopping, Stashbusting, Travel

Bellini #1

  This is the Bellini blouse from Capital Chic Patterns and is the first I’ve made. But it won’t be the last! I have to say that I  love this blouse and this love is going to be exhibited by showing you a gazillion different views of it. The news of the day was being upgraded to the […]

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Fabric shopping in Hong Kong, pattern review, Sewing

Pink White Russian

When I saw the brand new offerings from Capital Chic Patterns, I knew I needed a couple of the patterns. First one to be made was the White Russian, from pink silk stretchy velvet I bought at the Western Market in Hong Kong for the princely sum of HK$20, which is less than $3. It was a […]

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pattern review, Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Bronte top #1

  If you think that the title of this post infers that there is another Bronte top to report after this one – you’d be correct! This is the first of the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte tops that I’ve made. I did it in a massive hurry yesterday to bring to Hong Kong, where I am […]

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pattern review, Sewing, Stashbusting

Butterick 5559

  I can’t remember where I first saw this pattern, but I did think it would be quite flattering and would be useful for a bit of stashbusting as it uses a relatively small amount of fabric.   The dress is a quick make, but those tucks have to be carefully traced on to the […]

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pattern review, Perth city views, vintage

Special K shirt

When I had my recent pattern buying splurge, this is one of the patterns I bought (yeah, yeah, supposed to be stashbusting – I know, head hanging in shame). And I chose to make it with fabric that I’ve had in my stash for nearly 30 years! This is the most divine cotton (or maybe […]

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