Sewing, Stashbusting

Karen drape dress: another go

After my mixed feelings about my first Karen drape dress from Mariadenmark, I decided to have another go, without modifying the pattern as I went along. This one is from a rich, plum poly/viscose knit that I’ve had in my stash for years. I decided that, being polyester, I could sacrifice the fabric if need be, […]

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self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

Split bottom top take 2

Following on from my first split bottom top, I made a second one to wear on the Singapore Perth leg of our trip home from our recent holiday, as we were arriving in the middle of the day and I knew it would be hot outside. This is taken after a very long flight from […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Jungle January dress (if you squint)

It’s January again which means that it’s time to sew jungly things as urged by Anne at  Pretty Grievances. The minute I saw the Karen drape dress from Maria Denmark, I knew I had to have it – drapey in a Japanese way without all the faffing around. I bought the pattern with the launch discount whilst I […]

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Repurposed, Sewing, Sewing retro, Stashbusting, Travel, vintage pledge

1972 swimsuit and the Blue Lagoon

  I took these new bathers to Iceland and wore them in a sauna at The Volcano Huts, Thorsmork. I have had this pattern in my stash for a little while, and it was part of my prize in the 2014 vintage pledge and was donated by the Selvedge Shop. It is Simplicity 5027. I made […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Burda 7422 or wearable blanket

When I bought the fabric for Mark’s coat, I bought some of the same fabric, in black, for me (his is navy blue). I was very drawn to this Burda pattern when flicking through the books in Knitwit, and had a feeling that I already owned it, so imagine my delight when I discovered this was […]

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Knitting, self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

Travelling outfit

One of the problems with travelling from a warm climate to a cold climate is what to wear in that transition between countries. I chose to make some trousers from my knit trouser block which I used to make my One Year One Outfit trousers. I teamed the trousers with a funnel necked top made from […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

More Mayas

My bra making experiments continue, and I’ve been focusing on the Maya bra, which amazingly, is a free pattern. Firstly I made this black set. The green lace was an op shop find and was basically a bundle of pieces – perfect for embellishing underwear! I had planned to make a second black bra, but […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Fifty cent top

I bought this fabric for 50¢ in a local op shop with the intention of turning it into underwear, but when I pulled it out of the roll I found that it’s a bit on the bumpy side so it wasn’t really suitable. I had the fabric in my bag when I went to my patternmaking class […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

High necked dress toile

This is the toile for the high necked dress pattern I developed in my pattern making class at Workspace-FADS and from which I made my Lottie dress. It was lying about with all the hems unfinished, so I spent 20 minutes or so finishing it off and I was able to wear it for a dinner with the family on […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

and hey Presto, it’s a cardigan

I had this cotton knit fabric cut out to make a summer Presto Popover top, when I had a sudden realisation that what I needed was a summer cardi – one I could layer at will and this colour, which doesn’t really suit me, would be perfect as it is so neutral.  The Presto Popover (previously blogged […]

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