Sewing

Travel pyjamas

I’ve been participating in the Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe: Sleepwear Edition on Facebook, and I have to make six pieces. I managed five and then got distracted by other shiny things, and also couldn’t think of what I needed, and I hate sewing for the sake of it. Then the next SSW came out and […]

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Sewing

Lounging pyjamas

It’s the Sleepwear Edition of the Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge on Facebook and I decided to make lounging pyjamas reminiscent of the 1930s, rather than something I would actually go to bed in. I imagine myself draped languidly on a chaise, maybe with a glass of something splendid in my hand, as I twirl my […]

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Sewing, underwear

New underwear

My undies drawer has been looking a trifle tatty so I decided to make some new sets. I really wanted to improve the fit of my bras, so I used scraps of various sorts. My first effort was a set from tricot but I forgot to take photos, so here is set number two, made whilst […]

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Sewing

Sneaky shrug ‘stravaganza

I needed to make a couple of shrugs to test the pattern for the tutorial, and these are the result. The first one is made from a wool blend from Textile Traders. It’s pretty stretchy and drapey and I thought it would be just right for the pattern. I added the long pieces to this […]

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Sewing, Tutorial

Sneaky shrug tutorial

This is a tutorial to make the shrug below which I blogged here. It’s called a “sneaky shrug” because I got the idea and (ahem) dimensions from one I tried on in a shop, and which cost, I should mention, $600! Mine is slightly different because the RTW shrug didn’t have those extra flaps at the […]

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Sewing

Tops with ruched collar and cuffs

I used to own a top with ruched cuffs and collar and, although it’s long gone, I thought I’d have a go at copying it. Because I was working from my rather sketchy memory, I have experimented a little. My first try is this simple black top with the collar and cuffs (and my original was black). […]

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Sewing, vintage pledge

Vintage Vogue 1524 and persimmon top

I decided that I needed a skirt for my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge, and, given my impost of using a pattern I’ve never used before, I chose Vogue 1524, a skirt pattern from the 1970s, so it also meets my vintage pledge requirement. As you can see, it goes with my velvet jacket and my […]

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Sewing, Travel

Scrapbusting tops

February is scrap busting month in my Stashbusting Facebook group, and it is a theme that I have embraced with some gusto, given that I am positively drowning in scraps! I have made two tops entirely from scraps lying around carefully put away, and I used the same self drafted pattern for both of them. […]

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Sewing, Travel

Missoni makes

I had a couple of pieces of Missoni wool in my stash that I decided to make up for this trip. First up is a jumper made from a classic Missoni chevron stripe. This fabric came from Tessuti, Sydney. I made the jumper using the same self-drafted pattern that I used for my red top and […]

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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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