As I’m fairly short, I usually favour more fitted garments to give me some shape and illusion of height. But I decided to try something different this time. Many firsts, actually – (1) shift dress shape, (2) flounce sleeves, and (3) sewing sheer fabric with lining. So here’s McCall’s 7505. Pattern: McCall’s 7505, a … More Feathers & Flounce [McCall’s 7505].
My husband has been wanting an apron for his hobby for a while (might be a hint for me to get or make one for him?), so I made one for him for his birthday this year. Pattern: Simplicity 1140, a “Swing patterns for Dummies” pattern, View C. Size made: One size. Pattern pieces: 8 pieces for … More Denim Hobby Apron [Simplicity 1140].
We recently holidayed in Japan and stayed briefly in Osaka, where I looked for fabric and craft supplies. I’m on a fabric and pattern diet and wasn’t looking to buy a lot, but it’s always interesting to see what’s available and what the shops are like! Here’s my experience. You can also read about my … More Fabric Shopping in Osaka, Japan.
I try to make something to wear for the Christmas/New Year period (see last year’s here), so here is this year’s. I realised I haven’t sewn any red clothes yet, so I decided to make one. Pattern: Simplicity 1006, a “Project Runway Junior” pattern, View A. Size made: D5 (Size 4-12 included), I made size … More The Festive Dress [Simplicity 1006].
When I saw this Vogue pattern by Donna Karan, I bought it for its unique design lines and draping effect. I wasn’t sure if it’ll suit me, and I still don’t! However, just the experience making it was worth it. It was like putting a puzzle together. Pattern: Vogue 1341, Donna Karan Collection, one view only. … More The Something Different Dress [Vogue 1341].
I am terrible at mixing prints – so when I saw this fabric by Gertie that already has polka dots AND roses, I snapped it up! It’s also a border print, what a bonus. I paired the fabric with Gertie’s pattern Butterick 6323. Pattern: Butterick 6323, a Gertie pattern, rated ‘average’ in difficulty. I made View … More Dots ‘n’ Roses [Butterick 6323].
I bought this pink animal-print fabric on sale (and used my store voucher so it was essentially free), because it has a good weight and feel to it. Only when I got home did I realise, the print is not really me! I have never worn leopard print garments, let alone a pink one. But, … More The Pink Panther [Sewaholic Pendrell].
A girl’s best friend is…a wool cardigan. It keeps you warm and covered, protect from the elements, can be stashed in bottom of bag or worn everyday for weeks… I made one in the softest merino wool. Pattern: McCall’s 7441, View C. Size made: Size Y (xsml – med included), I made size xsml. Pattern pieces: 3 for … More Drape Back Cardigan [McCall’s 7441].
It’s spring time down under, so it’s time for sewing dresses. Not that I’ve sewn wintry stuff anyway during winter…hmmm. I bought this stripey-rose fabric in Zagreb, Croatia recently and couldn’t wait to use it straight away, so here it is. Pattern: Vogue 1499, an Anne Klein design, rated ‘Easy’. Size made: Ax5 (sizes US 4-12 included), … More Stripes & Roses [Vogue 1499].
I bought my coverstitch machine for a few months now and have gone for a lesson on how to use it. However, I’ve moved since then and settled in the new place, and also have work and life to attend to…so I haven’t had a chance to use it. And the few garments I’ve made … More Babylock Coverstitch ~ My Review.