Objects are less pregnant than they appear: Burda 5/17 Top #110

This was actually meant to be a test top; I wanted to make this pattern in the Mariner Cloth with the stripes going different directions. But I wanted to try first with something a bit less expensive, so this swiss dot cotton voile–again on sale from Fabricland. It’s super soft and I love it. GenerallyContinue reading “Objects are less pregnant than they appear: Burda 5/17 Top #110”

Pink Avalanche #6: A Ponte Blazer (Burda 6587)

I’d initially bought this ponte to try out a boxy, unstructured jacket pattern. But I kept running into the fact that I hate boxy, unstructured jackets, so it languished in my stash. Part of it became one of many tries at pink pants, and what was left was just enough to make up this BurdaContinue reading “Pink Avalanche #6: A Ponte Blazer (Burda 6587)”

Gloriously Disgraceful

I love books, and I love sewing, so of course I signed up for Following The Thread‘s Literary Sewing Circle challenge. You read a book, and sew something inspired by it. Fun. Yes? Also the book she chose was The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson, a Canadian author I’ve been meaning to read forContinue reading “Gloriously Disgraceful”

Pink Avalanche #7: Stay Put, Dammit (Burda 2/18 Top #107A)

(I did tell you this was an avalanche) This shirt pattern had so much to recommend it: the cool twist, the interesting sleeve construction, the simplicity. But in the end I can’t see wearing it much. The fabric is a lightweight rayon/spandex jersey that is super soft and drapes beautifully. I can’t comment on Burda’sContinue reading “Pink Avalanche #7: Stay Put, Dammit (Burda 2/18 Top #107A)”

“Winter” Skirt: Burda 1/18 Skirt #121

I’m not sure what about this pattern makes it particularly winter-ish, but so Burda has named it, and I won’t quibble. Regardless, in linen, the Winter Skirt is very summer-appropriate. Thanks to Dressmaking Debacles for her recent inspiration. Her version was so lovely, and seemed destined to be made up in this fabric. (It mightContinue reading ““Winter” Skirt: Burda 1/18 Skirt #121″

The Hoard Metamorphoses

On the plus side, the fabric-shopping limitation I proposed in The Hoard lo these many years past has achieved its first goal: the fabric stash fits in the one closet, with a few manageable exceptions. On the down side, rather than achieving this by buying less fabric, I’ve mostly just sewn faster, transferring the HoardContinue reading “The Hoard Metamorphoses”

My first casual jacket: Burda mag 4/17 jacket #114

Friends, this constitutes the second of two actual completed projects on my 2018 Make Nine list. A floral bomber! This started, as it so often does, from the fabric purchase: the shell is a linen/cotton blend bought at Fabricland at 50% off for a jacket. I got 1.5m and spent at least a month tryingContinue reading “My first casual jacket: Burda mag 4/17 jacket #114”

Fruity: Burda 6468

One of the advantages of always buying fabrics in super bright colours and prints is that eventually, they start matching each other. Case in point: I bought this fabric at Needlework as an impulse purchase because a beefy cotton jersey in super bright fruit prints was irresistible,¬†and when I got it home I discovered IContinue reading “Fruity: Burda 6468”

Pink Avalanche #5, in which I hate slash hip pockets

There are two things I’ve been trying for a few years now to add to my work wardrobe: yellow pants and pale pink pants. Something like these: The yellow ones haven’t happened because I wasn’t able to find a bottom-weight fabric in a shade of yellow I like, but I finally did recently and hopeContinue reading “Pink Avalanche #5, in which I hate slash hip pockets”

Simplicity 8606: Poppies Everywhere

Behold the third Make 9 2018 project of the year. Yes, so I have six to go, but honestly I didn’t think I’d stick to it even this much. They’re being posted out of order–I can’t keep track–but there are two more to come in the next month or so. Long drapey wrap skirt. ItContinue reading “Simplicity 8606: Poppies Everywhere”