Vintage B5880: a fun frock for Froctober

I really like this pattern, Butterick 5880. It’s a vintage 1951 reproduction. Those packet drawings always make the frocks look so glamorous.  You need to remember though, that the woman’s waist is only as wide as her head. That aside, it’s still an elegant dress. It also fits right in to Frocktober.

butterick dress 5880

butterick dress 5880

Butterick 5880 has been on my sewing list since I saw the gorgeous version by Tulle and Tweed.

It’s described as ‘a lined dress (loose-fitting through bust) has semi-fitted skirt, side back seams, self-lined overlay with left side tuck, side zipper and self belt.’ Continue reading

V8991 Claire Shaeffer jacket – wearable muslin and some tips

Do you ever abandon a project entirely? This one was so close.

Here’s my (only just) wearable muslin for the Claire Shaeffer jacket (Vogue 8991). It has so many problems……it was so close to the bin. Hopefully it means the problems will be done and dusted before I embark on the fabric I bought in Italy. I really like the pattern but I definitely need greater skills before I make it up in my French pink and green tweed.

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Raw silk deliciousness-Colette Walden shirt

One things I love about sewing is the beautiful fabric you get to work with and then wear.

I have clothes in fabrics that I would be reluctant to pay for in ready-to-wear garments. I have a velvet skirt, a silk-lined cashmere jacket, yum.

Simon also has some loveliness, a few Liberty shirts. However, I think my favorite is this one, made from the most divine raw silk from Tessuti.

Here is Simon’s raw silk Walden shirt at Italian and Sons re-kindling the holiday vibe with some delicious pasta.

Colette negroni walden shirt

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Australian design fabric giveaway!

This fabric is cotton with a screen print design called Mud Ripples by Elizabeth Gandabuma

It’s my first year blog anniversary! and, like others, I thought a giveaway might be in order to celebrate. If you’d like to be entered in the giveaway for this gorgeous fabric (pictured above) from my friends at Nomad Art in Darwin, leave me a comment by 8 October (midnight AEST, giveaway winner selected by random number generator. I will ship world-wide).

I started sewing again when I couldn’t find a wedding dress*  I liked. I bought myself a new machine,  I discovered the sewing blogger world. I became totally addicted to sewing. I think my sewing skills have improved greatly over the last year. I love the creativity, the colours and the fabrics. I love reading about the sewing adventures of the many other bloggers that I follow. Writing the blog has been a great way to document my makes and get feedback. It’s a lovely online community to be part of. Continue reading