BJmade! a pastel floral denim ginger skirt

How many adjectives can you fit into one post header?

Could probably manage a few more but pastel, floral, denim and ginger will do, oh and stretch.

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That’s this skirt. All of the above. Started at #cbrsewingcrew, finished in time for the heatwave.

It’s Closet Case Files Ginger jeans pattern, used to make a skirt. Not by sewing up the legs! 😯 No, by not cutting them in the first place. I guess you could call in extreme pattern modification.Have you tried any major pattern changes?

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Some really pale blue top-stitching and finally the perfect use for some Cath Kidston buttons. Continue reading

BJmade! Morris blazer in Japanese cotton

This is Grainline’s Morris blazer, just right for spring or autumn or fall.Barbara jane made Morris blazer.jpeg

I’ve read a few posts about issues with the front facing. I came prepared to battle it into submission. I didn’t interface it at all. That seemed to be the cause of some of the problems. I thought as I was using quite a heavy  cotton with no stretch, maybe wasn’t needed, or maybe it would be worse………… Continue reading

made! Simplicity skirt that (nearly) everyone has

I thought this pattern would be a perfect match for this fabric when I saw Handmade Jane’s post. This is more fabric from deep stash, a Japanese textured cotton, quite heavy, almost feels like a barkcloth.

The pattern is Simplicity 2451 described, not very effusively on the packet, as a ‘skirt in 2 lengths.’

It is, but it is also a skirt with pockets (yay!), and 2 silhouettes, one a pencil shape the other with a pretty almost fluted hem. It is also on a yoke, making it both comfortable and flattering.

I chose the short length with fluted hem.
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I took this skirt along to a #CBR sewing meet. Every second sewist had used the pattern and had good reports.

Do you have a favourite skirt pattern?
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Saunio cardigan made! plus suggestions needed

My first Named pattern and I like it. This is the Saunio cardigan.

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Worn here with my linen Sophie dress.

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This fabric, has been marinating in the stash for nearly a year. It’s from Alla Moda in Brisbane, what a divine shop! It is a silk taffeta, stitched and sequinned in a large free-wheeling floral pattern. I bought it with no idea what I’d do with it. I think Saunio is perfect for it.wpid-20150906_125211.jpg Continue reading

Jenna oh Muse

This make was inspired by Sue’s 3 (not one)! lovely Jenna cardigans, all so different. You can see them here, here and here.

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mmm, how hard is it to photograph dark fabric?? It’s really a lovely fluffy multi-hued deep navy.

The Jenna pattern is by Muse from NZ. Nice to be able to support a company from down-under.

It is described as ‘a fitted, round neck, button-up cardigan with two length options (hip or waist length), three sleeve options (long, 3/4, or short), and optional shoulder yoke detailing.’barbara jane made Muse Jenna cardi.jpeg

I chose the hip length, with long sleeves and sans the yoke detailing. Continue reading