Marcy Tilton blue doors art teacher dress

Hello there!

here’s something a little unusual for me. This is my first Marcy Tilton pattern, Vogue 8904.

I’m not sure if it’s me, maybe, maybe not. At the very least, it sure is comfy (and warm).

The pattern describes the dress as a ‘close-fitting, pullover dress has self neck binding, tiers, and raw edge finish.’ Marcy’s designs for Vogue often have interesting lines, asymmetry and unusual use of fabrics. She describes her designs as pieces that work well together for everyday wear. The Mcalls blog lists Marcy as one of their ‘art-teacher chic’ designers.

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Burda 8949: a jacket that’s not Morris

Hi there, how are you doing?

It’s turned decidedly wintery here in Canberra, but just before it did, I got some photos of my Burda jacket.

I’ve been attempting a French jacket

All the sewing world is making the Grainline Morris blazer. I’ve been attempting a French jacket. Auditioning patterns, trying to find one suitable for some pink and green the boucle I bought last year.

A Morris blazer is at the top of the sewing que, or maybe a Megan, but in the meantime……

meet Burda 8949

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Unseasonal sewing : Marrimeko Sophie dress

I had big plans for an autumn Tessuti Sophie dress but mmm I made a spring version. The leaves are starting to turn gorgeous colours here in Canberra, so why not make um a dress for spring?


Marrimeko from the stash

I really wanted another Sophie dress but I was keen to shop my stash, this Marrimeko fabric has been lurking for a while. I got it in Melbourne, the Marrimeko shop had just opened.

Back when I lived in Darwin (and before I became obsessed with sewing) I used to buy clothes from a very talented lady who used heaps of Marrimeko. It was perfect for the Darwin climate, where really anything other than 100% cotton is unwearable.

Now I’m a sewist I still have a hankering for the amazing large-scale Marrimeko designs, though it would be wonderful if they came with a little more drape. The Melbourne Marrimeko shop sells ready to wear in lovely fabric but the fabric they sell is essentially for the home decorator.


Always easier the second time. This was a quick make. The most time-consuming part was making sure the tree was upright. Pattern matching mattered. I did better on the front than the back where I was running low on options.

Barbarajanemade waist seam Marrimeko Sophie dress

front waist seam


Barbara Jane made Sophie dress

back seam

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Tiffany flip shirt

Tiffany flip, how could I resist linen called Tiffany flip

How could anyone? This linen is from Tessuti and has been in my stash for a while. So yay! stashbusting!

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This shirt is based on the Grainline Archer with:

  • no pockets
  • princess seams
  • a taller sleeve head
  • collar using Andrea and Tasia’s tutorials (links in my previous button -up shirt post)
  • sleeve plackets from the Colette Negroni shirt
  • flat felled and French seams.

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