BJmade! Sophie again

wpid-20150828_074430.jpgAnother Tessuti for summer. Who else loves summer?

This is my fourth!! Sophie. I love this pattern. I thought it would be a good pairing with a light linen for a summer frock.

My other Tessuti Sophies are a blue and white spot linen top, Marrimeko dress and in hot pink linen. wpid-wp-1440723985904.jpeg

To fit the summer holiday vibe I shortened it. The dip at the sides is even more obvious shorter and I like it.

I think the novelty on one lapel has worn off, so, no lapel on this dress.


Pattern: Tessuiti’s Sophie dress

Fabric: linen from Cleggs

Modifications: eliminated the one lapel and shortened the dress by around 15 cm.

What I like: it is light, airy, cool and floaty and the linen, must be one of my favorite fabrics. What’s your favorite?


BJmade! Tessuti Gabby dress for the beach

I thought I’d give Tessuti’s Gabby dress a try.

Sometimes you need a beach cover-up that covers the shoulders.

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Anyway I thought Tessuti’s Gabby dress might fit the bill. Gabby is a loose fit dress with a short sleeve and a nice A-line flare. It has 2 views, the first with a contrast hem panel. As I was planning to slip it on over bathers I thought I could get away with shorter than I’d wear for everyday, so made it without the contrast hem panel. Continue reading

BJMade! Anna’s garden top (Alabama Chanin)

I read somewhere, Alabama Chanin style stitching can be addictive. It is indeed, quite soothing and meditative. Something I can do when I’m too tired to cut out or machine sew.wpid-wp-1429077327995.jpeg

The design is loosely based on the Anna’s garden stencil from this book:


I used a very low tech stencil – a A4 photocopy, that I then traced with tailors chalk or a disappearing fabric pen and moved it around as I went, somewhat randomly.barbara jane made Alabama Chanin top

I’ve washed this top a few times now (in a lingerie bag) in the washing machine and it holds up brilliantly, which is amazing, given it’s all hand sewn and has lots of raw edges.


Barbara jane made Alabama Chanin top

I added beading to the neck and hem. Now that’s even more addictive than the reverse applique.


wpid-wp-1443129104563.jpgMore details on the early stages of this and my minimalist equipment here.

It started as some portable sewing to take on holidays and has become a new obsession and something I can do when too tired for machine sewing, tracing or cutting. Do you have a sewing activity you turn to when tired?

happy stitching


Oh and I’ve started a new project, with lots and lots of beading ☺









Pineapple jeans

Oh yes.

That’s right.

These are pineapple jeans.barbarajanemade pineapple jeansbarbarajanemade pineapple jeans.jpeg


Are the pockets dotty?

You betcha.wpid-wp-1444184027128.jpg

Are they lairy? wpid-wp-1444720240089.jpeg

why yes they are!


This is my fourth version of Closet Case Files jeans. O hang on, the third was a skirt. The actual jeans are here and here.



I can’t  claim these are all my own inspiration, ever since I got a peak of this fabric that Kirsty had, I couldn’t get the idea of pineapple jeans out of my head.

I was going to A2F just for a zip……… you know the story, there was the fabric, just a bit left on the roll……


Still haven’t quite got this top-stitching down. I top-stitched this in cotton, not sure why I chose cotton ( I think it was a pretty colour)  ………. the right side is ok, which I guess is the main thing, but underneath are several ugly nests and some of the cotton poking through. I think I need to research the needle, thread, fabric combos more.

Do you have any advice? Any combos that work for you?


In the meantime, doesn’t  everyone need some pineapple jeans?

happy stitching!

Especially if you’re  making pineapple jeans :)


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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