I made jeans! Ginger jeans

hello! guess what?? I made jeans and I’m just a bit pleased with myself.

Fitted trousers or jeans have been on my wish list/to do list for ages.

Then I acquired this fabric. A lovely soft brushed cotton(?) with quite a bit of stretch. and you know…….. animal print!wpid-20150727_081825.jpg

2 identical remnants from Tessuti! both 1 m, enough for jeans even with nap.

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Cordova jacket, windy day at the gallery, me trying to stop the jeans falling down.

There was a bit of discussion on Instagram with Melanie and Lara who also have this fabric. Melanie was deciding what to make. Lara has made some very elegant Style Arc Misty jeans. Continue reading

The wallpaper dress – Vogue 8997 – what not to do

I originally had this dress in mind for Canberra frocktails, but then another new shiny frock came along, hello Badgley Miscka!

The fabric

In Melbourne a while back, I stumbled across a shop selling Alannah Hill seconds. Literally stumbled, it was raining, I was on my way to The Fabric Store and ducked in to escape the shower. It also had the ends of fabric rolls!! What fun. I think many Melbournites have known about this place for ages but for me it was a bit of a find.

I don’t know what Alannah made with this fabric, hopefully it wasn’t wallpaper, though on second thoughts ………….wpid-wp-1433739505118.jpeg

I thought hey, that will make a fancy-pants frock. It’s a heavy gold brocade with black flock, very like wallpaper, and about as much drape. Continue reading

New shirt (Vogue 8759) and tips for flat-felled seams

A new shirt for Simon. I think my shirtmaking skills are improving.

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With Andrea’s collar tutorial, I now feel like I’ve mastered the collar and where it meets the front placketts.Barbara Jane made Vogue 8759.jpeg

This shirt has almost all flat-felled seams (all except the armsyce seams which I overlocked). I like flat-felled seams they are lovely neat finish and I think extra good for shirts that get a fair bit of washing and wearing. Continue reading

CBR frocktails !! Badgley Mischka dress

I made a new dress! For Canberra’s inaugural frocktails!

Simon tells me it is possible to wear a dress more than once, but where’s the fun in that (just kidding). I also wanted to test a pattern for a MOB dress (mother-of-the-bride!!).Barbara Jane made Badgely Mishka dress

wpid-wp-1435475025475.jpegI was pretty happy with my last Badgely Mischka dress so I thought I’d try another from this American design duo, Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

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