Liberty fleece – is it worth it?

There was a time I thought Liberty only did lawn, but no, there’s a whole world of loveliness, silk satin, silk georgette and fleece!

There were a few beauties at the Fabric store when I acquired this. I was very tempted by the hot pink, but went more muted in the end.

barbarajane made Style Arc in Liberty

The pattern is Style Arc Madison, with lengthened sleeves.  I like that it’s a raglan with not too low a scooped neckline. I also like the small dart at the shoulder that means the sleeve sits nicely. I’ve made it before (not blogged) with the sleeve length as in the pattern, but I’ve since made a few, this one included with the sleeve lengthened.barbarajane made Style Arc in Libertybarbarajane made Style Arc in Liberty Continue reading

Silk for winter (Tom and Linda Platt top)

A new top for a mid-winter birthday. Anyone else find silk good for winter?

For a special treat weekend in the Blue Mountains I wanted something warm but stylish. I’ve  had this pattern and fabric in the stash for ages.
I took my time with this one.  So slippery,  so slidey, so tricky to sew and so lovely to wear, silk satin. barbarajanemade Tom and Linda Platt top.jpg

The pattern is  a Vogue by Tom and Linda Platt and described as a ‘bias front, back and cowl-neck collar , three-quarter raglan sleeves, shaped hemline’. barbarajanemade Tom and Linda Platt top.jpg.jpeg

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Brooklyn Brooklyn

I’d  love to go to Brooklyn some day. In the meantime I’m  loving my Brooklyn coat. A new pattern from Tessuti. Like the Sydney jacket it uses a fabric that doesn’t fray, like a boiled wool, though ponti would work in a climate warmer than canberra.

This is Brooklyn in a cold damp Melbourne and it performed well.

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I do rather like the colour against the wet Melbourne evening and the grey Melboune day. And the pockets on the bum, mmmm, these  were very much a last minute addition but I do like them after all, a bit different, interesting, noice ☺

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