Sunday, December 22, 2013

Silk flowers, finally.

This is Burda 4/2012 110A. The fabric is silk that someone put on the 'take' table at one (of only 2)Guild meetings I managed to go to. I loved it immediately. It is crisp and swishy and feels lovely on. Those of you who are a bit observant will note that this is a dress - but that Burda 4/2012 110A is not. It is a pants suit. This was a pants suit when I made it 12 months ago. I made it just in time to go to a friend's 40th birthday celebration in the park on a beautiful sunny Brisbane summer afternoon - sounds perfect, right? It was until my son said "Mum, you look like a clown!" I took it off and put something else on. 

The problem/s were:

Bodice cut one or two sizes too big,
Pants with pockets and blowsy top was unflattering (clown like)
and the pockets it had (no more) added bulk to this.

During the year, I took the bodice princess seams in about 6 cm and removed the pants from the bodice and cut off the pockets. Because they were designed as harem pants (which I did not do to the pants) there was lots of fabric and I cut each pant leg into gores and made a skirt. That's where I left it end of last summer. I finished it off today. I still think the bodice is too big but I think it will be an easy dress to throw on and wear. 

I took the middle photo first - forgot my hair was awol, but did remember a necklace. I wore it with my black belt. I also was lazy and just slipped my bra straps inside the bodice but for the 2nd lot of photos I put some lipstick on, tidied my hair and put my gold chain link belt on, and a proper strapless bra. Makes a bit of a difference.

Earlier today I made another thing from a Burda magazine for my girlfriend (Hostess, and husband - Captain)who live and work on a luxury private boat. They cater for their boss and his guests and family and also run charters. This is for the next post when I can get her to model it hopefully - they are in Brisbane visiting family and friends for Christmas and I shall see her on Boxing Day (can't wait). 

I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who follows my blog (I can't believe I have followers!) and to everyone who reads my blog and those who take the time to make comments also. I know I am not a prolific sewer at the moment and I don't offer a lot in advice or education but I enjoy to sew and I am enormously grateful to the bloggers who do. 

Merry Christmas to all. I wish you and your families a beautiful, fun, sunny (or white depending on where you are!)and importantly, safe festive season. 


  1. Love your dress.
    Hope you and your family have a blessed and Merry Christmas.

  2. Merry christmas to you too. I love your dress, very summery and your messy up-do looks artfully arranged to go with the look! I can't believe someone was getting rid of that fabric from their stash, it's gorgeous

    1. Thank you Kristy! I know how gorgeous is it - so lovely to wear.

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  4. Merry Christmas to you too! Your dress is very pretty, the fabric was meant to be yours :)


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