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Roses cowl top.

I made a little cowl top a little while ago and wore it today with my purple gingham wrap skirt. I know it's a simple Butterick 4132 pattern just with little cowl top with or without sleeves. It'a ages old but really quick and making it a size 8 in the shoulders and down to a 12 from the bust down.  It is the best fabric... a remnant from a designer sale (not the usual one I go to) a couple of years ago where I and my friend didn't buy anything off any rolls, but filled a shopping bag with these remnants. The rose fabric is a very strong firm crepe knit fabric that is a fibre mix. It is very good quality and there was just a scrap big enough for my friend to make her granddaughter a pair of leggings. 
These two fabrics above are from the same grab bag. Top one with the purple colour way is a Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 1366 pattern (the one with the cami and that amazing skirt - everyone made it). It was just enough to make it as a test. It's a beautiful silk crepe chiffon…
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Ottobre Autumn/Winter 5/2018 Wrap cardigan x 2

This is the tech drawing. It's such a simple pattern to cut and sew up. I have made a merino wool fleece one in apple/kelly green.  You just see it under my jacket, scarf and backpack above... and here in the pub... both photos in Ireland. It is ridiculous how much I love that green one. The merino fleece has like a sheen on the right side, and nice and fleecy on the inside. It's not terribly thick but boy it is so warm. I bought it a few years ago at The Fabric Store for $10 per metre. I wish I had bought more. If you ever see any, get some it's great. I made two more! A few posts ago I said I'd made one for my friend for her birthday in June and was going to make me one. She and her family came for dinner the other night and I took the opportunity to take some photos, but I forgot to get some of us wearing them. They don't look like much up there do they. 
Close up of the fabric - a French terry I bought at Spotlight on side. I bought it online and it was only availa…

In and out

Hi, I hope everyone is doing well. I have finally done some sewing, but interestingly it is a quick fabric turnaround. I work in the city and there is a Lincraft in the shopping complex opposite. I don't go in very often as I don't really need the temptation and I find I don't like a lot of the stuff they have but for emergency supplies it's convenient. I found some fluffy pink stuff on sale ($8 pm) and bought about 2.8 metres (I only wanted 2 but it was the end of the roll and they discounted the .8 to half price). So I bought this one week and a week later I used it up... in and out.. no stash friends!
I wanted to make another of these:
I made view A with the kangaroo pocket, but I shortened it by about 8 cm in the middle. I think I may still cut the curved hem as I don't really like it on me. I've used this pattern here, and here, and I made this one  (which I love but is a dirty work one now) with ordinary fleece. 

That rolled collar is great up or down. The p…

Chair off the street

My son picked up a chair on the street that looked like this chair. It's an Ikea chair and he liked how it fit his back. Hmmm... I couldn't stand to look at that worn out vinyl. I offered to pull it apart and make a cover. It was really easy to pull apart; 4 screws holds the arms to both back and seat, and the seat is screwed onto the roller feet. I pulled the covers off.. the seat was stapled down and the back was zipped on. 

The cover on the inside. There are the toggles... they are only about 2 cm long. You can see how the cover is pieced together. See the toggles are sewn onto the cover separately so I unpicked them too and saw it had some elastic underneath it. The toggles get pulled through from the front of the seat back to the back or underside of the seat. 

Pieces all separated and as you see it was worse than the one advertised on marketplace. I decided there was no point making all that seaming so I just lay it on the fabric and made it one piece for the seat and one …

What to do with a shower curtain.

Hello... long time no see. I've been busy but not much time for sewing, although my mind is always on it and planning. In my head I look so well dressed! I did make a great Ottobre wrap jumper for a friend's birthday in an amazing French terry, but I didn't get photos (in June!) so that'll have to wait. I've also been sewing for an office chair recover - my son picked it up on the street and I said I would make a cover for it. I finished today but I'm too tired to write up the post so that'll be next. In between I made these....

This is my old shower curtain from years ago. It wasn't so good that someone would buy it at the op shop but too good to toss. Shower curtains are quite strong fabric and so I made shopping bags out of it. I made about 7.  They aren't the same size but the process was the same. A rectangle; sewn up one side in a doubled over seam for strength, sew up some straps, square off the bottom and turn the top over twice with the st…

Vintage McCall's 5049

I bought this pattern at the church op shop late last year. It's so cute. Obviously not for me...  but my friend's daughter.  She's 8 and very tall for her age.  The fabric is a beautiful piece of Thai silk that was given to me by another friend's mother in law in January when we got home from our holiday.  It was just enough to get this pattern out.

I had some trim that I bought years ago and I love pink and silver. There was just enough for the front   but I wish I had some for the back too. I really don't like plain back when there is fancy on the front. I like it fancy both sides!

I used all the length of the fabric and made ties for a halter neck as I didn't have my friend's daughter here and I wanted her to be able to wear it immediately she got it.

Gosh I love the little silver sparkles. The fabric is so lustrous and crisp but also very fine.

The pattern has a little pair of under shorts... on the pattern it should have some elastic around the legs …

Special silk dress and a 50th

In 2003 I made this Burda dress (6/2013 #105). I've seen this pattern as an envelope pattern about 6 months ago so look out for it if you like it (although I know it was old and probably out of print). It wasn't a style I thought would suit my pear shape, but I'm surprised how flattering I think it looks.

I made it out of this nice quality polyester which I picked up at a Brisbane Spoolette's High Tea and I really love it still. It's makes me feel great when I wear it. 

A few years ago (ok many - 2012 in fact) my beautiful friend went to Vietnam and thought to bring me some silk! What a friend. She has amazing taste and bought me 2 1/2 metres of a white and floral satin silk. For the first 5 years after she kept asking me if I'd made anything with it, and in my head I had made about 100 things but nothing was quite right. She stopped asking then.  Truth be told I wanted to make this same Burda pattern but decided in my head it wasn't enough fabric.  Come earl…