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Old Burda makes and daleks

 I made this dress a few years ago. It's a Burda magazine one - sorry haven't got the details handy - and I really loved it. From memory I only wore it once, then I put on weight. I can't do the back zip up at the bodice (but you can't really tell in the photo...I am spilling out of it though - thanks menopause). The skirt part was a piece a friend gave me from her stash, just a polyester satin (thanks Marian) and the bodice part was a remnant of duchess satin from Gardams for $3 from memory. The hem is rolled on the overlocker. I really love the colours and feel of this dress and I'm aiming to get back into this. It's a great summer dress that looks smart but doesn't need a lot of care.
 This top is also a Burda magazine make from about the same time ago. This is the second iteration of this top. I loved the first one so much and wore it to death but it faded and pilled. I made it out of this lovely polished cotton from Spotlight a few years ago - it was last of the roll and only $5 per metre.

This top has some lovely details - the bottom part of the top has 3 pin tucks on  each side and is supposed to have a casing for a tie under the bust, but I didn't put this in as I don't need it. I love the cute little buttons.
I made the little button loops from some cord - it was so fidgety but worth the effort for the nice finish, it's also faced with some 1" satin bias. You don't have to undo the buttons to get into it. Well that would be if I could get into it - when I made this one I forgot to add the seam allowances so it doesn't fit - don't you hate that!

Yes, that bad looking cake is supposed to be a dalek (thanks Karen for the comment that made me realise I spelt this incorrectly). My son turned 10 recently and we had a little party at a great skate park nearby. He wanted a dalek cake - it's not my best make but the kids recognised it. The cake stood about 30cm high so there was a lot of cake.

 That my hand to show scale. The computer in the background trying to get ideas.
One part of the skate park. There was a whole huge ramp built as well just behind here. There were about 20 late teenage boys there and our boys felt a little intimidated at first, but they all took their turns and there were not problems or falls. When we cut the cake, I took over about half of it to the teenagers and they were ecstatic - seems like you can never be too old for cake!

I've traced and half cut out a Ottobre raglan t-shirt. I need some basics for winter and I have nothing casual for school drop off and around the house. I want to make up some jeans or trousers but I'm feeling really low and flat - that's how the cold makes me feel and it's not even that cold yet.

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow for all the Mums to there. Enjoy your day.


  1. I think I remember that dress pattern - is it a halter neck in Burda? It does look really pretty.
    I love the Dalek cake. Who is the Dr Who fan? Or is it both of you? It sounds like a good party.

    1. Thanks. No it's not a halter - there was a long version too and it was a wedding dress. I haven't seen Dr Who since the original in the early '70's - those daleks scared me then and I don't really do science fiction - my son is into it. He love science fiction.

  2. That is certainly a most recognizable dalek - looks fantastic!

  3. That cake is awesome - best mum in the world!


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