Top 5 hits of 2017

I was relieved when Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow announced it was time for the top 5 of 2017, as I’ve been hit by a virus that makes blogging new garments difficult. I have plenty of finished projects waiting to be photographed and blogged, but til then, here are my top 5 hits of 2017: Continue reading “Top 5 hits of 2017”

Refashioned jumpsuit

A few weeks back I bought this delish viscose jumpsuit at the op shop. I don’t know what I was thinking, really – I’m too tall for anything one-piece to fit me, and this was no exception. The jumpsuit gave me a mega-wedgie, front and back (you’re welcome for the visual), so I threw it in the donation pile.

Woman in short playsuit.
Staple the Label Qualia Playsuit. It definitely didn’t look like this on me!

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Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105

In my summer planning post, I mentioned I had some stretch woven shirt fabric that I intended to make up intoΒ Burda Three Quarter Sleeve Blouse 06/2013 #119. Well, that post must have been great motivation, because I went on a Burda shirt muslin frenzy! As well as the three quarter sleeve blouse, I muslined a stack of other shirt patterns – one of which was this Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105.

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a white button up shirt and black coated jeans.

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Testing fabric markers

Testing fabric markers: I know, exciting stuff right! But how you choose to mark your fabric can be a contentious issue, particularly in the quilting community, where some commentators see the use of Frixion pens as making some sort of colourful pact with the Stationery Devil. There isn’t as much written about fabric markers for garment sewing, so I decided to test the fabric markers I had on hand (Frixion Erasable Gel Pens and Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers).

Packet of Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers and several Pilot Frixion pens.
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers Fine Line, from KMart. Pilot Frixion Ball Erasable Gel Pens, purchased on eBay. The middle two (pink & orange in a slightly different style to the others) are 0.7mm width; the others 0.5mm.

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Another Archer

When I wrote about my cotton/linen Grainline Archer Shirt, I mentioned it would look elegant in a fabric with more drape. So, here is my second iteration of the pattern, sewn in a lightweight cotton with a fantastic watermelon print.

A woman stands in a garden archway. She wears a watermelon print button up shirt, jeans and ankle boots.

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