They can’t all be winners – Burda 6798

I don’t often see a lot of sewing failures posted online. Perhaps we’re more inclined to share successes, or maybe others don’t create quite as many wadders as I do. I certainly make my share of sucky garments, and this post is about one of them: Burda 6798 boyfriend jeans.

An image of a woman wearing baggy, unflattering jeans and a grey t-shirt.
These photos are only shared for services to sewing.

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What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking

This week I shared my linen Archer shirt with you. I’m always curious about how others sew things – not the finished results, but the techniques they use to get there. So this is a catalogue of the techniques I use when shirt-making, as featured in my Archer shirt and others. If you hate detail, turn away now!

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Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

An image of a woman standing in front of kitchen cabinets. She wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots. Her hands are resting in her pockets and she is smiling.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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Ottobre painted canvas top

An image of a young woman, standing in a veranda in front of a weatherboard wall. She wears large glasses, a t-shirt with a colourful print reminiscent of shattered glass, crop jeans, and leather loafers. She is smiling.

I know, another short sleeved top. I’m nothing if not consistent! This top is made from one of my Ottobre back issues, Summer/Spring 2/2016 #2, printed canvas t-shirt. It was drafted for knits, but as Ottobre tees tend to have a generous fit, I chanced sewing it with a stretch woven. The fabric substitution worked better than I anticipated, and now I have another versatile short sleeved top to add to my wardrobe. Continue reading “Ottobre painted canvas top”

The Adeline Top and Sewing Machine Drama

This is another in a series of summer tops I’ve been sewing. The fabric is a gorgeous rayon from the Spotlight $2/m clearance table. I usually don’t wear much black, but the gem-like colours in the pattern were too entrancing to resist.

An image of a woman in a garden, wearing a black kimono sleeve top with colourful gem floral pattern, black pants and red shoes.
Worn with some hand-me-down (or up, considering how much shorter my auntie is than me) Gordon Smith pants and Mel moon bow loafers.

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Named Kielo Dress

I’ve been commenting and chatting to people about the Named Kielo Dress I made for several months now, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and actually blog the darn thing! This story, I believe, began back in November, when Mads suggested I try Named Patterns. She rightly assumed I would enjoy their style and draft, and I have been especially pleased with the garments I’ve made from their line, the Sointu Kimono Tee and the Inari Tee Dress. I am equally happy with the Kielo Dress!

An image of a woman standing in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print.
Fab shoes courtesy of our new Cotton On superstore (yeh, we’re that fancy now). Necklace from op shop.

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Summer Slippers

When my beloved Peter Alexander slippers hit the dust this summer, I decided to try my hand at making my own. My previous attempts at crafted slippers were not at all successful – I’d crocheted some slippers a few years back, which remain mostly unworn due to the pain of the crocheted fabric cutting into my foot, and the less said about my countless failed sewn slippers the better.

An image of two yellow handknitted slippers on a white linen.

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