Dawn’s coat #1

Simplicity 1732, ‘Victorian’ coat by Arkivestry. Off we trotted to Fancy Silk Store [via a delicious late lunch at Café Rouge, yum].  We had a brief pitstop at Barry’s too, as I wanted more of their top quality fusible interfacing, and some hair canvas for the collar/back stay.  We saw some lovely stuff at Barry’s, … Continue reading Dawn’s coat #1

Monthly Making

2016 in pictures I make this 45 garments [I thought it would be more, but hey-ho, some were extremely time-consuming] 11 for Dawn, 4 for other family members…and 30 for me.  Ahem.  Selfish sewing alert!  Of that thirty, only 6 items weren’t steampunk or dress-up.  Hilarious! On the extrememly positive side, I don’t think I’ve … Continue reading Monthly Making

Own Goals

This time last year, I didn’t make resolutions, but I did complete the ‘Top Five’ that lots of bloggers do.  I’ve just looked back on the ‘goals’ for this year,  Here they are: Top 5 Goals Complete the SWAP Do as many Historical challenges as possible, as long as they contribute to my wardrobe  Complete … Continue reading Own Goals

2 Tops…

    …in the same fabrics. On one of this year’s market trawls, I was trying soooo hard not to buy even more fabric, then succumbed at the last minute [OK, OK, I’d already succumbed a dozen times on that trip, shaddap!] I really was trying not to spend more, but as we were already … Continue reading 2 Tops…

Penguin Shirt

  On another of this year’s market visits, we found some lovely penguin print fabric.  We cooed over it, but moved on.  Later, one of the party [was it you Kim?] went back to get some after all, and I thought I might as well give into the urge too [I’m so strong willed] and … Continue reading Penguin Shirt

Fully coated

Simplicity 1732, a ‘costume’ coat, in pseudo-Victorian style.  Apparently, this is  designer pattern: although I’d never heard of the designer, Arkivestry have apparently been making Goth gear since the 1980s.  I’ve wanted to make the missus a coat since we got serious- she only has one ‘proper’ coat, pulled out for weddings and funerals etc, … Continue reading Fully coated