You’re the Tops!

Two plain and simple tops from New Look K6351, a ‘wardrobe’ pattern I snapped up at a charity shop earlier this year.  Viscose ‘milano’ jersey from Fabric Godmother.  Nothing much to say about the pattern- it’s well-drafted, made up here in a straight size 18, and I like the depth of the V neck. The … Continue reading You’re the Tops!

Cape F’Here

Designin’ December 2017 Why not?  I’d already planned to use the silk velvet Poiret-style evening coat I made for our wedding [and never wore] to make something glamorous to wear in colder weather.  I’ve already bought a cape pattern from Truly Victorian.  I decided ages ago to make a muff [insert bad taste Carry-On style … Continue reading Cape F’Here

Paige Turner

The rest of the fabric from the StyleArc ‘Taylor’ skirt back in April [remember that?] was used to cut out a ‘Paige’ top, with contrasting side panels from a scrap of conveniently matching cobalt blue jersey.  I’m not sure if these will work together, it may be too much, in which case they’ll each be … Continue reading Paige Turner

Half and half

Half term, half a tooth and not-quite-halfway through all the cathedral window quilting. A week off work is always nice, even with the knowledge that the NEXT half term is EIGHT WEEKS LONG.  Good grief.  It’s very difficult to keep the energy flowing in the classroom with Christmas on the horizon, and we’re also supposed … Continue reading Half and half

A pocketful of posers…

  But first, a short bulletin on the Cathedral dress.  My wonderful wide black eyelash lace arrived from China OOOH! For some reason, it came in three pieces of about 3m each.  No idea why they do that, and fortunately, it won’t matter. I keep finding more images of Victorian dresses which use this colour … Continue reading A pocketful of posers…

Leopard at the chance!

Viscose jersey in a crazy red leopard print, matched to Vogue 1552, a Sandra Betzina design.  I’m really falling for these drapey voluminous dresses lately, and I’d indulged in the pattern a few weeks ago…then MyFabrics sent me a voucher, so I splurged on 2.5m of this mad print.  The voucher basically offset the postage … Continue reading Leopard at the chance!

Hard at work…

…in more than one sense.  Hard at work still sewing, even though not much has been finished yet.  And meanwhile, at work, it’s hard.  Very hard. Still, my new timetable gives me a long weekend instead of a midweek break, like last year, and I’m adjusting to the change of pace.  Plenty of time to … Continue reading Hard at work…