If you want to get ahead…

…Get a hat! Well that was easier than expected! For those who don’t want to peruse the diagrams or translate the Japanese instructions: cut out all pieces on the bias, adding seam allowances, and fuse to interfacing.  [I should have fused then cut, but didn’t pay enough attention] sew seam in side crown, press & … Continue reading If you want to get ahead…

Hatty Japes

So.  A moderately large piece of precious cashmere left from the coat, and a smaller but still too-expensive-to-waste piece of the astrakhan…a hat it shall be then. I bought the Japanese hat book from someone on The Sewing Forum a few years back in a moment of madness, and although I’ve leafed through it several … Continue reading Hatty Japes


What a brilliant day! I wore my new red cashmere coat to work, and started getting compliments before I even got into the building…I swear, if you need your mood lifted, wear red! [blog post as soon as I get pics] My boss had followed through on my nagging of the previous days, and my … Continue reading CELEBRATE!

Starring Stripes

Almost the last 2018 make, I just remembered one more! Vogue 9254,  Marcy Tilton dress.  Teal ponte and multi-stripe ponte What a strange pattern!  I like the cover image, and the line drawing is the usual vagueness expected from Tilton asymmetry and drapiness, so it intrigued me fo some time before I caved and bought … Continue reading Starring Stripes

Mimi Mi Mimi Mi!

Last but one of my 2018 makes… Simplicity 8177 Mimi G wardrobe pattern [again], a second version of the long coat, this time in purple ponte, sleeveless [because I didn’t have enough lol]  I also had to piece the front facing and generally fussy cut this one.  Minimal fabric waste makes me happy! 50-50 sewn … Continue reading Mimi Mi Mimi Mi!