Tag Archive: viscose

Dotty Viscose Gypsy Swing Top

I had a good old chunk of this lovely monochrome dotty viscose left over from making my Nancy Dress and it’s been eyeing me up from my stash for a while now. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it as it is a great viscose challis, nice and matte with a beaut…

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Dotty Viscose Gypsy Swing Top

I had a good old chunk of this lovely monochrome dotty viscose left over from making my Nancy Dress and it’s been eyeing me up from my stash for a while now. I couldn’t bear to get rid of it as it is a great viscose challis, nice and matte with a beaut…

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Stepping Out

While neutrals are decidedly within my comfort zone, bold, stand out colours are most certainly not!  However.  After making the gold and black Anza Dress last month, I had a bit of the fabric left over.  The lady I made the dress for didn’t want the remains for herself, so it went into the stash. … Continue reading “Stepping Out”

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Lounging Pajamas

Because these are no ordinary pjs!  I’ve finally upgraded my sleepwear collection this year, and these are the business.  I chose a couple of Mrs Depew pajama patterns earlier this year, determined that in my 40s I deserved better sleepwear than baggy tees and a couple of self drafted pants.  Last year I made a … Continue reading “Lounging Pajamas”

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Butter Mellow, Sunflower Yellow

It’s Independent Pattern Month again!  I have given the whole thing a miss for a couple of years, but decided I’d like to enter again this year.  The fact that IPM2017 is in July instead of June really helped!  The first week’s category is dresses, and I had just the one!  Usually I’d make something … Continue reading “Butter Mellow, Sunflower Yellow”

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Top 5 Best Fabrics For Hot Weather

Anyone out there sweltering? Me, too! Here’s a quick run down of the fabrics I love to sew for summer. Needless to say, they’re all natural. Silk The above Deep V Tunic top from DIY Couture’s No Patterns Needed book … Continue reading

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Vogue 1027: a faux wrap dress

At some point, I must have decided that I needed more Summer neutrals in my closet. What better than a DKNY jersey dress in the most beautiful, weighty viscose. I’ve used several different shades of this viscose jersey over the years. It always sews up really nicely. I’m also quite fond of Vogue patterns. I find […]

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Anza Jumpsuit -Itch to stitch

Last year I made my first jumpsuit, the Eliane from SyleArc and after the blue one I made immediately one more. The love for jumpsuits was born! So now I have a bunch of jumpsuits patterns that I want to make and of course fabrics, I want to us…

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Honey Bunny McCall’s 7381

Hi everyone! I’m back with a new dress and some more pics that I had snapped at the work studio. I have been eager to make this dress for a while, even before we knew it would be a free gift for the magazine. The epic thing that has me dancing around the office is […]

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And it’s January again

The roundabout never stops!  Here we go again, another year, another January and another “oops, I’ve not blogged for ages and there’s stuff to show off but….” Hopefully something resembling “normal service” will resume soon, but I wouldn’t count on it!  Last year passed in somewhat of a whirlwind with Autumn disappearing on me completely … Continue reading “And it’s January again”

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70s Style Dress

My love of the 70s is well documented, and I had been wanting to make a dress inspired by some lovely Biba dresses that I spotted on Pinterest.  I would wear the life out of all three of these dresses. I loved the shape of the neckline on all…

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common welsh green

Probably my dorkiest title to date. If you’re not well-versed in the Potter-universe, this title refers to the species of dragon that a certain Miss Fleur Delacour had to pass in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (Goblet of Fire). And yes, tha…

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Tilly And The Buttons Bettine Dress

Finally! After my initial aborted attempt at this project, the Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress proves itself to be a winner. Don’t just take it from me – ask the several colleagues who commented on this outfit today. And it’s … Continue reading

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The last refashion

This fabric really has been around the block. It started as a dress. Then I turned it into a playsuit. And now I’ve shortened the legs again. Shortening the legs is hardly deserving of the word “refashion”. However, there’s are reason I’m showing you this. It’s amazing how significantly different a garment can look, after such a minor change. I didn’t mind the previous versions, but none of them were quite right. I’m so glad I persevered. Shop the Look 6 Shore Road by Pooja // Aqua // Banana Republic

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Colour blocking

Colour blocking doesn’t seem to be fading in popularity. It definitely isn’t in my house. I’ve been waiting to sew this cute little vintage pattern since I gleefully picked it up at a sewing meet-up/ swap. A May Minerva Blogger make … Continue reading

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Death by dryer: to mini Rigel Bomber

Remember this awesome Rigel Bomber? I made it a long time ago, but it’s had an awful lot of wear since then. The outer cotton fabric is heavy and durable. My mistake was in lining the jacket with a slippery viscose. I don’t regret it though. That viscose remnant I used was totally luxurious and something I noticed every time I slipped that jacket on. Unfortunately, viscose can be a little more delicate than other fabrics when it comes to laundering. I made sure I prewashed everything first, but it didn’t occur to me to dry the fabrics in the dryer. I rarely used my dryer in Australia. Even in Winter, with three kids, I could efficiently line dry all of my washing. This is starkly different to where I live now, where most people almost exclusively use their dryer. I initially fought this practice, but when your neighbourhood has a no clothesline policy, it’s hard not to succumb to the convenience. So to cut this rather long story short, my bomber found it’s way into the dryer (I do my laundry on autopilot and sometimes there are casualties). The outer fabric …

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Seeing double: Simplicity 1435

Simplicity 1435 is my go-to kid pattern for easy knit dresses. I’ve made it a few times already for my littlest peep. This time I really stretched myself and whipped one up for Miss Five too. The fabric I used is a very drapey viscose knit. The fabric is quite heavy so it does drag the dresses down a little at the waist, but I’m fond of a drop waist anyway, and I just love those stripes. These two girls are little peas in a pod. I spoke not a word during this photo shoot. It’s quite hilarious to watch them getting flowers for props and posing together. Every time I make a dress using this pattern, it always becomes a firm favourite with Miss Three and I know why. Fuss free knit dresses are so comfortable. She can dress and undress easily as there are no fastenings and the layered skirt provides just the right amount of swish-factor. Simplicity 1435 is a very simple pattern, a super quick make, and very practical for everyday wear. There’s nothing perfect about these versions. I whipped them up so …

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Textile Printing at Leeds Art College

Hello everyone! I thought it was about time for a full round up of my Textile Printing course. This is going to be picture heavy I’m afraid and I’ve not even included all the pictures! Weeks 1 and 2 we … Continue reading

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Completed: the Colette Myrtle Knit Dress

I am so excited that today’s post doesn’t involve sleeves or pants. It does, however, involve a navy striped knit fabric. Sorry! Don’t fall asleep on your keyboard! Landon already told me I’m not allowed to buy anymore navy striped knit fabric haha. I guess we all have a type, and I have just announced mine […]

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