Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This jacket began life as a very mumsy black blouse that I bought in a hurry and never wore. To refashion it into a jacket I cut off the wide waist band and opened up the front to the key hole neckline then sewed the front edges and rehemmed. It doesn't look fabulous on the mannequin but it really works with a singlet under and my silk sarong skirts for evening. It can be worn open or closed as it appears in the picture.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Meg's blog about Princess Mary (Australia's greatest export) reminded me of a childhood fantasy. When I was ten I wanted to be a Caroline, preferably Princess of Monaco, but Kennedy would do. Or, the rough end of pineapple, Caroline X a girl in my class who was, perfect.
Forty years on Caroline X has faded in my eyes and I like myself a whole lot more...but I still have a hankering to be a Caroline. Or grab some of that understated, patrician style for myself. And no...neither of my girls are called Caroline!
I decided to cut my 'fountains upside down' - I liked them better that way. I altered he Burda pattern slightly by not allowing the button flap to open. This allowed me to insert the piping more easily. Pure laziness!
I'm happy with the way it turned out. Matching the pattern was quite difficult and I needed extra fabric to do it. I'm planning to wear this with a bright red silk blouse and my cropped black leather jacket while the weather is cooler. I'm wearing this in the photo, but It didn't quite work out. I can see why everyone is making this skirt - its fairly quick and looks great in a range of fabrics and weights. I will make another one for summer in linen.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
First to Carol for her cyber friendship and support. We must have coffee when you are in Sydney!
Then in no particular order: to Lindsay T for pure New York style and admirable sewing skills; to Mary Nanna for quirky style and wit (and as an apology for a rude comment I left on your blog once!); to Cafe Couture for the best of French chic and because I miss her (Où êtes-vous ?); to Gay for her dedication to passing on crafting and sewing skills and finally to Amanda the first sewing blog I ever saw.
If you gals want to join the mutual admiration society heres what to do. To pass this on these bloggists should copy and paste this award to their own posts.Then choose 5 or more blogs that they have recently found and link to them from their posts. Then they need to go to those blogs and let the fellow bloggists know they have been awarded.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I am aiming to inject some colour into my winter wardrobe. So why have I just sewn a "wearable muslin" in black crushed velvet?
Mental note to myself - don't finish it. Whip up something in that red or green in the stash.