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Wrap-Front Playsuit: Patrones 315, romper 31

PlaysuitNot a huge amount to say here. Love this playsuit. I’ve incorporated popper buttons (press studs? Snaps!) along the seam that runs from the inner left hem to the inner right hem. So it’s all cool. I’ve only worn it out once though. Over a bikini. So in that sense it is a bit of a blooper.

PlaysuitI won’t shorten it as much next time. Probably a good idea to modify the wrap front wrap drape as well. The actual garment has two little open-ended tucks at the shoulders that the pattern and the line diagram are missing.

PlaysuitI made the illustrations using Pebeo seta scrib markers. Similar to what I did here (but done months earlier. I made this romper and then winter arrived so there really hasn’t been an opportunity to wear it). Tutorial here.

Patrones 315 jumpsuit 31

Pattern: Patrones 315,  Playsuit 31

Fabric: Outer-some sort of poly-cotton nightmare that wrinkles like crazy but has a really cute embossed net pattern on it. Lining-cotton voile.


  • Shortened the top by 2cm (although 1.75 cm would have sufficed).
  • Cut the sleeves with selvedge ‘hems’
  • Added press studs snaps/poppers along the ‘A seam’ from inner left hem to inner right hem
  • Lined the shorts portion with cotton voile.

Cotton tights by Marilyn.

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Blooper: Patrones 272 Dress 5

Yes there is a button there..

This is something visually off-kilter about the proportions of this dress (aside from the fact that the pearl neckline makes my head look like a lollipop). I should’ve terminated the front button stand at the third-last button (or between the third last and second last buttons). The stiff, low stretch knit I used for a tester doesn’t help either.

Kinda mod and kinda uniform-ish

It’s a tad better with the collar ironed down, but this one’s definitely heading to the charity bin. I wore it to Uni once and it wasn’t spectacular. I meant to make it up in a drapey black silk jersey similar to the one in the pattern photograph, but I don’t think I’ll bother.

The fabric doesn't drape too well.

I wore it out with silk shorts under. It drapes a lot better that way but fit isn’t perfect. The sleeve mods are pretty awesome though.

Schumacher dress Patrones 272, No. 5

Pattern: Patrones 272, Dress 5, Schumacher.

Fabric: Stable poly knit with a lining side on the inside (zero tights snaggage-priceless).

Modifications: Shortened 2 cm at waist. Didn’t cut one of the sleeve extensions on the bias due to lack of yardage. That made the sleeve too tight so I graded back the sleeve hem to fit.

Tights by Fiore.

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July Giveaway Patrones Extra No 13

This month’s giveaway is Patrones Extra No. 13 Costura Facil (easy makes) – part of their best of line (which is why some or all of the patterns may look familiar). There are 62 patterns ranging in size from EU 38-48 (bust sizes 84-104). Patrones only prints every other size i.e. 40, 44, 48 or 38, 42, 46 so if you’re in between sizes you have to draw in/ grade in your line between the pattern lines provided.

Before I get into it, I’d like to make a quick tangent. Recently I noticed something strange about some of the comments on my giveaway posts and I Googled the commentators. All three searches returned 8+ Google pages of comments they’d made on giveaways held on various blogs, many of which these commentators had won. This by itself, if not the problem-if all of your online interactions (i.e. 300+ or upwards of 23+ a day) involve commenting on giveaway posts then, statistically, you’re bound to win some. The problem, as I see it, was that one of these people had an Ebay account (using the same handle/email)  where he/ she was selling his/her giveaway winnings. While it is in no way my business what people do with the stuff I give away, if I wanted it to end up on Ebay, it’d be easier for me to put it there myself. The reason I go to great lengths obtaining give away items, reviewing them here, and spending on postage and packaging is because I want to sew socially, i.e. get to know and interact with other people that sew. My hope is that these things will get used in actual projects which then get posted on your blog/ Flickr/ forum account and foster positive engagement and discussion in the sewing community online.

Having said that, let’s get to the meat.

L: Lindsay Lohan after a couple of: hits of heroine/ lines of cocaine/ quarts of baby blood/ all of the above. R: I didn’t do it! Her head came pre-cut.

The skirt on the left is my absolute favourite of the lot. I love it. It’s why I actually picked up this issue: I wanted to make the skirt out of the gorgeous dupion silk dashingmarmot sent me for the +1/*1 swap, then I got distracted by something shiny (that made better use of the yardage I had). I like the skirt on the right too, it’s perfect for those weird silk remnants that totally clash with your colouring – the drape shows the fabric off well and you can have something else (that does suit you) between it and your face. That’s not a deep hem by the way-it’s a panel that you could make up in contrast fabric/ trim.

The next two patterns are from the vintage-inspired section. The coat is the perfect minimalist vehicle for showcasing textured or patterned fabric, the clean lines and bare silhouette really appeal to me (I searched for the original issue this came from for years-because of this coat). It’d probably look pretty awesome in crushed linen or chambray as well.

L: OM tap dancing deity it’s Emily! R: Futz. Something crawled into my clutch and died..

There’s also a Western-themed section with some really cool shirt patterns. I love the sleeveless shirt – perfect for Madras plaid – which I normally avoid like Toxoplasma but which, thanks to this pattern, is growing on me (like a fungus). It would also rock in a fine lawn or embroidered toile.

Conclusion: This chick looks totally messed up without a hat on.

There’s also a bunch of really nice blazers (wool and linen in various styles) and a couple of trousers and a whole bunch of skirts, blouses, camisoles and singlets.

First they Photoshop my belly button off, then they put it back but not in the right place, and still.. I keep smiling like the neighbours are watching.

This blouse is my favourite of the lot – I’m not a fan of the fabric combination they’ve used but the pattern has truckloads of potential for both patterned as well as solid (contrast) fabrics.

Just double checking that 48-hour freshness claim. Still good yo!

Want it? Leave a comment on this post and any other post(s) in this blog. I’d like to know if you’ve made something from Patrones or other sewing magazine patterns before [if you have a blog where you’ve posted your makes please link the (exact) post in your comment] and which patterns you’d like to make from this issue.

As always, this giveaway is open internationally and will end at the end of the month (July 31st, 2012).

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Reviewed- Patrones Extra 268

Patrones Extra 268

Patrones 268

The best summer issue they’ve ever* done. Back from the day when they used to have a sh*tload more patterns than they do now, and everything was labelled with the name of the designer/ brand.

Patrones 268 Pattern Summary

Awesomeness from back in the day.

Stand out patterns in this magazine:

Frida Kahlo Inspired Patterns and Styling
Frida Kahlo-style with added antioxidants (and ferns).

Top No. 2 (easy to make), dress 8 (looks awesome and fairly easy to make but looks like its made for Amazonas <read tall women> so I might leave it).

Best tunic ever. The dress on the other hand, promised more than it could deliver.
Best tunic ever. The dress on the other hand, promised more than it could deliver.

Dress 16 (I made it- the fit is pretty loose and seems to make me look shorter than I am-more on that later) Top 23 (the cover)

Dress 32 (check out the line diagram-this could be a real go-to pattern for a tunic/dress- if you like it and don’t have this magazine go here (its close enough and their sleeve treament might actually make it easier than the Mango version-remember the latter is for stretch/knit fabric version though). I haven’t used any of the StyleArc patterns but they seem to be doing the rounds on various sewing blogs).

Awesome without the frills. Awesome if someone made it for me.
Awesome without all the trims. Awesome if someone else made it for me.

Dress 39 (I’d make it without all the trims..) Coat dress 41 (spectacular but looks like to much trouble to make- i.e. grading then tracing then…). If you were looking to browse the magazine before bidding for it on ebay, then I hope this has helped. Just hope your bidding enemies haven’t seen it too.

This magazine has also been reviewed here.

*Based on what I’ve seen thus far.

Gratitude: A Photo Essay

Meetup at the NGV International Front foyerGratitude for the internet, and extraordinary adventures with people who share my interests.

With friendsGratitude, for friends who accept me as I am,

Bendigo Art Gallery Cafe Garden-and aren’t afraid to show it on camera.

Melbourne Exhibition CentreGratitude for being here, the most beautiful city in the world

The Fabric Store Brunswick Street-and all of the resources that gives me access to.

Patrones 273 Dress 23 HossGratitude for the wherewithal to turn my dreams into reality.

Dessert Tasting platter at Mason's of BendigoGratitude for great food

Modern Love Bendigo Meetupand great times

Lunch at Gekazan at the Melbourne GPOand most of all, for all of the incredible people I have been lucky enough to share these experiences with.

Thank you Yoshimi, Maria and Kristiann (and Simon) for flying out to Melbourne and spending the weekend with me. Thanks also to Yoshimi for the high-res photos, enlightening conversation and the big city sleepover, and Simon and Hui Nie for taking photos at various locations/events. Big ups to everyone that made it to the meetups: Claire, Hui Nie, Jenny, Kate, Nicole, and Raquel I really enjoyed hanging out with you all.

Melbourne MuseumThanks for all the memories.

Thanks to the staff at Masons of Bendigo for accommodating a big group with gracious service and delicious food. And finally, massive thanks to Leanne, the curator at the Bendigo Art Gallery for stopping by (on her day off) to welcome us to the Modern Love exhibit and spend some time with us. A good time was had by all.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those that celebrate it. And those that don’t.


Image 1: Me (burdastyle 04/2013, dress 108), Jenny (vintage), Kate, Kristiann (self-drafted), Yoshimi and Maria (in Victory patterns Nicola and Chloe which they changed into at the NGV), Raquel (RTW rub off top, Simplicity 1940s pants) and Claire (Collette) at the NGV International front foyer for the Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion exhibit. We then went to All that Glitters exhibit at the Arts Centre next door and the Textiles of Michael O’Connell Exhibit at the Ian Potter Centre up the street.
Image 2: Maria, Jenny, Raquel (check out the fit on those pants) and me (Bendigo Art Gallery gardens)
Image 3: Jenny (best expression ever), Raquel and I (Bendigo Art Gallery gardens)
Image 4: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne.
Image 5: The Fabric Store Brunswick Street, Melbourne.
Image 6: In front of the competition wall at the Bendigo Art Gallery’s entrance to the Modern Love Exhibit (reviewed here, here and here) in Patrones 273, Dress 23 by Hoss I might even review it at some point (big thumbs up, excellent pattern for upcycling saris, oh yea).
Image 7: The dessert tasting platter at Masons of Bendigo (the flowers are edible)
Image 8: Hui Nie, Jenny, Me, Maria, Nicole, Leanne and Raquel at the Bendigo Art Gallery
Image 9: Kristiann, Maria, Hui Nie, Yoshimi, me, Raquel, Claire and Kate at Gekkazan in Melbourne’s GPO
Image 10: The Melbourne Museum (we spent two hours in the Designing 007, 50 years of Bond style exhibit. Yes they have the Grace Jones dress).

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Parka Pattern Overview

I went through the whole ‘sorting through patterns available for Parkas’ thing a while back. So here’s an overview/recap similar to my trench coat inspiration post as a launchpad for other sewists looking to sew parkas (is this the same thing as an anorak? It seems the same to me-i.e. raincoat-y but not made of raincoating fabric and less structured than an actual trench).

The perfect parka pattern for me, has a massive collar, obvious design details (i.e. not something that could be quickly assembled in a sweatshop) and preferably, an adjustable hood. Most of the patterns below suited most of my requirements:

Burda Parkas

Any of the above would’ve worked but I wasn’t in the mood for grading so..

More burda parkas

These were pretty cool too (particularly the first one) but were avoided for the same reason as the others.

Burda and Burda Easy Parkas

The Burda Easy ones didn’t need grading but were a bit too plain.

Burda Parkas

The smirk on Scarlett Johansson’s face-I wanted to sew up that pattern just for that (and the collar and pockets). But I didn’t want to have to grade it down to my size.

Knipmode April 2009 ParkaSo I went with this Knipmode Parka (May 2009, #1, how awesome is their fabric?)

I’ve had this cut out and ready to go for a few months now (the zipper took a month to arrive from the US and I only found the waterproof seam sealant last week). I plan to add mini (usable) pockets inside the large external ones and omit the elastic.

I’ve come across two other cool parka patterns since: Patrones Parka patternsThe one on the left has nice simple lines but no hood. I still have some waterproof fabric left so I’ll probably make the one on the right at some point (once I’ve graded the pattern down).

All the burdastyle/ burda world of fashion patterns can be viewed as full magazine browse-throughs on the French site and pdf versions for most (if not all) of these should be up on the burdastyle shop by now. There’s also a couple of parkas in burda’s FashionLine set of patterns (available as both envelope patterns and downloads-Stef kindly picked up this one for me).  Both of these (regular, plus) downloads are cool too.

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Mystic Trench + Moss Go-Go Dress

Mythical Trench Coat Patrones Extra 284, #29

Like a cross between something out of Game of Thrones and something out of MadMen-raised by Klingons..

I cut this trench out for velosewer’s Trench Sewalong (inspiration post here) right after finishing my mini-trench (donated to the op-shop not long after) but my sewing machine gave up the ghost halfway through and spent the next two months at the shop.Mythical Trench

Yes it is winter here. Which explains the strange light and overall lack of saturation..

This style is very unstructured (and drop shouldered-why didn’t I notice from the line diagram?) with no fastenings-which works fine because I cross the fronts and tuck the outer one under my bag when I’m out and about.Mythical trench, Umami bag

I will eventually sew in a pair of magnets in the front (when I come across free fridge-advertising material with an acceptable level of magnetism).

Mystic Trench Patrones Extra 294, #29

The waist (surprisingly) hits exactly at my natural waistline (I’m a Burdastyle petite i.e. 2 cm shorter than average). The back skirt has a bunch of box pleats that emphasise the area somewhat..

Moss-green raw silk dress Patrones 309, no. 20

Pattern booby-trap alert: the cowl is way too narrow to get a human head through-and not just on my graded-down version either: after sewing it up without a care (Patrones patterns fit me out of the box yo, why bother? Famous second-last words-the last words were all four lettered) and realising I couldn’t actually get into it I measured the neck width on all sizes and realised whatever garment it was based off of probably had a centre back seam invisible zipper (helpfully omitted from the Patrones version).

Moss green raw silk cowl dress gold facing

I narrowed the cowl seams to the absolute bleedin’ (fraying more like it) edges and now I can just about get it over my head. Lucky raw silk has a lotta give. Ha.

Anyway-it’s great for any event that involves eating. Using a stiff fabric instead of the drapey stuff used in the magazine means the dress has a firm inverted cone shape that successfully masks any lunch-baby curves.

Moss green raw silk cowl dress, deco stockings

Also great if you plan on being a backup singer in a soul group.

How awesome were the seventies? Every single person in that video is fit.

Which reminds me: the next SoulAGoGo (which looks interesting based purely off their Facewank page) will be on the 6th of July, 2013 and Roxy’s getting a bunch of sewistas together in wiggle dresses for a meetup at the event. If you’re in, sign up at her blog.

Speaking of sewists’ meetups, here’s a bunch of us at the V&A Hollywood Costume exhibit at ACMI:

Day/Night Out Sewist's Meetup

From left: Kathleen (blog-less and fancy-free), Nicole, Emily (bustin’ out the medical tricorder for a last minute scan), moi, Jenny and Roxy (the only shot out of seven that didn’t feature blinking/haze/shakiness/or other seizure-inducing effects).

If you’d like to come along for the next day/night meetup, enter your details here and I’ll send you an invite to the next do I organise.

Pattern Details

Mythical trench + Gogo dress patterns

Trench Pattern: Patrones Extra 284, Trench 29

Trench Fabric: Crushed faux silk (super warm due to being 99% non-breathable)

Modifications: None. Be warned: this means it is a petite pattern.

I omitted the pockets and shortened the shoulder width because I don’t like wearing drop-shouldered styles but this was for style not fit. The fit is perfect for me as is.

Dress Pattern: Patrones 306, Dress 20

Dress Fabric: Raw silk in dark Moss, cowl faced with gold charmeuse silk

Modifications: Shortened 2 cm at the waist, widened neck by a whopping 1.8 cm

Inner seams and hems for both garments finished using a narrow hem foot.

Deco tights by Fiore.

Felt bag pattern

Bag Pattern: Bag 30 from Umami by Yoshimi Ezura

Bag Fabric: Avocado faux suede furnishing fabric lined in pencil print vintage cotton

Modifications: Sewed and lined it normally instead of externally as shown on the felt version in the book

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Sewing in the Media: The Great British Sewing Bee S1/E1Reviewed

i.e. Aunty Beeb ‘discovers’ that home sewing is a big deal.

I forced Carl to sit through this with me. Good to have a civilian present to help document the bloodshed. It was fairly entertaining.

Episode 1: The stage is set, some entertainment occurs.

Some of the contestants: charity worker Michelle-gorgeous, extra points for hubby attempting to feed the kid on camera (amateur feeder?). Extra, extra points for shoes-off machine operation. Sandra’s a sweetheart (the trauma of all having to wear the same curtain dress at the same time without the benefit of being actual triplets=learning to sew for yourself from an early age). Mark the lovable pirate (BBC2 seem to think Steampunk is an actual historical era. Carl: they obviously spend too much time on Etsy). Ann- her 75 years of sewing experience is going to kick everyone else in the centre back seam. Lauren: Best accent ever (Carl agrees).

Team Stuart

Stuart. He’s in a class of his own. My heart says Stuart for the win. My head disagrees.

The Judges

 May Martin workin' it like a Boss

May Martin, Sewing Expert with 40 years of teaching experience (100% bullsh*t-free) the submissives are gonna be lining up for  her sewing classes.

Patrick Grant

Suave talking-beard and Saville Row businessman Patrick Grant (described as a ‘brilliant tailor’ by the host who seems cute and all but I have trouble taking orange people seriously-given time I suspect she’ll grow on me. Much like a fungus).


Total desaturation is an unfortunate effect of adjusting out the deadly orange hue..

Challenge 1: A-line skirt

Oh the men are going to rock at this..

Team Stuart

I’ve never made a skirt before, Claudia. A-line or otherwise.

Lovely to have you here Stuart.

 British drama.


Sandra-puckering at seams and zipper, Jane-obvious pattern mismatch at seams and darts, Stuart-uneven top-stitching, puckering everywhere (Patrick: You seem to have issues with moving fabric through the machine). Mark-concealed zipper fail, Michelle apparently has puckering on the trim (what?), Tilly-puckering at dart ends and seams, general bagginess of silhouette, concealed zipper mismatch and uh.. those pockets..

Carl: Oh g*d it looks like a private part. With flowers on it.

Patrick: If you are going to add something make sure it doesn’t detract from the overall impression of the garment.

Yea. That.  I’ve said this before: seam-line pockets are lazy and look messy. I’ve had (majorly irritating) personal experience with their presence in commercial patterns (the big four are major offenders in this area but Patrones does it too). I don’t include pockets of this sort in my makes anymore: they gape and add bulk at the worst possible place. Yes, contrast facings and linings are awesome (and a great way to use up scraps) but the insides of pockets are meant to be concealed (Claire Schaffer and any number of vintage sewing books agree with me on this).

Anyhoo Patrick concludes that the men suck at making skirts (and it only took him 3 hours to figure it out) first place goes to the person that used a lining and did it well. Sandra eff yea.

Sandra: my daughter’s ‘ll be like balls a pop.

Whatever tickles their fancy dahling. Edit: she meant bottles of pop-possibly the first time since the 1770s that carbonated beverages have been a big deal. Or any sort of deal at all.

This was followed by a short feature on historic aspects of the home-sewing pattern industry.

1940s home sewing

Yo Aunty Beeb that’s not British-it’s a copyright expired piece of Simplicity propaganda from the USofA

Photo Bomb: Victorian pug in a gas mask

That’s better. The pug in the gas mask is an added bonus.

Challenge II was a garment refashion titled, changing the neckline on a high-street top.

Sandra sewed on the facing back to front then cut off the seam to fix it. (I saw this on the teaser clip and was overwhelmed by the desire to smack her across the back of her head with a laptop-others had a more measured response).

Patrick: In tailoring we call that ‘a bit of pork’. Read:in tailoring Patty gets a special sandbox to play in, keeping him well and truly out of the way of the real tailors (amateurs, on the other hand, get to suck it up and act like they love it).

Except Ann.


Because Ann is awesome. She will cut you (with a dull rusty pair of snips) and you will thank her politely as you stagger out of the room clutching your innards.

Tilly:..just gonna draft a collar..

*Make bloody sure it’s not a PeterPan then.*

Neckline re-fashion challenge

Aaand-it’s a PeterPan collar.

Too short for the neckline so there’s a raw edge where it doesn’t meet at centre front. Everyone sucked at this. Michelle’s version sucked least of all. And Ann’s. Because Ann is awesome.

Patrick to Jane: It’s good from afar but far from good.

Ha! Fully redeemed. I see his function now. Angry gay guy. Love it. Welcome, Cowell junior.

Edit: He’s ostensibly straight *the twittersphere groans collectively and goes back to looking at cat videos*.

May to Tilly: You’ve actually got to stand back and say, what can I do in the time-what can I do well.

Challenge III-Dressmaking for (and fitting onto) a regular human being

Patrick to the host: I’m not a lover of the scallop-even if it’s done well. You have good taste Sir.

Lauren's Colette Macaron

Lauren appears to have omitted the zipper from her Colette Macaron. Or something. Tilly’s making a scallop-necked vintage dressright after the main judge said he’s not into scallops. Tilly for the win.


Ann-pretty good fit (some puckering at the sleeve-head), weird 80s colour combo. The model seems to love it. Lauren-over fitted, stress-lines and tightness everywhere. Bust darts are pointing someplace weird. Mark-some puckering at the princess seam curve, but otherwise awesome especially in the arrangement of the dot print and especially considering this is his first dress. Ever. Michelle-stretched out neckline (should’ve seam taped the silk immediately after cutting. At least she used a rotary cutter instead of the dressmakers shears everyone else was rockin’. Work it, lady). Sandra-frumpy as all heck but well made. Stuart-combined a massive repeat pattern fabric with a sectioned dress pattern. Every single seam has obvious glaring pattern mis-matches and the fit is hideous. His poor model looks pregnant but not in a good way. Tilly-um…


May wants to burn it. I suggest using it for the next refashion. Aunty Beeb (i.e taxpayers) paid for the fabric afterall.

Neckline not laying flat, weird poofiness all over the bodice, weird lumping at the waist seam and wonky hem. During the actual sewing session Patrick passed by Tilly and told her to remove the excess fabric at the bust using darts.

He’s a judge and he solved fitting issues for a contestant. Thanks Patty. Welcome back to the wasting-all-the-Oxygen-in-the-room-train. You’ll be riding it solo for the rest of the season.

Tilly’s response: No idea where the other dart’s needed.

Uh.. it goes where the excess fabric is. He just gave you the answer. Make an armhole to bust point dart and be done with it.

Then the contestants went away and the judges discussed their decision with the host. And this happened:

#GBSB If you're going to leave a turd on the carpet at least have the decency to pour some glitter on it.

Aaand Patty’s locked to Oxygen-wasting mode for the rest of the season.

Patty, sweetheart, fitting to the shape of the model was point of the last challenge. Do not blame the model. She is perfect as she is.

Screen Shot 2013-04-05 at 1.13.17 PMSee? Perfect.

And so Michelle got sent home. She messed up one out of three challenges and got sent home. The end of this episode was like every American movie where the black guy dies first. Except this time it was totally unexpected.

My recap:

Contestant A-line skirt Top Re-fashion Dressmaking and Fitting
Ann Technically well executed. Technically well executed.  Not bad, but I’m not crazy about it.
Jane Good-o Junior serial-killer clown costume.  N/A
Lauren Not bad. Not bad.  Booby-fitting breakdown. Anne Hathaway’s Chanel blooper? Erased.
Mark WTF. Bollocks’d it Oh g*d the pain, make it stop.  WoW. Ladies, control yourselves he’s a married man.
Michelle Nice Not bad.  Wrap-front bloop.
Sandra Yay it’s lined. Win. Noob stuff-up-bollocks’d it.  Frumpalicious but well fitted. Gets the 1850s violin.
Stuart WTF my eyes are screaming. Eh.  Tornado of mis-matched seams+instant preggo silhouette.
Tilly Wha? Bollocks’d it Bollocks’d it again.  Crikey. 3/3 eff’d

Conclusion: Somewhat entertaining. I wasn’t happy with the decision to cut Michelle and have adjusted my expectations accordingly (Carl went and signed up to their website so he could comment on the idiocy he’d just witnessed).

Hopefully this series doesn’t have the Yay-let’s buy a shitty plastic POC sewing machine then ditch it when we realise the work involved effect that Project Runway had on the general viewing public.

Previously, on Sewing in the Media.

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Pattern Pyramid le nth

I’m coming down with the flu so I’ll keep this short (my sewing machine’s out of the running as well, so at least I don’t feel like I’m wasting sewing time by being sick harhar).

Won this Pattern Pyramid parcel off the Curious kiwi blog (the rules are in that post-read ’em) kept the Patrones (8 patterns to trace+flu=I’m not gonna get this traced before the giveaway ends) replaced it with two knit patterns and it’s bagged, tagged and ready to be swagged by the next recipient.

Pattern Pyramid burdastyle special

All patterns are multi-sized except for the McCall’s 8269 (I’ve enlarged size numbers on some of the patterns for clarity). I’ve made a modified version of the Jalie 2682 here. There’s also a print-out of the paperbag dress in size 36. Ladies, why are we blowing postage on a single-size print-out of a free pattern that anyone can download and print for themselves? I ask because the thing is heavy, thick, unwieldy and in its absence I could’ve fit a Patrones/ Burda in the envelope instead of the two knit patterns I added.

Seriously, does anyone actually want this thing? It’s a sh*tload of unnecessary (and totally avoidable) cost in international postage. EDIT: I chucked the print-out and added a burdastyle special.

Right, on to the details: anyone, anywhere with a blog can enter. Tell me where you are, what the weather there’s like, which of these you want and (optional) whether the paperbag dress print-out should join its paper bag friends in my recycling bin.

Giveaway ends Sunday 7 April, 2013. On a totally separate note Groupon Melbourne has a boylesque deal that looks like hilariously cheesy awesomeness (the description says classy and vintage, click on ‘already registered’ if the annoying popup pops up). Drop me a line if you’d like to join me for a good laugh (otherwise it’s just going to be me and a bunch of gay guys-still hilarious but neither vintage nor classy).

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Midori + Meetup Awesomeness

Spent the better part of yesterday (‘course it was the better part!) with Jenny and Emily. Prepare to have your retinas seared by hideous iphone images. But first, here’s the dress I wore:

Chartreuse green double sided silk dress with pockets

Standout moment of the day: walking through Myers department store and being approached by two buff, shirtless, hunks in low waisted jeans.

Hunk 1: Moisturiser?

Me: What, to put on you?

Hunk 1: *pause* -it’s a sample…

Me: Sure, why not (in my defence, it was men’s moisturiser and he did consider my offer).

I believe Emily’s response to Hunk 2’s offer was, ‘Sure. Squirt some on, I’ll rub it in for ya’.  

What was that thing about great minds thinking alike?

Le Terre Sucre NGV Internatioanal

Emily, deconstructing the work of art that was the top tier of our high tea.

The lads were very tolerant given it was 5:40 PM and they’d probably been putting up with cheeky comments for 4-6 hours by then. Oh well, presumably Biotherm paid them for their time and their calendars are now booked solid for the next decade, so all’s well.

Myer window with Dion Lee's Woolmark submissions

Structured wool clothing from Woolmark International’s Australian winner Dion Lee. Images of other finalists’ creations here, my favourites here (that cross-stitched dress..*o0*). Apologies for the lack of hunk shots, I was completely distracted-they should put them in the women’s lingerie section next time.

That top tier was all chocolate, except the bits that were cake

Emily and I had La Terre Sucree High Tea at the NGV tea room (24 hours later my pores are still oozing sugar. Sofi’s lounge next time-I prefer savouries) then browsed Cleggs Fabric store and the Magnation store (they have the September and October 2013 issues of burdastyle andthis issue of La Mia Boutique on the ‘Crafts’ shelf at the moment-jump on it).

Cookie bar/ restaurant Melbourne

We then made our way through Myers department store, got our moisturiser samples (hawhawhaw) and walked to Cookie where we met a fabulous lady in a completely self-drafted wiggle dress (with an awesome zipper in the back) and had dinner and cocktails together.

Handmade awesomeness

Emily’s wearing a skirt from an Oona swap, Jenny’s in a self-drafted wiggle dress. The waiter was so distracted by our hand-made awesomeness he brought us water twice and blurred every photo he took of us. The rest were taken by a helpful waitress.

Damn you feeble iphone camera

Emily and I discussed pattern drafting the last time we met, so Emily brought along some drafting books for me: a Mrs. Stylebook and a vintage drafting textbook she’d used to teach herself drafting. I spent the tram ride home excitedly flipping through the books.
Drafting books

Mrs. Stylebook essentially gives you the directions for turning your personal bodice, skirt and pant blocks into contemporary wearable garments (much like the Pattern Drafting for Dressmaking/ Kamakura-Shobo books used to in the 60s, 70s and 80s). There’s another, similar, magazine called Lady Boutique with more ‘grown up clothes’ but I’ve never seen one of those in Australia.

Here’s a couple of my favourites from the Mrs. Stylebook:


I love both these tunics. The one on the left is such a simple, modern silhouette and the sleeve treatment on it is just elegant. The one on the right should work well as a day shirt/ silk blouse too.

MrsStylebook2008.002MSB often includes designer patterns but I’ve only ever seen them feature Japanese designer patterns before, bit of a surprise to see an Anne Klein number. I really like the shirt dress on the left, it gives the impression of a narrower waist without any physical cinching involved.

I need to check on the copyright status of the other one (low hopes, it’s from 1970) to see if I can scan it for Friday Freebies.

When I got home Carl was in the middle of a whiskey tasting session with one of his programmer friends.

C: What do you mean hunks?

Friend: We’re hunks mate.

Me: Oh good, you’ll need this moisturiser then.

He left it behind. But not before having an interesting discussion with me on making a proper pattern/fabric catalogue app for mobile devices. Coolcoolcool.

Pattern: Patrones 306, dress 23 H&M

H&M Dress in double-sided silk Patrones 306, 23

Fabric: Double sided silk (the wrong side is black)-a birthday gift from Carl (I wore it the day we were in the live audience for Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell show and the audience prepper asked about it. When I said I’d made it from fabric Carl gave me the whole audience went awwwww).

Modifications: I (cold) machine-washed the silk, line-dried it, and pressed it before use. Shortened the pattern 2 cm at the waist and 3 cm at the hem. The armholes are on the bias at centre points so I’d suggest basting through inside the seam lines or bias covering them first. I didn’t, and there was bit of stretching while I sewed so I actually had the take in the shoulders about half a cm front and back (either that or it just has larger sleeve openings than normal). All inner seams finished with a narrow hem presser foot.

Tights from Galstern.

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Impromptu Meetups

Patrones 313, 7 Vestido corto cortefiel

In a little summer dress.

This post has been sitting around in draft mode for weeks– this week is O-week at Uni and I will be teaching practs every day of the week this semester (yay for not being an unemployed loser, boo for not having found a real job yet). I met up (in real life) with two sewing bloggers recently: Jenny  (I decided it would be more fun to pass her the Simplicity Sewing Book she’d won than mailing it-luckily she agreed) and Emily (we talked about meeting up ages ago but never actually got around to doing it).

Patrones 313, Dress 7

Tiny side-seam pockets of lazy drafting (I don’t use these because I wear the dress belted at the low waist. See below).

As usual, I don’t have any pictures of the actual meetups (despite carrying a camera with me on at least one occasion) so the reminiscing will be mostly textual: Emily and I spent Saturday morning t*tting around The Fabric Store (I bought fabric for other people sewing and lining from the remnant bin, because I line everything) and then headed to the Little Creatures Dining Hall for lunch. We then trammed across the city to the NGV International for the Ballet in Fashion exhibit (it’s free-go check it out!) which we somehow managed to miss half of (we missed the half with the Ralph Rucci and Victor and Rolf costumes goshdurnitt!) before crashing in their Tea Room (they do high teas avec petit-fours et al.) for some much needed refreshment. I wore my Japonism dress which, by the way I have gotten a lot of use out of, this summer.

Patrones 313 Dress 7

Jenny and I met up the following Thursday (Happy VD! harhar. To everyone that celebrates it: yaay best day eva! How romantic etc. To everyone that doesn’t: VerilyLove should be demonstrated every day not just one day a year, yadayada) at the Royal Arcade on Bourke Street Mall and hung out at the Koko Black cafe there free entertainment provided by various dramatastic V-day couples surrounding us (and having unreal interactions with the cafe staff). Jenny is a pâtissière and brought (crustless, yay) marbled cheese cake. Much fun was had by all (Jenny’s version here).

Patrones 313, Dress 7

I off-set the panel print at the back so the bouquet wasn’t erupting out of my nether regions..

I then met Carl for dinner at The Toff followed by the Sarah Blasko concert (with Orchestra Victoria) at the Melbourne Arts Centre (canned version of her Sydney Opera House concert from the week after, here).

Pattern: Patrones Plena Temporada Primavera, No 313, Dress 7.

Little summer dress

Fabric: Viscose blend panel print (from 3 years ago, back when I still bought the occasional item at Spotlight) fully lined with cotton voile.

Modifications: Shortened 2 cm at waist, omitted the elastic at back, narrow hemmed outer fabric and lining together.

Comments: Beaded belt bought years ago in the Chatuchak night market Bangkok. Hat, Gregory Ladner Australia (from David Jones 5 years ago).

Patrones 313 is a pretty cool issue with a couple of things in it that I’d like to make at some point: the beige belted shirt dress, the short black shirt dress and probably one or more of the evening wear dresses too (marked with asterisks).

Patrones 313 pattern summaryClick to enlarge

Reviewed here by curiouskiwi.

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Birthday Blooperfest

Looks better standing than it does seated.

I’m not doing a grateful-live post because someone else already did it-better. Also.

I took these pics on self-timer just before leaving the house for a birthday meetup with some friends. Carl was in the kitchen mixing us some drinks. All of a sudden he ran out, swooped me off my feet, kissed me and ran off again. I have photographic evidence documenting said incident (not up here because seeing my man’s perky bottom sheathed in black CKs is a privilege that has to be earned) that I will treasure forever.

 This is the shot after that one.


Mini-trench tester I sewed up for velosewer’s trenchathon-the only sewalong I entered last year because of its do what you want when you feel like it philosophy:

"There are no deadlines. Just trench coat techniques and pattern options."

Can ya tell the buttons are off?

I sewed it back in October 2012 and used the remainder of the quilting fabric from my 70s smock for the collar (I shouldn’t have-the lining goes so much better with the mustard fabric). It took a month to find buttons which took a month to get shipped (guess why I’m not linking the etsy seller) and another three weeks to arrive.

The buttonholes skewed every which way due to the diagonal twill weave on that shitty shitty poly-wool mix (it has maybe 2% wool in it and wrinkles just from being thought about. It’s in the cupboard wrinkling now).

The real thing’s already been cut out of in an off-white (almost taupe) melton wool and is under the bed patiently awaiting colder weather.

Art Deco speed lines.

I made the skirt out of an old Obi off ebay. I shouldn’t have. I really, really shouldn’t have. The fabric was ancient (from 1952 or some such madness) and and prone to skewage and fraying and had heaps of weak areas throughout. The night I wore it out, the side with the invisible zipper in it caught on something and tore right through.

Big mercies: it was dark outside, the lining of the skirt was black too, I was on my way home, got a lift from a friend.

Pattern: Marella mini-trench # 10, Patrones 264, mini-skirt 102, Burda 10/2011.

Fabric: Mustard poly-wool, quilting fabric and authentic 70s acid green and yellow lining (from the actual 70s) for the trench, Obi silk lined with black rayon for the mini-skirt.

Modifications: Shortened the trench by 1 cm at waist didn’t interface front or back collar.

Eliminated centre front seam and fly zipper from the mini-skirt. Added an invisible side seam zipper instead.

Didn’t hem the skirt because Obi fabric is narrow and the selvedge formed the perfect hem.

Misc: The shirt is a five year old ready to wear piece, tights from Zohara tights (not recommended-they got saggy after just 3 wears..).

Patterns usedMerche up there isn’t the only one with a hot bike mechanic, the guy that does my mine has a penchant for low waisted jeans and wearing his work-safe vests with nothing on underneath. Too bad I can only afford the one servicing a year.

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Easy peasey bloopertini. And I love it.

Easy Peasy Blooper-tini

I made this dress last year when it was really too cold to wear it and have been getting a lot of use out of it now that the weather is warmer. The fabric is a super light cotton voile, great for summer and with zero snag-factor (but I wear these silk shorts underneath to prevent possible wardrobe malfunctions-great for when I’m on my scooter).

Vena Cava 1228 Review V1228

I made up a size 8 which is described as corresponding to a 31.5’ bust on the pattern envelope and is a size down from my true measurements – so if you’re thinking of sewing this you might want to size down. When in doubt, lay the corresponding pattern piece over a similar garment that fits you well and you’ll know what size you should be using. Or bust out the measuring tape..

No it doesn't look like a sack at all! Why do you ask?

I love the fabric and the style but the silhouette does nothing for my figure. So this is just going to be one of those things that is high in wearability purely due to the comfort factor and the fabric used- I blame theknittingprincess-her beautiful Liberty version (modelled here, details here) turned my head and made me (incorrectly) assume the silhouette would suit me as well as it did her (big ups to her also for suggesting that I size down-the excess ease and lack of sizing consistency in big 4 patterns are exactly why I rarely sew with them). Having said that, I may make this one again. One day.

It has a centre back seam which is awesome for sway back adjustments.

That version's been modified. Totally.Pattern: Vogue 1228 Vena Cava

Fabric: Printed cotton voile.

Modifications: Used a size down from the suggested measurements on the pattern envelope.

Shortened the front and back by 2 cm at the waist.

Omitted the cuff tabs. The cuffs stay up fine without them.

Used a narrow hem presser foot for the hem and all interior seams including those connecting the cuffs to the pseudosleeves.

Other comments: the neckline is pretty wide so I can’t wear it over my favourite bra. Demi-bras work fine though, as does bralessness (although I’d warn against leaning forward if you’re rocking the latter-as I said, the neckline is rather wide).

3D microfibre tights by Fiore.

Raindrops&bellyflops made a very cool version of this pattern (along with an interesting cost-benefit analysis of the sewing involved) here.

I have a little bit more of this voile left and I was wondering what else to make with it. I’m tending towards something blouse-y with insane sleeves or perhaps a simple shirt/ top.

Patrone 252 Shirts 1, 6 and 9


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Bloopers: A sewing gag-reel

Carl’s going to a conference in San Francisco (followed by skiing near Lake Tahoe) next week. Any recommendations for nice (clean, safe) places to stay (especially for the latter) would be massively appreciated.

And now back to your normal webcast.

Someone expressed incredulity earlier about the number of ‘acceptable’ makes I’ve posted on this blog. While I do occasionally f*ck things up with sewing, it happens very rarely nowadays because I’ve been sewing for a couple of years now and and all that practice has improved my skill levels and eliminated stupid mistakes©. It also helps that I’ve standardised personal fitting modifications and am pretty aware of the type of silhouettes that work for me.

Most of the sewing f*ckups I’ve had in the past were caused by incorrect fit/excess ease – I’ve eliminated those completely by not sewing from Big Four patterns (ahahaha) and standardising personal fitting modifications for all the basic blocks from the brands I do sew from (Patrones, La Mia Boutique, Knipmode and Burda).

That being said, I have had a couple of less than perfect makes this year (which I haven’t bothered documenting thus far because I’d rather use the limited time I have for photography and image editing to focus on items I’m actually going to wear). I may keep these however, so here goes:

Pattern: Bali Bindi Top

Fabric: Screen-printed synthetic sweater knit, raw silk woven for sleeve bindings.

Modifications: Shortened it at the waist.

What went wrong: Too short (the hem stops at a point that would give Mrs. Bishop serial conniptions), not a good silhouette for me.

All of the above are probably exacerbated by the choice of fabric which is just.. Aunty-tastic.. Oh for 20-20 foresight…

Pattern: Twiggy dress

Fabric: Screen-printed synthetic sweater knit, crushed wool knit for the contrast yoke.

Modifications: Shortened it at the waist, didn’t make the button placket at the back (I like leaning on things without being simultaneously stabbed in the back by button shanks).

What went wrong: Loose at the neckline (thanks to the unholy combination of crushed wool knit and straight stitching).

Too loose at the side and back waist (unfortunately emphasised by the fabric used).

I’d like to stress that neither of these makes are bad, they’re just not up to the standard I would consider as good. The Twiggy dress seems to me a well drafted pattern – it was fairly easy to modify and went together quite easily. I’m just not satisfied with the fit (especially in this fabric). If I loved this dress I’d put in the extra hours to get the waist to fit better but at this point I don’t want to invest any more effort into this make.  The Bali Bindi top I would need to sew up in a different fabric to be sure but I’ve got too much else on at the moment.

 Both of these patterns are up for swap, also the Knipmode Giveaway ends tomorrow so jump on that if you haven’t already.

I have Style Arc’s Julia jacket and Heather dress patterns both of which I’d love to make but both of  which have numerous pattern pieces which I’m a little hesitant to deal with after these two makes.

I’ll just focus on the Trench coat and Apron sewalongs for now.

Jeans: (Knipmode February, 2007) made earlier,

Tights: Gabriella microfibre (totally not recommended due to the weird transparency issues and low stretch/ recovery).

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Friday Freebie: Make a Coat

Heyyy those are the epaulet sleeves I used for my Patrones robot jacket. I should’ve read this leaflet back then! Harhar.

Another leaflet from the Massachusetts State College. This one’s dated 1946 (with no copyright) and covers everything you need to know about making a coat (awesome if you’re sewing from an international pattern magazine *Patronescoughburdacough* and need detailed instructions from start to finish. You could, of course, use your machine for everything instead of hand sewing the parts it recommends (but not if you enjoy the struggle).

This book takes you step by step, with lovely/ horrific illustrations through tools, linings, interlinings, interfacings, choosing and pre-shrinking fabric, pattern selection and cutting. It covers tailoring techniques, reinforcement, pocket and buttonhole design and sewing, dart placement and finishing touches. Lots of neat-o little details like hand stitching arrow tacks, attaching fur trims and the correct way to line and face a slit/ vent.

The laid back (yet completely aware and on the ball) attitude of the lady in the second illustration reminds me of Lix (Anna Chancellor) from The Hour (season two out soon). Lix is my absolute favourite from the show. Everything about her just is just really cool in an almost manly way (for the times. If you’ve watched the series you know what I’m talking about). She’s usually in straight-cut man-pants and boxy shirt-blouses (often nursing a scotch) lit cigarette dangling casually from the one hand, sharp mind racing with all the up-front questions and dodgy angles the other journos are too slow to catch. Lix is awesome at what she does and totally in control of her life (which I love).

Anyway, the booklet’s here if you want it and if vintage sewing books are your thing, there’s two more here and here. The internet archive is really worth exploring for commons/ copyright expired ancient goodies (I once found a hideously hilarious 50s video on sewing which had been released by one of the big four-it was truly hideous.. made me grateful to have been born when I was..).

Previously on Friday Freebies: Vintage Apron Patterns and Duct-tape dressforms.

Featured image of 40s coat from the Vintage Devotion Etsy shop (copyright the owners of the shop).

Patterns and Postcards Update

Clockwise from left: Patrones 310, Vogue Paris 2444, 2612, Jalie 956, Vogue 2759, Vogue 1316, and awesome duck in sauce + awesome boots cards.

The Patrones issue has some awesome black dresses and very feminine flouncy shirts. Also the cute little bolero type thing (fourth from left, top row). There’s a couple of reviews online here and here if you want close ups. I’m really excited about the Vogue 2444 Guy Laroche because it’s a couple of sizes up which means I’ll get to practice grading from my new Metric grading book (to be reviewed here shortly) but first, I need to practice on something super simple and easy. I’ll be using the Jalie soon as well because summer’s here and I’m running low on basic Tees so that was great timing! The rest will have to wait till winter gets here.

I really like the long pale dress (end of  row two) and the flouncy blouse left of centre; the little black dresses will make good basics for nights out.

Thanks to Javie, Nothy and Bohdana and for the awesome swappables.  I have a couple more things winging their way here and another swap in negotiation, so expect another one of these updates soon. Meanwhile, do head on over to the swap page and check out all the goodies everyone has listed (try and get your dibsies placed before the end of the month so there’s enough time for mailing things out before pre-holiday madness sets in..).

Trench Coat Inspiration

Velosewer’s running a Trench Coat Sew-along!

Excited as I am about this, I’ve been so bogged down in Uni marking (and will be for the forseeable future) that I’m still in the planning stages. Meanwhile, the incredible Velo has already knocked out two iterations.

Knipmode February 2010, trench coat patterns 8a/b and 7a/b

I really like the Knipmode pattern on the right (with set-in sleeves) -the fact that my size is included in the size range elevates it considerably above the others as there won’t be any grading required. The skirt is totally unrelated to trench coat sew-alongs but I’ve wanted to sew it for a while now..

Patrones Extra 284 trench coat patterns 32 and 29

I’m basically deciding between the classic trench (set-in sleeves, weather flaps, epaulettes and wrist straps) and something more minimalist/ contemporary. The two Patrones trenches above have been top of the list for a while now; I already have the perfect fabrics for both and the A-line silhouettes really appeal to me.

Pragmatism, however, dictates that I should stick to something easy with the minimal number of pattern pieces and no extras because I lack the time to grade all those little bits and pieces down to my size.

Which means theset wo Burda options are out (Burda 09/2020, trench coat 113 and Burda 11/2008 trench coat 134).

As are these two Patrones versions (Patrones 284, trench coat patterns 27 and 28).

I do, however,  plan to make the one on the right as an alt-sweatshirt in heavy knit fabric (similar to this Burberry’s version) at some point.

Which means, as of now, it’s a toss-up between the short trench-jacket on the left and the draped version in the second image (#29) both of which will require grading.

Salad-hair lady’s trench coat has some nice lines..(Patrones Extra 264, trench coat patterns 10 and 6)

This may take a while..

Anyone else out there jumping on the Trench sewing train? What’re your picks like?

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Handmade Jeans, F*ck Yea!

These aren’t dangerously low i.e. not the kind where you need to get a Brazilian (wax, not supermodel) just to put them on, but they do tend to back-slide during impromptu squats. Although the latter may be an unintended side effect of my having measured myself and traced the pattern during a high water-retention period. Next time, I’ll remember to cut a size down (and adjust the white-balance before taking photos – my walls are not pink. And neither am I).

I made these out of an old pair of jeans Carl was throwing out (super worn in, they feel awesomely soft). I cut and unpicked the inner and outer leg seams (respectively) and cut off the waistband and unpicked the pockets, both of which I reused. I used an old (4 years old and they’re only just starting to disintegrate) pair of RTW Guess jeans (made in Turkey, what what) to figure out the order and direction for seam stitching and top-stitching. All seams are turned in on the inside and top-stitched on the outside. Rivets from the original waistband, hammer-on jean buttons from these guys here (if you’re going for these, pick up the insertion tool as well). The button quality is nice (although if you f*ck up the hammer-in insertion, just get a heavy wire cutter and cut through the button – speaking from personal experience here, haha).

Jeans Pattern: Knipmode February 2006, Jeans pattern 12.

Check out these wholesome mammals. The guy looks like he’s escaped from an abstinence advert (from the early 20th century)*.

 Resisting the hawt chicks since 1921 thanks to Abstinence (individual results may vary, consult your doctor if side-effects occur).

 Abstinence™? Oh.. ok , I just assumed you were gay.

I am. I’m only abstinent™ with respect to the ladies. So much respect…

Fabric: Non-stretch denim harvested from an old pair of men’s jeans, ‘semi-dyed’ by salt-washing it with brand new denim fabric.

Modifications: I topstitched 3 bar-tacks over two rips in the back (where I cut the belt carriers off the original jeans-I unpicked the others after realising they were topstitched on and not flat-locked).

I added three small darts to the outside of the waistband after sewing it in, to prevent gaping/ inadvertent slot exposure. I then sewed the darts down and concealed them by sewing belt carriers over the top of them. And now I feel like a genius. A genius with a well-concealed slot.

Top Pattern: Patrones Joven 285, Bluson 1 (prepared earlier).

Fabric: DKNY knit.

Modifications: Dart placement rotation and addition of a waistband.

*An excellent movie. I laughed, I cried, my faith in humanity was restored. Then crushed. Then re-restored. With moral fibre.

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Patterns and Postcards Part IV

Contemporary Envelope Patterns

Click on the image to access a Thinglink tagged version with links to more information on each pattern. All patterns are complete unless otherwise mentioned.

Things I’m looking for:

Patterns magazines and books –  Knipmode Magazines (May 2006, August 2007, October 2007, February 2008 and August 2010), back issues of Burda, Patrones and La Mia Boutique magazines, Japanese sewing books.

Envelope patterns – Vogue Designer/ Courturier patterns and patterns for knit fabric garments (especially Jalie/ Hot Patterns) sizes 4-10 depending on the manufacturer. Rachel Comey/ Cynthia Rowley patterns.

If you have something you’d like to swap for one or more of these contact me via the comments or the contact link above. More swapables (Pattern magazines, Traced patterns, and vintage + contemporary envelope patterns) + swap guidelines and full list of participating blogs here.

Patterns and Postcards Part III

This one covers all the traced patterns that I don’t expect to make anything out of in the foreseeable future. I do all my tracing with a double tracing wheel over carbon paper (so  everything is marked out precisely in dots with seam & hem allowances included) and every pattern piece has the pattern name, number and size. There are a couple of patterns here that may be multi-sized (where I’ve copied more than one size in order to grade down to my size) and will have seam allowances included only for the smallest size, so click on the images for ThingLink versions with all the nitty-gritty. All sizing mentioned is specific to the magazine/ book the pattern comes from. And so, without further ado I present:

Burda/ Burdastyle, La Mia Boutique, Ottobre and Patrones Patterns

Japanese Sewing Book Patterns and Knipmode Patterns

Click on the images for the ThingLink version with all descriptions and links to more information. Full list of swap-ables and swap participants here. If you see something you like, jump on it.

Patterns and Postcards Swap Update

The Patterns and Postcards Swap is going live across the sewing blogosphere, here’s an updated list of participants (go check ’em out and start putting dibsies on things!):



Patterns and Postcards Swapables


Part I   ~  Contemporary and vintage patterns

Part II  ~ More contemporary and vintage patterns

Part III ~ Even more contemporary and vintage patterns

Part IV ~ And the rest


Tatulinka’s Tales (Part I, Vintage sewing magazines)




Part I   ~ A smattering of vintage patterns

Part II  ~ Contemporary pattern magazines

Part III ~ TBA

Nothy Lane

Aft Agley  Vintage and Contemporary Envelope Patterns


A nice mix of vintage and contemporary patterns

Also, the first Patterns and Postcards swappage has occurred- issue 221 of Patrones from my swap set is gone, gone, gone (to dashingmarmot for a Patrones 310, which I’m more likely to sew something from. Now to choose a postcard to go with it..). I’ve made a separate page for all Patterns and Postcards related stuff so head on over there for the whole sh’bang.

And in non-P&P news, another awesome make from one of the patterns I sent out- Lisa of Small Things made the Drape Drape dress from the pattern I sent her. Lisa liked my stripalicious version and since I wasn’t planning on making another I sent her the pattern along with her Pattern Magic 3 Giveaway winnings. This is the second perfectnose-facilitated make (since Oona made up her flowery dress from the chiffon I sent as part of the One Cool Thing, One Strange Thing Swap I organised earlier this year-yes, I know I am putting together a list of +1/*1 makes so if you’ve posted any new makes let me know and I’ll add them in).

Excitement all around, so what’re you waiting for? Jump on it!

Patterns and Postcards

EDIT: Remaining Pattern Magazines are now on evilbay.

Patterns and Postcards is an inter-blog swapfest. General guidelines are as follows:

List it: You have till the end of September 2012 to scan/ photograph everything you’d like to swap (might be a good idea to break it up into separate posts as all that scanning can get tedious after a while) and post it on your blog (if you have one) or as a Flickr/ Picassa set or Thinglink image.

Make it accessible: If you’re on Flick/ ThinkLink/ Picassa or any other image hosting site, check that you’ve set viewing access to be public so that everyone can see your swapfest goodies.

Claim it: A lot of people have expressed concerns about dibsies, so as of today there is is no official deadline for dibsies, if you like something, leave a comment/ send a message/ tweet/ email stating what you like with a link to the post/ picture set of stuff you’ve listed for swap so your swapee can choose something for themselves (and decide whether they want to swap).

Tag it: If something from your list has been spoken for, edit your post/ listing to mark it as taken (or delete it from the listing) so that you don’t get multiple dibs on the same item.

Mail it: It would be great to have things decided on and mailed by the end of October so recipients receive them early to mid November (which leaves everyone free for focusing solely on holiday/ family/ shopping stresses without having to worry about swaps etc).

Keep it social: Send your swap partner a quick email or blog comment as soon as you receive your parcel. Not only is this the polite (read, humane) thing to do, it’s great for senders to know that the goodies have arrived safely and aren’t languishing unclaimed in a customs hold up somewhere. And now on to the good stuff.

Patterns and Postcards Swap Participants  


Patterns and Postcards Swapables


Part I   ~  Contemporary and vintage patterns

Part II  ~ More contemporary and vintage patterns

Part III ~ Even more contemporary and vintage patterns

Part IV ~ And the rest


Mixture of envelope patterns with some really nice collar variations


Part I, Vintage sewing magazines

Part II, Vintage envelope patterns

Part III Vintage envelope patterns

Part IV Vintage envelope patterns

Part V Vintage envelope patterns

Bohdana (Poppet Hill)

Vintage, contemporary and retro envelope patterns.

Busy Lizzie

Vintage and contemporary patterns (including Vogue designer) and Burda mag!


Contemporary envelope patterns and sewing books (including the Liberty one)

Kat H

A mix of envelope patterns




Scroll downwards for Pattern magazines, magazine and book traced patterns and vintage envelope patterns.

Nothy Lane

Part I~ Vintage and Contemporary Envelope Patterns 

Part II~ More patterns.

Part III~ Even more patterns (including vintage Vogue Designer patterns!)

Part IV- Current and back issues of Burda magazine.


Vintage and contemporary patterns (including Burda and jeans!)


Structured and easy fit contemporary patterns + some vintage (2 peplums!)


Pile o’ vintage patterns (adults and children’s)

Things I’ve got up for swap:

Click on the image to go to a ThingLink Image with more information   Remaining mags have been moved to ebay.

Click on the image to go to a ThingLink Image with more information

Japanese Sewing Book Patterns and Knipmode Patterns.  Click on the image to go to a ThingLink Image with more information

Burda/ Burdastyle, La Mia Boutique, Ottobre and Patrones Patterns. Click on the image to go to a Thinglink image with all the info.

Things I’m interested in swapping for :

Patterns magazines and books –  Knipmode Magazines (May 2006, August 2007, October 2007, February 2008 and August 2010), back issues of Burda, Patrones and La Mia Boutique magazines, Japanese sewing books.

Envelope patternsVogue Designer/ Courturier patterns (vintage and contemporary) and patterns for knit fabric garments (especially Jalie/ Hot Patterns) sizes 4-10 depending on the manufacturer. Vogue 1247 (Rachel Comey), Vogue 1332 (Pamela Roland).

Swapped patterns are greyed out in the main image but will still be visible in the ThingLink image. Time’s a passing so jump on it.

Patterns and Postcards Part II Pattern Magazines

 Contemporary Pattern Magazines- Part II of III (or thereabouts)

Patterns and Postcards is an inter-blog swapfest.

Part I lists all of the vintage patterns I have up for swap. This post lists the (new and improved) guidelines along with a list of participating members. Which, I guess, makes this the main course. Most of my magazines (read the Patrones) were hard-won in epic, deranged, exceptionally non-Romulan, evilbay battles. Which means if you want to swap for them you’re going to have to get out the big guns.

Things I’m interested in swapping for :

Patterns magazines and books –  Knipmode Magazines (May 2006, August 2007, October 2007, February 2008 and August 2010), older Burda, Patrones and La Mia Boutique magazines, Japanese sewing books.

Envelope patterns – Vogue Designer patterns and patterns for knit fabric garments (especially Jalie/ Hot Patterns) sizes 4-10 depending on the manufacturer.

So go on, make me an offer (once you’ve read this).

Got something you'd like to swap with one/ more of these?

Click on the image to go to a ThingLink page where every magazine is linked (by little coloured circles) to pattern summary shots and/ or reviews and/ or full browse-throughs.

One down.

Jump on it.

Patterns and Postcards Swap – How it works

List it: You have till the end of September 2012 to scan/ photograph everything you’d like to swap (might be a good idea to break it up into separate posts as all that scanning can get tedious after a while) and post it on your blog (if you have one) or as a Flickr/ Picassa set or Thinglink image.

Make it accessible: If you’re on Flick/ ThinkLink/ Picassa or any other image hosting site, check that you’ve set viewing access to be public so that everyone can see your swapfest goodies.

Claim it: A lot of people have expressed concerns about dibsies, so as of today there is is no official deadline for dibsies, if you like something, leave a comment/ send a message/ tweet/ email stating what you like with a link to the post/ picture set of stuff you’ve listed for swap so your swapee can choose something for themselves (and decide whether they want to swap).

Tag it: If something from your list has been spoken for, edit your post/ listing to mark it as taken (or delete it from the listing) so that you don’t get multiple dibs on the same item.

Mail it: It would be great to have things decided on and mailed by the end of October so recipients receive them early to mid November (which leaves everyone free for focusing solely on holiday/ family/ shopping stresses without having to worry about swaps etc).

Keep it social: Send your swap partner a quick email or blog comment as soon as you receive your parcel. Not only is this the polite (read, humane) thing to do, it’s great for senders to know that the goodies have arrived safely and aren’t languishing unclaimed in a customs hold up somewhere. And now on to the good stuff.

List of participants



          Patterns and Postcards Swapables


Tatulinka’s Tales (Part I, Vintage sewing magazines)

Nothy Lane

Aft Agley Vintage and Contemporary Envelope Patterns 


Weft  Vintage and Contemporary Envelope Patterns for Adults and Young’uns.


Part I   ~ A smattering of vintage patterns

Part II  ~ Contemporary pattern magazines

Part III ~ TBA


Part I   ~  Contemporary and vintage patterns

Part II  ~ More contemporary and vintage patterns

Part III ~ TBA






Also, last chance to vote for my Sail Pants pattern entry at the yourstylerocks pants contest. The Sail pants are currently neck and neck (a massive thank you to everyone that has already voted!) with a pair of pedal pushers.  While I have nothing against pedal pushers (I wore them daily back when I was four and actually still have a pair kicking around somewhere)- I just feel there are enough commercial patterns out there for that style and would prefer to have a free pants pattern for something a little different. So if you want a German drafted, multi-sized, free pattern for the Sail pants please vote now! Get your mum and dad and grandma to vote (it is multi-sized)!

Coming up: Patterns Magazines and Books for Swap

The Party Dress by Amy Adams

Let the swapfest commence!

Patterns and Postcards ~ A Swap

 A smattering of Vintage Patterns – Part I of III (IV? Who knows?) 

Because it’s time, time, time, time *slowly fading echo*.

I’ve been building up a pile of patterns, pattern magazines, pattern books and sewing miscellany, both vintage and contemporary, that I’m probably never going to get around to sewing from and would love to see getting used. So I’ve decided it’s time for a swap. This one’s a little different because everybody gets to pick what they want (so it’s not an awesome, read, horrendous surprise) and there’s postcards!

I originally meant to do a round up of all the +1/*1 swap posts (of parcels received and makes made) before starting off on this swap but I just haven’t had the time to do a summary. This is good because if you’ve been thinking of sewing up something from your +1/*1 parcel post it soon so I can link it!

So this is how it works, gather together all the patterns, books, magazines etc that you’d like to swap and scan or photograph them. This part is really important: get the best images you can so that people get shocked and awed and really, really covetous. Then post the images either on your blog or on Thinglink or your Flickr page (or anywhere else online with good image hosting/ viewing capacity). Drop me a line and I’ll link your post on this blog so that anyone else that’s interested in playing along can find you (and the awesome stuff you want to move).

Once you’ve decided what you want and what you’re ready to swap for it, contact the person you want to swap with and let them know what you’d like to swap for/ with. Then put everything together and add an awesome (funny, weird, crazy) postcard to the parcel and hit send  make the pilgrimage to the post office and be forced to interact with other human beings in real life.

Go on, click it. You know you want to.

I mean to link this image to a more detailed, clickable, one on Thinkglink with links to the backs of all the envelopes and to cool makes from them but the Melbourne Sewist’s Meetup overloaded my Flickr account so envelope backs will  take a couple of days. I’ve got a couple of things linked up though so click the image or here to have a look see. I’ll cross off the things that get picked up and may add more things if they get re-classified to the swap pile.

Things I’m interested in swapping for : Vogue Designer patterns, older Knipmode Magazines (May 2006, August 2007, October 2007, February 2008 and August 2010), older Burda, Patrones and La Mia Boutique magazines. That’s all I can think of at the moment. Oh and there’s a button for you if you’d like to play. Please download it and resize it as required. And let me know when you post the things you’d like to swap.

Coming up next: Contemporary envelope patterns and pattern magazines.

Robot Science

Back in high school my best friend and I used to build model robots. We’d save up (what we could post-comic-binging) and go to the nerd store and buy mini-Gundam models to assemble. That shop was an absolute cornucopia of awesomeness – my most vivid memory of it consists of a massive framed painting of a giant dragon relaxing on its stash-which was apt because the painting was surrounded by Robot model building kits (best stash ever). We never bought the life size bots (about the size of an adult’s arm) because they were too expensive and because the mini-robots were perfect for our attention spans and limited hanging-out time. They also made for the most perfect book shelf display. 

I have no idea where those robots are now. Some of them are probably at my mum’s (or parts of them are anyway). I’ve been having flashbacks of a perfectly ordered row of mini-robots on a display shelf ever since I picked up these two wool remnants in the odds and ends bin a couple of months ago. The two white panels on the front are Gundam-inspired. They flare in the shape of an ‘A’ when I’m walking around (which leads me to believe the “Anarchist jacket wooo” shout I heard in the Ag at Uni was directed at me (it was a nice shout not a shout-y shout). I’ve been wearing this jacket all week and and had heaps of positive comments on it.

Before I forget, I’ve entered the Sail Pants (zoomed image here) as a contender in the current yourstylerocks contest and would really appreciate your vote. YSR  have a monthly garment design contest, winners of which get their pattern professionally drafted (in Germany!) and published as free, multi-sized, downloadable pdfs. Registration is required (both for voting and downloading previous wins) but you only have to do it once and those three molecules of spent ATP are a small price to pay for awesome free, multi-sized patterns. VOTE HERE please.

Pattern: Patrones 308, short jacket #12.

Like every good robot shell, this pattern incorporates an arsenal of awesome features i.e. modified princess seams, epaulet sleeves and Dior darts (thank you perfect combination of knowledgeable sewists and Google Reader).

Fabric: White wool blend, red melton wool (both remnants which together cost me A$18). Lined in polka-dotted cat print Japanese linen (which Carl picked up for me when he was in Japan 2 years ago).

Modifications: I omitted the pockets because they were too high and too small to be useful.

I pressed the Dior darts up instead of down (thanks Sherry).

I should’ve moved the darts points but I didn’t because I assumed a short jacket drafted for normal height would be perfect for me. 

Winning Everything – the Olympic edition

Once every four years I miss owning a TV.

0-2 seconds GoddamBBC why the sticker bar whywhywhwhywhy @#%!!!!!!

3-6 seconds Googling Tom Daly shower minus bar.

7-10 seconds Wait, what? Oh well.

11-20 seconds laughing at the comments on this page. Top rated comment “I became gay for like 3 seconds. Alright, 4”. Second best comment: “My ovaries just exploded”.

Calm down ladies he’s 18 (and he’s already published a memoir).

Daley’s cute but Australia’s Magnificent Magnussen has him beat.

Hands down. Despite missing the record by 0.01 seconds.

Also (not that anyone’s even paying attention anymore) Dita von Tesse discussed her vintage collections. And said burlesque is just striptease, y’all. Done ye olde style. This is only entertaining to me in that it has high potential to giving self confessed indie chicks the crazy-irrits. It is nowhere near as entertaining as this though.

Also also: Cathe won the Patrones Giveaway and Carolyn won the Pattern Pyramid Giveaway. Send me your details ladies so I can send you your goodies. I will try to drag my eyeballs away from tasty, tasty Olympic goodness and set up this month’s giveaway sometime this week.

PS: Why is it that all the gay websites have the best hot Olympian shots? What are all the women’s sites wasting their internet real estate on? Seriously, Jezebel focus on the important topics now already! Hang on-here’s a lads of the Oz swim team article on Ms Naughty’s blog (which is not safe for work, not because of the lads but because she also covers pr0n for ladies).

Oh and before I forget: the Prada fall collection is heavily Steam Punk afflicted. Make of that what you will.

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Pattern Pyramid Parcel (yea!)

I actually ran to the door before the mail-lady knocked- *spider sense tingling* (not really, I heard the front gate click). Well, I knew it was a Pattern Pyramid ParcelTM from Karen (yes it’s a thing now) but I had no idea what was inside.

Turned out it was this:


*Not to scale.

You all know how it goes (this being the fifth one of these things to go live and all): leave a comment specifying which item you’d like and in a week I’ll pick a random winner to receive the entire set, keep the object of their choice, and set up their own giveaway for the rest. This means you need to have a blog to participate (as a side-effect it’ll deter the hoarding evilbay rejects discussed earlier).

In the interests of keeping the chain going for as long as possible while channeling the don’t hoard shit you can pass on philosophy I waxed lyrical on last week, I made up the pattern I liked, and gave it a bit of a paint job. Then I put the pattern back into the pool. So if it’s the pattern you were dying for blam blam – it’s yours if you win (which one is it? Big reveal tomorrow if the sun comes out). 

In order to increase the odds of your sewing up an actual garment from whatever you win I’m displaying all the items so you can Google up reviews etc and get yourself all psyche’d up to sew.  Clockwise:The nameless pattern at upper left is Bestway Pattern C454 which is pretty darned fragile and has no printed markings on it (bust size 34), followed by Burda 7694 (Eu sizes 34-42, instructions on lower left tab; no it’s not reviewed on PR at the mo but you can change that!), Vogue 1046 Anna Sui (sizes 6-12), the Burda magazine browse-through is here; the skirt I made from this issue was traced back when I lived near a library that stocked some Burda issues (i.e. don’t email me asking to borrow it/ buy it/ trace patterns for you out of it).  Next up, vintage Simplicity 3385 ( size 12, bust 32), and Polynesian patterns Wikiwiki (Med bust 34-36),  Unfortunately there is no pattern for deflecting bullets with your wrists, it’s more..a state of mind. I’ve included it here as inspiration.

Re: Getting this stash out to the maximum number of sewists, how about if we trace and/or make what we like and put the pattern back in the pool? This can easily be done in the time it takes to run the giveaway (I received the parcel yesterday afternoon, sewed up my make yesterday and spent today painting it. The giveaway runs for a week so..easy peasy). That way at least a couple of people will have had a chance on each item (the magazine alone has 20+ patterns- I’d rather 20 people get to make one pattern each rather than one person sit on all 20 because they need it in their stash). This would also be in keeping with Karen’s generous gift to the sewing world (booming 1950s sci-fi, sky-announcement-voice) philosophy.

What do you guys think?

All images remain copyright of their respective owners and are used for purposes of discussion/ review. Giveaway ends 26th July, 2012.

The Update of Excitement

Since my last post I’ve sewn up four different garments, three of which I’ll be covering today, but first: I present to you, ba ba ra bup bup ba Jeyco’s One Cool Thing, One Strange Thing Swap make!

Silk suit of awesomeness

So beeeeautiful… *sniff* And the suit’s awesome too!

The patterns weren’t in her size so she re-drafted them from scratch (oh the humanity)! Read all about it here.

In other +1/*1 swap news, I received my +1/*1 parcel from Oona but couldn’t blog about it earlier because it contained an item that Oona had yet to review. So I’m just going to skip that item and initiate adventure-mode because I feel like it *cue dramatic music*.

So this is the +1/*1 haul from Oona, who brattily* went out and bought stuff instead of raiding her stash for notgoingtobeused-ables (in all fairness, she was light years away from home).

The post-lady asked me if it was my birthday week (I’d received a couple of things including one from the dashinmarmot).

And so it began; I thought I’d start with the red-brown checkered fabric and the green burn-out satin swatch so I cold-washed them along with six metres of white synthetic lining (which I meant to use for another project and which doesn’t dye with natural fibre dye-I’ve tried it before). The wash cycle ended with one brown seer-sucker piece (the red brown fabric shrank to about 50% but only along the one plane giving it an awesome seer-sucker texture), one piece of orange-green burnout satin and six metres of coral coloured synthetic lining (which I could not un-dye and which shall never be mentioned again).

Having learnt from the born-again seersucker, I dove straight into the black knit without pre-washing it; I interlined it with some of my awe-tasticly groovy holographic 70s style knit and made this Mila Schön bubble skirt (#14 from Patrones Extra 264) the very same day.

I made the pockets and pocket facings out of fur so my hands stay super warm.

A *virtual* great minds toast to  prtynpnk who also sewed up her first +1/*1 make the same day her parcel arrived from the dashingmarmot! Can’t wait to see what she does with the second lot.

A couple of days later I draped the seersucker fabric onto my mannequin and made this boat neck top.

I really like these two colours together.

Inspired by Freshlygiven’s blouse tutorial (that is one inspired dame) I used the entire length of fabric, cutting away one panel to make a draped scarf across the back (I hand-crimped and sewed flowers from its ends).

The scarf drapes across the back and is attached at the shoulders by the flowered ends.

The skirt is one I prepared earlier using stretch corduroy and the 119 skirt pattern from Burda World of Fashion 09/2008.

Unfortunately I don’t have a dog to model with..

The blazer is from an awe-f*cking-tastic knit pattern from Knipmode May, 2011. I made it out of a butter soft cotton double knit and it fits like a (slightly loose) glove. Great for when it gets a little colder and I have thermals/ layers on.  I’ve been sewing up one previously incomplete thing for every new thing I sew and seeing as I’d cut that blazer out last winter, it was time to bite the bullet. Turned out to be well worth it, I’d like to make a few more in other colours.

Tights from galstern on etsy (I don’t recommend these, they’re sagging, everywhere after just a couple of wears..), shoes from John Fluevog – worth every frikkinpenny (these are the most comfortable and well made heels I have ever owned) and photos + processing as usual, by Carl (merci gorgeous).

Patterns used (no, I don’t know why the dog’s in the boot-he should be driving, he’s obviously the only sober one).

*Spell check tried to change that to brutally: yes spell-check, I understand that fabric shopping can be quite brutal, but I don’t think this was one of those days..

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Scattered Links

First things first, a couple of people have mentioned having issues with self portraiture, camera angles, and other photography-related matters. Now, I know you ladies have different ways of handling this but, wilt not fair maidens your dashing impressive fearless hilarious knight in shining armour can’t-be-bothered-ready-to-wear is here!

I know he looks like a kid (but he sounds like a Gentleman!) but the very first time I heard *mffahaha! snort* Quick! Destroy the evidence before they get back!” I knew he was a keeper. He has a youtube channel, ladies, so sign up and get edumacated.

I thought I’d do a little round up of some of the cool things I’ve come across in the creative blogosphere of late.  There are a couple of cool tutorials like this one from freshlygiven (I love her shorts! Not a euphemism, I mean that literally!) for an instant top from a skirt:

Not your grandma's - anything really!

Not your grandma’s wrap top…

One for a fake plastic bag handbag (made from real leather.. or not)  from the Blind Hem (commercial versions here and here) and an easy jersey necklace (awesome for using up jersey fabric scraps).

There’s also this really pretty smocking tute by Renske, whose blog I discovered only recently.

Smocking! You can do it too!

Renske put away all of her ready to wear clothes and sewed up a hand made wardrobe from scratch. Love it. I’m also loving those shoes but that’s a whole different blog post right there..

Renske in one of her awesome makes..

A lot of people also seem to be travelling at the mo’ and have posted some pretty cool pics. I’m still waiting on the ones of the fabric stores …

I’ve also been surfing a lot of French sewing blogs lately (I’m planning on visiting Paris again and want to get my French up to scratch). I was considering blogging bilingually but that mightn’t be such a good idea productivity-wise (and making-much-sense-wise)..

One of the coolest French sewing related sites I can recommend is Thread&Needles (English content only extends as far as the site name) and sweet universe of truth and justice, their button is already rocking my theme colours!

Go on, click it, you know you want to.

T&N have bucket loads of soft-lit sewing (and knitting) eye candy. It’s like Burdastyle, but with actual content- book reviews (real ones where the authors have actually laid hands on the book and even, *gasp* read it *) interviews, contests and event coverage. The only similarity with Burdastyle? The efforts members go to at putting together and documenting their makes. I mean look at this it actually hurts that I can’t knit.

I also came across a lot of personal blogs, many of which are now in my RSS reader and will be featured here on fairly regular rotation (don’t be sad, use Google Translate! And remember, when Google Translate says tissues, coupons and bosses what it means is fabric, remnants and patterns).

Not a special edition of Patrones, this one’s by Anne from ouipatrons.

It didn’t look half as good in the magazine. I salute you Madame.

I also came across the Burda Addicts page. That’s right, you all know the Japan Couture Addicts blog yea? Well this is like that but for Burda patterns – and I’m their first English speaking member (which is French for, ‘some French non-speaking dude that one of us now has to baby-sit..’ I’m not sure, I’ll get back to you on that when my French gets a little better).

Now I’d better stop procrastinating and get my Thesis bound before they change their minds..

*Not Oh, what? That book we recommended doesn’t have any pattern drafting in it? You need another person to do the draping on you? Oh.. thanks for the tip!

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