A refashioned poly chiffon shirt

I made (and photographed) this top aaaaaages ago. But things have been happening for me on a personal level, and I hadn’t got around to posting it. (RIP Mum. Wish you were here. Let’s not dwell.) I made it from two identical tops that I picked up at a local charity shop. I thought I’d…

Vintage Simplicity 7896 – a 70s bow blouse

I’ve been reluctant to try vintage patterns. I own quite a few now, but have had it in my mind that the sizing was different, there’d be pointy bust lines and who knows what else… So I’d held back. But this one is great and I will be more than happy to open up my…

Sewing plans for 2018 – my #2018makenine list

Last year’s make nine list worked out great for me. It helped me to sew things that are actually useful, and I am wearing a lot. I didn’t make all of them (still haven’t made that purple wool coat…), but I made most of them and the things I did get to, have been really…

Vintage Burdastyle mags from the 70s

A month or so ago I had a wonderful time rummaging through the sewing section of a local second hand shop. And in that pile, were a whole host of old Burdastyle magazines from the 1970s.   I bought 3 of them, but there were probably 10 or more still there. Some from the mid…

Cropped Ellsworth Coat with inseam pockets

I have spent the best part of the last week sewing this jacket. It is an Ellsworth Coat from Christine Haynes patterns – just chopped off short. I wanted it short firstly because it’s a Spring/Summer jacket, and also because this is my toile or ‘test’ version of this pattern. I have dreams of maybe…

Updated Hollyburn skirt and a ‘Terial Magic’ silk chiffon save

The Sewaholic Hollyburn pattern is a Tried and True (TNT) pattern for me. I made my first one pre-blog, and have worn it almost constantly ever since. You’ve seen it here several times with other things (for example, here and here and here). It fits, it’s black, it’s comfy and it has really large and…

Early 60s sewing books and vintage patterns

I was rummaging through the sewing section of a local second hand shop recently, and picked up some great finds. Among them, these two sewing books and some patterns from the early 1960s. (There were also some very fab Burdastyle magazines from the 70s – but I’ll show you those in a separate post.) The…

Kilts are cool, ok! Self-drafted in Pendleton wool

I have loved kilts my whole life, but I haven’t owned or worn one in ages. Not since the early noughties. Kilts work for 3 seasons, I’d say. Not a Summer thing. So of course I made this on the lead-in to our Summer, but oh well I’m just a little ahead of the cold-weather…

Blue Tessuti Leni top

Classic, navy v-neck top that is suitable for work. Tick! It’s looks simple doesn’t it? But it took me over 6 hours to make. That included pattern tracing and fit adjustments though. The extra steps are worth it – the finished item looks really classy and a bit special. Full credit to the designer. It…

Super-slippery silks. Silk chiffon anyone? Silk velvet?

I’ve had a few months of buying, but not really sewing much fabric. And my purchases have been… shall we say a little fantasy-land? By which I mean, I’ve bought some gorgeous but very slippery silks and now I’m trying to work up the courage to sew them up. Like this one. Gasp! It’s equal…