Lisette dress continued

Hi there 🙂 Sewing for myself has taken a backseat lately… We’ve been lucky with the weather here the last few weeks. Irish summers are always unpredictable, so if the sun comes out then I rush to the beach. Blogging has taken an even bigger back seat!


At last posting my front bodice was almost complete –


The bodice is sandwiched between the waist and waist lining, which encloses the bodice lower edge –



The sewalong instructions show the back neckline finished with bias tape.
I used my lining pieces instead.

I caught the shoulder seams between the bodice back and the bodice back lining – and stitched across the neckline and shoulder in one go…..


Which looks quite neat after turning and pressing


I then tacked the bodice lining to the back bodice and treated it as a single piece from there on.

The sleeves were hemmed by stitching to the lining with right sides together –


Then pressing seams towards lining and understitching. I pinned in the zip and the sleeve and side seams were then pinned to the bodice to check the fit.


Before sewing and overlocking raw edges-


After that it was a matter of seaming the skirt and skirt lining, before attaching to the bodice, photos of which I’ll share soon :-)…. depending on the weather!

Jan Burdastyle – 107 01/2015

Just in time….. I finished my top from the Jan Burdastyle Magazine. Everyone commenting agreed that it needed the pocket, so that stayed put:


I’m wearing a black top underneath, so the neckline shape looks like a triangle – but it’s actually the bound split as per the pattern:


I cut a size 34 ( I’m closer to a 36 with burdastyle but didn’t want it to be too big). It fits well, its cosy, and I’ve been wearing it all day…but… I’m not overly keen on the way the drop shoulders look.


These are the most flattering of the pictures to be honest. When I see this in the mirror I want to change the shoulders. So, we’ll see – it might get reworked. Because I really like the loose boxy style.

I’m also pretty happy with the high-low hem that Dawn suggested :


Not scratching my head here...!

Speaking of reworking… I took a seam ripper to my shirtsdress. I had worn it twice, but found the belt/sleeves a bit bulky under jackets so I removed them:


I also tweaked the back waist a little so that it would sit better against the curve of my back:


So next for the Burdastyle challenge….? I bought the Feb issue of Burdastyle this week and have my mind set on this skirt:


Skirt 109 Burdastyle 02/2015

I loved the pleats at the front and the large pockets. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s a wrap skirt!


It’s always good to have a bit of wiggle room with a skirt waist 🙂

I’ll leave it there for tonight – apart from one last look at the top ( which I only just realised – unintentionally fits with the whole Jungle January theme I keep seeing on blogs ! ! )


Burda Challenge 2015 – Style 107

Hi there – hope you’re cosy and warm wherever you are! The Irish weather has turned very cold the last week and I’ve needed extra layers to keep warm. Most of my sewing so far this year has been to tweak some previous makes as there were a few things stopping me from wearing them.

For future making, I need to fill some wardrobe gaps. I’ve noticed that I don’t own many sweatshirts or slouchy jumpers, so some new sewing was in order!

I’ve started on a top from January’s Burda magazine:


Style 107 Burda 01/2015

The other day I signed up to the Burda Challenge 2015 which Dawn who blogs here has organised. The idea is to sew a garment per month from that months Burda Magazine (either a 2015 issue or a previous year).

This months make is a pretty simple style , made in a thick fabric in the magazine :


My fabric is much lighter – it’s a woven wool mix fabric that I’ve mixed with a black pointe (as I didn’t have enough on it’s own)

The sleeves are in two pieces and are attached to the body before sewing the other seams.


They are then sewn together across shoulders and down the sleeve in one pass


The neckline is bound with a strip of the pointe fabric


After a try-on , I wasn’t sure if I liked it! The drop shoulders exaggerate the width of my straight shoulders. I also thought the length was a bit dowdy! I’ve pinned it shorter and am thinking of adding a patch pocket – here’s where it stands so far –


I haven’t decided if I’ll bind the hem yet but I think I’ll keep the pocket! Either way it’s good to get some sewing started for the new year 🙂

Surprise Sewing Bee – I made it to round 2 !!

Phew, what a week! I haven’t sat at my laptop for long this week as I was working on my entry for round 2 of the Pattern Review Sewing Bee .  That’s right – last weeks A-Line skirt made it through yay!!  Which was fantastic…except it meant getting something else made in a hurry this week.  ( Using up to five mens shirts)

And this is what I came up with…..

My ShirtSdress !!

My ShirtSdress !!


And a few details….

Armholes used as pockets, Collar used on pocket edge




I used sleeves from on of the shirts as a waist tie




Back view


I have some more in process pictures, but my brain is fried right now so I’ll do a separate post at a later stage! There are some very unique entries in the contest gallery, and I now think that I might have gone a little more “out there” with my make.   But there ya go, it’s done now….! In the meantime keep your fingers crossed that this passes with the judges….  Ps.. My entry can be seen in full on Pattern Review here.

My Surprise Sewing Bee entry

side view posed


I’m very happy to say I finished my A-Line skirt for the Pattern Review contest ( with a few hours to spare!). Half way through the week, I didn’t think it would happen.  I caught a bug during the week – nothing major – but enough to make me exhausted and in need of a day of r&r.  Thankfully by Thursday I was coming round.   So I decided to tip away at my skirt, and hope that it would be done in time – but if not I wasn’t going to stress about it.



skirt front posed


I made this from a black wool suiting fabric and some lace off cuts.  I had roughly  sketched out some ideas:



I transferred the lines onto my muslin and then traced the curved panels onto paper.  Then I cut them out from a cream lace and a champagne lace.

starting applique fronts



The lace pieces were zig zag stitched onto the skirt fronts and backs:  Which were then topstitched with a champagne thread


fronts pressed and topstitched


I then tacked the lining to the front and back pieces before stitching on the pockets:

lining pockets


And then the hip yokes /pocket backs:

pocket backs


The side seam was sewn catching all layers to just below the pocket join.  The lining was left to hang free from the skirt below the pockets:

skirt inside


All that was left was to attach a zip and waistband and hem both layers.


zipper and hook detail


And just in case you’d like to see a few more details! !


skirt back posed

skirt front flat


Overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. But there are always a few things that I would have done differently!  I would have liked to have added some more topstitching, but I didn’t want to run out of time.

If you’re interested, it’s worth checking out some of the entries – there are quite a few posted in the Contest Gallery – it’s amazing to see the variations on the brief of an A-line skirt.   So…. fingers crossed that the judges see fit to put me through to the next round!!