Burda Style 9/2018 Sweatshirt

6F299708-2E07-41ED-9157-CE240B905CC5I’m not a fan of tracing, but I am drawn to the Burda magazines for their quirky details.

A7EC7DF5-B981-4149-A55B-CB22B0C115F4This pattern was September’s sewing lesson, so the pattern pieces were blue, and as they didn’t overlap, I cut them straight from the pages!

CE1E6EE6-B68A-45FE-B515-0753961335A0The recommended fabric was sweatshirting, but I used a lovely stable knit fabric bought from Rags in Worcester (a lovely friendly small shop worth visiting).

57F7CB8D-8400-4A21-A1CA-84F54367AAA6The sleeves have large pleats at the wrist that create a lovely draped effect, subtle in the knit fabric I am sure it would be more structured in a heavier fabric

I basted the pleats, and overlocked the edges once sewn, an extra step not needed for sweatshirting

BA0A5B7E-C9FE-4FF0-8BE0-B152739C73D3Have already worn this a few times as autumn has arrived! I added an extra 2cm to the neckband and as this is very roomy cut out the size 3 sizes smaller.

0FD06706-8B02-4D65-8832-2C10084C4D93First cozy make of 2018 completed 😺✂️✂️


The Mayfair Dress by Nina Lee

013BDA90-76C0-444A-AE2A-870217103FDDThis is my first Nina Lee pattern, and I was really impressed with the clear instructions and options.


I bought the printed pattern which was published a few months after the pdf as I had seen some great versions popping up on Instagram. This fabric is a lovely viscose jersey from Pin and Sew.

19A7E58C-A8E1-4B40-8CF8-ECA5956C5936The envelope describes The Mayfair as ‘a jersey dream designed to carry you from office to cocktails, from beach to bar, or from sofa to fridge and back again’


There are three sleeve length options, and the choice of knee or maxi length that combine to give six options. The dress has a relaxed fit with gathers under the bust that stabilise the neckline drape and extend to tiesA4014B1C-0FDB-493A-8595-1C2F98783303The collar pleats and folds over internally. The pattern recommended using the burrito technique to finish this seam. I found this to be tricky once the dress was rolled up, and chose to finish this by hand, which was easy to do with two lengths of stitching starting at the centre join


This dress is lovely to wear, and I love the neckline and tie details, particularly as the ties are long enough to wrap around the back to tie at the front or have long at the back 😺✂️✂️


Boxy Top with fabric selvage as hems


This Nano Iro fabric has a full width pattern with metallic tones. it’s called Five Senses, this one is Earth. The pattern is The Boxy Top from Jen Hewett’s Book Print Pattern Sew, that was a freebie with Simply Sewing.


One of my favourite fabric shops, Raystitch in Islington, have amazing window displays, and I follow them on Instagram for inspiration. One thing they have done is to use the selvage edge of fabrics as the hem. One garment used a Nano Iro fabric that has the same slightly fluffy edge as this double gauze, so I decided to copy the effect.

47212168-DA82-406B-96F5-85A50189F19CThis simple top works well to showcase the fabric. The sleeves are cut from the opposite edge to the main body sections. I bought this fabric on holiday a couple of years ago, fabric souvenirs are lovely to wear.  😺✂️✂️

Stitch Sisters Kaftan


This superquick make was made to participate in the Instagram challenge #sewingsansfrontieres using a free pattern from The Stitch Sisters blog. This pattern can easily be found by Googling Stitch Sisters Kaftan, and the post has full details and lots of pictures, as well as a video.


The Kaftan is created from rectangles, with neck shaping measurements on a multi size chart. The long ties are stitched into the side seams, I lowered them an inch after pinning and trying on.


I overlocked each section before sewing together, and raised the neckline by an inch, lowering the side splits by two.


The fabric is a lovely soft cotton lawn that has lurked in the bottom of my woven fabric stash box for several years waiting for the right pattern 😺✂️✂️

Named Clothing Selja Knot Tee


I pretty much live in jersey tops, and I wanted to find another pattern that was simple but interesting. This definitely fits the bill, and I made two 😺


The pattern divides the front of the Tee, elongating the fronts to create the ties. I overlocked the front seams before joining the seam, adding a few stitches at the top of the tie to prevent pulling.


This is the first version, worn with Named Ninni Culottes and Fiona Hobo Bag. The top sits at the hip. This fabric is a fabulous 200g jersey from Pin and Sew, it’s such a great fabric that bounces back and feels superb ( I have ordered more to make a dress). The neck is in a contrast fabric to add a bit of interest.



This pattern also works well with stripes 😺 I altered the neckline on this version, which has the first fabric used for the neckband.

I folded the front and drew a rough line with a Frixion pen, I then cut away about 1cm. I compared this with one of my Lark Tees and decided that I could lose a bit more so made the second cut, this was a little wider at the shoulder. I then put the shoulder sections together to see the cutting line needed for the back.


The slightly bigger neckline works well. This fabric has been in my stash for a while now, it’s another fairly lightweight opaque jersey.


This top is only available as a PDF  pattern, and it’s the one disappointing part of the make. The pattern is printed on 12 sheets with a border that is cut off before the pieces are joined together. You then have to trace the pattern pieces following the black or grey lines for your chosen size as each download option has two sizes. This was time consuming and it would have been better if the pattern pieces were placed individually so the could have been cut out straight away without the additional need of a tracing paper.


Sewn with my usual 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag and top stitched in 2.5 x 2.5 zig zag with overlocked edges and seams 😺✂️✂️

Skinny Bitch Curvey Chick Flora Blouse


I discovered this pattern via Instagram, and it’s a cute summer make.


SBCC patterns are designed for petite women, graded for a max height of 5’4”. The pattern is described as ‘the perfect quick sew, requiring minimal fabric yardage, and an easy elasticized neckline finish’.


This fabric is a lightweight cotton lawn designed by Alison Glass by Andover Fabrics called Silhouette.


This version is an inch shorter than the pattern to accommodate the border print, the dark grey pattern panel runs through the centre of the fabric.


Super quick, and really utilises the fabric print 😺✂️✂️


The Thrifty Stitcher Fiona Hobo Bag

364BDC97-C89C-4B09-9C2D-83757D3A593EThis is the first independent pattern from Claire-Louise Hardie, and I ordered the pattern as soon as it was published.

The fabric is heavy cotton from Ikea, a bargain at £4.


I sewed two rows of stitching to the side seams for strength, the seam allowance is then pressed to one side and top stitched 1cm from the seam (barely seen in this photo as the thread matched so well on the dark areas of the fabric!).


I overlocked the side edges on the fabric body and facings, then overlocked the bottom edge of the facings to stop fraying. I used a denim fabric for the inside base piece, the heavyweight interfacing sandwiches between the base fabric and is sewn in after the side seams are completed. I overlocked the three layers together before sewing in place with three rows of stitches. I really like the pop of colour from the denim 😺

I encased the magnetic snaps inside the tab to ensure a smooth finish at the back.


A satisfying make and a great size. The pattern has a link for extra bonus patterns of a Boxy zip bag, mini Fiona Hobo hack, and an Easy cotton Shopper Fiona hack. I haven’t explored these yet 😺✂️✂️