Posts Tagged ‘Style’

And having got your attention with that silly title, here it is. It’s not really chain mail, of course, but it is a wedding dress pattern: Burda 106-03-2011. The fabric is a very coarse polyester woven. The threads are two different colours; there’s a fine black one and a much chunkier white one. It was […]


I’ve recently made two fairly serious, involved projects which definitely count as sewing cake; aka classic and versatile garments that underpin an outfit. So it was definitely time for a quick and frivolous project. Even better, I had one already planned and waiting to go: a knockoff of a Christopher Kane dress in some sparkly […]


Oooh sparkly

23Dec12

This is about a dress that is coming about purely through luck. Back in November Marie and Kat organised a blogger meetup in Birmingham. It was a lot of fun and amongst other things I came back with this fabric, a doubleknit with a metallic fibre on one side. I didn’t spot it myself; Kat […]


Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my Burda coat. I couldn’t have got the fit right without the help of the sewing blogsphere; you’re all wonderful! I haven’t sewn anything new I can show since finishing the coat. I’ve been tracing patterns and making a muslin for a dress for my sister. […]


Ever had the experience of not being able to get a decent picture of a garment you’re really pleased with? Or then there’s the project that you’re not very happy with that nevertheless seems to photograph well. How much effort do you go to for project pictures? I started thinking about this because recently I […]


Here’s my new coat, Vogue 1276 by Sandra Betzina. Here’s the pattern envelope photo. And this I found while browsing on Net-a-Porter. It’s from Rick Owens Lilies, one of my favourite lines. While strikingly similar it’s not quite the same style. The Vogue has a much fuller skirt and lacks the extra-long sleeves. But it […]


Thanks for all the lovely comments about the final version of Vogue 8633. I wore it to work this week and it’s definitely my favourite dress. So here’s what’s next up on the project list: I am in two minds about this dress. I love the picture. But I fear that what I love about […]


I love Vogue 1239, despite the ninja scientist vibe. Or possibly because of it. The strange-looking sleeves are actually very comfortable to wear, although they were tricky to sew. And it goes with my new shoes. I think it will be OK with flats too. I think this has taken a whole month to sew. […]


I’m back from my break from blogging. Teaching and marking are over for this academic year and I’m really looking forward to having some more free time to sew. One of the few sewing-and-style-related things I have managed to do over the last couple of weeks was get to the Yohji Yamamoto restrospective at the […]


Style ruts

04May11

Vogue UK used to regularly run articles about getting out of style ruts. These are or were pretty formulaic: take one woman (usually someone who already writes for Vogue) who is allegedly stuck in a style rut. Get her to wear anything other than her preferred style of clothes for a month. This is usually […]



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