Better Late than Never Blazer : BurdaStyle Blazer 03/2016 116A #burdachallenge2018

This jacket has been waiting a long time to be made. I bought and cut this fabric over a year ago, changed my mind about the style and left it in my UFO box, forgotten. Until I was browsing all my March issues while planning my #burdachallenge2018 makes for this month.

Reaching for my UFO box is never a nice experience. I like to pretend it doesn’t exist. You understand don’t you, gentle reader, that being confronted by your own personality defects must be avoided? Especially if said defects might justify a fabric fast?

But I reached for it, if only to refresh my memory of the project.

On a tangent, diving into the UFO was just as unpleasant as I thought it would be – too many carrier bags of projects in there. They were very angry. They hadn’t seen the light of day for a long time. I did not like facing them. I decided that I was going to have a sort through later on and chuck most of them (after all if I havent sewn them by now then I dont need to).

Back to the story at hand – once I saw the fabric I decided to have a go at sewing the jacket – It looked like an easy enough pattern. The jacket is unlined. Here is the line drawing: 



BurdaStyle 03/2016 116

I cant recall much about the fabric except that I bought it from B&M Fabrics. It has some lycra in it I think based on the cross grain stretch.

The fabric was quite nice to work with – it has that beautiful quality of letting stitches sink in and become invisible so you can unpick and mess up royally with little visible impact :-).

The jacket came together quickly. I made my usual size 38 without any alterations. The only change was to leave my sleeve band unfolded. In the instructions, the sleeve band is folded in half and sewn on to sleeve giving it a three-quarter length. My sleeve band had been cut on the selvedge so I thought it would be nice to incorporate the selvedges thereby also making the sleeve longer.

Verdict: Quite simply – I LOVE IT! Love it! Nuff said.

BurdaStyle 03/2016 #116


So coming back to my UFO box – I get why they are angry with me. All they want is to show me how beautiful and useful they can be. They just want to be given a chance.

Because somewhere, at some point a tiny spark of an idea had emerged and I started pulling it together.

The idea was excited about coming to fruition but then I dropped it like a hot potato.

Of Course, they are angry. And I am shamed.

Shamed into action.

I nearly threw out this project because of unpleasant feelings of shame. Well if there is one thing this beautiful spring jacket has taught me – its that it is never too late!

So do not worry my lovely UFOs – you will not be left behind. I am coming to get all of you and give you your chance! 

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internets. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,




A Different kind of sewing….

I have a little brother who is quite fussy about his clothes. When he finds something he likes he tends to buy upwards of 5 of the same item as he hates shopping and doesn’t like ‘wasting time’ on what to wear. His clothes are all similar colours and shapes therefore interchangeable.

While in Japan, he found a jacket he liked but there was only one in his size. No problem he thought – “my big sister can copy this jacket for me and make 5 more“. Luckily he visited with us at the end of August last year with his jacket and an express desire to go looking for fabrics that he likes. I took him to Fabworks where he spent all of 10 minutes before deciding on a wool suiting in navy blue.

Original jacket sans right sleeve.


Now, though I was in the doldrums at the time, even I refused to just copy something and not add a little extra…….something. My philosophy is that if you are going to ask Michaelangelo to paint a ceiling – then LET MICHAELANGELO PAINT A CEILING LIKE THE SISTINE CHAPEL!!! I refuse to spend hours working on something that is just going to look …..bland. That’s not me.

At. All.

So, I stood my ground and insisted that there had to be something different to denote that it was truly a one of a kind. He agreed to look at contrast fabrics for the lapel/facing. This was huge. My brother is not one to change his mind or indeed concede his sartorial choices. He chose the Liberty Tana lawn which reminds me of a Wuthering Heights’esque moorland. Still, it was better than nothing.

Image from Vampires in Wuthering Heights


Did I mention this was at the end of August last year?

With all that time I didn’t come back to the project nor think about it until he asked me during a recent Skype session. Feeling bad I set to it this past weekend and copied the jacket using carbon paper and a tracing wheel. It’s not an exact science but between my pattern drafting knowledge and common sense, I made some headway.

A weird thing happened. Duty and honour (and some guilt – ok mostly guilt – that I had made him wait all these months) drove me to start on the project. At some point I started enjoying the process. It felt like the wild west (why am I saying this? I’ve never experienced the wild west nor do I wish to); but as a metaphor, its meant to say that I was excited and curious at how I would do. It’s been a long time since I have felt like that.

When acquiring a new skill set there is joy/exhilaration when you first learn to do new techniques. But, as time goes and you gain more experience that sense of fear/anxiety/exhilaration that keeps you on edge is gone because you get to a point where you know how to do this that or the other. It becomes easier to execute a vision and the high is never is as good as that first high of nailing a fly front or easing a sleeve for example. Which is not necessarily a bad thing in itself…..

But this was new territory for me.

Not only was I making it for someone else who has a very clear expectation of what he wants; I also had no pattern.

Figuring out grainlines, forgetting notches, not adding ease to sleeve cap………so much minutiae of things I forgot to do but I carried on. Lessons learnt. Falling forward.

To frame the time period here:

August 2017 – Assignment given and materials procured

15 March 2018 – Casual enquiry about jacket over Skype

18 March 2018 – Copied jacket, cut fabric and sewed up body

19 March 2018 – Sewed collars and sleeves.

20 March 2018 – Hems, buttonholes and final pressing.

This is the toile. I had no fabric that was similar to this wool suiting to use and since he wants 5 of them I reckon by the time I get to the fifth one, it’ll all be gravy.

I have written this before I send it off to Switzerland tomorrow. He will now have to feedback to me before I embark on the next one. I am at peace and in calm within myself. I tried my best.

Hand on heart tried my best. And thats good enough for me.

Thread chain to anchor facing
Bias bound back seam with vent


Even if he doesn’t like it – it doesn’t matter to me any more – it won’t affect my sense of pride and achievement in this. I had tried to express my feeling that I feel now but last night as I read the closing chapters of Bartlett and the Ice Voyage (a great book btw) to my kids Bartlett said the words for me so I will share them…

For a long time he (Bartlett) gazed vacantly at the last two pieces of pale iceberg. If the ice melted, if the melidrop thawed and rotted, then everyone would say that they had failed. But hadn’t they really succeeded? He and Jacques, together with Gozo, and Captain Wrick, and Mordi, and Michael, and all the others who helped along the way, had captured an iceberg, and towed it across thousands of miles of ocean, and preserved a melidrop for weeks. No one had done any of these things before. Did it really matter now if the melidrop reached the Queen?

Thanks for reading this far if you have. Ramblings sometimes take over…sometimes 🙂

Until next time,, Happy Sewing!



Girl’s Turtleneck Sweater 11/2017 131B #burdachallenge2018

A random #burdachallenge2018 post on IG made me aware of this BurdaStyle kids sweater pattern.

BurdaStyle 11/2017 #131B

Surprisingly I haven’t paid too much attention to kids sewing patterns in BurdaStyle Magazine.

I decided to give this a go because of the simplicity of the pattern.

No neck seam but just the shoulder and side seams only.

I used a fleece lined scuba fabric that I bought last year from B&M Fabrics (Leeds Market). This was one (pair) of my January #burdachallenge2018 makes and I was happy with how they turned out.

I used hot pink cuffing for the sleeve band and green jersey for the hem band. The other alteration was to omit the zip. My fabric had more than enough stretch to easily go over the head. With the zip this pattern would work with wovens.

They got the seal of approval from the twins and they love their sweaters. The sizing was spot on. I traced size 110 for their 104cms height. They will be wearing these for at least a couple of more years yet.

I am now going through my collection of magazines with a view to finding more kids patterns that I can try out. Have you sewn with the kids patterns from Burda?


Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,


March Minerva Make: Burda 6602 and Art Gallery Fabric Jersey

I made another Burda 6602 T-shirt for my husband and he loves it! Its a fabric that he chose himself on the Minerva website. Unlike the first one I made ( Trekkie Tee Shirt), I didn’t use a contrast ribbing for the neckline. I quite like the look of all over same print. I am quite envious of this T-shirt and I suspect it will occasionally make its way to my side of the closet :-).

And here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and love,



Burda 6602 T-shirt Sewing Pattern Review #burdachallenge2018

Recently I discovered a new fabric shop in Leeds called Fabrics for All. I went there to investigate and came away with a bagful of fabric despite the fact that I had only gone to suss it out and get 2 pieces of Christmas themed fabric t make tree skirts. I was impressed with the quality of fabrics they had and seriously restrained myself from buying more fabric.

The selection of jersey was so good but when I saw this print – I knew that this had to be a T-Shirt for my hubs. His dinosaurs one get loads of wear and another one was due. He got really excited when he saw it – we are watching all the Star Treks – movies and TV series – as long-term goal together. 

Though I have a drafted a T Shirt for him I really wanted to try out Burda 6602. It has been residing in my collection for a long time. Burda drafting has always impressed me so I was curious to see how my drafting measured up.

I cut size 40 based on finished bust measurements. View C has the short sleeves and I managed to squeeze this out of 0.75 meters of fabric. I had no luxury of pattern matching.

The crew neckline is made using contrast black cuffing. The pattern does call for using same fabric but I like the contrast.

Burda BD6602 T Shirt Sewing Pattern

BurdaStyle 6602 T Shirt


The fit was perfectly spot on – I made exactly zero alterations. Sewing it took under an hour. If you are used to sewing T-shirts this is an easy make. I definitely prefer this armhole to the one I drafted using Winifred Aldrich’s book. It had far too mach ease.

I tried something new for the hemming by using the extra long zig zag stitch. Its something defferent isnt it?

Here is he is wearing for casual Friday at work. He loves his new top and what more can I ask for :-).

This is the first make of my #burdachallenge2018 March makes. Paper/PDFs/magazine patterns all count for the challenge :-).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,


Links used in post

Fabrics for All Haberdashery and Fabric Shop

Burda 6602 T Shirt sewing pattern

BurdaStyle 01/2018 #107 Leggings #burdachallenge2018

I made these leggings at the beginning of the year and already they have become my go-to for yoga. By the time I got round to taking blog pictures (during the snow days), they had been washed about 5 times already.

In the magazine they are described as ; So practical: To keep these leggings from pulling during a workout, we’ve sewn wide ankle cuffs at the hem. The front waistband has an overlap that is not only comfortable, but stylish, as well. 

Here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 01/2018 #107 Leggings

The leg cuffs piqued my interest – I have Reynaud’s Syndrome which means I really feel cold in my feet and hands all the time. I do ashtanga yoga which is a dynamic yoga practice and you are not supposed to have socks on during the practice (for safety reasons as they can slip). So this simple idea of covering some of my foot while the crucial parts that grip on to the mat are left able to do just that, was a tantalising prospect.

Before reviewing them I wanted to see how well they did in situ and I am converted! Though my feet still feel cold, I don’t feel it as acutely as I did before. The leggings performed exceptionally well because of the high waist. There are a lot of forward bends in Ashtanga and low rise leggings constantly need to be pulled back up. But not with these ones. Not once have I felt the creeping chill of an ever lowering waistband. So yeah the verdict is that I LOVE these leggings! Plus the wrap effect band is quite stylish too :-).

BurdaStyle 01/2018 #107 Leggings
BurdaStyle 01/2018 #107 Wrap effect wide waist band


I traced my usual Burda 38 and without any alterations at all. The fabric is a jersey that I was given by a friend. It is not a drapey sort of knit but it has more heft than T-Shirt jersey but less than ponte. I used my overlocker for all seams except for the hems on the foot cuffs. The instructions were good on this one. Well done Burda!

This was the first of my January #burdachallenge2018 makes. More coming soon as I race to catch up with all my unblogged makes.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,



BurdaStyle 01/2018 #107 Leggings Pattern



Kids Sewing – Ottobre Kids Design Magazine and New Look

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of sewing for my kids. They love choosing fabrics whenever they come fabric shopping with me. Unfortunately I don’t always have time to write the individual blog posts for them so I have collected all the pictures I could find of some of the kids clothes.

New Look 6423 – this is the second time I have made these. The fabric was bought from B&M Fabrics and it is a great quality that has stood the test of many washes whilst still maintaining brightness.

This is a set from Ottobre Kids design Magazine Summer 2016 Issue. The leggings are capri length which I thought was cute for summer. The fabric was also from B&M Fabrics in Leeds Market. They do great quality jerseys there.
This dress is the same pattern as the T shirt above from Ottobre Kids but I just lengthened it. Ali akaThimberlina kindly gave us this fabric and it was enough to make a much loved dress.
These capri length leggings are great scrapbusters and made many more.
Neckline detail of another of the Ottobre T shirt
The fabric was also from Ali. Sewing buddies rock!
The T shirt has a side panel which gives it a bit of interest.

I love this rainbow cuffing that I bought from B&M Fabrics
Contrasting side panel
Ali used her coversticth machine to do the hems for me and I was smitten – so much that I decided to buy my own coverstitch machine.

I truly love sewing for them. This year I am aiming to do more kids sewing too.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing everyone!

Peace and love,


#burdachallenge2018 February Round up

January is all about setting intentions and resewlutions but February – I love February – it’s the month for indulgence – about emerging out of hibernation.  At only 28 days this month felt the shortest ever and I barely squeaked in with my personal goals for #burdachallenge2018. I’ll get to those later but first lets go see what other creatives have been making and blogging about.


There have been many wonderful makes and these are some blog post. Remeber to check out #burdachallenge2018 on IG to see works in progress and finished garments.

Mags ( sent in this link to her wonderful tunic dress made in Nani Iro fabric (I am gushing over this make because….Nani Iro…nuff said) You can read about it by clicking here.

I love that Swarm of Chikadees  made a refashioned Burda 7198 out of an old Burda dress. A great idea for sustainable sewing – check out the post here

Ellen’s Sewing Passion ( is a veritable delight of inspiration She is an incredibly talented and prolific maker who has been an inspiration to me since I started sewing. She had made a delicious knotted midi dress which you can read about here

Small Artisan made a fantastic men’s hoodie which has been added to my to sew list. She also has a tutorial on making the shawl collar hoodie – yay! Read all about it here .

Anne continues to inspire me with her impeccable sewing and planning skills. She sewed up a couple of tops and I dare you to read her post and not add them to your sewing list too 🙂 Link here.

I consider Chris ( to be the Queen of Burda in my life as she is always getting the magazine before I do here in the UK.  Here she is in stripes and flowers and knots – variations on the same pattern – so inspiring. See here for the post.

Meg Healy at has made a wrap dress for her Magazine Mash up – and its a stunner! Click here for the post. are also offering a free Biker Jacket Video Sewalong with Meg Healy. The PDF patterns are included and I believe there is a plus size option as well. This is my 2nd free Burda sewalong course I’ve taken up :-). You can click through the main website or use this link here . Here is a picture of the jackets:

Over on IG I am meeting so many wonderful creatives and every day I am in awe of our shared joy in creating and sewing. I just wanted to share this IG post from @groovygreylook whose use of colour is just spectacular


Pause for thought

It was a challenging month to keep full steam ahead once the excitement of making resolutions had gone. But I found that instead of focusing on what I hadn’t yet done in terms of planning and tracing – I just hit a reset button and reminded myself that this is fun! And so far I have made things I am loving wearing and that feeling is what I remind myself of when I have to face the dreaded tracing!

I am also super excited that I had the opportunity to talk about #burdachallenge2018 on the Clothes Making Mavens Podcasts Episode 18 – I was a bit giddy though because I love Lori and Helena’s show and was slightly starstruck :-). The episode includes other sewing challenges like the #daytonightdresschallenge hosted by Elizabeth Made This (I am participating in this challenge as well) and #sewmystyle hosted by Jessica Lorraine. Definitely worth a listen here: Clothes Making Mavens Podcast

Looking ahead….

For March here is my sewing plan from the current 2018 issue. I will probably add more from other issues but for now, these are the definites. If you want to get a feel of the patterns in the March magazine I posted my March browse through and sewing plans here on my YouTubes

I hope your sewing plans are going well too. Here’s to March and all its joy!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,


PS. Not a sponsored post. I do not get paid. This is a passion project.

Vogue 9259 Tropical Jumpsuit: Pattern Review

This is a long wide legged jumpsuit that I absolutely loved wearing last summer. Pardon me for posting such an obviously summery make in winter but bear with me, please. Spring is on the way and I am very excited about moving on to sewing with lightweight fabrics so this is whetting my appetite.

I knew that I was getting Vogue 9259 the moment I saw it. Unfortunately, I had to wait months before collecting my patterns while we visited the USA. It was worth the wait though.

It has a criss-cross halter neck front. Here is the line drawing:

The line drawing looks like the band is at the waist but I found that for me it was a smidge higher than my natural waist. I looked at the model pic and it also looks a bit higher than the waist. It is not uncomfortable or anything but it does make me look like I have very long legs.

Although we only had a few days where it was hot enough to wear this on its own I cant tell you how lovely it was! I loved the feel of the sun on my back and the breeze against my skin.

My initial worry about making it had been than my breasts wouldn’t be secured and that I would constantly be tucking them in. But this was not the case at all. I found that there was no gaping (to be fair I am not very endowed in that area when I am braless so I might not be best placed to recommend this if you are a larger cup size than B). On other days I wore it with a lightweight black elbow length cardigan.

I took my son to a birthday party that had a bouncy castle which I snuck into while everyone was singing Happy Birthday and had a go. No escapees. They were safe and secure. 

These days I am trying to qualify myself when I say that something was easy to make. As an intermediate seamstress, I found this to be a straightforward make that was easy to sew and get a good fit on. I cut my usual size 12 for Vogue patterns and made no alterations.

I do like the lightness of viscose. It was a swish factor that I love.

Verdict: Its a winner! Deep pockets and comfortable while making me look like I made an effort.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,



Butterick B6097 – Pattern Review

The story with this top is that it started as a Pinterest pin on my Clothes I Think I Can Make board.

Sometime later, I randomly stumbled upon a McCall Pattern Company all brand sale wherein I made the acquaintance of  Butterick B6097.

Butterick B6097

Butterick B6097 is described as a fitted shirt, has collar and peplum variations, princess seams, front button-down closure and button band. Technically speaking, this is a toile which turned out to be very wearable.

I used quilting cottons that I bought from Leeds Market. There was point in my early sewing life when I would buy 1m pieces of quilting cottons <why?> /sigh. Anyway, I had just enough to make this top in the short peplum style with box pleats. I can’t recall why I went for the peter pan collar but I think I wanted to practice finishing a peter pan collar with bias binding.

I cut a size 8 based on the finished bust measurement. I made no alterations at all. The fit is pretty spot on. It could do with a small swayback adjustment if I was being all perfectionist about it. But I’m not, so I won’t and that’s okay.

Butterick B6097
Butterick B6097 Box pleat detail

Armhole fininshed with bias tape.
Butterick B6097

I do like the peter pan collar 🙂


The style is ……..sassy. I feel quite sassy when I am wearing it. Now I just need to find some nice white cotton lawn fabric and finally realise the inspiration image.

Verdict – I will make again in solid neutral colour. Recommended with the caveat that I used finished garment measurement to select my size.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Sewing!!

Peace and love,


PS. I am nearly caught up blogging my 2017 items 🙂 That makes me happy.



Burda 05/2016 Bat Sleeve Dress #115B

This is another dress I made specially for a holiday to the seaside. Its from the May 2016 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. The style is called a bat sleeve dress. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I was intrigued by this pattern enough to make it.The pictures didn’t really do anything for me but it was the line drawing that grabbed me:

BurdaStyle 05/2016 #115B


I have made it in ponte before here.The instructions were quite good – though this is very simply constructed dress made up of 2 pieces (front and back) and a neckband. You just have to finish the arm flaps before draping them over each other and securing with the neck-band.

I used a viscose jersey – very drapey and perfect for my purposes. I wanted something akin to a beach cover-up. Easy to to pop on and off. It did the job admirably! Here it is in action.

I definitely see more capelet dresses in the future. Its so quick and fast to sew up too.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time-

Happy Sewing!