Thursday, December 31, 2009


Wishing you a fabulous 2010...

Keep it safe and keep it gorgeous!

Well I was "blog naughty" these last few months and kind of lost my sewing mojo (whilst getting into the new work regime of mine!) Because of that, I didn't finish my "2009 Must Sew List".

So my New Year's Resolution is to complete the list BEFORE I sew anything else.

Here's what I did achieve...

1. Vintage Butterick 4699 DONE
2. A funky shirt for Glen STILL TO DO (bought the pattern)
3. Animal print shift dress STILL TO DO (still looking for nice print)
4. A funky shirt for Tom (or anything else
he desires!) DONE
5. An apron DONE
6. A jacket or coat STILL TO DO (no excuses here)
7. A few tops/blouses DONE
8. An outfit for Bec (or help her make one) STILL TO DO (no excuses here either)
9. A skirt (or two) DONE
10. A pair of pants/jeans DONE
I'd better get 'crackin' as there is sewing to be done!

Monday, December 28, 2009


This is my version of the 'Walk Away Dress'.
I've used a really nice embroidered gingham from Spotlight with the re-issued pattern from Butterick 4790.

The original pattern was Butterick 6015.

OK. This was a super easy facings at all and it just needed bias around the neckline, armholes etc.

This was actually going to be my Christmas outfit and was going along just fine (on Christmas Eve) when I realised that the centre front was only held together by 3 press studs.....

Yeah, Right!

I stopped sewing straight away. The thought of my 3 tiny snaps "popping" after downing the Christmas turkey left me in a cold sweat! I didn't even entertain the idea - I had read a few pattern reviews on this particular pattern, and a lot of sewists suggested making a size smaller than needed, so I had, and it was nice and firm around the waist (the full circle skirt makes it rather heavy, making it drag a little at the behind), so any added pressure would have been disastrous!

So instead of the press studs/snaps, I used a 'hook and eye tape' and it holds nice and firm. And the 'self cover' buttons on the front just hide the sewing nicely.

I love this dress! Perhaps it's my New Years Eve Dress instead...

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Rebecca, Thomas and I wish you all a safe and joyous Christmas.