Remake Print Skirt Progress 

Hello again

Well the toile didn’t fit!  , my waist is too big…but the skirt from the hip down looks great.

I like the tulip shape as it gives a bit more hip , optical illusion making my waist look smaller , or am I just fooling myself ? 

Anyhow to accommodate my thicker waist , I added a scrap piece through the centre front of the yoke , this was a bit of a mistake as this has altered the curve at the bottom of the yoke and should have been added across the whole width , I will add the extra correctly when I re-cut the pattern piece.

The back yoke sat too high, I do have quite a shallow back, so I have reduced the height, this time I slashed the toile more evenly which means the yoke bottom seam wasn’t so distorted.

The instructions advised to reflect the hems , however I underestimated how curved the hem is , it will need facing but is a lovely shape .

The pattern is available here burda #116 , there is also an alternative shorter style with zipper embellished on the yoke see burda #115

I  re-cut the yokes , spreading the additional needed across the whole width , so is now more of a square!

Best disguised by shoddy photo ….

I reattached the revised yokes to the original skirt pieces and was pleased with the fit and the front yoke seam now runs straight.

Happy with everything it was time to cut it out from the kaftan, I just cut along the seams as they were french seams and very narrow.

The kaftan was made with the pattern running horizontally , but was wide enough for me to fit the skirt pieces across – luckily .

I pinned the layers to ensure the print ran straight across the fold.

With a bit of fiddling I managed to get the pattern centred on the front , back, yokes and pockets backs .

I didn’t bother with trying match the facings or pocket bags , to be honest I don’t think I had enough as the repeat is pretty large.

I cut the skirt pieces from lightweight black cotton for the lining, I will bag the skirt out , so no seam finishing required!

All ready to get under the machine 

I’m looking forward to having this finished soon , a cotton skirt will be great for this flash of warmer weather.


Remake print skirt


A while back I found a skirt pattern in a Burda magazine which I fancied making,  it’s a tulip shape with yoke and pockets!

I have finally  got round to tracing out the pattern , I opted for a size 38/10 which is a little optimistic,  however I am making a toile so I can adjust  (make bigger) as necessary.

I traced the pattern onto calico, I will have to stay stitch all the pieces before making up as I didn’t trace on the grain – which is why you are supposed to trace onto paper.

I added the seam allowance and hems .

I’ll whizz up the toile and see how (or if) it fits and then I plan to make it up in cotton , I have a lovely wax print which is currently a full length kaftan but am hopeful has enough fabric in it to make this skirt , I won’t be able to pattern match but as the seams are on the sides I should get away with it!

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Making Progress February 


Thought I would share my makes for this month, I have been quite busy and have finished up quite a few  pieces

The first was a chunky knit waist coat , burda knit pattern All about the blues with 2 strands of stash wool, I struggled with the brioche edging , apparently I can’t chat and knit , I pulled it back several times to correct the edge and then started over when it ended up too long , second time I knitted it up was much more successful and am pleased with the result , check out the shawl pin from genny2828 on eBay. 

Next I got the crochet hook out and joined up some pretty crocheted squares I found at a charity shop with remnant wool , the result is pretty colourful and my joins are pretty mountainous but the cat loves it 🐈

Whilst the hook was still out I crocheted a cosy for a friend’s gym bottle , pretty chuffed that it fitted like a glove .

I relined a favourite bag adding an extra internal pocket and a clip for hanging your keys , hate having to rummage round !

I also made a crochet hook caddy as a gift for a friend, sewn using stashed rose print upholstery weight cotton and fastened with a button and fabric covered elastic loop.

And lastly having found some fabulous vintage navy and silver lurex wool, that I had forgotten I had ! 

I sourced a fab vintage pattern from bookandknits see here on etsy and am now almost halfway up the front , although this is growing a great deal slower than knitting the waistcoat , hope I don’t have to pull this back !

I have really enjoyed finishing up all these projects, and am very pleased to have used up stashed goodies , here’s hoping March is as productive !

What have you been making ? 

Star Jersey Quilted Baby Playmat


I have just finished making a playmat as a new baby gift, As I like a challenge, I choose to applique stars onto a fab green jersey, I was a bit apprehensive about quilting a stretchy fabric , but was amazed to find it quilted without any problem!

The stars were cut from stashed cotton fabrics as was the seersucker binding.

I used green jersey on both sides sandwiching fleece in between as batting , the result is a lovely soft and warm playmat .
The stars were tacked and then hand embellished with simple running stitches,  when these were all done I added the jersey backing , ensuring the layers were flat took a bit of extra time .

Once it was all pinned securely,  it was on to my Bernina and her walking foot to echo quilt the design.

The quilting was led by the design , I edge stitched a central star and then worked across to the next one until all stars were done I echo stitched the outline of the design, was fun to do and so pleased with the finished result.
 Let me know what you think.

New Years Eve Costume – Completed

Hi Everyone 

My costume is all done and looking forward to seeing the new year in tonight!

The basque binding went back on easily and the shape reflects the skirt waist line much better.

I added a sequin trim by cutting a strip from another great charity shop find !

Very festive I thought!  Though cutting it up makes a bit of a mess!

Next I tackled cutting the dress into a skirt , I put the dress on and drew round round my waist with tailors chalk pencil.

Then added 1cm seam allowance,  checking balance as I went.

The dress was lined so I stay stitched the two layers together. Then as I wanted to reuse the original zip, I made sure the zipper was down before cutting .


I cut a 6cm deep strip from the bodice of the dress to make the facing, I ironed on some interfacing and overlocked the bottom edge.

Pinning centres and quarters,  I stitched the facing to the skirt and understitched , turning the ends under and hand stitching along the zip edge, as the skirt is pretty heavy and the zip doesn’t now have a top to lock closed and am determined (for everyone’s safety/sanity) that it doesn’t fall down – I attached cotton tapes at the waist which I can tie for added security.

Just need some feathers for my hair and I’m ready !

Hope you all have a fabulous New Year and wishing you everything you wish yourselves for 2017 !

Upcycled Floral Print Raglan Sleeved Summer Top


My wardrobe needs some summery tops to brighten it up , I came across this lovely print fabric  made up as a elasticated skirt , there was quite a bit of fabric and only 2 straight seams so once unpicked and laundered I had 3 pieces about 85cm square . Plenty for a short sleeve top. 

I choose a pattern from a bargain lot picked up at a charity shop , by Kwik Sew , described as a square dance blouse ! ? , looking at the pieces it looks good ,so  I decided not to do a toile , we’ll see if this was a good decision soon I guess ! 

The fabric is quite mobile , I have stay stitched all the curved edges and am handling gently , the other thing I will have to watch is there is only 1/4″ / 6mm seam allowance – it’s all cut out , not much to spare , I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have you made this top ? Or have you successfully salvaged fabric to make into another garment ?