Thursday, 18 September 2014

Burda Jeans 8408

Hello Bloggers,

As the northern hemisphere rolls into autumn, here the days are suddenly longer and the sun stronger and warmth is in the air. Time to start thinking about summer sewing. I have so many plans and my sewing mojo has returned.

I finished the short version of Jalie 3132 from black bamboo spandex and I like it very mush. My daughter discovered a Australian website store that sells bamboo and hemp fabrics that are just wonderful! She ordered a scrap bag and this top is from one of the 'scraps'. This is my first time sewing with bamboo. I had heard that it stretches and loses it's shape but this bamboo spandex knit has been worn and washed several times and is just fine. It is also amazingly soft and comfortable. The website The Bamboo Fabric Store  has a fixed postal fee within Australia of $9.90 and quick delivery. No association and all that.. but I am a fan! Their hemp linen is yummy as well. (Watch this space).

Onto the floral jeans. I resisted the red jean trend of a few years ago because it's not a look that works on me and I've resisted patterned jeans as well but when I saw this beefy stretch cotton sateen in Lincraft I fell in love with it. I dug out an old Burda jean pattern that I have had for about a decade and made a quick muslin then tapered the legs and raised the waist by 1.5cm. I like the jean details of the pattern and the way it fits my torso. The pattern may be out of print. I am not sure.

Top Jalie 3132
Jeans Burda 8408

I took too much from the inner thigh and back crotch point..oops.. I ended up with some under butt creases but I can live with that. I've got this post to remind me to fix it later if I use the pattern again. I've also just bought the Style Arc Sandra jean pattern to try.

There are white tops in my mental sewing queue for summer and white will go well with these pants.

I took the photos in the Plough and Harrow regional park. Looks like I'm out in the bush doesn't it?

Keep on sewing,


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What's Next

Dear sewing friends,

Firstly thank you for the lovely comments in the previous post regarding my mother's passing. We got through the funeral and it made me really value family and friends and the kindness of people in general. It was a surreal week.

I plan to be sewing again soon and the next thing I will sew will be a quick black hoodie T Shirt from Jalie 3132, which I have sewn before.

It is spring here and even though that means very changeable weather a blast of heat could arrive soon  and the short sleeved version looks so cute that I am looking forward to trying it.


My orchids flowered in abundance this year. I am glad I had plenty to share.

Thanks again,

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Goodbye Mum

Dear sewing bloggers,

When we blog we end up sharing layers of our lives, bit by bit, even if that is not our intention to start with. We get to know each other and get a sense of who we all are, through our shared interest - the creation of garments.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a sewing household. I heard the sewing machine in utero, was taught to hand sew doll clothes by my grandmother, then allowed free reign on the sewing machine by my mother. It was all fluid and easy, like breathing. My grandmother was a professional seamstress. She had a no nonsense mix of practicality and talent. Her clients would come to our house with material and describe what style they wanted. Grandmother would take measurements and sketch the pattern straight onto the material in chalk. Everything worked and everything fitted. I never saw her use a paper pattern in my life.

My mother, who did not consider herself talented because she did use paper patterns, would also whip up amazing things with a minimum of fuss.

I was the best dressed little girl on the block, but not in a showy way. I and my brothers miraculously had whatever we needed on a very modest budget and needless to say my mother was always stylishly dressed. It was a simpler time. We never did without but nothing was wasted. We valued what we had.

My mother passed away last night. She had been increasingly frail and ill for a long time and sixteen difficult days after surgery for a broken hip, her heart failed and and she passed away, like a wisp of smoke from a candle.

It was hard to believe that someone with such life force was really gone, but she is.

Goodbye Mum.