todays item is another one of my UFO’s. And its not finished – and is on hold. (We can do that right?).

I brought the green cotton last year, and cut out the pattern out soon after, using a basic pattern from Burda Magazine.

Burda Magazine

So I hauled it out last week and started putting it together. My first confusion was why there were horizontal bust darts on the front and the back. Huh? never seen that before.

But it all became clear when I cleaned out my sewing room and discovered two more pieces cut out. Obviously I had realised that that fabric was so thin it needed to be lined, and had cut the pattern twice so I could self-line (also, I now know, called underlining!).

So off I went and put it together, but it all came to a screeching halt at the first fitting. Let this be a lesson for you all… Measure before you cut. Its too small. Sigh.

But its only a little bit too small. It WILL fit soon… honest. So its almost done – I just need to fit and hem it. It will sit in the naughty corner til it fits at which point I will haul it back out, finish it and wear it 🙂

So in the meantime I will tease you with a shot of the fabric, rather than the finished garment – itsn’t the pattern beautiful? The green is actually brighter than it appears in the photo. LOVE it.

Green cotton - one day!

Have you ever got a bit carried away and cut without measuring and had it go wrong? I’m sad to say I also do this with RTW clothes as well – “oh this is so pretty… it will fit soon…I’ll get it!”…. lots of people do this right? right??

I am nearly done on another UFO – the big scary one! Photos of my completed Watson jacket soon. Promise.


My fabric stash – my guilty secret….

So I tidied up my sewing room (aka study, aka craft room, aka music room…) over the weekend and came to a shameful conclusion.

My fabric stash… sigh… is really really small… this is it…..



I know its not size that matters, but what you still do with it, but still!…

I always thought that I had heaps and heaps of fabric. But searching sewing blogs I realise how far behind I am when it comes to fabric hoarding. Given that I am meant to be saving as much money as I can at the moment, will be interesting to see how long I can keep it this small…

How big is your stash? Come on spill…

My new wool skirt…

wow… we are on a roll. A week later and I’m up to the second garment of the year – and I have another one almost done…

Its fair to say that these two were UFO’s so they’d already been cut out – all I had to was put them together. Which for my skirt was not as pretty as I thought.

I mentioned with my orange skirt that I usually just throw something together, and the wool skirt is one of those. I brought the wool about 2 years ago after falling in love with the blue that creates the check and soon after just placed one of my work skirts on the fabric and used it as a cutting pattern.close up - isn't the blue pretty

I’d gotten very basic blue lining and did the same with that. After sewing up 2/3 of the lining pieces to the waistband I realised I’d cut one upside down… and as a result its sat in the UFO pile ever since.

But not anymore… I am on a mission so I picked it back up, sorted out what went wrong and forged ahead. It wasn’t til I was a lot further along that I realised that a) I’d sewn the front lining on the wrong way and b) while I’d been a bit embarrassed about my seriously dodgy and uneven cutting lines I hadn’t actually thought about straightening them til it was too late (for me anyway, I hate redoing things).

I also must have cut this out before I even heard about pattern matching on the seams… oops. But this is all a learning experience huh, I will get better…

Perfect matching!

despite this, check out the completely random matching on the back seam… (my finger is on the hem line – you can hardly see it huh!)

This skirt saw my second invisible zipper which is def an improvement on the one for the orange skirt.





New skirt

Side view

I am really happy with this skirt – there’s lots of messiness on the inside but I pleased how it looks on the outside. I thought when I picked the fabric up again it was a little bit nanna-ish. And yes its a a tad old fashioned. But everytime I wear the skirt it based on I got compliments and I am looking forward to wearing it this week.







Baby card

On another note, a friend of mine had a baby earlier today… look at what I put together during Project Runway!

Sneaky peek!

Check this out – isn’t it pretty!

So pretty!

I fell in love with it when I went into Spotlight on Saturday. Its quilting cotton and will be perfect for the Amy Butler bag I am planning on making…. someday…

One down…

So I have finished my first garment of the year!! 🙂

Orange skirt

Usually when I make an A-line skirt I just knock something up. However 2013 is the year I am TRYING TO SEW BETTER so I thought I’d do it properly!

I brought several sewing books at Christmas (I love books, don’y you!) and the pattern from this book came from Stitch by Stitch by Deborah Moebes. Its a simple A-line with two front pockets.I found the book good, lots of pretty pictures and the instructions were pretty clear as well.


The fabric is a heavy cotton that I brought a couple of years ago and not done anything with yet.

I’m not 100% happy with it – the zip isn’t that tidy, but hey it was my first invisible zip so I’m pretty pleased overall. If I made it again the only thing I would change would be to make it a bit longer – its shorter than I would usually wear.

Here are some more photos….

Whole view     Side view   Front

See you soon!