Golf…… Burda Style

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Last month I bought my first ever burda style magazine and bravely set about tracing these shorts

It hasn’t taken me almost a month to trace and sew the, it’s taken that long to update my blog!


The tracing wasn’t too bad and I’m getting the hang of adding seam allowances.  I have one of these which really helps. 



In about an hour I had all my pieces ready.


The shorts came together in no time and I love the contrasting spotty fabric. My only disappointment was that the fabric didn’t have enough body to hold the shape and they were a bit flappy when I was playing golf. They also seemed to get bunched up between my legs as I walked, but my playing partners said they still looked ok from the back and no one could tell. 

I think they’d look good in light weight denim or a stretch cotton sateen. 

I cheated a little with the waist band as I wanted to finish them quickly so I could wear them for golf. I inserted the zip but instead of adding a proper waist band I added elastic: 

This had made them comfier too what I’m bending and swinging. 

Here’s some more pix, selfies I’m afraid…..

Do you remember the top? It’s the one I made for my 1950’s rock n roll night!



When worn all the ladies at the club thought I was wearing a skirt!

Apologies for the photos! I really do need to find my tripod and use the self timer on my proper camera instead of being lazy with the iPhone. 


Well, going googly-eyed looking at burda patterns whilst tracing hasn’t put me off so this may be the first of many burda style garments! And if I choose my patterns wisely, and use them more the once, the time and effort should be worth it. I’m already planning on my a denim pair of these shorts before the summers out. 


Crikey!! Where do I start!!

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I’ve finally done it! Will it be the best £4.99 ever spent? Or will I just end up drooling over the photos?
I’ve bought my first Burda Style magazine and am just about to trace off the pieces for these shorts…..


My Yasmin Yoke skirt pattern is the only one I’ve used where I’ve needed to add seam allowances, but as I have 3 wonderful skirts to show for my trouble the memories have disappeared from my mind. Mmmm…probably not dis-similar to child birth!

So here we go, let’s find the pieces…..



Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to show off my spotty version…. Here’s my fabric for a hopefully wearable muslin – it’s dark cerise pink but doesn’t show up too well in the photograph.


Wish me luck! Hope I get to the cutting out stage. At least that will mean I have the pieces!!

Mum does a runner with my New Victoria Blazer

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I’ve spent most of the weekend making my 2nd Victoria Blazer from By Hand London. (Link added in case by some crazy chance you’ve not heard of those talented London Girls who make fab patterns!). 

As usual I was struggling to find a photographer so I called at my mums. Before I could hand her my camera iPhone she had my jacket on and was away down the garden! 

She gathered speed when she realised I was hot on her heals:

So here’s my mum modelling MY new Victoria Blazer:





Unintentionally showing the pattern matching in the pockets.

I did eventually recover my blazer, but I think when I get round to making Victoria No. 3 it will be for my mum!




Back to the nitty gritty…..’how did I find this pattern?’, and ‘what changes did I make?’


LOVE the pattern! Who couldn’t or wouldn’t?!?!   I bought it (only a month ago) after spending the last 8 months drooling over all the Victorias around the blogosphere I really didn’t know what to make it with. I wanted a soft denim one, a flowery one, a linen one, the list was endless. Then, on a mini shopping spree to Dewsbury (mini because Dewsbury is really not that big, but worth a visit on market day) I found a pillar box red ponte knit with a little surprise……..



£3 per metre!!  What a bargain!! So 3 metres later I had a vision for my Victoria blazer! 


Careful placement of the pieces were called for, the 2 circles in the middle of the pattern weren’t level, which I thought would cause a problem, but it worked out ok. I used the border on the very bottom for the collar, but thought it would look ‘too much’ if I’d have used if for the lapel and cuffs too.  



I didn’t line this jacket as I didn’t have any suitable stretchy lining, and I’d seen Scruffy Badgers which turned out fab so I thought I’d give the lining a miss too. 

I’ve worn this jacket to death, mostly with my denim Yasmin Yoke Skirts, and no one ever believes I’ve made it, tho they do when I confess to not stitching on the added embellishments! 

I used red satin bias binding to edge the front and also to hem the bottom. Here’s Gertrude  modelling it:



My other Photographer was having a tea break! 


Looks like Gertrude has grown proper legs!


This is just the comfiest thing ever to wear.  Looks super smart with everything, but feels like I’m wearing a cardigan. 


I’ve worn it so much I needed to make another. My measurements for BHL are 18-16-14.  For the ponte knit I made a straight 14 and it was fine due to having slight stretch. For the woven one I decided to cut an 18 with the intention of taking it in if needed, but it’s ok. 

When making my plaid blazer there were one or two things I did slightly different..


  • Lined the sleeves. I used a shiny stretchy cream fabric. No idea what it is, it’s crepe on one side and shiny on the other. Was £7/metre at Truro fabrics. (Bought it on my holidays last year).
  • Sewed the sleeves in before joining the side seams and setting in the pockets.
  • I didn’t add the lapels. I was going to but somehow they ended up to long, or the blazer ended up too short. No idea how that happened but pleased with the effect without them. 
  • Stitched the lining to the shell just around the front initially, then pressed and under stitched where the lapels should have been to give the front some substance. 
  • Skipped the French seams on the cuffs due to being lined.
  • Matched the opening of the cuffs up with the seam instead of the opposite way round.  With the cuffs being made with contrasting fabric I didn’t want to emphasise any mishaps ie dodgy pointy corners, (tho they turned out ok so no need to worry).
  • After I’d sewn the bottom I left a gap and turned it right side.   I then pressed and top stitched the bottom. I’d gone a bit wrong somehow and it bagged a little. I could have ironed it out, but as the excess was on the outside it made the lines wonky on the pattern. So now it bags only slightly, but the bottom is straight. 
I overlocked everything and prepped my collars before I started proper sewing.



I was so pleased I’d been careful cutting out. The plaid matched in places I didn’t expect! Even inside the pockets! 


The inside is almost a gorgeous as the outside…..

Now I think my next project is to make a Yasmin Yoke skirt with the pale blue denim!

Plaid Victoria Blazer BHL #1

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I’m desperately in need of a coffee break after a morning pattern matching my latest project – my 2nd Victoria Blazer.

My first one is unfortunately not blogged as yet (soon to be), totally different to this one, and 2 sizes smaller as I made it in a ponte knit. Here’s a peak of it in the cutting out stage….


Some major decision making went into this one, choosing where to place the embellishments.

….back to today’s project….

About 2 months ago I bought this light weight wool mix (definately wool as it smelt of sheep when I washed it!) from Dewsbury market for £4 per metre. What a bargain! Turns out to be a second, I found a few holes in it today when I came to use it, but as I bought 3 metres I’ll be able to work round them.


Holey moses! Not quite a bargain after all!


Not sure why, but I tend to be make life difficult for myself when I start a project. My first (and only) Renfrew was a plaid,

Another unblogged project, think I need to get my ship in order!

and my Vogue 1353 called for a crisp cotton-like fabric and I chose a crepe, meaning everything had to be interlined.

When I started placing my pattern pieces on my fabric for my plaid Victoria I found the pattern was becoming distorted as the weight of the fabric hanging over the table was too heavy.

I chose where I wanted the back piece and cut out a rectangle large enough to accommodate it and found it much easier, no wonky plaid lines created. I then did the same for the front pieces.

To ensure the front and back match at the shoulders I traced the pattern of the plaid onto my backpattern piece and transferred this to the front piece.

I cut the pieces out in one layer, it takes longer but you can see better that the pieces are going to match up.

Ta Dah………

Just need to cut the rest out now’ think I’m going to give the lapels a miss..mmm…not sure….

Has anyone else used plaid? Tips very much welcomed!


A Ruffled Blankie for our new addition

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My brother and his partner’s latest addition, Layla Rae, is one week old today. For the last 7 months I’ve been pinning to my ‘ideas for the baby’ board on Pinterest. 

2LittleHooligan’s tutorial has been at the top of my to-do list for ages – a Ruffled Lovey: 

Christina’s tutorial is brilliant, really easy to follow with lots of photographs. 


I bought 5 pieces of fabric, each 1/2 yard long. This was plenty – I still have the equivalent of around 3 fat quarters left. For the backing I bought a cream fleece blanket from Ikea. 


I used my ruffling foot to created my gathers, but you don’t need one to make the blanket. For those without a ruffling foot Chistina recommends using Simple Simon & Co’s method. 


I stayed up late to finish the blanket and felt it necessary to drink co-ordinating pink wine!

I was so pleased with the blanket once finished, it almost made me feel broody! 




The only change I made was the outer ruffle. Instead of using a 5″ strip I used a 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 and stitched lengthways so each side was different and the back fleecy side had a bit more interest so it wasn’t as plain.

I really loved making this, it was super easy and the cutest make ever. I can’t wait to make her a matching little dress from the left over fabric. Does anyone know of any cute/easy downloadable patterns? Preferably free! 

TMS – Sew Stretchy

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For May’s challenge at The Monthly Stitch I’ve made a top and also refashioned one of my favourite T Shirts.

Whilst flicking through the Great British Sewing Bee’s book from the 2nd series I decided to make the simple T Shirt.  It calls for a floaty fabric, not a ponte knit as I chose!  


As you can see it is really simple, as the name suggests, as there are only 2 pieces.


I only had 60cm of the stripey ponte knit so had to be a little creative and decided to adapt the pattern so it had raglan sleeves. I also lengthened it by 3 inches for adequate tummy coverage. 


I cut where I thought the seam should go at the back and front and stuck the chopped off pieces to make my raglan sleeves.  I didn’t bother to add anything extra for seam allowances as the fabric has stretch and is loosely fitted so thought it would have enough ease without.  

 As you can see from my pattern I’ve cut out a size 18.  This is the biggest size, here’s the size chart from the book:


I’m a size 18 for bust and waist, but a 12/14 for hips. I know there’s lots of you out there that are smaller than me, but also lots who are bigger too and think maybe that the included patterns should have more larger sizes.

It all went together fairly straight forward.  I stitched sleaves to the back and front, pressed the seam downwards top stitched.  I now think I should have maybe pressed the seam upwards and had the top stitching (or is it edge stitching?!?!) on the sleeve, not on the main body of the top.  I then stitched the side seams.

For the neck line I folded a strip of the fabric and stitched it to the outside, turned it in, pressed and top stitched.  

For the hem I follow the instructions from when I made By Hands Pollly Top which makes it really easy to sew hem which isn’t straight.


I’ve wore this top loads in the last 2 weeks – made it in time but late blogging. It looks great with linen pants and also some beige cut offs.


The obligatory inside shot when things go smoothly.

Lastly, I stretched my time to fit in a little refashion.  Not something I’ve done much of in the past, but as I’ve signed up for the RTW Fast and am 5/12’s of the way through I need to keep battling on.  It’s the time factor juggling my sewing time between things I ‘need’ and things I ‘really need’. 

Here’s an old favourite, my Levi’s T Shirt.  It had a band around the arm which were a little tight on my biceps. Not bingo wings here!! Thinks it’s all the lifting at work I do.  If only my abs were as toned!

As you can see the fabric is reversible – the inside is a lovely small flowery print.

I chopped it in the middle, turned it around, chopped off the arm cuffs, turned over and tacked in place.


Good luck ladies with June’s challenge!

2 down, 3 to go – Vogue 1353

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As some of you will know we have 5 wddings to attend this year, and Vogue 1353 was made for one or two of the weddings.  It could even be for all 5 as there will be totally different guests at each one!  

If been putting off blogging about Vogue 1353 which I managed to finish in time for wedding number 1. Reasons being:

  • Lack of photos of it being worn.. Well, lack of flattering photos. Photo top left is of me doing the “…..Y…M…C….A…..”
  • I’ve gone off the fabric a little bit, and am regretting making it in such bold material. 
  • I had a few hiccups whilst making it which ended up reducing it’s likeability factor.
But, hey oh, it’s finished and I’ve worn it 3 times so I’ll share it with you. 
Before I carry on, I NEED to show you Cheryl’s, from Redknits Birthday dress a.k.a. Vogue 1353.  It’s gorgous, and it gives you an idea how mine would have hanged if I’d have used the right fabric! Can you see how it stands out……?
Click HERE to be taken to Cheryl’s blog.  
  I’ve just deleted loads of text.  This could have ended up being a really long post, so instead I’ll add my photos with just a few words.

Hemming nightmare!  Despite spending hours hand stitching the fashion fabric and the interlining together when I  came to hemming it puffed out and wouldn’t hang straight.  I unpicked the horse hair, made 3 more attempts at stitching it.  I eventually put a film on the TV, set up Gertrude in front of it with the dress and spent the afternoon handstichting the hem. It worked, ish.  I have spotted a couple of tiny baggy sticky out bit on the hem but no one else has, or at least they haven’t said.




No one has noticed this either. Even I can’t when I’m wearing it! This is the centre back seem…..really no idea how this happened, I didn’t notice until it was way too late to fix it.


A proud moment – I’m loving the inside!



mmmm, the back doesn’t look so bad either!


Loving the neckline. The pleats stay in place beautifully, no need to be adjusting it when I’m wearing it.


The pleats hang great. The cotton interlining really helps the fabric hold its shape. unfortunately it hangs too straight down, unlike Cheryl’s above.


Hubby and little H (little H cos my sisters Big H tho little H is now the biggest!) both got orange ties.  Not sure now if that was a good move…….


Little H – you can just about see his tie!


Does anyone remember the Wig Wam Bam?   I think one of the best things about a wedding is a good knees up on the dance floor.  The wedding reception was in the bride and grooms gardens so felt a bit silly doing the wig wam bam in daylight, but not half  as silly as I looked…..!



When I wore the dress the 3rd time (2nd was at wedding no 2), I added a skinny black belt and wore my 1950’s underskirt undereath. I really wish I’d thought of that at the beginning!