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15 September, 2015

9 September, 2015

  • 08:43 AM

    shibz commented on the project Strawberries shift dress

    The sleeves are from Burda cap sleeve shift dress 01/2010 #130 but I imagine they’d be pretty easy to draw. The pattern comes with long sleeves.

8 September, 2015

  • 04:14 AM

    shibz added the project Summer PJs in red chintz

    More summer PJs from some solid Burdastyle patterns. I lengthened the shorts significantly and straightened the hem, and eliminated the CB seam on the top.

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30 August, 2015

  • 11:16 PM

    shibz added the project Coral Floral Explosion Shirtdress

    This dress is a knock-off of McCalls 6696 shirtdress, made in a stupidly convoluted way. The bodice is a modified Style Arc Jenny Shirt and the skirt is from 6696, with drafted waistbands and plack…

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26 August, 2015

  • 01:16 AM

    shibz added the project Simplicity 1880 Shirt Dress

    This dress is essentially a knock off of The Little Tailoress’ version, complete with gathered skirt, sewn up tucks and elasticated back waist. Her tweaks add a cute vintage flavour to what was alr…

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21 August, 2015

20 August, 2015

  • 06:08 AM

    shibz added the project Botanic Gardens Dress

    After seeing this glorious fabric on Roisin’s blog I knew I had to make up a dress for myself with it. I experimented with the Emery Dress and a sheath dress from Ottobre 5/2011, but some unsolvabl…

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  • 06:03 AM

    shibz added the project Strawberries shift dress

    Another variation of this beloved pattern, Burdastyle Shift Dress 09/2012. I added width to the skirt to make it more a-line, and put on cap sleeves from another pattern. The sleeves are lined with…

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  • 05:56 AM

    shibz added the project Thai silk cap sleeve shift dress

    The fabric is really the star of the show here – a Thai silk from my auntie’s stash. I chose this simple pattern to showcase the fabric best. Besides doing a few usual pattern adjustments, for some…

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18 August, 2015

  • 11:27 PM

    shibz added the project Snowdrop Lady Skater

    This is the perennially popular Lady Skater pattern by Kitschy Coo. I sewed up a size 4 with the long sleeves, with the following changes:
    - added 6mm to width at waist and skirt
    - 1cm swayback

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28 July, 2015

  • 08:44 AM

    shibz added the project Home Sewing is Easy Princess Dress

    This tongue-in-cheek Alexander Henry fabric had been biding its time in my fabric stash, waiting for the perfect moment. When I spotted Burdastyle Princess Dress I knew it was the right pattern. I …

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23 July, 2015

  • 06:25 AM

    shibz added the project 30s floral wrap dress

    Earlier this year, I enrolled in Lynda Maynard’s ‘Sew the Perfect Fit’ class on Craftsy. This dress – Simplicity 1880 – is the culmination of that class. Although this is a reasonably loose pattern…

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20 July, 2015

  • 03:18 AM

    shibz added the project Sunny Sleeveless Blouse

    I’ve been on a sleeveless blouse kick lately and this sunny yellow is the latest addition to the collection. A perfect remedy for the winter blues!

    I did my usual trick with Burda sleeveless blo…

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18 July, 2015

  • 06:21 AM

    shibz added the project Maria Denmark Kimono Tee in Raspberry

    I finally made up this lovely free pattern from Maria Denmark. It fit beautifully straight out of the packet (PDF?), with an extra 2cm added to the sleeve length. Unfortunately due to several misha…

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23 June, 2015

  • 06:09 AM

    shibz added the project Summer Sun Blouse

    This pattern is a lovely blousy summer top. But beware: like many Burda patterns, it is really boxy so you may want to take in the side seams (as I did). The instructions regarding the band applica…

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  • 06:06 AM

    shibz added the project Brown Floral Ute

    I’ve been meaning to make Ute for years, and am glad I finally got around to it. This is variation B, sleeveless with bias faced armholes. The fabric was something nice and drapey from Salvo’s – pe…

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10 June, 2015

  • 01:25 AM

    shibz added the project Fab Shift Dress

    As soon as I received this gorgeous fabric from grandma’s stash I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it: a bright, short shift dress. This Burdastyle shift dress was just what I envisaged. The…

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19 May, 2015

  • 11:44 PM

    shibz commented on the project Summer PJs


  • 06:07 AM

    shibz added the project Summer PJs

    Every new season I intend to make myself suitable pyjamas, but for some reason or another don’t get around to it and am left short. This year I decided I’d get ahead of myself and make summer PJs i…

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14 May, 2015

  • 01:47 AM

    shibz added the project Gathered folk art skirt

    Aren’t internet friends the best? People often talk down the internet as a hive of malicious danger, but the friends I have made through Instagram are so sweet and kind. One sent me this fabric, kn…

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28 April, 2015

  • 07:54 AM

    shibz commented on the project My 1956 suit

    This is just remarkable. Well done.

22 April, 2015

  • 11:23 PM

    shibz commented on the project More Knickers!

    Thank you! Yes I do have a serger and it makes sewing knits (including underwear) easy and fun. The elastic was applied by sewing machine. You can certainly sew underwear with a sewing machine, jus…

  • 01:12 AM

    shibz added the project More Knickers!

    First pic: Watson bikini pattern. Although my measurements put me in a size L, by measuring against my favourite knickers I cut a size XS + 5mm at side seam. Perhaps this was the wrong choice as th…

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16 March, 2015

  • 10:13 PM

    shibz commented on the project Perfect cropped trousers

    Those colours are perfect! And you’ve got the fit down pat. Such a fantastic outfit.

14 March, 2015

9 March, 2015

8 March, 2015

  • 10:35 PM

    shibz commented on the project Berry Marion

    I love the colour of your cardi and it is beautifully made up. Have you listed it on Ravelry too?

25 February, 2015

24 February, 2015

  • 11:54 PM

    shibz added the project Sewing Knickers!

    Underwear sewing has become a lot more enjoyable now that I have an overlocker and am using stretch needles in my machine rather than ballpoint. These were all experiments but far better than my pr…

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