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  • 03:56 AM

    shibz added the project Slub voile Brumby Skirt

    For this year’s Christmas I carefully chose my own presents from family members from my wish list of patterns, fabric and yarns. From my brother I received 3m of this beautiful slub voile from Spot…

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30 January, 2016

  • 04:49 AM

    shibz added the project Organza petticoat

    I’d had the idea of making a petticoat for fun for a while, and was lucky enough to come across these organza curtains at the op shop so I could try my idea at minimal cost. I mostly followed the t…

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18 January, 2016

  • 02:29 AM

    shibz added the project Striped Lapel Wrap Dress 04/2015 #121

    I just love how the stripes lie in this pattern. Cutting it out and planning the stripe intersections was a challenge, but it worked out well in the end. I do wish they had more instructions on mat…

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8 January, 2016

12 December, 2015

8 December, 2015

  • 04:01 AM

    shibz added the project Denim Grainline Alder Shirtdress

    This lightweight denim from Spotlight was initially destined to become summer shorts. Once I realised that I actually hated wearing shorts, it met its match in the Grainline Alder shirtdress patter…

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6 December, 2015

  • 07:51 AM

    shibz commented on the article BurdaStyle Advent Calendar

    I have the same issue as others with the link to download the “Holiday Gift” dress being broken; it just becomes a LinkTrack site.

27 November, 2015

  • 04:29 AM

    shibz added the project Yellow & blue roses pleated skirt

    The waistband from this skirt is one I traced off a favourite RTW skirt, with the skirt portion being Simplicity 2698 view I (without a hem band). Having already made view F and being suitably unim…

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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

    ETA: the ripply neckline shitted me so much I cut the tee up for rags.

    I finally made up this lovely free pattern from Maria Denmark. It fit beautifully straight out of the packet (PDF?), with a…

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23 June, 2015

  • 06:09 AM

    shibz added the project Summer Sun Blouse

    ETA: The ripply bias band annoyed me so much I cut the shirt up for lining/rags, and reused the buttons in my Alder dress.

    This pattern is a lovely blousy summer top. But beware: like many Burda…

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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…