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Cafe and Home - BASICS

Added Apr 25, 2010

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






I am fascinated by independently synchronous ideas and creative impulses. The global reach of BurdaStyle highlights the phenomenon. Two people from opposite sides of the world can upload a purple garment within moments of one another. Or, have you seen how many coffee date dresses have been uploaded in just the last week? And… as I completed BurdaStyle’s great basics, a couple of Lydias and a Carol here in Australia, so did Yoshimi in Japan. Fascinating!

Lydia, oh,Lydia!
A couple Lydias because the first plain black one, made to size 36 (my usual size), swam on me. I remade it in size 32, using the printed material, fits a treat.

LYDIA: Scoop neckline, lengthened sleeves (2.5 inches) and body (1.5 inches)
CAROL: Took a couple inches off the top as I prefer tights to sit on the high-hip. Sliced an extra curved sliver off the top front this allows it to sit straight across the hip where the back uses a little more length in the in seam than the front.

P.S. I didn’t do any of basting (as provided in the instructions) when making Lydia and I also left off the neckline interfacing on the second print version. Very happy with that!

Material Notes

PLAIN LYDIA: cotton rib knit. PRINT LYDIA: cotton knit. CAROL: Viscose/Elastane.




Garment Type
Casual, Romantic
Cotton, Knits/Jersey


fabric - carol and plain lydia
fabric - print lydia

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    Apr 27, 2010, 02.30 AMby nessys

    I can only reiterate what Keren has said. I love your musings!

    It is so wonderful to be able to draw upon wonderful ideas, creativity and inspiration on truly world wide basis – which unlike images that the media portrays as “ideal” or “fashionable” or “desirable” show a true reflection on style, garments, and fashion as a whole.

    As I am living in a kind of isolated existence due to location, circumstance and health the friendships I have made via BurdaStyle have provided me with encouragement, inspiration, motivation and joy.

    PS Honey, I love that scoop-neckline on Lydia, so very flattering and I too like my tops a bit longer in the body (no muffin tops for me thank you very much!) And your “cafe shoot” is just gorgeous – you look so sweet and you’re just having a wow of a time!

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    Apr 25, 2010, 06.17 AMby keren

    I totally feel what you’re saying about this community. I made a great friend here, she lives in Germany and we talk sewing and other stuff almost every day. I’ve seen more Australian people’s photos than in my whole lifetime :-) and it’s so wonderful to see creative women from Italy, Spain, the UK, the USA… The whole world. This is technology put to good use. It’s touching and heartwarming.

    I love your print Lydia – it came out great. The fit is great and I agree with you about the need to lengthen the sleeves and the body, and I also felt something had to be done with the facing for the neckline. I would love to do it again (I haven’t uploaded mine) because I used a very slippery fabric that always slithered it’s way off the table and drove me insane. I’d like to have a corrective experience with the lydia :-) Plus it’s such a basic pattern, it is just screaming for alterations :-)

    Keep up the great work and the lovely philosophical musings :-)

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      Apr 25, 2010, 08.30 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Your considered response delights me. Thank you, Keren.
      I do hope Lydia gets on your good side soon!

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