The Skirt V9060

Mtedit.JPGI had purchased this pattern a while ago but had only recently gotten around to making it. It is Vogue 9060 another Marcy Tilton pattern what can I say I am a fan of her patterns. I find they fit well and are incredibly easy to wear.


This is the back of the pattern the line drawing gives a better look at the seams and style lines. It is an unusual skirt .

This is the fabric I used for 1 skirt a really nice stretch jacquard.The other fabric is a stretch that I had initially brought to make some pants. mtskirt


I have no construction images this was a really fast make and I didn’t think to pause. Sorry. I love these skirts.

They are really comfortable and easy wearing.


As you can see the skirt on the left is softer the fabric not as thick and a little more drapey than the right skirt.These are a terrific addition to my wardrobe.

They work for all seasons for me, we don’t have extreme weather conditions in Sydney ,seasons are pretty mild although summer can be pretty warm.

I really recommend this pattern it is a lovely make, feels great on , I will definitely make it again.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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I Love V8430

This Marcy Tilton design  has been so versatile that I have made 4 jackets from this pattern.

MTjkt editThe first one I made was a little evening jacket. I used this fabric a black and silver lace like fabric.

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This fabric was great as it doesn’t fray so edges didn’t need finishing. It was a really quick make.

Next was my grey felted fabric


fabricback.jpgon the left is the outside and the right the inside it’s a really interesting wool. A really fun layering piece .I featured it in my MMMay16 week 4.



day 28The next jacket I made is an interpretation I altered it this time by making it longer and  I added pockets . The fabric I used was from a box of fabric given to me years ago that had come from a  menswear  factory. I used two  different pieces of wool .



The top one is a boiled wool and the bottom is a herringbone wool suiting. I lined it with my brown bemsilk lining that I purchased a whole roll of from Tessuti a few years ago . It is so good.

This is a lovely warm jacket to wear . Its first outing was to the rugby and it was great.

The latest make was using the boiled wool again but this time I made a short jacket and I tried my hand at felting for the first time.

I love it how fun this is.felting.jpg

If you get a chance try it.

It is easy and quick .

Gives you loads of creative options.

This is a fun warm jacket I think the felted details add character .

I am so happy with this make it came together really quickly.

This is the easiest pattern to use and it really lets you play.If you can get it do yourself a favour you will use it . I am a real fan of Marcy Tilton patterns ,she makes really easy to wear designs that are a joy to make.

What are you making?
Star’s Threads

I am taking part in the September sew for 30 minutes a day.

Not that I need any incentive I would happily sew all day if I could.

This is an incentive by Stars Threads, a member of the Make a garment a month facebook group.

 I am madly trying to catch up on the things I said I would make . Details soon.

Happy Sewing ,

Sue 🙂

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The MUST HAVE coat !

Hi there,

I made this coat pattern Marcy Tilton V9070MT Coat1 at the start of winter. In this black nylon with these buttons.MT Coat2

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These are the basic details .But I really have to tell you this is a wonderful coat. It is my go to rain coat stylish and folds up to nothing a great throw in the bag coat or outer layer to insulate. It is an excellent travel coat.
I have lived in this coat from the moment it was finished I adore it.

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Coat 2

If you have not tried this pattern, do yourself a favour.

It is detailed, but that’s fine, you do have to be a little careful ,but it is not hard to make.

I intend to make it again but for evening, I think it would be a great evening coat. It has lots of pockets and a great shape. I wear it all the time. It is really my go to coat. I wore it all through winter and I will use it year round.  It is light but this coat provides a barrier from the elements, making it just perfect for me. I love casual but interesting shapes. I find that Marcy Tilton patterns usually tick the boxes for me .The shapes and design lines I love and I found this one yet again hits the mark.

Don’t you just love it when you hit gold with a make. What is the pattern that has worked perfectly for you? Or fabric that is exactly right?

There is nothing nicer when the planets align and what you make you wear constantly.

I hope you have had some creative satisfaction with your sewing.

I have had to put my overlocker in for a service , isn’t it strange that I feel a little lost without it . The steps that I need to take to complete my sewing are suspended for a little bit .

How do you plan your sewing? Do you start with the fabric or the pattern ?                 I usually start with the fabric I fall in love with a print, weave , look or touch  and go from there.

This time however I took my lead from Marcy Tilton herself I can’t find a link but she made this pattern in the black nylon for a travel coat and I thought that was exactly what I was missing in my wardrobe. It is a wonderfully practical but so comfortable addition.

Happy Sewing,

Sue  🙂




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For the love of Grey

Hi there,

I am going to share with you today 2 makes or rather one make and one refashion both of which happen to be grey. Actually they are grey because I absolutely love this colour. It works as a great neutral with so many colours and I find myself drawn constantly to fabrics with grey tones.

First the make is a BurdaStyle pattern;

Faux Fur Coat 01/2016 #122

The fabrics I used are;

A lovely long grey faux fur from Lincraft and this lovely polyester satin as the lining. This time I was extra careful with cutting the fur.

NOTE: Make sure when cutting the fur fabric you only cut the backing fabric NOT the fur this will ensure a good finish.

This is a lovely jacket to wear it was a really quick sew. The pattern is simple to make ,the only thing to remember is to  vacuum often the fur gets everywhere !!!











The next grey interlude is a refashion well actually two but they started out the same. It started with the purchase of 2 grey artificial suede jackets. One a size medium and one a size large. They were at a factory outlet .

suede jkts.edjpgAs you can see if you look closely the jackets have a collar and lapel made from the reverse of the suede. I didn’t like this feature so unpicked them both and decided to remove the collar and keep the lapel once it was reversed on the medium jacket. Both jackets had a band at the back as a design feature I removed it from the medium jacket as I was keeping it as a jacket and I wasn’t a fan of the look.

With the large jacket I removed the collar and lapel and joined the jacket with a centre front seam. I altered the back band to have more shaping, and removed the sleeves so it became a sleeveless dress.


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suede jktsedit2My positioning of the camera caused this artistic shot. What do you think?

Hope you are enjoying whatever you are doing, and getting lots done.

Happy sewing,

Sue 🙂

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A Little Bit of BurdaStyle


I LOVE BurdaStyle Magazines. I have been buying them ever since High School.That said I only buy them when the patterns in the issue really appeal.

This issue 2/2016 has some great patterns. I particularly like The Sheath Dress with notches pattern 129. I have made two versions of this pattern .

These are the fabrics I used;

A beautiful blue and white Jacquard, and a distressed looking pvc backed with black jersey.

The Jacquard is really fresh and light very transeasonal. I had to add cotton tape to the shoulders to ensure it didn’t stretch out of shape .jacquardinside

This pattern made up quite quickly it is not difficult ,but there are a lot of pieces, so pay attention to the instructions.Enjoy!

I love this version of this dress not only does it have pockets MY FAVOURITE addition but it is easy wearing doesn’t crush and just a bit of fun.


The other fabric I had thought would be more winter and it is but the style is so roomy that you need layers to make it warm though it does block the wind.


The sun was shining when I took these photos. Today is winter, grey cold and wet.

I hope you are doing lots of inspiring creating, it really does feed the soul.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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MMMAY Week 4 and beyond

Hi there,

These are the outfits for the last week of MMAY16 that I wore;

Starting from the top left to right;

Day 22, Burdastyle top Pattern 6998

Day 23, Style Arc Tammy pattern crop top

Day 24, Style Arc, Tammy dress and Elle pant

Day 25, Burda style magazine pattern 112 from 12/2014

Day 26, V1410 Lyn Mizono pattern

Day 27, Burda Style 10/2014 Vest, Sewbussted “Travel Dress”

Day 28,  Marcy Tilton Jacket

Day 29, Marcy Tilton Skirt V9060

Day 30, “Tessuti Patterns “Sydney” coat

Day 31, Burda Style pattern pants

  • Off the Shoulder Lovely pattern.

    I know I was supposed to make an indie pattern each week but I got the next cut out but life took hold and it is not finished.

  • As such I am sharing 2 garments made from the pattern Burda Style 6998 featured  both are  view A. I made them a while ago but hadn’t blogged about them.
  • First is a dress that I made from a gorgeous sheer patterned fabric that has colours cascading from light to dark in dots. I have no construction pics of this as it was such a quick sew I didn’t think to take pictures.
  • I self lined the body of the dress but not the sleeves it is lovely to wear soft and floaty.

  • Next:
  • I also made this top from the pattern. I changed the look of the sleeve so that I could have a little frill by putting elastic at the 3/4 mark on the sleeve.

This works really well. I also self lined the bodice of this for modesty. The last picture is teamed with the Tessuti “Sydney ” jacket an absolute favourite.

I must apologize for the lack of links in my list for some reason this time it won’t work. I will amend it as soon as possible.

More soon,

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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#MMMAY 16 Week 3

My Me Made May creations,

Top Row Left to right;

  1. Day 15 V8962 Top ,
  2. Day 16, Self drafted  pant
  3. Day 17,B6064 A Marcy Tilton top,
  4. Day 18, a self drafted vest,
  5. Day 19, V9070 Coat , Another wonderful Marcy Tilton pattern no blog post yet.
  6. Day 20, Style Arc “Penny” top,

7.Day 21, Self drafted top , no blog post.

My Indie pattern make for this week  : Style Arc “Tammy “dress

IMG_0791I made this dress out of scuba knit and left splits in the side so I can layer it as I have done here with my wonderful Style Arc “Elle” pants.

It is fun and comfortable and very easy to wear.A great versatile pattern, I really like the fit as well . This is a quick make I will definitely make more. My previous makes from this pattern are here

I really love this dress give it a try !

The Elle pant pattern if you like a slim fitted pant it is great as well.

Oh excuse the bandages in the pictures, I donate plasma regularly and it just happened to be on that day. Hope you are having fun with the seasonal sewing.

Happy Creating,

Sue 🙂



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