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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Absolutely Inspiring 

I went to the MAAS Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (the Powerhouse Museum) on the weekend to see the new exhibit

Isabella Blow : A Fashionable Life

This exhibit is wonderful, the amazing designs of Alexander Macqueen and the Hats or headpieces of Phillip Tracey are incredible. If you are in Sydney or if this exhibition comes to your City go see it !

Happy Creating,

Sue 🙂

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MMMAY 16 Week 2

Left to right top row;

1. Day 8:  StyleArc “Elle” pant, Marcy Tilton V8430 Jacket.

2. Day9: Tessuti “Sydney” Jacket

3. Day 10: Burda Style 2/2015 Pattern 124 top, Shape shape 2 pant/skirt.

4. Day11: Studio Faro   Japan skirt pattern.

Next Row:

5. Day 12 : Marcy Tilton V9057 top, Burda Style 10/2014 pattern 112

6.Day 13 : StyleArc “Elle” Pant, self drafted wrap.

7. Day 14: day,  StyleArc “Elle” Pant , Burda Style tops 12/2014 , pattern 101, and 10/2014 pattern 118.

8. Day 14: Evening Marcy Tilton V8430 jacket , V1410 Dress

My  Indie Make this week is the “Sydney ” Jacket by Tessuti

P1030166This is a great pattern.

The instructions are really good the way it comes together is very clever and it makes up very quickly.

I used 100% wool that is felted. The color is charcoal and so lovely and warm.

I thoroughly recommend this pattern I purchased the PDF and it worked really well.

A great addition to my Autumn wardrobe.

Happy Sewing ,

Sue 🙂

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MMMAY16 Week 1







MMMAY16 week 1 complete.

Here are the details starting top row Day 1 to 4 left to right I have added the links to those I have blogged about;

  1. Top V8962, Wrap self drafted.
  2. Boho Banjo “Willara” top, Style Arc “Marie “Jacket
  3. Vest Burda Style 10/2014 pattern 112
  4. Dress Burdastyle 10/2014 pattern 129, then next row
  5. Top Burda Style 12/2014 pattern 112, pant Style Arc “Elle”
  6. Marcy Tilton Pattern V9081
  7. Self drafted Top and skirt.

It is quite a challenge to make a point of wearing at least 1 garment I have made each day. It shows me the gaps in my made by me wardrobe. I am sadly lacking in casual clothes for hangin at home ,I haven’t really made any so I will have to fix that.

I also needed to blog about an indie pattern I had made this week so the winner is;


I have had this pattern for a little while it was a free download when I got it.            If you like it this is the website .

The fabric I chose is this grey reptile print sheer stretch. When cutting this fabric I realised that I would need to make a double layer front a back to get the effect and also for it to not be completely see-through. It was challenging to sew, sheer stretch moves a lot !!! I did lay tissue paper under it as I sewed as it stuck to the feed dogs a lot. I was in a bit of a hurry on this one so I don’t have construction pics. I will say though I really like this pattern and will make it again if my fabric hadn’t been so sheer I could have added pockets and I cut them out but realised pretty quickly that would be a bust.  Damn I love pockets in my clothes, Oh well can’t win them all.

I have worn this top heaps and  it features in the gallery above, I wore it on day 2 under a jacket I have yet to blog about . I will give the details soon but I am making a few so I want to do them all at once.

This is a really great pattern, it fits well I do like a nice wide neckline and I am particularly partial to 3/4 sleeves so for me it is ideal. It flows really well and there are lots of variations within the pattern so something for everyone.

Hope if you try it you like it as well.

Happy Sewing ,

Sue 🙂

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April return to the Past

I love the chance to try something new or think a little outside the usual scope of my comfort zone.

The challenge for April in the” Make a Garment a Month” Facebook group to which I am a member , was to make something from fabric or a pattern that had been in your collection for a while . This is not difficult for me as I hoard my fabric, I love the different types in my collection and have had some of them longer than I have had my husband .They are all waiting for me to find the perfect way to bring them to life. They are akin to my book collection ,favourites that I revisit again and again. The difference being once I commit to sewing my fabric then it is forever changed into a specific vision and although it can be changed possibly later on it is never again able to be quite as versatile as it is before I cut it.

My fabric choice was something that I had purchased about 10 years ago to make an outfit for my daughter when she was in primary school (she is now at University) so I have had it a while.

This fabric is a knit that possibly due to its age does not have much stretch,although I suspect it was always so ,and the pattern I made V8962 .               I like both of the versions for the top .

As is my habit I changed it up I made the A version of the top ,with the collar from B separate so I can wear it if I want but not all the time. This is an easy make, sews up really well the only change I would make next time is to reduce the length in the body .

I am not the tallest person (ha,ha) and always need to reduce the length of commercial patterns, that being the case I thought this time with this pattern, I might like it a little longer. I didn’t ! I ended up taking it off the hem , that made for a slightly less angled look which I think is not quite as interesting.

That being said I will wear this a lot I think as the weather cools it is really a comfortable top.

I mixed up the back and front of the fabric for interest I think it works well.

april make crop 2


April make

April make no collar

Back view no collar

This is a really good pattern ,I will be making the skirt out of it as well so I will put it up on the blog when it is done.

april make crop

Front view with collar

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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