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You Sew and Sew

19 March, 2008

So (sew) I’ve been sewing a lot lately. I know this isn’t a sewing blog, but it’s my blog and sewing is at the top of my mind currently! I have been a-hunting for good patterns that I can download online for cheap or free, because I have (now, had!) a huge fabric stash and I needed clothes. Coming up I have a cellar afternoon (read: a boozy day with my aunties), hen’s night and wedding rehearsal and I don’t want to look shabby!


I have made two dresses using the FREE Burda Tunic dress pattern, available from the Burda site, but only after grading it up! I’m lucky because I have a pretty good understanding of pattern making and altering patterns doesn’t scare me! The dress is so insanely comfortable that I might make one for every day of the week. My favourite version of the dresses I made from this pattern is in a medium weight stretch cotton poplin with a brown retro print. I refer to it as my muumuu (lovingly, natch!)

The next dress I made was New Look 6643 – a simple a-line sheath dress with subtle cap sleeves. It’s a snap to make and so utterly flattering!!! I absolutely ADORE this pattern and can’t stop raving about it. The beautiful thing is that it’s so simple, you can do so many different things to it!

I made it in this fabric – a 3m stash I have been holding on to for months and months because I adore it so much. The print is loud, bold and retro so to avoid looking like a plump go-go dancer, I have to make sure I lay off the backcombing and my black shiny boots (sadly, I love both) and apply leggings and ballet flats!

My next project will be the newly released “Shakira” dress from Burda Style! It’s the first dedicated plus sized pattern on Burda Style, and I’m excited!

It’s funny that I’m getting in to dresses finally, and it’s coming in to Winter in Australia. Luckily in my city Winter isn’t so harsh and the sun shines all day and the skys are blue; you actually catch lots of women wearing dresses and skirts to catch some sun on their legs when the winds are cold! (Cold by our standards, of course!)

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  • Carlypeas

    Oooh I have utter fabric envy! That’s a really nice print. I’m glad I’m not the only one who buys a really lovely piece of fabric and then does nothing with it because it’s just too fabulous. ;-)