Category Archives: Couture

Works in progress

I haven’t blogged about my works in progress recently but that doesn’t mean I’m idle. The drab dress that I started at the beginning of the year has stalled at the point of hemming the lining.  I think it’s because … Continue reading

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How not to sew a top

I finally found the pattern pieces for the Burda top in the jungle of lines – a blessing that there were only two.  I got the greaseproof paper out of the kitchen cupboard and started tracing. But you know that feeling … Continue reading

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Where do I begin?

I often browse the sewing blogs and Burda magazine regularly gets a mention so I bought this month’s issue, found a few things to make, and bought some fabric.  So far, so good. Then I opened up the pattern sheets.  Bewilderment! … Continue reading

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Work in progress: drab dress

This week’s work in progress is the dress for work (except that at the moment I haven’t got a job).  The bodice is coming along well and I managed to set in the sleeves, which went all right but was more … Continue reading

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Work in progress: office dress

On 1st January – is that really only last week? – I started making a smart work dress.  I’ve made this dress before in a summery cotton fabric but now I’m repeating it with sleeves in a suit-type fabric.  It … Continue reading

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Couture techniques – what I learnt

I finally finished my couture dress a couple of weeks ago and these are the main things I learnt from the Craftsy.com course. The idea of cutting out a pattern with a 5/8” seam allowance included is ridiculous.  It’s the … Continue reading

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The most ambitious project to date

Last night I went to a Caribbean-themed ceroc dance.  In preparation I got my Caribbean-themed dress down from the loft but since I took up ceroc I seem to have lost half a stone so it looked a bit baggy.  … Continue reading

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