Pattern Times: two frocks

Pattern: Burda magazine 10/2005, model 139, size 92 (largest available) Materials: cotton poplin with cotton end-on-end trim; buttons from stash Notes: lovely pattern, nice details without being too overdone Second time round.... Pattern: as above, graded to size 104 cm -- width-wise no adjustments. Materials: pink/lavendar cotton corduroy (remnant from a girl's dress made a decade… Continue reading Pattern Times: two frocks


Compostable life #2: Chairs

One way to make our everyday living less harmful to the environment is, when changes have to be made around the house, make better choices. The chairs in our furnished apartment have gone pretty bad: the fabric permanently stained and worn out in places, the (artificial) filling bunched. Something had to be done but for… Continue reading Compostable life #2: Chairs

Slip stitch colourwork

Fun to knit, pleasing to look at, easy to style -- knitted colourwork has its draws. It also has its drawbacks: multiple colour skeins to source and difficult to knit, adding to cost and time, respectively. There are some wonderfully accomplished Fair Isle knitters out there.  I am not one of them, having done stranded… Continue reading Slip stitch colourwork

Red Hood Coat

Pattern: Burdastyle 10/2012, model #154, size 104 (suits 4 yr old nicely). Materials: outer: wool/angora blend coating (double-sided, the charcoal side not used), a remnant gifted by my mother; facings and button loops: brushed cotton floral from Rose&Hubble; green shank buttons from stash. Notes: good fit; luxurious fabric makes it look rather special; quite pleased… Continue reading Red Hood Coat