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MBM - Tessuti Bondi dress

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It’s been a long, hot summer here. When I started on this dress a few weeks ago, I had my doubts that I’d be wearing it much, if at all, before next summer. I needn’t have worried. The days are shorter, but still pretty hot, so there has been scope to wear a dress like Tessuti Bondi. This is the description of the Bondi from the Tessuti website: this sleeveless dress features a high neckline, cut away armholes, bust darts, side pockets, centre front/back seam and back yoke with neck opening. The gently flared hem is finished with a facing and an optional fringe edging. This perfect summer style comes with two length options (longer length A and shorter length B). I chose to make the longer length, and include the fringe edging. My first concern in making this was whether those cut away armholes would be bra friendly. I compared the draft to an earlier make, Tessuti Kate, which seemed to me to feature a pretty similar armhole. By my reckoning they were almost identical, so no alteratio…

MBM - B6296 Butterick pyjamas

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Following on from my last post, this is another make with fabric purchased in Vietnam – this time Lisette for Butterick B6296 pyjamas in cotton poplin bought in the Hoi An fabric market.

First observation – this is the first time I have sewn a Butterick pattern. That’s a little surprising after 10 years sewing I suppose. I have a few Buttericks in the stash, mostly Lisette patterns. I have a mind to sew from the stash as much as possible this year, both fabric and pattern, so perhaps some more of those Buttericks will finally get a run. Here’s how it is described: Butterick B6296 Misses Top Shorts And Pants Lisette: Very loose-fitting top has collar, forward shoulder seams, pockets, and stitched hems. B: Pocket bands. Straight-leg shorts and pants (below waist) have elasticized waistband, side-front pockets, and yoke back. Sleeves A, B and hems C,D:Bands. Purchased piping. I sewed a 16 for the top and 18 for the pants, which was suggested by my measurements and flat pattern measureme…

Another Style Arc Adeline

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Summer is tipping over into Autumn supposedly. We’ve been having some milder weather, interspersed with stinkers of 30+ C,  so I’m still thinking summer sewing.




I made my first Style Arc Adeline in late 2016, and wore it for Christmas that year. It’s proved to be one of my favourite dresses, just so easy to wear. There was always going to be at least one more, and here it is. The fabric for this version came from the Hoi An fabric market in Vietnam. We had a family holiday there in November, and yep, I hit the fabric markets pretty hard, especially in Hoi An. You’ll see some of the more fabric I bought in upcoming posts. The fabric is supposedly linen, but I suspect there is some cotton in there. No matter – it was easy to wear and sew, so I’m not complaining. The pink-and-red print would have brought joy to my five year old heart. I had an obsession with pink-and-red at that age, an obsession my mother did not share. Sad.  The Adeline pattern is a simple sew. The only change I made …

A Tale of Two Jean Jackets Part II - Style Arc Stacie

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Oh boy, I hope no one out there was holding their breath waiting for the sequel to a “Tale of Two Jean Jackets”. Again, it’s been a while for all sorts of reasons. As January 2018 tips over into February 2018, it is an apt if overdue time to post the make which was the one sewing goal I had for 2017: to make the Style Arc Stacie jean jacket, a project that has been in the queue since the pattern was released - maybe 2014?

The main reason I didn’t get onto this project earlier was the nagging suspicion that being a somewhat fitted jacket,  it would need some sort of FBA for me, a person who has never regretted making an FBA . But looking at the shaped seamlines on the front of the jacket, I had no notion of how to make an FBA without mucking them up. In the end, though, (and because my mother wanted her machine back – I’d borrowed hers to thread up for the topstitching for this jacket and the Stevie) I just decided to plough into it, no FBA. I did make a 2cm bicep adjustment to the s…

A Tale of Two Jean Jackets, Part I - Style Arc Stevie

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The one sewing goal I set for myself for 2017 was to make the Style Arc Stacie jean jacket, a pattern that has been on the sewing queue for ages. However.  I have a teenage daughter, who has been wanting for a denim jacket just like the Style Arc Stevie for a while. And because I already have a RTW denim jacket, albeit a borderline vintage jacket - well, how does a mother refuse? ( Full disclosure time -  This is where I acknowledge that as we wear the same size in Style Arc, it is quite likely that I may have to borrow this jacket from time to time. :)) The first step I took to make this jacket was to borrow my mother’s sewing machine. This jacket has miles of topstitching, and the second machine was a sanity saver.
The fabric is an Ermenegildo Zegna  stretch denim  purchased quite a while ago from Tessuti. Kudos to me for buying 5 metres of it, because I have enough left over from this project to make the Stacie Jacket for myself. It turned out to be a great denim for this project…

MBM - Tessuti Berlin jacket

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Here is my Winter Blah Averting Jacket, Tessuti Berlin in a mustard yellow.


The coating was purchased in early April at Pitt Trading, with a Style Arc Mickie cape in mind. I needed 1.5m for the cape and zippety-doo-dah, there was 1.5m left on the roll. But when I brought the fabric home, I had second thoughts about making it into a cape. The cape needs drape, as it were, so this coating was designated as unsuitable for the intended pattern. But what to do with 1.5m of coating, pray tell, when most coats would need far more fabric.

Fortunately, around this time two blog posts brought Tessuti Berlin to my attention – one on the Tessuti blog, and Siobhan’s make here. And guess what? Berlin needs 1.5m of non-fraying wool. My fabric was non-fraying. Yay. We have sewing plan lift-off. Non-fraying fabric is non-negotiable here. The edges are raw all over. The seam allowances are overlapped and stitched up the middle, which makes this a really quick, easy sew. And when you come to think of i…

MBM - McCalls 7200 kimono jacket and Style Arc Evie

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At the beginning of April I picked up two drapey summer weight fabrics, among other things, from Pitt Trading. My initial thought was to stash the summer fabrics until next summer. When I got them home and saw them side by side, though, I decided not to wait but squeeze in one more summer make.
McCalls 7200 kimono jacket has been kicking around the queue for a while. I’ve had a few likely choices for fabric in the stash but nothing that enthused me overly much so it kept getting reshuffled down the queue. The fabric for the main body is a rayon, while the collar and middle back piece is silk/cotton. Clearly, the sewing gods were waiting for these fabrics to come to my attention!


This pattern is made up of a number of mix-and-match pieces that make up one of four views on the envelope. I made none of those views. This is the short jacket with sleeves, and the plain middle back .




This is a size Medium. By my body measurements I should have made a Size Large, but knowing McCalls definit…