LATH Wardrobe: Burda 1/2013 #110 – The Dress


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Such a cute little dress.  Burda calls this “an item to relax in.”  It’s cut for comfort (I’m quote from the magazine) and is charmingly casual.  It features a wide neckline with edging and drawcord and cute raglan sleeves. Huh.   … Continue reading

LATH Wardrobe: Burda 7/2014 #114 Colour Blocked Tee


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Yeah.  This sort of top isn’t really my style, but I had just that right amount of fabric left over and thought I’d give it a try.It’s a nice idea, but I think I over-thought this top.  After tracing the … Continue reading

LATH Wardrobe: Burda 1/2013 #114 Scarf Cardigan


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Hmmm…  When I first put this on and took photos, I wasn’t too sure about it because of the front chiffon scarf-thingy.  But today, after getting a bit chilly, I am pleasantly pleased with the warmth of the silk and … Continue reading

LATH Wardrobe: Burda 1/2013 – Trousers & Top


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The first couple of items from my Lounge-Around-the-House wardrobe are done: the long-sleeved top (Burda 1/2013 #119) and the trousers with the fold-over waistband (Burda 1/2013 #112). I must say, I am really liking this shirt. I already have two … Continue reading

Burda lounge-around-the-house wardrobe

I’ve always had a hankering for making an entire Burda capsule wardrobe for some reason.  I just love how they pull together an average of 10-12 pieces and they all work beautifully together.  I recently cleaned up my sewing area a teeny tiny titch, and had the sudden impulse to sew a lounge-about-the-house wardrobe, courtesy of the February 2013 issue of Burda, after emptying out a large bag of knits that have been collecting over the last 12 months or so.  After laying them all out, I decided on this colour scheme:fabric choicesFrom L to R:  dark purple lightweight RPL, rusty rayon knit from EOS, graphic rayon knit from EOS, lavender lightweight RPL, and silk chiffon along the bottom. After shopping my stash, I decided I’d use the silk chiffon instead of the suggested silk satin.  It’s lighter in weight, and I’ll double it if necessary to match the weight of the knits if necessary.  I have 3 metres each of the light and dark purple, about the same of the silk chiffon and around 1 metre each of the print and rust knits.  Here’s my plan:

1. long skirt dark purple (Burda 1/2013 #116)

2. knit pants in dark purple (Burda 1/2013 #112)3. dress with chiffon in light purple (Burda 1/2013 #110)

4. cardigan with attached scarf in chiffon (Burda 1/2013 #114)114_0113_b_large

5. ruched long-sleeved tee with chiffon trim in rust (Burda 1/2013 #119)119_0113_b_large

6. short-sleeve tee in graphic print (Burda 2/2013 #126)

7. possibly a chiffon blouse (Burda 4/2011 #114)

8. and, if I have enough fabric left, this colour block top (Burda 7/2014 #114)114_072014_b_largeAnd that should give me a pretty good capsule wardrobe for fall LATH (lounge-around-the-house) wear.

*all line drawings courtesy and

the dust is thick around here

I’ve done little, if any, sewing these last three months.  Summer began with a whirlwind at the beginning of June, and apart from the drapes and bed canopies, I’ve done a little mending here and a little hand sewing there and nothing else.  Except taxi. People. Everywhere.  To swim lessons, dance, summer school, horseback riding, the beach, overnight camp, school orientations, dance school assessments, the farmers’ market….

Even this last week, the first back into school routine, has been filled with driving endless places, ticking items off the endless to-do list.  And my fabric languishes.  My patterns collect dust.  My sewing table cannot be seen for the myriad of strange not-related-to-sewing articles that have found a temporary home on its surface.

And I find I don’t really care.  I feel a little tug when catching sight of the patterns under their layer of accumulating household detritus.  Or a wistful “that would be nice” or “I remember you!” when catching a glimpse of fabric.  Then there is the stack of stretch denim and some denim-look linen that should have been capris and summer trousers.  But they never were, and still aren’t.  Somehow I just made do this summer with three me-made skirts, a few T-shirts, a couple of me-made knit dresses and a pair of Roots sweatpants.  I think I wore three out of my summer dress collection twice each.  I have put two of those dresses aside to be re-fashioned into something because I hate how they fit.  The rest of my me-mades were never touched.  I think the biggest shock looking back is that I never once put on a pair of stilettos:  I spent the entire summer in a three-year old pair of Italian slides.  And there was no need for make-up, so I didn’t wear any unless I was going to the mall and HAD to put some on to look a little better than something found in my summery back yard.

I purchased a Kate Moss for TopShop white dress for DD2, with the intention of altering it to fit her petite frame as she was baptized this past August.  It was fun to take it apart and discover just how well made it was:  twill tape on the neckline and the armscye; bodice underlined with lightweight cotton; lining actually interfaced with a lightweight fusible.  Who knew a RTW garment would be put together so well?  In the end, she didn’t wear it and decided she didn’t like it, and neither did my other DDs.  So I sent to to the thrift shop.  Someone will be absolutely thrilled with that dress.

I bought one length of fabric this summer:  a black cotton voile to copy a Tommy Hilfiger skirt for DD3.  It’s pre-washed and folded neatly on the stack of stretch denim, waiting to be sewn into the skirt she wants.

I have thought often of sifting through my fabric and pattern stashes with the intention of selling some of the more superfluous items.  I look at the pretty silks and the luxurious wools on one hand, and then look at what I need to live my life on the other, and don’t see any connection points.  Hence, no desire to sew, and no need for so many of the fabrics or patterns.

I’ve also been thinking about this blog.  I’ve written one technical post, and there are more than a million other tutorials on anything sewing related on the web, so I don’t see the need to add yet another to the mix.  I mean, how many tutorials on hemming or bound buttonholes or fly zippers does one really need to read?  The photography is iffy, and I really hate the picture-taking process, frankly.  The garments very rarely look like I see them in my mirror.  I just don’t have that gift of capturing light and shadow that make for good documentaries of the garments or processes.  If I’m going to photograph/model something, I take about 100 pictures and end up posting the best 5 or 6.  This is time consuming.  Actually, it’s a consummate waste of my time, in DH’s opinion.  And unless something is out of the sewing ordinary, I struggle for words to write about yet another garment.  And I don’t see the need to fill my closet with the trendy things in the latest fabrics just so I can rotate them out in six months.  Frankly, I don’t have the budget for that, and in my life, it’s wasteful.

So I won’t be blogging unless something really shakes up my sewing world or there’s a big project that I’m chuffed about that I just have to share with you all.  I have a Flickr account, so if I do take photographs for the purpose of documenting makes, I’ll post them there, and if I have anything interesting to say about them, I’ll write a review on

I’ll still be reading your posts and cheering you along your sewing trails.  I’m always inspired by what you’re all making and doing.  So, cheers and happy sewing until next time!

bespoke drapes: dressing the drapes

haute decorWell, here is one full panel of my pinch pleat bespoke drapes.  Now they need to be hung and “dressed”, which translates into this:dressingThe panels get hung and shaped into the pleats in which they will hang, tied loosely together, and then they cure, much like we cure bias before sewing it up. I’ve read varying pieces of advice. Some books say 72 hours, others say 48. I’ll be curing mine during the day, since I really want to move out of my living room and back into the bedroom. dressing drapesThat’s the valance hanging on the closet door.  I had originally hoped there would be enough fabric to make the drapes ceiling to floor length, but, as you can see, there wasn’t.  So the valance and curtain rod will be hung about 4 inches lower tomorrow.