Vogue 1454

Thank you all for your kind comments on the last post.  You realize, right, that the topstitching on the previously posted trousers is now The Standard, which I shall drive myself insane trying to meet for the rest of my sewing life….. 🙂

Earlier this summer I went on a stash-busting spree. No particular motive in mind, except that I was so sick and tired of feeling ugly and underdressed. It started at Easter back in the spring, and I’ve been sewing up a storm, but never feeling like I wanted to photograph anything when I was wearing it. So I’m working backwards.

In August I took DD2 and DD3 on a month-long road trip to Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. I grew up in western Canada, and had a deep need to drive for miles under the open sky, wind through the mountain passes, and dip my toes into the Pacific Ocean. Along the way we visited Drumheller in the middle of the Alberta Badlands and home to the Tyrrell Museum. It’s ground zero for dinosaurs. Now, I’m not particularly interested in dinosaurs, but I do love the geography of the Badlands. It’s dry, windy, dusty, incredibly surreal and other-worldly. See?

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I’m wearing the second version of the slim BurdaStyle trousers mentioned in the last post. The fabric is a stone-coloured stretch denim from EOS that’s been languishing in my stash for I can’t remember how long. It was a roll end, I believe, and there was just enough for these jeans. (Trousers? I always want to call them ‘trousers’, even if they’re made of denim, because they don’t have all the traditional ‘jeans’ details…)

This is a softer, stretchier denim than the peach denim in the last post. This was actually the first iteration of this pattern.

Burda 01/2016 #135 details

The top is from the last set of Donna Karan patterns that Vogue put out. I purchased it just because it was a Donna Karan pattern, and I’m glad I did. I love this top. It’s boxy, but it’s so comfortable and so fun to wear. I made it up from a linen blend from very deeeeeeeep stash. I honestly cannot remember where I purchase the fabric, and that’s saying something, because I always remember where fabric comes from.

Now, I really dislike fabrics that show the outline of undergarments, and this wasn’t quite opaque enough for me. So I self-lined the bodice, and used flat-felled seams to ensure nothing will ever get shifty.

Vogue 1454 flat-fell seams

But it didn’t quite work out in my favour at the hemline… lack of planning, I suppose, in terms of which direction the ‘fell’ went in the flat-fell. 😀 But it’s not really noticeable while I’m wearing it, unless you’re a fellow seamstress looking closely at details. Yes, this is the right side of the garment, looking at it from the front.  oooopsie…

Vogue 1454 hemlines

It was windy on the photoshoot, which worked in my favour, because it shows how the back flounce moves on this top.

Vogue 1454

Here’s another photo to show how much ease is built into this design. It made for a cool top in hot weather!

Vogue 1454 back

And a last one from the front. Like I said, it’s boxy, but I’m somehow liking this at the moment.


Marfy 1913: Pretty In Peach

Marfy 1913

I’m finally taking pictures of my sewing projects since April.  This is Marfy 1913, the blouse that everyone made a few years ago when Marfy released it as a free download.  I’ve made several for other people, including modifying the pattern so it’s dress length, but this is the first one I’ve made for me.

The fabric is from EOS.  It’s a silk crinkle chiffon with the prettiest floral design. There was just enough fabric that I could make the blouse double-layered, and match the colour design of the fabric.

Marfy 1913

Like everyone else who has made this pattern, I have plans for others. It’s not difficult to make, requires very little fabric, and is simple to alter.


The trousers in this outfit are Burda 1/2016 #135. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/31/96/bb/3196bb8eb848d56817516c5184f12091.jpg I’ve made three versions of them, which I’ll be sharing with you. I love the details, and I love how they fit. I’ve always shied away from slim fitting trousers, being a curvy shape. I dread looking like an inverted pyramid, but these seem to fit perfectly and they’re fun to make with all the seaming details.

Burda 01/2016 #135 seam details

The denim is an Italian denim is from EOS. This also was a roll end. I was pretty pleased with the quality when I made these purple jeans, so I jumped when I saw this roll end available. There was just enough to squeeze these trousers out of 1.3 yards.

B 1-2016-135 back

This denim has a lot of body to it, and feels quite different from the softer fabrics I made these trousers in, which changed how they fit. You’ll see this next time when I post pictures from Drumheller! I went on a road trip through my childhood haunts in Western Canada. These pictures today are at my grandmother’s farm in Alberta. It was a great trip, although I didn’t purposely photograph what I packed and wore. Anyways, it’s great to be back!

Vacation in review

OK.  I know this is a sewing blog, but I just have to share with you some of the stunning views that surrounded me on my recent vacation to the Rocky Mountains in BC and Alberta.  louise ski trail

This is a ski trail at Lake Louise, a ski resort with 7,000 square miles of ski terrain.  It’s the largest ski area in the Canadian Rockies, and boy, is it worth skiing for a week.louise signposts

This little signpost is at the top of a lift called The Top of the World.  It’s not actually at the summit at Lake Louise, but it’s close.  I had to take a picture of the km to Toronto!  I’m sorry I couldn’t do a panorama shot of the view.  It would take your breath away.  I think I spent more time drinking in the gorgeous views than actually skiing to the base!louise mel

There was 65cm of fresh snow the week we skied.  That makes for a lot of great skiing and totally wonderland surroundings. 

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And in a totally different temperature, let me tell you about Lussier Hot springs in Whiteswan Provincial Park, BC.

We skied at Panorama Ski resort the first day, and the staff told us about a natural set of hot springs – undeveloped and off-road.  The sign to the turnoff was tarped over because BC Parks didn’t want to maintain the road during the winter.  It’s actually nothing more than a logging road winding away up through the mountains. lussier road

My brother has a 4×4 truck, and we followed him in with our rented Dodge Caravan!!!!  There was a lot of snow, but we did alright, since the road is travelled occasionally by logging rigs.lussier sign

After about 15 minutes of driving, we pulled into a parking lot and walked down to the Lussier River below us.lussier path

The walk to the springs is about 5 minutes from the road.  There’s only a small bathroom at the road turnoff – nothing at the springs!  This is an au naturel experience!lussier top pool

This is the top pool.  The water comes out of the rocks on the right at about 100oC.  It was –25oC outside.  This is the view from above the top pool. You can see the river in the background.lussier hot springs 2

The kids are in the second pool, in the middle of the photo below.  We had to keep our hats on because the wind was really bitter!  To the left of where they are sitting is the edge of the third pool.  I think only the kids tried the last pool – it too cold for us adults!lussier 2nd pool

We wore our suits under our ski clothes and brought lots of towels.  When it was time to leave, we all shivered back into our snow pants and trundled off back up the (steep) path to the road again.lussier bella

You can see the Lussier river through the trees on the path up to the logging road.lussier river

It was a fun adventure for the kids.  It’s amazing how hot the pools are, and how weird it is to be cooking from the waist down, and freezing from the waist up!