Starting the Burda Crossover Blazer

Outer fabric all cut out. Look at this deeeelicious colour!


The puny pockets need embiggenment. Here’s my redraft to blow out the pockets to a more useful size.


I’m a little stumped on the lining, though. It will be visible on the collar and cuffs and I’m reluctant to use a patterned lining because it limits what I can wear it with. So – to the stash! Which would you use? Or should I keep stashfishing? L-R: shirting, linen, cotton, cotton, linen, linen, raw silk.

update: Here are more options. Yes, my stash is capacious. L-R: cotton print, quilting cotton, polished cotton, embossed silk, shirting stripe, rayon.


World’s laziest muslin

Thought I’d make a jacket from some raspberry linen I picked up from a country op shop this weekend ($2, thankyouverymuch) in a deliberately rumpled sort of fashion. I bought Burda’s Crossover Blazer 6/2012 #121 a few months back. Perfect match!


Only I forgot that Burda patterns have no seam allowance. Snip-snip, wack-wack, into a trusty poly sheet for a muslin, I remembered. Doh!

Never mind! I’ll tape the bloody thing together with green masking tape!


Ugly beyond words but it worked a treat and, stunningly, it fits pretty well.

I’m watching The Great British Sewing Bee as I work, and isn’t it marvellous? From now on, my sewing will be guided by WWMAPS? – ‘What Would May and Patrick Say?’ I reckon they’d tear me a new one if they saw my masking tape muslin. Shhhh….

Double the dresses

Here’s a pattern that’s been waiting since the 1950s for to New Zealand to redefine marriage. You can buy the pattern now on etsy and make two frocks – one for you and one for your missus! Ladies marrying ladies! Frocks for everyone!

If you need to catch up, be moved to the gorgeousness of the parliament bursting into joyful song upon announcement of the bill passing. Oh New Zealand, you’re pretty wonderful.

Watch too MP Maurice Richardson showing us all how to deliver a speech.