Monday, 12 November 2012


I want to introduce a new blog to you. It's written by the very lovely Zoe; one stylish lady and baker extraordinaire. I used to work with Zoe and have always been amazed at the wonderous cakes and bakes that she makes.

Now, rather than posting her creations, she's started writing a blog to document all she does. Go take a peek and be prepared to be inspired and amazed.
Pop on over to Zobird's Cookability Kitchen

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Burdastyle Jacket Finally!

Wow - this took sooooooo much longer than planned. After I made the Abbey Coat a couple of weeks ago I thought this would be an easy make, and he construction was fine.

I adapted the pattern to add facings to the lining, at the neck and the hem. I also inserted a pleat in the lining at the back to allow for wearing ease. - all easy. However I made a stupid error, and one I must never again make, I did not make a muslin or even measure the pattern pieces. As I posted a few days ago. I'd made the jacket and then found it was too big. Trying to make adjustments with the jacket constructed and the lining in place is not easy!

However, adjust it I did - the fit was better, but the shoulders still seamed rather baggy, so I took some shoulder pads from an unwanted jacket and inserted them inside the jacket. much better! I also decided to go with coloured buttons to liven this work staple up a bit. I think it will look great with my bright pink dress! I made a dress of the same fabric, thinking they might work well together, but it's just too grey! I will make a pencil skirt with the remaining fabric and team it with a bright top, for an eyecatching suit.

Grey Suiting £2.50pm from South Shields market
Black Lining £1pm also from the market.
lining and shoulder pads from my stash.
Buttons 25p each from Marian's wool and haberdashery, Newbiggin

Would I make it again? - maybe, but as a casual jacket.


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