Good time to start sewing shorts, isn’t it? Maybe if I ignore autumn long enough, it will go away?

These shorts seem to be quite popular. I found them as I was going through my stash of Burda magazines and then I saw them on other blog already made. It is amazing how I always seem to find something I would like to sew no matter how long I had the magazine and how many times I looked through it before.

This one is not very old, 06/2010, model 115.

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I know what you are thinking : “Gosh, that woman has been sewing this purple jacket forever!”

Well, not really. It only took me a week to finish it, but describing the process takes much longer than process itself! I even wore the jacket a few times ( one of them to the playgroup ) and my incandescent purple self was sticking out in the crowd like a sore thumb :)

Ah, I was feeling so bright on that rainy day!

So today I am going to sum up my purple jacket post series. Previous posts are here:
Burda 7579
Puzzling discovery
Ode to a pocket
Oh yuk!! ( a brief life of an ugly collar )

What happened next

So since I made my sleeve vents and they came out rather nice and sharp, I finished the sleeves and proceeded as usual to set them in.
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Some sewing projects are like medicine – you wish they were over before they start and rush through them on one breath. These include pillow cases, mending jobs, elastic replacements….

Some projects are like water. They are necessary and kind of enjoyable, but you get really bored after a short while. These are casual clothes, baby clothes….

But there are jobs that are like drinking a cocktail on the beach – you work slowly and savour every single minute of it. The finished garment is a cherry on top and an additional bonus, sort of like an article you read in the magazine (while you enjoying your cocktail) about how what you are drinking will do marvels to your health.

This blouse was my pina colada. The fabric is a gem, the pattern fits like a glove ( no alterations! ) and the finished result is yummy.
Purple flower blouse

Next time I make this blouse ( and I will! ) I will draft a separate facing, because that origami Burda version left me cold. I will also try to disguise the fusible interfacing because no matter how fine and see-through it is, this fabric will show it.

Some close-ups. I have replaced the suggested buttonholes for drawstring with metal grommets, and made purple buttonholes.

purple flower front

And a quick narrow hem instead of 2 cm wide one ( also Burda’s idea ).

Purple flower narrow hem

I wore it yesterday and it feels heavenly. Love it!

New additions

Fabric stash top ups

I just remembered that I didn’t put up the pictures of the fabric I bought on our big fabric shopping trip. I am going to rectify this immediately.

These I bought at Remnant warehouse.

Lurex stripe black suiting

This suiting is very light and does not crush. At all!

Metallic finish

This is also suiting, a bit heavier hand, very soft

Grey stripe

I call this fabric “grey stripe”. The grey thread creates textured effect.



an exceptionally crisp white linen able to stand on its own.

Standard knit fabrics


A nylon mesh for lining
NSW leather


Stunning coloured leather. I have nothing in mind for it, but I could not resist.

Very lady-like

This silk was calling my name.

Sudden inspiration

Remember that silk/cotton treasure I found in my fabric stash? Here it is

purple flower
"Purple flower"

I found a blouse pattern in Burda magazine I thought was very cute. I don’t hesitate once I find something interesting, so I pre-shrunk, dried and cut the fabric on Saturday. On Sunday (while my husband and son were busy bonding) I got so carried away I completed the blouse by 2pm. I have no buttons for it, of course, but it is DONE.
Here is the technical drawing of it

mod 106 info
Model 106 A

The show and tell are coming!

What have you got in mind for your fabric treasures?