Hello Sydney

Here is the Sydney Jacket by Tessuti. One of those lovely patterns that come together like a dream.

tessuti sydney jacket

I knew I wanted to make this from the first time I saw it, I am not usually into waterfall fronts but this just seemed so practical and stylish. I bought that pattern in the summer but waited until the weather turned colder to actually put it together (beware the pdf has a lot of pages)

The wool is a beautiful italian that I found at Fabrics Galore (£18 per mtr if i remember rightly), I was sorely tempted to make this in a grey but seeing as I put a self imposed ban on buying grey fabric (see here) that wasn’t an option. So blue it is and I’m glad, it’s a really lovely quality and a great colour that seems to goes with anything. I love that it is so cosy and warm too.

tessuti sydney jacket

The pattern specifically calls for boiled wool (or something similar that won’t fray) and the delight of having just raw cut edges has not worn off yet. It is a really simple make as you only have the pockets and over lapped seams to sew. The pockets are cleverly done and it took me until I actually came to sew them to understand the process , but the steps  are very clearly explained and pictured, so they were a success first time.

tessuti sydney jacket

Inspired but the lovely Ute‘s version and I have copied her (because her version rocks) in extending the sleeves ( I think I added 4″, but might have been 5″!!) I felt that this was needed to just add some warmth to the arms, they are still only 3/4 length but figure I can wear a warmer jumper or jacket underneath if I need to. What I love about this style is that you can dress it up or down and it looks equally good, I’ve paired it with my dungarees (still wearing them tons) and trainers, and dress and heels, it works both ways.

Apologies for the lack of photos, this was my first time doing a photo shoot in public  (as not in own back yard or my friends) and I felt slightly foolish so I think I rushed it, but it was the first time I had used my remote shutter control and was impressed so hopefully I will get up the nerve to venture out with my camera again soon.

Thanks for stopping by.




The Coat of Love

Now this coat is not a new make but at the moment I am having technical difficulties with my camera and so haven’t been able to take any pictures of the last makes of 2014 (I know I’m always a few weeks behind!!)

burda coat 03/2012 #110

I don’t know why I haven’t blogged about it until now but seeing Jane‘s post about her coat plans spurred me to re-examine the photos (which i hated when i took them but don’t seem to bad now) and thought I’d let you see one of my favourite projects.

I love love love this coat………

burda coat 03/2012 #110

I have no idea what inspired me to tackle a coat project but I think it was the wool!!! (I found it first and it just insisted that it be a coat) It came from Fabrics Galore and says it is from YSL…don’t ya know!! every now and then they get a load of bolt end Italian designer fabrics, they are wonderful but you have to search them out…well worth a look (unfortunately they aren’t on the website though). The wool I chose is a blue and grey tweed and has little flecks of  blue, yellow and green through it..so lovely, tried to capture it here:

burda coat 03/2012 #110

The pattern is Burda 03/2012 #110 which I already had in my pattern magazine stash, I don’t subscribe but pick it up when I see a good issue (and this is a beaut of an issue!!) The pattern is a straight forward and simple pattern with darts, princess seams, 2 piece sleeves and inseam pockets.
Now because I tend to rush projects I decided that I really wanted to do this thing justice, as I wanted a  well fitting coat that would last. I did a muslin, which was a first for me but so useful, I needed to tweak the shoulders, take in the side seams and do a swayback adjustment, totally forgot to photograph this stage though. Here are a few integral pictures of the next stages

Getting started

Coat Burda 03/2012 #110


Because I wanted to do it ‘properly’ I research interfacings and landed on English couture‘s website (P.S they do amazing courses too, one day I will venture to Leicester to do one), and I was a little dazzled by the selection but after emailing them the very helpful Michelle pointed me towards a coat fusible interfacing for the body, a fine fusible for the sleeves and recommended armhole reinforcement tape for stability and strength, all three were absolutely perfect for the weight of wool I was using, and I’m so glad I took the time to get them, I believe it has made a difference to the end result and made me slow down and think about each stage!!

View of the insides, not pretty but you can see the fusible coat interfacing I used, the sleeve head (I built..!!) and the petersham on the shoulder seam.

Coat Burda 03/2012 #110

I also used a strip of petersham on the shoulder sleeve, I’m not very gentle with my clothes so again wanted durability here, I think I got this tip from Claire Shaeffer’s book Couture sewing techniques, I love this book but find it slightly intimidating, if only I was that technical …one day baby!!!

A closer view of the petersham and the grey you can see at the bottom of the picture is the armhole reinforcement tape I used when attaching the sleeve.

coat Burda


Here is the lining, a lovely lovely Liberty silk twill, which I used for the body and a regular orange polyester lining for the arms.



I hand stitched in the lining as I felt I had a bit more control this way to avoid any mis-shaping and it also looks lovely. For the fastenings I just added giant snaps (bought form ebay), I considered bound buttonholes but I thought the wool was too thick, that and I just chicken out and thought that if I attempted them I might fail or worse….I might have ruined the coat…next time I will be brave…definitely next time!!!

burda coat 03/2012 #110 liberty lining

burda 03/2012 #110

burda coat 03/2012 #110


I have worn this coat a ton and will continue to all winter, it’s warm and (I think) pretty stylish

Hope you like it too and thanks for stopping by x