Monthly Archives: September 2014

Burdastyle 3/2013 #147: A Threesome of Boy’s Shirts

I can report I completed my first bit of selfless sewing in a while, the shirts for Child 2 that I announced in my last post. Child 2 acknowledged them with a nod and an “Alright”, but he’s worn them almost continually ever since days in a row, so I suppose he must be pleased.


Given that this was my first attempt at shirt sewing and that pattern matching isn’t exactly my forte I think this has gone rather well.


My collar stands aren’t quite perfect yet, even on this shirt, which I made last of the three. Somehow the bit where you topstich the collarstand on the outside in order to secure the inside is still a bit beyond me. Maybe I need to baste down the inside first in order to get a nice even finish and only then topstitch on the outside?
Anyway, clearly my button sewing skills leave much to be desired. Or maybe it is that you can tell that this is the last button on the third shirt that I sewed and I had.really.lost.patience.

IMG_8897The back has a simple yoke and no pleat in the main body of the shirt. I was surprised to see how slim fitting the shirt is, given that Burda describe them as a “relaxed” fit. Child 2 is quite long and slim for his age (I made the largest size, 158), but he still found the sleeves slightly restrictive. You can see how the bottom part of the back arm scythe strains a little.

So next time I make this shirt (possibly for Child 3, as I have no larger size to go to for this pattern) I will add a little pleat in the centre back to give a little more room.

This is Shirt 1:



Child 2 says he feels as elegant in it as if he were going to a dance. I’m taking that as a compliment!



Can you see the little tab on the button placket? I only went and cut a hole in the button placket when cutting off some stray threads as basically the last thing in making this shirt. The only way I could think to save this was to add the tab an pretend it was a feature. Child 2 hasn’t questioned this, and I doubt he either reads my blog or understands enough English to know what’s going on, so I think I got away with it…

All the fabrics came from my stash (although some were bought a while ago in order to make some sort of boy’s clothing, so I’m not sure that counts as stash 😉 ) so that feels like a bit of an accomplishment. Moreover I feel I know what to do as far as basic shirt sewing is concerned and I know what to to better next time, though not necessarily how to do it better. I have two delicious fabrics set up for some shirts of my own, so hopefully I can post some selfish shirt sewing success – or 5S, as we say at Said&Done Industries!


Back to School – Back to Posting

Today is both a good day and a bad day at the same time: It’s the last day of our summer holiday, so I’m back to work tomorrow. Ambivalent feeling on that count. On the one hand after a six-week break it’s about time to get some direction back into my – and especially the children’s – life. One the other hand, not working beats working, doesn’t it, as long as you get paid for it 😉 .

Anyways, I felt a bit bad for not using all that free time for blogging. A big shout-out here to the ever observant Mia, who keeps me accountable both as far as my underwear as well as my blogging is concerned. Mia, I’m back! 🙂

In order to “celebrate” the impending new academic year I made a few pencil cases today.

This is mine, the Chanel edition:


IMG_9645Look, inside it looks almost like a normal person’s pencil case:


But then there is the Flower edition:


Harmless on the outside, but it’s a big bad teacher’s pencil case on the inside:


Filled to the brim with red pens!! Hahahahaha!!!
Disclaimer: I do love my students, really! I’m half as bad as I make myself out to be.

The last one is for Child 1. Oversized, because she needs room to accommodate her set square et al. The little swot! I’m sure she gets it from her dad!



Look, extra roomy on the inside, a bit like the Tardis:



So keep your fingers crossed for me – and my students –  tomorrow. In all likelihood I will blog more regularly now I have less time. Don’t know how that works, but that seems to the way it is…


London meet-up with Lladybird – Anybody going?

Good heavens, I’ve been lazy. I kinda thought that over the summer when I have lots of time and no work commitments I might do a lot of blogging. Well, it just didn’t happen. I just got so used to chilling… Oh well…

But now in exciting news I read that Lauren of Lladybird is organising a London meet-up in November. That got me all energised and (my family can’t believe I’m even considering this) I’m thinking of jumping on a plane to London too.

Who else is going? It would be such a lot of fun, don’t you think?