Monthly Archives: June 2015

Ready for Touch Down: Jumping out of June!

Hasn’t June been amazing? Quite possibly for many reasons, but especially because of Jumping into June. So many of you have sewed and blogged about their jumpsuits – it’s been great fun to see make after make being added to the linkup party.

As of tonight it looks like this:


Utterly amazing, don’t you think? Have a look at the clickable linkup party page here:

Which one is your favourite?

And do you have another jumpsuit to show? Then don’t despair – even though June ends today you can still add your make to the linkup party by clicking here.

Thank you so much to all of you who took part in Jumping into June and to all of you who looked at the posts and took the time to comment, encourage and enable.

You are the best!

Now who’s up for the next round of themed sewing? And what’s it to be?



Burdastyle 7/2015 #123: One Last Jumpsuit. Promised! #jumpingintojune


oh dear…

You know where this is going, don’t you?

My dad always used to say “Chris never knows when to stop” – so yes, I made another jumpsuit!

Landing right now:

IMG_1799(All photography curtesy of a rather uninterested 12-year old… )

So, let’s have a proper look at what is definitely my last contribution to Jumping into June:


This is what I call my Beach Bum Jumpsuit, a nice complement to the Aviator, the Holly and the Fake Jumpsuit, I think. It comes from the most recent issue of Burdastyle, 7/2015 #123.


While this wasn’t hard to sew technically I still had a slightly hard time to make it look like the model picture. I had to make a few changes:

  • shorten the straps by at least 7cm – didn’t really measure, just took off what it took to make the armhole an armhole rather than a “full frontal view of the complete chest area”-hole. Honestly, you can tell from the model picture that it is quite lose, but what results from the pattern is something else.
  • change the order of construction of the straps. For the first time ever I really, really couldn’t make head or tail of the instructions. I was raised on Burdastyle, so normally I just grit my teeth, soldier on and work out the instructions, but this time inspite of reading them several time I just didn’t get it. However, the technical drawing makes it clear what you want to end up with and so it was easy enough to figure out a way of attaching the front  straps to the back. My way had the advantage that it is open to determining the length as the last step. They don’t sit quite flat, but I’d lost the will to live once I got where I am now, so they are there to stay, at least for the moment.
  • add a front button band rather than a back zip. I just thought that a back zip and urgent toilet business are not a happy combination, I saw myself with a stuck zipper desperate for the bathroom, so in came the buttons. In fact I really like the way it breaks up the front, so I’m happy with in on an aesthetic as well as practical level.


  • sew the drawstring casing to the outside rather than do the inside + button hole option. Again, I quite like the fake-belt look of the contrast fabric.
    A little word of warning: The dropped waist is very dropped indeed. So dropped in fact that it really looks ridiculous and is quite restricitive as well because it results in limited leg movement.
    IMG_1795Burda make a big thing out of how the dropped waist conceals a lack of waist definition. Well, I think that’s only gonna work if you lack waist definition because you are so skinny you don’t have any curves. If you lack waist definition because of a overabundance of curves I don’t see the tent-with-drawstring look doing you any favours. Anyways, I’m only gonna wear this with the crotch hoiked up!

So altogether this isn’t the chicest garment I ever made, but I really love the relaxed vibe. When I put it on I feel like walking as if I was wearing flip-flops. The fabric is the lightest cotton lawn – it’s so light and breezy it puts me in a holiday mode when I put this on. Unfortunately I have to wait until the beginning of August until my holiday. Oh welll…


So I bow out of Jumping into June. It is such fun to see you all joining in. I must say that I’m cured of all jumpsuit-related scepticism – it’s all the way from Saula to Paula for me.

Don’t forget to add your jumpsuits to the linkup party for #jumpingintojune and go and have a look at all the wonderful contributions.


Jumping into June – Linkup Party

Let’s celebrate the power of the jumpsuit! Let’s celebrate Jumping into June!
If you’ve sewn a jumpsuit in or for June, please add the link to your blog below. That way we can have the most wonderful collection of jumpsuits all together. In order to view the full lineup you can click on the Linkup button.

Thanks for being part of Jumping into June!

Spread the word using #jumpigintojune!

Knipmode/Burdastyle 4/2015 # 103 Combo: Almost a Jumpsuit #jumpingintojune

Look what’s landed:


Yes, you see correctly: almost a jumpsuit! I got so inspired by #jumpingintojune that I decided to make a matching set of trousers and top to recreate the look of a jumpsuit while preserving the versatility and ease of bathroom access of separates. On the minus side I do get to flash some tummy while jumping. But I seem to jump a lot more rarely in real life than this blog suggests so I’m fine with that.


So there I am in my natural habitat, outside the Gasthaus Wilder Man (the Inn called “Wild Man”) – tbh, I’ve never been inside inspite of having lived here for 15 years, but the ice cream parlour is just opposite :-).


I used some emerald green rayon crepe which I completely fell in love with. At first I thought it contained some portion of poly because it really is quite thick and doesn’t crease all that much, but  burn test confirmed that indeed it just seems to be rayon. It comes in coral too – I can see a bout of late night fabric shopping coming on…

IMG_1733 Like my Aviator jumpsuit this is fully versatile: Suitable for turning round

IMG_1735and walking! I’ve made some jaunty turnups for the legs when wearing it with flats, but it could also be worn with heels.


The trousers pattern is from Kniipmode, a Dutch sewing magazine. I can just about work out the instructions although I don’t speak any Dutch at all, but it seems to be similar enough to both English and German for me to work it out. Plus, on a woven tracksuit pattern there really isn’t any great challenge of how to make these up. The top is my new favourite Burda woven top, 4/2015 # 103. This is my third version, version one, without the hem band is here.

What I like about it is the arm scythe:

IMG_1737It’s breezy and flowy but still offers full coverage, at least on the less well endowed. Both armhole and neckline are finished with bias tape, so this isn’t the fastest make, but while it takes a little bit of time it is not a complicated sew.

IMG_1739As you can see I had my hair cut, much to the chagrain of my colleagues who much preferred it longer. I seem to get a short hair flash every year summer starts – I had it cut the same length (though a slightly different colour) the same time last year.


My husband forced my to take off my sun glasses, aka No Makeup Protection, once in the icecream parlour. At least I contrast coloured my drinks! All in the name of fashion, ey?!

If you haven’t got thirsty by now, go and have a look at the wonderful jumpsuit creations that Jumping into June has generated.
And if you’ve gone thirsty, go have a drink and then have a look at the wonderful jumpsuit creations that Jumping into June has generated.

Happy June to all of you!

Great minds think alike: Some basic T-Shirts

Isn’t it funny how sometimes several people seem to do or think the same things at the same time, unbeknown to each other? Case in point: I came down from my sewing room the other day, having cut a few basic Ts (sometimes you just have to do the basic stuff, don’t you) only to find posts in my reader from Teresa and Emma-Jayne bout how “you sometimes just have to do the basic stuff”. Great minds think alike, ey?


I didn’t use a commercial pattern for this, just a quick and dirty copy of a standard GAP scoop neck tee, when all’s said and done still my favourite T-shirt pattern, next to my standard cowl neck top.


I could not get Helena’s fabulous royal/coral/white collection out of my mind (honestly, I want every single item in her collection!), so I raided my stash for some royal blue jersey that is very, very fine indeed, too fine for all the other projects I had considered it for. I’ve already worn this top three times in two weeks, so it was certainly worth cutting into it.

The next picture will amuse you:

IMG_1576What do you think about the result of me thinking: “oo, diamond shapes, must make sure they don’t end up right at the bust apex”? Of course, they ended up right at the bust apex…

IMG_1577Trying to camouflage them with either navy blue or make-your-eyes-go-crazy self fabric breast pockets.

IMG_1662Not perfect but workable and a nice way to finally get rid of the scraps of this dress.


Any finally a littel stripey number, following a Burda batwing pattern – can’t remember which one, lazy book-keeping on my side. But every other issue has one, so it would be easy to find one.

IMG_1674The bat part isn’t all that big. I really love batwing shirts to look at, but wearing them is another matter. Somehow I always feel swamped and never cool and flowy…

IMG_1675However, would you please like to take note of that stripe matching! Thank you 😉


There is another green T somewhere that I never managed to get photos of, but it’s just as basic as the other tops so you’ll be able to picture it.

So, no breathtaking sewing after the excitement of jumping into June. But in the end of the day, these are the garments that I wear most often, so certainly useful sewing.

And what can I tell you: #jumpingintojune seems to have done something to my mind: I bought a new jumpsuit pattern today… Oh well…

#jumpingintojune: A Lineup of Jumpsuits

What is the collective noun for a number of jumpsuits? A gaggle? A school? Hmm, not sure – but I am sure there should be a word for this, because when you look at the lineup of jumpsuits that #jumpingintojune has generated you know that these are here to stay.

Aren’t they amazing?


  1. Ali ofThimberlina in her BHL Holly – amazing jumping skills AND the requisite amount of modesty incluced.
  2. Amanda of Sew Deputy in her summery jumpsuit with the most impressie photography, inspite of some trampolin related embarassment
  3. my good self, Chris of Said&Done: Handmade by Chris, trying to be the teacher’s pet by making a long sleeve and a strappy sleeve jumpsuit
  4. Neela of SewFusion , who would convince even Alladin to wear a jumpsuit
  5. Sew and Supper in her fun and flowery summer jumpsuit
  6. Beth of Sewing Soothes the Soul  in another BHL Holly – the shorts version
  7. Tia Dia of MezzoCouture and the amazing red linen jumpsuit that daughters want
  8. Alex of Sewrendipity, who did the most amazing thing to an old wedding dress


And this is not all! There are more jumpsuits to come – watch this space, I will update the list as and when new sewist are ready to Jump into June! There are still over three weeks to go!

BHL Holly: Mission Accomplished

Flight Lietenant Said&Done here for one last mission: to hand over the controls of Team JumpingintoJune to Holly:

IMG_1636Yes Ma’am, this is Holly taking over!


If your are unsure what all this madness is about, look no further than here. This is what #jumpingintojune is all about.

IMG_1633This is my second jumpsuit for June, after going almost 46 years without any (well, come to think of it, let’s take off the first two years, there will have been babygrows involved…). I almost made the BHL Holly, just chickened out on the flatfront bottoms and added a pleat for extra tummy room. Only that I then decided tummy pleats aren’t think either so I sewed them down. Could have stayed with the straight Holly…


Yes, those legs are too long – I rather overestimated the height of my heals… There is a lot of silliness going on in the back croth to lower back area.

Wait, magic fix:


See, that’s a lot better. So while I wait for someone to bring me a cocktail  I’ll leave you to consider all the other jumpsuits (a summary post of which I’ll compile once I’m back from an impromptu holiday) that made the jump into June.









You didn’t really think I’d go quietly into the sunset, did you 😉 !