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A comfortable Miz Mozelle …

I’ve had writers block, sewists block, bloggers block and can’t be bothered block this month, but I think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is called Autumn!

As much as I love the summer, I also look forward to the change of season and get ridiculously excited about getting the old woolly tights out of the bag at the back of the wardrobe. The sheepskin slippers will also soon make an appearance and don’t get me started on the delights of wearing thermal vests! Sad I know, but I confess to quite liking it when the clocks go back and you come home in the dark to a warm house with the smell of washing drying on the radiators!

Don’t worry, I’m aware that I’m depressing some of you, so here’s a dress that I made earlier (please ignore the crumpled collar, it’s lovely in real life!) …


Yes, it’s another Miz Mozelle from Jamie Christina and this time in black crepe with green bias binding (that button is black, honest).

I have worn my first version quite a lot this summer and kept thinking a plain version would be very useful. The crepe (viscose) was from Cath Kidston in a remnant basket a couple of years ago. I think there were 3 metres for £21 which I thought was quite good at the time, but actually it’s a bit thin (thank heavens for slips) and creases just by looking at it which is a pain. Not to worry, it’s such a nice pattern to work on, I had a lot of pleasure sewing it up.

IMG_3363No pockets again (the pattern doesn’t have them) but I wish I’d listened to the voice screaming ‘put some blooming pockets in’ because we all need somewhere to keep our emergency supply of chocolate. I didn’t make the belt this time either (though I may do later), I just hid the elasticated waist with a charity shop leather one that I already had.

IMG_3364Anyway, Jimmy quickly took these pictures yesterday on the hottest September day in 20 million years or something like that. Today however it is raining so I’m allowing myself to think about what I’d like to make for the cooler months ahead. Exciting …

Disclaimer: Writing the words ‘elasticated waist’, ‘thermal vests’ and ‘slippers’ in the same post only shows my appreciation of all things comfortable and has nothing to do with the fact that my children have both  left school, I have a bad shoulder and that nowadays I tend to fall asleep in the afternoons. Thank you.




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All spots and no trousers …

No trousers today I’m afraid. No matter, there’s still time and I have a rather sweet dress to show off instead.

Yes, I’m very pleased with this (which is why you get the photo of the pattern again). It’s the Miz Mozelle pattern from Jamie Christina.


This is such an appealing pattern and there are some absolutely lovely versions out there to inspire. I bought my fabric from Goldhawk Road for (I think) £4.50 a metre and it drapes beautifully. It took me a few minutes (that is a blatant lie, it took me hours) to decide on the pale green binding. I would have liked to bind the collar edge too but I only had enough to finish the keyhole and collar attachment.


I was a little unsure of which size to cut as I was using a non stretch fabric and in the end I went up a size. The top fits me well but I think I could have stuck to my actual size for the skirt as I have quite a bit of fabric gathered at my waist.

This is the first pattern I’ve made from Jamie Christina and I found the instructions concise and clear. The front and back bodice pieces are sewn up at the shoulders and then the sleeves (to which you have already attached the binding) are inserted, then the side seams are sewn up. Next time, I think I’ll add the bias binding at the end to get a nice finish on the seams, but that’s just me, it was good to try this method anyway.

Once I realised that I could slip the dress over my head, I unpicked my rather lumpy loop and just added the button for show.


Is it just me who skips around the room in delight when I find the perfect button? And it’s not just buttons, I whoop with joy when I find I have vintage thread to match my vintage bias tape too!






I just need the weather to warm up now as this is a bare legs and ice cream in the sun sort of dress really.


Eek! Don’t look at the sock imprints on my legs! Long day in jeans and socks … That’s not all, I realised pretty fast that this is another static, shock your socks off (that’s where they went) type of fabric and it clings a bit. And, I must remember not to wear big navy and white striped pants … they show through. This is me on the phone to the pant police …


Oh and there was just enough fabric over (at a real squeeze) to make a …

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Sorbetto! Yes, I know I have quite a few of these now. And yes, I know I may be developing a polka dot/ contrast binding obsession. It’s a phase and no doubt it will pass … maybe.


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