Great spring look from Burda Style.


DIY ponte knit dress from Burda Style Magazine spring fashions
Burda Style Magazine 02-2012-117b


This dress is actually the prequel to the gray knit dress.  It’s the first version I made from a pattern that I traced from the Burda Style Magazine #02-2012-117B. The fabric is a ponte knit with some rayon.  It’s fairly firm and I loved the colour.

A great spring look for a knee length casual dress

I bought the fabric from Emma One Sock, on an end of the roll sale. Great deal, gorgeous colour and I should have been more careful and at least have done a muslin of the top before I cut out and stitched up the whole dress. The pattern has a lot of pieces and I had problems with the fit through the back. In order to remove the noticeable gape at the top back neckline I had to take the whole back in down to the hem. The result was that it was just too tight for me. I am well past the age when tight is cute…my daughter Jackie can easily pull that off so it’s now hers!

A fun bright colour for spring

I especially love the dress with this necklace.  Magda Molina designs some exceptional pieces which can be seen here.

I started this blog in early December of 2015, with no idea of how to do it. My daughter helped to design the logo and set up the original website.  If not for her help, I would still be thinking about it.  We chose these colours because I really liked them.


In my day job I was involved with a project that used hot pink and black in the marketing colours and I loved it, so that’s how Jackie and I arrived at the the look of my first website.  After a few posts we realized that the website format was a little bit simple for some of my more complicated ideas and to keep changing the code was too time consuming so I switched to the wordpress theme that you see now.  It’s called Applique.  It allows me to post all different kinds of content.   I can manage it with only a bit of coaching now, and hopefully independently in the future, so Jackie can get on with her day job!

I don’t know anyone who waits anxiously for the announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year. I notice it, but I don’t plan my life around it. I was, however, intrigued by this year’s colours. That’s because I remember when pink and blue were the hot new colours back in the 80’s…everything was a version of dusty rose or powder blue. I thought I would never have to go through it again, yet here they are, Serenity and Rose Quartz.  Suddenly everything is a version of, or a compliment to, these two colours.

Since I can easily change the colours on my website (by myself I might add!) I thought I would try them out to see how long it takes me to get tired of them. It’s hardly a commitment…not like painting a room or buying a sofa…I can change it again on a whim.

The more I look around the more I see Serenity – who doesn’t want that – and Rose Quartz. The more I see them, the more I like them. I am now searching for blue fabric inspired by this coat by Valentino. It’s pretty and classic and I think it would feel good to wear.

Nice colours


BOSS Hugo Boss mini dress
890 CAD –

Valentino wool coat
3,955 CAD –

Pointed toe pumps
370 CAD –

ZAC Zac Posen leather tote
430 CAD –

Nixon watch
485 CAD –

18k earrings
2,725 CAD –

Every now and again, it’s nice to make something that looks really good, is versatile and wearable, and takes very little time and effort.  The fabric is a 100% cashmere that I bought as a remnant.  It was a truly beautiful piece of light weight, warm, and soft, pure luxury…and this is just about the easiest thing I have ever made.


A stylish way to warm yourself on a cool day.

It’s a single piece of fabric folded in half lengthwise with one side seamed together on the crosswise grain.  I used the ladder side of the flatlock stitch showing on the outside in black thread. You can see the single seam on the left arm side in the photo above.  In this case I hemmed all the open edges, but I think it would work to fringe them too.


A warm gray poncho in woven cashmere for spring or fall.


The neck opening is as easy as cutting off the closed point created when you sew one side shut, and adding a binding for stability.  I like the straight neckline created by this technique, and I think it looks especially nice with these pretty earrings which can be seen in more detail here.

Warm cozy wrap for spring.


All the measurements and a more detailed explanation of construction are available on my Tips and Tricks Page here.

A DIY poncho in gray cashmere.


When I made this, I gave it to my daughter because I didn’t think I was a “poncho kind of person”.  Now that I look at the pictures I’m thinking maybe I could be…



This is such a simple thing that it really needs a fabulous piece of fabric.  I found a 1 yard remnant of 56″ wide, 100% cashmere a few years ago.   When I bought the fabric I didn’t have anything in mind for it, but it was beautiful and a probably good deal.  The only other idea I ever had for this fabric was to make cushions.  I’m glad I didn’t do that!



  1.  To begin fold the fabric in half lengthwise so your folded piece measures 27″ by 36″.
  2.  Stitch one of the 27 inch sides together. I used a flatlock stitch with the ladders exposed to join the two sides  If your fabric is plain like this one, you don’t have to pay attention to which side you close.  Now you have a 27″ by 36″ piece that is closed on two sides and open on two sides.
  3.  Hem the open sides all around.  You could also make a fringe if that works for the fabric.
  4.  The final step is to the make the neck opening.  On the seam side measure along the seam about 4 to 4.5 inches and mark the spot. On the fold side measure down about 11 or 12 inches and mark. To make the neck opening you will have to cut the corner of the fabric off from mark to mark.  This could be a bit tricky if the fabric is unstable or has a lot of stretch.  I wish I had taken photos or had documented the exact method a little better.  What I did was to hold it up and cut the opening a little on the small side first and then with the poncho on, I made the neck opening the size that I thought would be comfortable.  It seemed to work.  It’s better to start smaller.  When you add the binding the size of the opening will increase a bit if you fold it to the inside and stitch.

Earrings to match a luxurious DIY poncho.


I just used a stable knit bit for the binding. I think this gets worn quite a bit, although it lives with my daughter in LA, so it’s not a year round piece.  Those pretty earrings and many more things like them can been seen, and  purchased, through the website of the lovely and very creative Magda Molina at