Silky blousy pleaty drapey + sister love.

I feel like just about every post that I have worked on this year is about my sister in some way, so I feel the need to introduce her to you properly. Her name is Miriam. She writes a number of blogs – this is her main creative one. She has two gorgeous sons whom I adore, and an awesome husband who feels like he has always been a member of our family.


Miriam is very creative and loves making in all forms. She is also a huge contributor to her church where she speaks, designs creative services, runs sessions for creative peoples and lots of other things I have probably left off here.

Her biggest motivator and greatest attribute is for including people. Miriam makes people feel welcome, loved and special all day errrry day. There’s been some real #meangirl behaviour in certain quarters of my life over the last six months, and to have someone as kind and giving in my life, as Miriam, is a blessing not to be overlooked.

She and I are VERY different in many ways. We look so different, when we were young people used to assume we had different fathers. Miriam is also very good at not sweating the small stuff, which is a good foil and challenge to my perfectionism. She is very colourful and has her own incredibly unique sense of style and she is supremely confident at sporting it.

All this adds up to #perfectsewingbuddy as there is so little cross over with us that we often share patterns and fabric with spectrum-ly opposite results. Miriam is the queen of fancy dresses, where as I am all about them separates. We both share a love for vivid prints and colour but usually our tastes head in wildly different directions.



















This Butterick 6731 pattern was from a bulk lot she was given: she took all the dresses, I took all the pants and tops. I also bought this fabric on a trip with her to our fav second hand fabric haunt, ReStore, a local op-shop. I planned to make a second iteration in some lovely chiffon she gave me for my birthday last year, so yes, this was intended to be a #wearablemuslin.


This fabric is 100% virgin polyester of the sweat-inducing variety so I will be wearing a long sleeved t-shirt underneath it mostly as I’m not an anti-perspirant kind of gal #hippieproblems.

And before you ask, the pleats are totally meant to be different depths – not. Sigh. My brain and maths really have problems with each other and pleats kinda undo me because of the ‘measuring and seeing lines equal’ thing. Whatevs.




















While I’m pretty happy with the outcome of this make, I can’t see myself making it again – sorry special chiffon. The upper bodice piece is too long on me and as a result the fabric pools in the upper chest, and the pleats ride up onto my neck obscuring the cute detail of the forward shoulder seam. The arm syce also sits in a weird place, a little too forward. Usually I would alter this, but my brain legit cannot get around how to do that while keeping the shoulder seam in play. (See above for brain’s challenges with pleats also).

Outift deets:

  • Grey jeans – seen here
  • White sneakers – seen here
  • Bracelet – a gift from my grandfather when I was a teenager
  • Makeup – MIA

25 thoughts on “Silky blousy pleaty drapey + sister love.

  1. Awww..what a beautiful post and a lovely sister. I have two brothers so I desperately wanted a sister! It must be so nice to have a sewing buddy. PS Don’t worry- my brain goes MIA when it comes to lots of things

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  2. Creative sisters! That’s really cool. I need to check out Miriam’s blog.

    “100% virgin polyester” — you know how to make me laugh. I feel really conflicted when there’s a poly fabric I actually like. Most of the time, though, poly fabrics are NOT lovely in any way, and the sweatiness factor makes those impossible — or almost impossible — to wear.

    I don’t know how one would lower that neckline… maybe with some kind of a gusset on the shoulder? Then again, sometimes moving on to another pattern is the better strategy. (Cough, Quinn shirt, cough.) 😉

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    1. Lol – cough cough yup! You know it 😉😉do check out Miriam’s blog she’s a lot of fun. My mum coined the “100% Virgin” phrase, she’s full of goodies like that. One of my favs is “that room is so small there’s not enough room to change your mind” 😂

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  3. In all honesty, I like the unique look of the neckline on you better than on the pattern illustration. But I suppose comfort is the most important factor. thanks for introducing your sister!

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  4. awwww …. thanks! I am going to save this post and read it often. Thanks for being my sewing buddy and an all round inspiring renaissance woman. I am often in awe of your ability to live your values, over deliver, be startlingly talented and look excellent whilst doing it. LOVE you xxxx

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  5. I just had a nice long visit with my own lovely sister, and your post made me reflect on how special the sister thing is! Thanks for reminding me! I love your top and that fabric! Although I can see that your version of that pattern is a bit different from the one on the envelope, it is stunning none the less and really works on you.

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  6. I love that the two of you have such different design preferences yet can come together to work ideas off of each other through support and inspiration.

    I agree about polyester. 100% poly is sometimes more difficult than some natural fiber fabrics. I like blends but come the hot weather nothing takes the place of cotton.

    I think your boat neck version of the top looks good. Sometimes these “creative diversions” are a good learning experience.

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  7. Lovely to here about you and your sister.
    I spend time tweaking at patterns, sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes a total waste of time and effort. At least you usually learn something from it!
    As for the mean girls, you think you’ll leave them at the playground! But for some I believe its just a way of life?

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    1. Sadly some mean girls never become secure enough in themselves to be able to be kind and generous to other people. Very sad, but doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.
      I think this pattern is going to be filed. Maybe I might try the pants at some stage…
      And glad you enjoyed reading about my sis. She’s very cool.


  8. I am like Stephanie – sisterless and regretful. I had a brother (who unfortunately died a few years ago) but it is absolutely not the same. I hoped to produce a sister for my daughter but ended up having a couple of sons too. And she has two boys, so I feel a bit unlucky on the child-gender front. It must be so nice to share, especially a sewing interest. I am always trying to recruit friends and family members to the sisterhood of sewists but most just drift in and out.

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    1. I am very lucky, that’s for sure. Our mum taught us all to sew, she was one of 3 girls, and so are we.
      Sad to hear about your brothers, and bummer you don’t have any girls in other generations to recruit into crafting.


  9. I have a sister who has no interest in sewing and lives on the other side of the world – sisters can go awry! I’m pretty sure the armscye issue would be fixed by taking a wedge out of the upper front bodice so the shoulders sit toward your neck a tad. But perhaps yu’re right, put this one to rest and wow, look at all the lovely patterns… distraction therapy!!

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    1. I had to re-read this a few times to get your meaning, but yes I see what you mean. However, I think I will just move on to greener pastures – wheeeeeeeee new patterns!
      Sorry that you don’t have a sister sewing buddy. Bummer.

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