Beware the ravenous pandas!

If you have never felt or sewn bamboo fabric before, stop what you’re doing and go buy some right now. Seriously. I’ll wait.

Bamboo jersey is as soft as cashmere, as easy to work with as cotton, machine washes without much shrinkage (or loss of softness), is antibacterial (so if you make workout gear in it it doesn’t stink half as bad as even the techno wicking stuff!), and all the wrinkles steam out of it in the time it takes to have a shower. Honestly, this stuff is wonderful, and I can’t wait until more colours are available and I’m buying every single one.

This wrap dress pattern is originally from the May 2006 Burda WOF, but it’s proved so popular that Burda have released it as a 2 euro download pattern, too. It really is the perfect wrap dress – necklines that don’t move, secure fastenings (two snaps are concealed beneath the decorative belt), and best of all – a full frontal overlapping skirt panel so you don’t have any surprises on a windy walk to work! Coupled with the luxuriously soft bamboo, this really is like wearing pajamas…

It feels great to finally be working on my FW/07 Collection again after a hiatus for Christmas, and I’ve already cut out another pair of Burda trousers in red corduroy to see me through the next couple days, with an eye to making a suit from that blue Pendleton wool after that. It’s great timing that the Pattern Review Wool Contest starts tomorrow!

I’m waiting on some photos from family members before I show off this year’s sewing gift exchanges, but here’s a sneak preview of one present I received…

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