Butterick 5988 Revisited

Floral Top Last year I made a rayon top using Butterick 5988. I loved the design as it is a nice alternative to a fitted woven T. The waist darts release into a box pleat which gives a slight peplum look. It was a very wearable muslin, but I had taken the side seams in ...

basket full of vegies

Handwoven: Veggie basket from garden prunings

How cool is this? A lovely handwoven basket made from prunings from the garden. Just perfect for harvesting the vegies. The idea for the basket came from a recent episode of Gardening Australia (fact sheet and video here).  Making the basket is fairly easy, although a bit time consuming. The shape of this one is ...

Straight and skinny jeans using Cashmerette Ames pattern

Cashmerette Ames Jeans Revisited

Last October I did a mock-up of the the Cashmerette Ames Jeans. Armed with some stretch cotton, I've revisited the pattern to make a straight leg and skinny jeans. First a quick recap My first version of the jeans were made in a non-stretch denim and with minor adjustments at the side seams. While they ...

Two for Tuesday: KwikSew 3658 tops

Two for Tuesday: Kwik Sew 3658 knit tops

I was looking for a top pattern to work with the knit below.  It was purchased to make a knock-off of a top that I'd seen on Polvore (so sad the site is no longer running) that looked so similar to McCalls 6991.  After I bought the pattern, I realised that the front piece is ...

A striped linen shirt

I've had this project on my wishlist for a while now.  You may have noticed a drawing on this shirt in my "Now Sewing" section of the side bar for some time (since December at least).  Sometimes you can't rush a project, but with the cooler weather approaching, I finally got around to making it. ...

Basketweaving

Had a wonderful day yesterday learning to weave a basket with Lomandra. Many thanks to Cassie Leatham for sharing her traditional techniques and infectious passion for weaving. It was a fantastic day and I've already started making the string for when she returns to teach us string bag making.

SWAP 2019 finished

My SWAP (sewing with a plan) is complete.   This year’s rules required us to choose a colour scheme from an inspiration photo; two neutrals with 2-5 accents and/or prints.  Each item needed to make at least 2 outfits.  While I didn’t need a fully cohesive capsule wardrobe, I did want to plug a few gaps ...

‘Project C’ – Pleated olive and black bra set

Whooo-hoooo! I finally got this project done and dusted. Back in December, I made plans for some lingerie sewing. "Project C" was the one I really, really, REALLY wanted to work out well. So naturally, I procrastinated on starting it :-). The Design The design for the bra is based on a bra that I ...

Handwoven Bomber jacket : design musings

When Lyndle left a comment on my recent weaving post asking how long it took, it spurred me into action on planning my bomber jacket. I generally have something on the loom, and I weave whenever I feel like it. Sometimes for half an hour; sometimes for 4 hours. Sometimes each day; sometimes with gaps ...

Burgundy Lace Top

Sometimes the KISS approach is the best way to go. When I first bought this fabric a couple of years ago, I had a peplum style top in mind.  I'm not sure why, maybe an inspiration photo prompted the idea.  But whatever it was, the idea stuck.  So when I put the fabric on the ...

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