Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Hope it is a good one, with lots of great memories, good health and great sewing. I surprised myself and managed to tick all but one of last years sewing resolutions ( or resewlutions). So here I go again, hoping this will keep me honest... Project 30 Wears is about trying to ...

Last post of 2018

Despite the heat, the last couple of days has been quite productive with two bra/pantie sets and a strapless bra.  My favourite would have to be the set made from a knit top that I rarely wear.  It's remake is quite stunning. In my previous post, I included the drawings and fabrics for what I ...

Sewing in a heatwave

I think the weather forecast for the next few days says it all. Thankfully it will only last a couple more days before it cools down to the mid 30's. The overnight temperatures really sap my energy. It is a good excuse to stay inside during the afternoons, put the fan on and sew; preferably ...

rag woven fabric with the original fabric

A double-weave rag-bag

Sorry about the title, but it was the easiest way to describe it. Basically it is a small tote woven using strips of an unwanted fabric. Add in a little experimenting with double-weave to weave the body of the back as a tube and you get a double-weave rag-bag! You may recall, that I was ...

Simple sewing : Two knit Tees

Time for some easy sewing projects. This time it is two t-shirts. The first is from my self-drafted relaxed fit t-shirt pattern. The second is a variation on a boat-neck t-shirt from Knipmode. Before I go any further, I'd like to say a big thank-you to those of you who voted or commented on the ...

A knitwear design experiment

You have to love a Victorian spring.  35oC one day, snowing on the mountains the next.  Considering the summer we are likely to get, I relished the cool weather while it lasted. Today is back up to 37, but the brief reprieve got me thinking about starting a jumper (sweater) for next winter. I'm a very ...

Sew the look : Lekala 4420 Blouse

Remember those rust pants from a previous post that I was trying to find tops for?  Well here is the second instalment : a casual summer blouse using Lekala 4420   Fabric : A rayon print in a Jacobean style print.  The red is a little brighter than the colour of the pants but blends ...

DIY kayak spray skirt and half deck

In theory, this should be an easy project.  A couple of seams, seam-sealed, elastic tunnel on the edges… project done.  Too minor snags - no pattern and I don't have access to the kayak I'm making it for.  Plus as they weren't for me, extra pressure to get it right.   Fashion Draping for Kayaks ...

Butterick 5988 Floral Top

When I did my wardrobe clean-out last month, I was making notes on gaps that I needed to fill and patterns that I should so again. One of my "opportunities" was to sew a couple of tops to go with one of my pants. It is a lovely Japanese cotton with a little bit of ...

Pattern Hack: Hiking shirt with armpit and back vents

This is the same pattern as in my previous post, but this time with twist. The fabric is one of those tech hiking fabrics, supposedly with moisture management and UV protection, that I see so often in RTW hiking shirts. It's been in my stash for ages and I've always had plans to use it ...

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