Handwoven: Happy accident scarf

My latest scarf is a bit of a happy accident. Collapse weave without even trying 🙂 Collapse weave is where the fabric naturally forms peaks and troughs as though it has been pleated or shirred, It does that because of the tensions within the warp and weft threads rather than any treatment. It started off…

Owl sweatshirt and dress-form arms

For a bit of fun this week, I’ve been playing with fabric crayons to give a bit of interest to a plain grey sweatshirt.  And I finally got around to making arms for my dress-form.  Something I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages.

Sewing in 2018: 2nd Qtr wrap up

Half the year has gone and winter has finally arrived. There is a thin green tinge of new grass which really lifts the spirits and we’ve had our first ski of the season. Yay!!!   But also begs the question, what did I achieve in Autumn?

Lekala 4708: North Face Knock-off

One of the best things about sewing is being able to knock-off designer brands.  Not only to you get a custom fit garment at a fraction of the price, you also have control over the colours and fabrics.   This Lekala pattern (4708) looks to be based roughly on The North Face’s Arcata hoodie.

Ottobre Sweatshirt V2

For version two of this sweatshirt, I’ve gone down three sizes from what was recommended in the size chart and added a little extra width at the hip.  The fit is much better, especially through the shoulders.   No way near as baggy as yesterday’s version.  With the narrower shoulders, the sleeve came out to be…

Ottobre Sweatshirt v1

I would have thought that somewhere in my pattern stash, I had a pattern for a crew neck sweatshirt with set in sleeves.  Most of the patterns that I have either were raglan sleeved or were hoodies.  A quick look at the Big 4 patterns didn’t come up with any, even Kwik Sew.  I did…

Handwoven: Thick/thin Tea-towels

First up, thanks to those who voted on which fabric to use for the cycling kit.  The filigree design won narrowly over the Mayan-style print.  I’ve kind of worked out how I’ll use the print but I’ve had to put the project on hold for a little while.   I manage to pop my ankle…