Trialling Designer Stitch Patterns: Donelle Top and Harper Pants

I had seen a few of the tester makes of the Donelle Top by Designer Stitch and I’d been tempted by the Harper Pant before. They are a Aussie pattern co, which is nice to see, so I decided to give them a try.

Normally I’m a but dubious about seeing heaps of tester photos, all with glowing reviews, when a new pattern is released. They strike me as being more promotional than actually testing the pattern. So many of the Indie pattern companies use this model. Usually, that is a turn-off for me. I’m curious if you feel the same?

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Something to brighten up a dull day…

I saw this bold bright brushstroke knit at The Remnant Warehouse and just couldn’t resist. Love the lime cotton knit too. Both nice for a pop of colour on a grey day.

The wrap knit wasn’t as successful – way to deep in the neckline. The tucked piece doesn’t have enough spread in the pattern piece and distorts the waist seamline. Continue reading “Something to brighten up a dull day…”

Plastic-free July: Weaving with soft-plastic wrappers

I wouldn’t call this shopping bag a thing of beauty, but it makes a statement in it’s own way.

Plastic-free July

This month, I’ve signed up to Plastic Free July, aimed at reducing single-use plastics.

    • Most of the simple things I’m already doing so my challenge is to:
  • reduce usage of tetra-pacs: We’d use 5/week for soy and lactose free milk.
  • make beeswax wraps as an alternative to cling wrap
  • make shopping bags from soft plastic packaging waste

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That hand-knitted jumper is finished

Just wanted to say a big thank-you to those who left comments when I asked for advice on the best style for my hand-knit jumper (A knitwear design experiment). I finished it a couple of weeks ago and am loving it. Continue reading “That hand-knitted jumper is finished”

Graffiti jacquard bomber jacket

This project has been in the pipe-line for a while so it is nice to see it finished and finally blogged. I wanted to make a bomber/varsity jacket from a ‘graffiti’ jacquard fabric but finding the right pattern wasn’t as easy as I first thought. There is something about jacquard fabrics that I can’t resist. This one is from Elliot Berman Textiles. Continue reading “Graffiti jacquard bomber jacket”

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 quite a lot during fitting but the shoulders still felt very big.

Butterick 5988 Print Top (view B with view A length)

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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 quite broad and perfect for harvesting vegies and fruit.  Finished dimensions for the base is 60cm x 35cm and 20cm deep Continue reading “Handwoven: Veggie basket from garden prunings”

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 all in one, with the front piece folded at the hem to make the wrap.  This would mean that the wrong, unprinted side of the print would show. 😦 Continue reading “Two for Tuesday: Kwik Sew 3658 knit tops”

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. Continue reading “A striped linen shirt”