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 ...

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 ...

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. As a recap, my knitting experiments usually don't end well. Partly because I loose ...

welt pockets

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. ...

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.

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