This project started of as a test garment for McCalls 7387, which was an utter fail. If it hadn’t been for the nice print and a perfect button placket (made using a new technique), I would have given up. With a bit of pattern tetris, I was able to transform it into a blouse that I love.Continue reading “A blouse within a blouse”
I’m in need of new jeans. My Knipmode TNT pattern is been used that many times, that it is at the point it needs to be redone ( lots of minor tweaks and the seam allowances are no longer even after so many cuts). Then I had this bright idea of drafting my own..Continue reading “New TNT Jeans”
It is that time of the year again….. SWAP.
First let me say sewing has been happening here at sewTreefrog but I with all the extras 2020 has given us, I haven’t been blogging much. I’ve been posting most of my makes on IG, so please checkout my feed. Most recently I’ve been working through a cycling capsule. (One of the good things that has come out of two lockdowns is that I’ve got back into regular cycling again and I’m loving it)
Over at Artisans Square the annual SWAP (sewing with a plan) is getting underway. I’ve volunteered to be co-ordinator this year. Please join us!
I love the planning phase. So many possibilities! Ahh, sew little time 😦
The ‘fabric’ for this bag was woven with strips of plastic for mail satchels.
It was woven on the same warp as the first bag that I made using plastic wrappers for Plastic Free July, last year. That bag has been carrying home my shopping each week as is holding up well. It’s quirkiness still gets a few questions at the check-out and often a few surprised looks when I point out the different product wrappers in the weave.
I was immediately drawn to the design of the Gaia Keyhole Top by Sinclair Patterns. The design of the back is quite unique and a nice variation on a plain knit tank. Last year I’d downloaded their Sunset Lounge Pant when it was offered as a freebie but hadn’t got around to using it.
This was another pattern co that uses the tester promotional model of heaps of tester photos/glowing reviews when a new pattern is released. Usually it is a turn off for me, but I had received a survey from the pattern co a while ago that looked like they where genuinely looking for constructive feedback. So I decided to give the top a go and make up the pants as well. I’m glad I did.
Doing a happy dance. I pulled apart the top that I made last week and was able to remake into something I love. The pattern I’ve used is Knipmode Top 11 July 2019. That collar!! To make the best use of the fabric, I used with the peplum from Dress #10. Just love how this turned out. Yay!!!!
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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?
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…”
I wouldn’t call this shopping bag a thing of beauty, but it makes a statement in it’s own way.
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
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”