My Image Colour Blocked Top (M1412) Review

diamond_top_product_frontThis dress pattern has gorgeous style style lines and is perfect for colour blocking.  It is from the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of My Image and has been on my wishlist for a while now.   Actually, there are a quite few other My Image patterns that I’ve been meaning to make.  But there is always that hesitation of trialling a new pattern company and working out how their draft compares to my dimensions.  So, I thought I’d dip my toe in the water with this pattern and make it as a top. Continue reading “My Image Colour Blocked Top (M1412) Review”

Pixel Plaid Shirt Finished

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Pixel Plaid shirt

The pixel plaid shirt is finally finished and I’m so relieved at how it looks.  Quite a few years ago, I made a plaid shirt.  Spent ages getting the stripes to match for it to look really awful on me.   The ghost of that project kept haunting me as cut and sewed this shirt.  To my relief, I like the way the finished shirt looks.  It feels so cosy on and I know it will get a lot of wear.

In my last post, I wrote about deciding on the pattern for the fabric.  This post is mainly about the layout choices. Continue reading “Pixel Plaid Shirt Finished”

Pixel Plaid

Last week I dropped into my favourite fabric store.  It is over 100km from home so I don’t get there that often.  In some ways that is a good thing as it is like being in a lolly shop – so many gorgeous fabrics that sometimes it is hard to choose.  On this trip three fabrics followed me home.  The first two are off-white solids – a silk cotton shirting and a textured knit for a jacket. Continue reading “Pixel Plaid”

Silk Python Scarves

Handwoven Magazine May/June 2015 Photo: Longthread Media website
Recently a good friend lent me an 8-shaft table loom for a bit of a play.  I’m normally limited to 4-shafts so I decided to make the most of it.  The scarf pattern, by David Wismar, is the one shown on the cover of  May/June 2015 edition of Handwoven magazine.
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Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket

Border print detail
Border print detail

Last year I bought a really funky border print fabric and I’ve been searching for a jacket pattern to use with it. The pattern repeat is quite short so I needed to be careful with seaming. I’d been reluctantly leaning towards a bomber jacket. Last week I was searching for a parka pattern for another project and came across the Tosti Utility Jacket by Waffle Patterns and thought it would be worth a try. Continue reading “Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket”

Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket

Charcoal Goretex Jacket - front
Charcoal Goretex Jacket – front

For the last 10 years I’ve been wanting to make a Goretex jacket.  The RTW one I use for skiing and hiking was designed for  someone much taller than I am.  Making my own would mean I get a good fit plus have control over pocket styles and added extras like pit zips and detachable hoods.  So what has been stopping me all this time?  The  main issue is can’t really decide on the design I want to make.  Some of the slim-fit RTW climbing jackets looks so nice, but maybe not so versatile.  The other issue is the paralysis of not wanting to cut into expensive fabric. Continue reading “Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket”

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Finish with a scarf

Since my SWAP wardrobe was inspired by the colours in a skein of yarn, I should show you the finished scarf.  After a few wrong turns learning experiences, the end result was a featherweight scarf that really showed up the colour variations in the dying.  Continue reading “‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Finish with a scarf”

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4

The last part of the new wardrobe is the “wildcard” pack.  The colours can be anything, as long as they match with some (not all) of the items in the previous packs.  I’ve used orange tones in my wildcards. Continue reading “‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4”