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”

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. Continue reading “Basketweaving”

SWAP 2019 finished

My SWAP (sewing with a plan) is complete.   This year’s rules required us to choose a colour scheme from an inspiration photo; two neutrals with 2-5 accents and/or prints.  Each item needed to make at least 2 outfits.  While I didn’t need a fully cohesive capsule wardrobe, I did want to plug a few gaps in what I already have, and to add much more colour.  My colour scheme is based on a butterfly print fabric that I had.  Lots of colours to choose from. Continue reading “SWAP 2019 finished”

‘Project C’ – Pleated olive and black bra set

Whooo-hoooo! I finally got this project done and dusted. Back in December, I made plans for some lingerie sewing. “Project C” was the one I really, really, REALLY wanted to work out well. So naturally, I procrastinated on starting it :-). Continue reading “‘Project C’ – Pleated olive and black bra set”

Handwoven Bomber jacket : design musings

When Lyndle left a comment on my recent weaving post asking how long it took, it spurred me into action on planning my bomber jacket. I generally have something on the loom, and I weave whenever I feel like it. Sometimes for half an hour; sometimes for 4 hours. Sometimes each day; sometimes with gaps of weeks. If I was going to be able to wear it during the coming winter, I’d better get my skates ( or shuttles) on. Starting now, I may have the cloth ready by the end of May, followed by a month of procrastinating with the fear of cutting into the fabric to make the jacket. Continue reading “Handwoven Bomber jacket : design musings”

How many ways can you draft a sleeve?

How many ways can can you a sleeve?  Over the last month, I’ve been diving into different drafting methods and was surprised at how many different ways it can be done.

I wanted to make a close-fitting denim shirt, like in the tech drawing above.  Shoulder yoke, front princess seams, shirt-tail hem, and long sleeves with placket and cuffs.  The fabric is a lovely tencel chambray with printed dots.  Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve done some more fitting with the armscye of my fitted blouse block that I used for the yellow shirt.  I’ve used that block to draft this pattern. Continue reading “How many ways can you draft a sleeve?”