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Marshmallow rag rug

Handwoven: The Marshmallow Rag Rug

Has this project been fun or what? I would never have thought that I would be weaving a rag rug, let alone be looking forward to making another.  To be honest, most of the ones that I'd seen were a random smattering of rag strips that didn't really appeal to me.  But when I saw ...

close-up of collar & placket

KwikSew 3026: Paisley woven polo shirt

This paisley print has been sitting in my stash for almost a decade, never quite knowing what it wanted to be.  Too short in length for a long sleeve shirt for which it was intended to be, and never quite suiting the summer shirt patterns that I tried to match it with. So here it ...

self drafted cycling kit

Self drafted cycling jersey and bib shorts

I've been wanting to draft my own pattern for cycling shorts for years.  And I'm not talking about leggings here.  Real bike shorts designed to work with the shape of your leg while cycling, not standing.  I decided to go the whole hog and draft a pattern for bib shorts as well as a raglan ...

Cycling jerseys and other stuff

The Tour de France started last week and I've been staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning to watch the live stages.  It's the perfect excuse to set up the cutting table in front of the TV each night and get some serious sewing time in. Stage 1: My Image M1253 - stretch ...

Bouclé Knit Blazer

I've been working on this knit blazer one and off for the last couple of months.  This week I had a meeting in Melbourne and took the train down.  With six hours on the train, I finished all hand-stitching the trim and getting the button sew on. The plan The fabric I'm using is a ...

Handwoven: Happy accident scarf

My latest scarf is a bit of a happy accident. Collapse weave without even trying 🙂 Collapse weave is where the fabric naturally forms peaks and troughs as though it has been pleated or shirred, It does that because of the tensions within the warp and weft threads rather than any treatment. It started off ...

Owl sweatshirt and dress-form arms

For a bit of fun this week, I've been playing with fabric crayons to give a bit of interest to a plain grey sweatshirt.  And I finally got around to making arms for my dress-form.  Something I've been meaning to get around to for ages. Owl Sweatshirt The pattern for the sweatshirt is McCall's 6614 ...

Sewing in 2018: 2nd Qtr wrap up

Half the year has gone and winter has finally arrived. There is a thin green tinge of new grass which really lifts the spirits and we've had our first ski of the season. Yay!!!   But also begs the question, what did I achieve in Autumn? I thought I'd take a quick look at my sewing ...

Lekala 4708: North Face Knock-off

One of the best things about sewing is being able to knock-off designer brands.  Not only to you get a custom fit garment at a fraction of the price, you also have control over the colours and fabrics.   This Lekala pattern (4708) looks to be based roughly on The North Face's Arcata hoodie. It features ...

Ottobre Sweatshirt V2

For version two of this sweatshirt, I've gone down three sizes from what was recommended in the size chart and added a little extra width at the hip.  The fit is much better, especially through the shoulders.   No way near as baggy as yesterday's version.  With the narrower shoulders, the sleeve came out to be ...