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”
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 quite a lot during fitting but the shoulders still felt very big.
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”
Sometimes the KISS approach is the best way to go. Continue reading “Burgundy Lace Top”
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?”
Following on from my previous post on the stitching and dyeing process, it’s time to take a peek and see how it turned out. Continue reading “Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing – Results”
I started getting interested in shibori when I was doing some “internet research” for an Alabama Chanin style project. Although I love the look of AC-style garments, I couldn’t help worry about looking like I was wearing my farm clothes rather than something that had taken countless hours to create. Country Chic in a farming community is very hard to pull off. I kept being drawn to images of Japanese textiles using shibori or sashiko in a very controlled way. Here are some examples of what appealed to me. Continue reading “Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing”
Last spring, I picked up this fabric in the remnant section for a couple of some small change. It is an organic cotton from Cloud 9; lovely soft feel to it. I liked the little bit of yellow in the print and thought it would be good to pair with the yellow top.Continue reading “Capris – A bit of fun”
A short sleeved fitted shirt with collar and stand. Not overly remarkable in itself, but did I mention that I hand-drafted it, from my measurements?
Yay, I finally got the bodice block drafted and fitted. Like the pants block, this one also turned out to be a bit of an epic. Continue reading “Yellow Shirt – Drafted from scratch”
Despite the heat, the last couple of days has been quite productive with two bra/pantie sets and a strapless bra. My favourite would have to be the set made from a knit top that I rarely wear. It’s remake is quite stunning.