Category: My Designs

Simple sewing : Two knit Tees

Time for some easy sewing projects. This time it is two t-shirts. The first is from my self-drafted relaxed fit t-shirt pattern. The second is a variation on a boat-neck t-shirt from Knipmode. Before I go any further, I'd like to say a big thank-you to those of you who voted or commented on the ...

A knitwear design experiment

You have to love a Victorian spring.  35oC one day, snowing on the mountains the next.  Considering the summer we are likely to get, I relished the cool weather while it lasted. Today is back up to 37, but the brief reprieve got me thinking about starting a jumper (sweater) for next winter. I'm a very ...

DIY kayak spray skirt and half deck

In theory, this should be an easy project.  A couple of seams, seam-sealed, elastic tunnel on the edges… project done.  Too minor snags - no pattern and I don't have access to the kayak I'm making it for.  Plus as they weren't for me, extra pressure to get it right.   Fashion Draping for Kayaks ...

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 ...

Graphic T and black shorts

A white graphic T and black shorts are the last two items for SWAP 2018. Graphics The graphic T is based on a photo I had printed from the web and stuck on my pinboard.  It has been sitting up there for a few years now.  Just waiting for me to get around to making ...

Self-drafted Convertible Hiking Pants

A while ago, I made a knock-off  of The North Face Raven shorts.  The colour has faded but they are still in high rotation in my summer wardrobe. When I made them, I had plans of making a second version and adjusting the gusset design a little.  That was back in 2012.  It's now 2018 ...

DIY kayak spray skirt

Today's project is a replacement for the spray skirt for the TK1. The current skirt came with the kayak when I bought it some 20 years ago. It was second hand then and already a veteran of a few Murray Marathons.   It has served it's owners well but  has now mostly delaminated and parts ...

Embroidered owl and Giraffe stencil tees

Lately I've been thinking about making an Alabama Chanin style top.  The idea came to me as I wanted to make the asymmetric top in a recent Knipmode mag, but couldn't find matching plain and print fabrics.  So it  would be a good excuse to make my own print or embellished fabrics.  I've always wanted ...

Designer Knock-off: Balmain Biker Pant

The third type of pant drafted from the sloper I made is a cigarette pant style. I've used the Balmain Biker pants as the inspiration. The adjustments for a cigarette pant is mainly in reducing the crotch extension and narrowing the leg.  For this pant, I've also shortened the rise and added in seam details ...

Designer Knock-off: Kuhl Destroyer pant

My next knock-off is the Kuhl Destroyer Pant. I think I was crazy to try to make these pants, but life is boring without a bit of a challenge? Drafting the pattern turned out to be the 'easy' bit. The biggest headache was working out how to sew the sides as they have a normal ...