Category: Pattern Reviews

‘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 :-). The Design The design for the bra is based on a bra that I ...

Burgundy Lace Top

Sometimes the KISS approach is the best way to go. When I first bought this fabric a couple of years ago, I had a peplum style top in mind.  I'm not sure why, maybe an inspiration photo prompted the idea.  But whatever it was, the idea stuck.  So when I put the fabric on the ...

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 ...

Yellow Shirt – Drafted from scratch

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. Drafting from scratch isn't ...

Forty something…

The heat wave continues, although I don't think you can really call it a wave. It's just HOT. And I think this heat will be around for most of February as well. At times like this I wish we had air-conditioning. On the bright side: 39C feels cool compared to 45C you can wash blankets ...

Last post of 2018

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. In my previous post, I included the drawings and fabrics for what I ...

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 ...

Sew the look : Lekala 4420 Blouse

Remember those rust pants from a previous post that I was trying to find tops for?  Well here is the second instalment : a casual summer blouse using Lekala 4420   Fabric : A rayon print in a Jacobean style print.  The red is a little brighter than the colour of the pants but blends ...

Butterick 5988 Floral Top

When I did my wardrobe clean-out last month, I was making notes on gaps that I needed to fill and patterns that I should so again. One of my "opportunities" was to sew a couple of tops to go with one of my pants. It is a lovely Japanese cotton with a little bit of ...

Pattern Hack: Hiking shirt with armpit and back vents

This is the same pattern as in my previous post, but this time with twist. The fabric is one of those tech hiking fabrics, supposedly with moisture management and UV protection, that I see so often in RTW hiking shirts. It's been in my stash for ages and I've always had plans to use it ...