Category: Pattern Reviews

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ottobre Sweatshirt v1

I would have thought that somewhere in my pattern stash, I had a pattern for a crew neck sweatshirt with set in sleeves.  Most of the patterns that I have either were raglan sleeved or were hoodies.  A quick look at the Big 4 patterns didn't come up with any, even Kwik Sew.  I did ...

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Help Needed: choosing fabric for next project

Help! I need to make a new kit for cycling ie cycling shorts and a jersey. When (if?) the weather finally turns cold and it rains, I want to add thermal leggings and most likely a light waterproof shell. I can't settle on which print to use. Here are my choices, which one would you ...

SWAP 2018: Finished

Most years I participate in a some form of wardrobe sew-along. Initially it was PR contests but more recently SWAP (sewing with a plan) on Artisans' Square. Here is this year's new wardrobe.   The rules for the SWAP this year were fairly broad based - 'you are the designer'. A limited colour palette of ...

My Handwoven Top …. done!

Hurray!!! My handwoven top is finished! I think I have a few more grey hairs but I'm relieved to say that my weaving is off the loom, cut and sewn! One of the things I love about the lace weaves is watching the change in the fabric when it is cut off the loom and ...