Category: Pattern Reviews

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 ...

SWAP 2018: Knit top and t-shirt

Just a quick  catch-up post on some sewing I did over the Easter break.  Another three items ticked off SWAP plan. Yay! Almost finished Knipmode Aug 2017 #2 knit top Similar to the one that I did back in October.  The pattern has the bust darts placed horizontally between the bust.  It kind of works ...

Butterick 5958: White linen jacket

I've had Butterick 5958 on my wishlist for ages. Finally got there! I'd earmarked to make this pattern as part of my SWAP plan using a medium weight white linen.  Originally, it was just going to be a simple unlined jacket.  But then I decided to line it so the facings would though.  One thing ...

SWAP 2018: Pink shirt and grey jeans

Over the long weekend, I got a bit of time to work on my SWAP plan. The first item is a cotton shirt sewn using Lekala 4002. It is an interesting design, with a side panel and an angled yoke that extends through onto the sleeves, with a faux bow for decoration. The fabric is ...

SWAP 2018 progress update

Eeek, I can't believe it is March already.  Where does the time go?  So far I have made four items on my SWAP plan. The first two are the prints that I made up in December.  One is a geometric print rayon that I made up using a slightly modified version of Lekala 4439 (review ...