Category: Pattern Reviews

Tour de France with the Pattern Stash

I love watching the live stages of the Tour de France each year. You get to see so much more of the tactics and scenery than with the daily highlights, plus there is no spoiler on the morning news to tell you who won and my how much. The snag is that the stages generally ...

Controlled Exposure 75 – Goretex Shell Gloves (photo heavy)

About 12 years ago I bought a fantastic yet very complicated pattern for shell gloves. And I've finally made them!!!  It's a mixture of relief, rapture, disbelief, adrenalin rush and blind panic all rolled into one. Don't believe me - just check out the photo of the pattern pieces!! The gloves are designed to be ...

The glove challenge begins ….

I joined the Pattern Stash contest on PR to help me use up some of the patterns that I've put in the 'gunnawundae' bucket.  I have no desire to win, just to challenge myself to use the patterns I have.  Many tie in with my winter sewing plans, so that is a big bonus.  Pattern ...

Autumn sewing wrap-up

It's been almost three months since my last post.  Most of my spare time has been spent enjoying the great outdoors or working in the garden.  I've been sewing a little, but not getting around to editing photos for a write-up. So its high time for a quick catch-up. Sudoku wardrobe - last of the ...

Controlled Exposure Mountain Pants

These are photos of a pair of Goretex pants that I made for DH back in 2010.  The pattern is Controlled Exposure #55 - Mountain Pants.  It was originally reviewed on Pattern Review.  Apologies if you've seen this before, but I was trying to fix the photo links for someone but I'm getting an error ...

Blue and orange tankini (Merckwaerdigh MIX5L)

My new tankini is finished and I love how it has turned out.  The printed panel was not as easy to work with as I first thought, but I'm really happy with how the print works with this design. The pattern is Merckwaerdigh MIX5L, view D.  Which is a tankini version of the bras I ...

Jalie 3351 swimshorts

Lately, I've been getting a lot of use from a pair of swimshorts that I made a couple of years ago using the Jalie 3351 pattern.  I've found them good to wear kayaking or for a social swim & BBQ up a the lake. When I made the first pair, I picked the size based ...

New swimsuit

I've been working on a new swimsuit using the blue & orange printed panel, originally from Jets, that I bought from The Remnant Warehouse.  I loved the colours in the print but deciding what to do with it was a real headache. The plan The panel has two swimsuits printed on it, rather than being ...

Lekala 4466 Knit Blazer and other finish objects…

Lekala 4466 in a textured knit I bought this gorgeous textured knit from my "local" indie fabric store at the same time I picked up the pixel plaid wool.  The pattern I had in mind was Lekala 4466  which is designed for knits and has a shawl collar, princess seams and two piece sleeves. The ...

Knit Biker Jacket (My Image M1459) Review

This knit jacket is from the pattern for the pinky-grey jacket featured on the cover of My Image 9 (Fall/Winter 2014/15).   The magazine shots show view B, which has a colour blocked layered-look sleeve. View A has a plain sleeve.  There is a mistake in the tech drawing - the front princess seam actually runs ...