Category: Pattern Reviews

Knipmode August 2017 finished projects

I was really impressed with the August issue of Knipmode. I've earmarked 7 patterns to make up. Here are the first three - a knit top (#2), a woven top (#17) and stretch woven pants (#4). Lately I've been struggling to find something that I'd like to make up as many of the patterns are ...

Craftsy Class Review: Pattern Making + Design – The Pant Sloper

Remember my New Year's resolution to do something with the classes that I've purchased on Craftsy?  During August I decided that I wanted to get a better pant sloper.  The pant base that I've been using was based on a Patrones pattern and my jeans pattern was based on a Knipmode pattern.  Both have been ...

Pattern Stash: The last dash

Here is the last instalment of my pattern stash busting - Three tops and a polar fleece vest.  Plus a sneak peak at the rug I've been weaving.   1. Lekala 4443 - knit tunic This pattern is a tunic length t-shirt with tucks at the high hip.  Overall the fit is quite good, especially ...

Pattern Stash: The raglan tops

Here is the next instalment of my pattern stash busting. I was working through some raglan sleeve top patterns.  Starting with a Lekala one and moving up to a more complicated design.  As I found out, raglan sleeves come in many different disguises - two part, darted shoulder, single piece, single piece with raised neckline.  ...

Pattern Stash: The pants

At the start of winter I created a couple of inspiration boards for things I would like to sew. As part of the pattern stash contest, I was trying to match these up with some of my unused patterns.  I've trialled 5 patterns, including two Lisette patterns.  Here is my progress so far. For the ...

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 ...