Category: Pattern Reviews

Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket

Last year I bought a really funky border print fabric and I've been searching for a jacket pattern to use with it. The pattern repeat is quite short so I needed to be careful with seaming. I'd been reluctantly leaning towards a bomber jacket. Last week I was searching for a parka pattern for another ...

Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket

For the last 10 years I've been wanting to make a Goretex jacket.  The RTW one I use for skiing and hiking was designed for  someone much taller than I am.  Making my own would mean I get a good fit plus have control over pocket styles and added extras like pit zips and detachable ...

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4

The last part of the new wardrobe is the "wildcard" pack.  The colours can be anything, as long as they match with some (not all) of the items in the previous packs.  I've used orange tones in my wildcards.   Burnt Orange Linen Jacket I made this jacket a couple of years ago and absolutely ...

Lekala 4162: Linen Blazer

A couple of months back, I found some gorgeous natural linen fabric from my local indie fabric shop.  I bought enough for a pair of pants and shorts.  After making the pants, I decided to make a matching jacket instead of the shorts.   I chose the Lekala 4162 pattern as I’ve had good fitting results ...

Merckwaerdigh BAD24

The swimsuit 2016: Part 2

My togs are finished and road- swim- tested!   Armed with the English instructions the pieces went together like a breeze.  I’m really happy with how they have turned out.  You can see part 1 here. Construction The instructions are concise but very clear.  You are guided as to what stitch to use on each step.  ...

The swimsuit 2016: Part 1

Finally, I'm summoned up the courage to tackle this swimsuit (a.k.a. togs).  It has only taken 4 years, but I think it will be worth the wait.  The pattern is Merckwaerdigh BAD 24.  I fell in love with it the first time I saw it.  It is very distinctive and I was particularly attracted to ...

Lekala 4305 (Jacket With Stand Collar) in Denim

Last year I made the pattern last year "as-is" in leather and have worn it a lot. I have used the pattern as a base to knock-off of the Kuhl Burr jacket. This post covers the design changes that I made. Please see the original post for more detail on the original pattern / instructions ...

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Pattern Review: McCall 7199 in Printed Mesh

When this pattern was first released I was really excited.  I had seen a similar style in RTW on Anthropology and more recently, the Style Arc Marie Jacket pattern.  The different closures were appealing, especially view C with the toggle closure. I made it up in a lightweight printed mesh.   The fabric is gorgeous but ...

Pattern Review: Patrones Magazine 339 #3 (Pantalon Lasserre) in heavy cotton twill

I made these pants in a very heavy, tightly woven cotton twill. The fabric is still a little stiff but should soften (I hope).  The style lines of this pattern a great - a bit more detailed than most pant patterns. The princess seams make fitting much easier too. I may sew this again in ...

Pattern Review: KnipMode Magazine 03-2014 #108 (Blouse) in Raw Silk

Ever since this edition in the mail, I’ve had this pattern high on my wishlist.  Love the deep V neckline and partial standup collar!  Last year I made a test garment up, in long sleeves.  For this version I, I made a few changes, especially to the neckline depth, and added bust darts. The fabric ...