Pixel Plaid Shirt Finished

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Pixel Plaid shirt

The pixel plaid shirt is finally finished and I’m so relieved at how it looks.  Quite a few years ago, I made a plaid shirt.  Spent ages getting the stripes to match for it to look really awful on me.   The ghost of that project kept haunting me as cut and sewed this shirt.  To my relief, I like the way the finished shirt looks.  It feels so cosy on and I know it will get a lot of wear.

In my last post, I wrote about deciding on the pattern for the fabric.  This post is mainly about the layout choices. Continue reading “Pixel Plaid Shirt Finished”

Pixel Plaid

Last week I dropped into my favourite fabric store.  It is over 100km from home so I don’t get there that often.  In some ways that is a good thing as it is like being in a lolly shop – so many gorgeous fabrics that sometimes it is hard to choose.  On this trip three fabrics followed me home.  The first two are off-white solids – a silk cotton shirting and a textured knit for a jacket. Continue reading “Pixel Plaid”

Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket

Border print detail
Border print detail

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 project and came across the Tosti Utility Jacket by Waffle Patterns and thought it would be worth a try. Continue reading “Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket”

Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket

Charcoal Goretex Jacket - front
Charcoal Goretex Jacket – front

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 hoods.  So what has been stopping me all this time?  The  main issue is can’t really decide on the design I want to make.  Some of the slim-fit RTW climbing jackets looks so nice, but maybe not so versatile.  The other issue is the paralysis of not wanting to cut into expensive fabric. Continue reading “Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket”

‘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. Continue reading “‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4”

Lekala 4162: Linen Blazer

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Linen Jacket

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 with their patterns and liked the style of the jacket. Continue reading “Lekala 4162: Linen Blazer”

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.
Merckwaerdigh BAD24Merk_BAD24 Continue reading “The swimsuit 2016: Part 2”

The swimsuit 2016: Part 1

Merk_BAD24Finally, 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 the version with the stripes on the band.  So, way back then, I found some funky striped fabric in black and white and had it shipped across the pond.

 

I also ordered the pattern along with some other lingerie supplies from ELingeriA.  They sent me the Dutch language version instead on the English.  Normally this isn’t a problem, having used KnipMode patterns for many years, I was getting to understand enough of what I was reading to be able to put things together.  The pattern pieces have different markings for the notches so it is very easy to work out how the pieces go together.  But on this one, I was having trouble working out where and when the elastic is applied.  Each year, I’d get the pattern out and then get nervous about doing the elastic wrong.  Summer would pass by and nothing would have happened.

So while the temperatures here are hovering around 40°C and my boardshorts just finished, I’m determined to get the project off the ground. Continue reading “The swimsuit 2016: Part 1”

Lekala 4305 (Jacket With Stand Collar) in Denim

Detail view
Detail view

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 etc. Continue reading “Lekala 4305 (Jacket With Stand Collar) in Denim”