Winter Wardrobe Planning

Following on from the success of my Summer-Spring SWAP, I decided to use the same formula for a winter wardrobe.  Here are the bones of what I've been working on. The wishlist… Main colours:   black, dark brown, cream and red. Expand options for these jackets: black wool jacket  from 2015 brown leather jacket from 2014 ...

Pixel Plaid Shirt Finished

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 ...

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 ...

Silk Python Scarves

Recently a good friend lent me an 8-shaft table loom for a bit of a play.  I'm normally limited to 4-shafts so I decided to make the most of it.  The scarf pattern, by David Wismar, is the one shown on the cover of  May/June 2015 edition of Handwoven magazine. The draft is #45548 on ...

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: Finish with a scarf

Since my SWAP wardrobe was inspired by the colours in a skein of yarn, I should show you the finished scarf.  After a few wrong turns learning experiences, the end result was a featherweight scarf that really showed up the colour variations in the dying.  As a recap, this is the skein as I bought ...

‘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 ...

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 3

The third pack in the SWAP consists of two garments that use the same colour scheme as the first two packs and tie them together. Pack 1 was off-white, with the print in the top including blue and browns. Pack 2 was mainly blue, but the shorts also had a dash of tan. So this ...

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 2

The next part of the new wardrobe is the blue pack - tencel denim shirt, linen jeans and cotton shorts.  The details and photos are below.  But first, a quick update on the progress of the scarf.  I've wound the yarn onto the warping board.  It was quite a slow process trying to keep the ...

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