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 ...

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 1

I’ve been enjoying working on my hiking wardrobe as part of the Artisan’s Square SWAP (and I've been slack about posting updates as I need to take some photos).  Progress has been a little low, mainly because most of the designs are RTW knock-offs that need a fair bit of drafting.  Then there are the ...

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 ...

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