SWAP 2019 finished

My SWAP (sewing with a plan) is complete.   This year’s rules required us to choose a colour scheme from an inspiration photo; two neutrals with 2-5 accents and/or prints.  Each item needed to make at least 2 outfits.  While I didn’t need a fully cohesive capsule wardrobe, I did want to plug a few gaps ...

‘Project C’ – Pleated olive and black bra set

Whooo-hoooo! I finally got this project done and dusted. Back in December, I made plans for some lingerie sewing. "Project C" was the one I really, really, REALLY wanted to work out well. So naturally, I procrastinated on starting it :-). The Design The design for the bra is based on a bra that I ...

Handwoven Bomber jacket : design musings

When Lyndle left a comment on my recent weaving post asking how long it took, it spurred me into action on planning my bomber jacket. I generally have something on the loom, and I weave whenever I feel like it. Sometimes for half an hour; sometimes for 4 hours. Sometimes each day; sometimes with gaps ...

Burgundy Lace Top

Sometimes the KISS approach is the best way to go. When I first bought this fabric a couple of years ago, I had a peplum style top in mind.  I'm not sure why, maybe an inspiration photo prompted the idea.  But whatever it was, the idea stuck.  So when I put the fabric on the ...

How many ways can you draft a sleeve?

How many ways can can you a sleeve?  Over the last month, I’ve been diving into different drafting methods and was surprised at how many different ways it can be done. I wanted to make a close-fitting denim shirt, like in the tech drawing above.  Shoulder yoke, front princess seams, shirt-tail hem, and long sleeves ...

Handwoven: Ray of sunshine tea towels

While hanging out the washing last month, I noticed that my tea-towels were threadbare and developing holes. And so my summer weaving project was decided for me. Initially I had planned to make something like this turned twill design, in pale yellow, silver and white. That design is for 8-shafts, but I was able to ...

Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing – Results

Following on from my previous post on the stitching and dyeing process, it's time to take a peek and see how it turned out. It took an insane amount of water to wash the dye out.  Because of the drought we've had to have water trucked in, and I really hated to be wasting so ...

Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing

I started getting interested in shibori when I was doing some “internet research” for an Alabama Chanin style project.  Although I love the look of AC-style garments, I couldn’t help worry about looking like I was wearing my farm clothes rather than something that had taken countless hours to create.  Country Chic in a farming ...

Capris – A bit of fun

Last spring, I picked up this fabric in the remnant section for a couple of some small change. It is an organic cotton from Cloud 9; lovely soft feel to it. I liked the little bit of yellow in the print and thought it would be good to pair with the yellow top. The plan ...

Yellow Shirt – Drafted from scratch

A short sleeved fitted shirt with collar and stand.  Not overly remarkable in itself, but did I mention that I hand-drafted it, from my measurements? Yay, I finally got the bodice block drafted and fitted. Like the pants block, this one also turned out to be a bit of an epic. Drafting from scratch isn't ...

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