Basketweaving

Had a wonderful day yesterday learning to weave a basket with Lomandra. Many thanks to Cassie Leatham for sharing her traditional techniques and infectious passion for weaving. It was a fantastic day and I’ve already started making the string for when she returns to teach us string bag making. Continue reading “Basketweaving”

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 in what I already have, and to add much more colour.  My colour scheme is based on a butterfly print fabric that I had.  Lots of colours to choose from. Continue reading “SWAP 2019 finished”

‘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 :-). Continue reading “‘Project C’ – Pleated olive and black bra set”

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 of weeks. If I was going to be able to wear it during the coming winter, I’d better get my skates ( or shuttles) on. Starting now, I may have the cloth ready by the end of May, followed by a month of procrastinating with the fear of cutting into the fabric to make the jacket. Continue reading “Handwoven Bomber jacket : design musings”

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 with placket and cuffs.  The fabric is a lovely tencel chambray with printed dots.  Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve done some more fitting with the armscye of my fitted blouse block that I used for the yellow shirt.  I’ve used that block to draft this pattern. Continue reading “How many ways can you draft a sleeve?”

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 community is very hard to pull off.  I kept being drawn to images of Japanese textiles using shibori or sashiko in a very controlled way.   Here are some examples  of what appealed to me. Continue reading “Slow Projects: Shibori and Indigo Dyeing”

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.

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