Handwoven: Thick/thin Tea-towels

First up, thanks to those who voted on which fabric to use for the cycling kit.  The filigree design won narrowly over the Mayan-style print.  I've kind of worked out how I'll use the print but I've had to put the project on hold for a little while.   I manage to pop my ankle ...

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Help Needed: choosing fabric for next project

Help! I need to make a new kit for cycling ie cycling shorts and a jersey. When (if?) the weather finally turns cold and it rains, I want to add thermal leggings and most likely a light waterproof shell. I can't settle on which print to use. Here are my choices, which one would you ...

SWAP 2018: Finished

Most years I participate in a some form of wardrobe sew-along. Initially it was PR contests but more recently SWAP (sewing with a plan) on Artisans' Square. Here is this year's new wardrobe.   The rules for the SWAP this year were fairly broad based - 'you are the designer'. A limited colour palette of ...

Graphic T and black shorts

A white graphic T and black shorts are the last two items for SWAP 2018. Graphics The graphic T is based on a photo I had printed from the web and stuck on my pinboard.  It has been sitting up there for a few years now.  Just waiting for me to get around to making ...

My Handwoven Top …. done!

Hurray!!! My handwoven top is finished! I think I have a few more grey hairs but I'm relieved to say that my weaving is off the loom, cut and sewn! One of the things I love about the lace weaves is watching the change in the fabric when it is cut off the loom and ...

Self-drafted Convertible Hiking Pants

A while ago, I made a knock-off  of The North Face Raven shorts.  The colour has faded but they are still in high rotation in my summer wardrobe. When I made them, I had plans of making a second version and adjusting the gusset design a little.  That was back in 2012.  It's now 2018 ...

SWAP 2018: Knit top and t-shirt

Just a quick  catch-up post on some sewing I did over the Easter break.  Another three items ticked off SWAP plan. Yay! Almost finished Knipmode Aug 2017 #2 knit top Similar to the one that I did back in October.  The pattern has the bust darts placed horizontally between the bust.  It kind of works ...

Sewing in 2018: 1st Qtr progress

Wow, doesn't time fly. The 1st of April and a quarter of the year already gone.  I thought I'd take a quick look at my sewing goals for the year and see how I'm tracking. 1. Reduce my fabric stash This is going fairly well.  Excluding interfacing and pocket linings,  I've almost used 50m. Mainly ...

Butterick 5958: White linen jacket

I've had Butterick 5958 on my wishlist for ages. Finally got there! I'd earmarked to make this pattern as part of my SWAP plan using a medium weight white linen.  Originally, it was just going to be a simple unlined jacket.  But then I decided to line it so the facings would though.  One thing ...

SWAP 2018: Pink shirt and grey jeans

Over the long weekend, I got a bit of time to work on my SWAP plan. The first item is a cotton shirt sewn using Lekala 4002. It is an interesting design, with a side panel and an angled yoke that extends through onto the sleeves, with a faux bow for decoration. The fabric is ...

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