Striped hiking shirt

Am I the only one who doesn’t like sewing buttons on?

I made this shirt almost 6 weeks ago and have only just got around to putting the last couple of buttons on. It’s such a tedious job at the best of times when it’s only the front placket that needs doing, but this shirt has an extra eight ( pocket, sleeve tab and 2 on each cuff). But I got there in the end, mainly as I wanted to wear it on the weekend. Continue reading “Striped hiking shirt”

KwikSew 3026: Paisley woven polo shirt

This paisley print has been sitting in my stash for almost a decade, never quite knowing what it wanted to be.  Too short in length for a long sleeve shirt for which it was intended to be, and never quite suiting the summer shirt patterns that I tried to match it with.
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Cycling jerseys and other stuff

The Tour de France started last week and I’ve been staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning to watch the live stages.  It’s the perfect excuse to set up the cutting table in front of the TV each night and get some serious sewing time in. Continue reading “Cycling jerseys and other stuff”

Owl sweatshirt and dress-form arms

For a bit of fun this week, I’ve been playing with fabric crayons to give a bit of interest to a plain grey sweatshirt.  And I finally got around to making arms for my dress-form.  Something I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages.

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Ottobre Sweatshirt V2

For version two of this sweatshirt, I’ve gone down three sizes from what was recommended in the size chart and added a little extra width at the hip.  The fit is much better, especially through the shoulders.   No way near as baggy as yesterday’s version.  With the narrower shoulders, the sleeve came out to be the right length.  I’ve still tapered the sleeve a little and reduced the cuff with. Continue reading “Ottobre Sweatshirt V2”

Ottobre Sweatshirt v1

I would have thought that somewhere in my pattern stash, I had a pattern for a crew neck sweatshirt with set in sleeves.  Most of the patterns that I have either were raglan sleeved or were hoodies.  A quick look at the Big 4 patterns didn’t come up with any, even Kwik Sew.  I did find a couple of indi patterns that fitted the bill, but expensive for what they were.

At this point, I did seriously consider just buying a couple of sweatshirts.  I could get two for the price of the indi pattern and I didn’t have the hassle of finding matching ribbing.  The next time I was in town, I dropped into one of the chain stores to have a look.  I’d just be using them around the house and for working in the garden so the low quality was OK for what I was doing.  They’d last a couple of years, by which time they would be permanently stained and likely to have a few holes from being snagged on branches.  I’d might scrape 30 wears out of them, but not 30 washes.  The thing that stopped me was they were made in Bangladesh.  If I bought them, am I just reinforcing bad working conditions for the people who made them?  Is this something you consider when buying RTW? Continue reading “Ottobre Sweatshirt v1”

SWAP 2018: Pink shirt and grey jeans

Over the long weekend, I got a bit of time to work on my SWAP plan.

Lekala 4002 – Baby pink cotton

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 a tightly woven cotton – the kind that a needle has trouble punching through. The colour is a delicate pink that can almost look white depending on what it is worn with. Continue reading “SWAP 2018: Pink shirt and grey jeans”