dyeing, Sewing

Dyeing for some tights

In order to fulfil my Me-Made-May pledge (at the bottom of this post), I decided that I need some tights, stat! Unfortunately, a quick exploration of my stash revealed this as the most likely contender, and I didn’t think several pairs of hot pink tights would cut the mustard.  So, I did what most normal […]

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Sewing

A brace of Birkins

I set out to make the Birkin Flares from Baste & Gather, having been inspired by several people but I kept seeing them on The Compulsive Seamstress and was so impressed with the fit and cut, so I got myself a pattern. Then began the head scratching. You see, I laid my jeans block over the Birkin pattern […]

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Sewing

Another Plantain and some Moji

I made this Deer & Doe Plantain a few weeks ago when I was trying to get rid of a few scraps and thought a bit of colour blocking would be the go. This is the first Plantain I’ve made that has no changes to the length or shape (see the others here and here), […]

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Sewing

Striped Plantain, gently altered

Having so recently discovered the joys of the Plantain t-shirt, I wanted to make another one super quickly. I wanted a longer one (I saw one recently on Sewjeanmargaret‘s Instagram, which totally inspired me), and I had this lovely, heavy, drapey, viscose in my stash, with stripes, so no brainer! I made the hem level with the […]

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Sewing

Madder dyed shirt

Several moons ago (last year) I attended a natural dyeing course with my fellow One Year One Outfit-ers at Trudi Pollard‘s amazing studio. I bought some Cambodian silk from her and dyed it with her madder and this glorious fabric is the result! I was exceedingly anxious about cutting into this precious fabric, but it’s […]

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Japanese sewing books, Sewing

Drape drape 2 one piece side drape top

I made this before we went away in December and then forgot that I’d made it. I found it during a recent cull of clothing and was so delighted. It’s from the drape drape 2 Japanese pattern book It’s the second garment I’ve made from this book (the asymmetrical top being the other one), and I can’t wait […]

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self-drafted, Sewing

Ruched cuffs and collar: a tutorial

I was quite pleased with my recently made tops with the ruched collar and cuffs, and I thought I’d share my trial one as a mini-tutorial. I am doing the cuff, but the collar is exactly the same process. The first thing to do is to make a pattern piece. I loosely measured my wrist and worked […]

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Sewing

Tops with ruched collar and cuffs

I used to own a top with ruched cuffs and collar and, although it’s long gone, I thought I’d have a go at copying it. Because I was working from my rather sketchy memory, I have experimented a little. My first try is this simple black top with the collar and cuffs (and my original was black). […]

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Sewing

GBSB Drapey dress

Megan from Meggipeg told me that the drapey dress from the Great British Sewing Bee was now available free on the internet and I remembered that I had made it when I acquired the book. However, my version looked like what a clown would wear should she choose to wear a dress instead of trousers. I looked ridiculous, […]

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Sewing

Coco with a twist

Some time ago I set out to make a Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress from a striped knit, and decided that I wanted the fronts on the bias to get a chevron effect. All well and good, but found it too clingy and put it to one side. I didn’t want to waste the fabric […]

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