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The Muresk tops

This pattern has been dubbed the “Muresk top” because it’s based on a copy of a top that I got free on the last day of the garage sale at the Fibres West retreat held at Muresk, and I used fabric that I eco-dyed during my sojourn there. The original top is by a well-known […]

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McCall’s 7045: another jacket

I have my two wool jackets (here and here) which I use instead of fleece jackets, but I wanted one which wasn’t quite as warm and even more casual, so I had a burrow in my stash and came up with a piece of bamboo knit leftover from two pairs of tracksuit pants, and a […]

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A vintage jacket: B5652

I wanted to take two wool jackets to the Fibres West retreat as I knew it would be freezing, but only managed to get this one finished. I got Butterick 5652 from 1990 cut out but realised very early on that there were no pockets included in the pattern, which needed to be remedied very fast. […]

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Fibres West retreat

Followers on IG will know that I have recently been at the Muresk Institute where I attended a Fibres West six day workshop. For those readers not from Western Australia, Muresk is an agricultural college, but began life as a farm belonging to the Dempster family. I stayed in Dempster Hall (sounds grander than it […]

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A fleece alternative

I’ve been away on a Fibres West retreat and a couple of days before I left I decided I needed some jackets that weren’t fleece. I had a small wool remnant  in my stash and made the Itch-to-Stitch Lisbon cardigan but wanted to hack it like this one.   I was thrilled that a zip I […]

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Vogue 2634 – as a flanno

I have just returned from the most amazing retreat at Muresk with Fibres West; more on that later, but the theme for the week was “Down on the Farm”, so I decided that flannel shirts and dungarees were de rigeur. My dungarees were duly made, and I set about making a couple of shirts. I […]

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A flanno fest

You may or may not know that every year I make my eldest son, Tom, a flanno (flannel shirt) for his birthday. This year was no exception, except I also made one for Mark, one for me (coming soon), and also another Waffle Patterns Malaga from flannel for me. Tom’s and Mark’s are made with the […]

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