Sewing

Drawstring top

In anticipation of spring the clothes shops seem to be full of drawstrings and big sleeves and I thought I would make a top based on one I saw in Country Road, which had a diagonal drawstring through the body giving an asymmetrical hem. The CR top had an extra style line at the front, […]

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Sewing, vintage, vintage pledge

Three decades spring trench

The Sewalongs and Sewing Contests Facebook group is currently running a competition and trench coats are part of it. I had no intention of participating in this as (a) I’m an admin and ineligible for a prize, and (b) couldn’t face making a trench coat, but somehow I got swept up into the general excitement […]

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dyeing, Sewing

Pillowcase to dyed top

The fabric for this top was dyed during the Fibres West Retreat I attended in July, and was a pillowcase in its previous life. It was a pretty fancy pillowcase with lines of pintucks, some of which had come adrift and I discovered that I don’t have a pintucking foot so had to do the […]

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Sewing

Dyeing experiments and lessons learned

We recently had a lovely few days at our bush block where it did nothing but rain, so I cowered under shelter and did a bit of natural dyeing. Whilst I was at it, I learned a few lessons that I thought I’d share. A few weeks ago I mordanted some cotton knit with soy […]

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Sewing

Mandy meets Muresk

Such an obscure title, but this is a reference to the Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee crossed with the Muresk top previously made here and here. I didn’t create this pattern, Sarah from Workspace Fashion and Design School did, taking the original pattern we created from the top I found at the Fibres West garage sale and melding […]

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handknitting, Knitting

Elizabeth Zimmerman seamless yoke sweater

Kate from fabrickated recently threw out a challenge to participate in a knitalong for the Seamless Yoke Sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book “Knitting without tears”. As I had the book I decided to join in and had a fossick in my wool stash for something to knit with. What I came up with was a […]

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Sewing

Jalie Éléonore Pull-On Jeans

Many years ago I made four pairs of pull on “jeans” from some beautiful thick ponte that I had bought somewhere in my travels. In order to make them I hacked a pattern but couldn’t remember which pattern and what I’d done with my hacked pattern. It all happened pre-blogging so I couldn’t even use […]

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