refashion, Sewing

A nip and a tuck

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am useless at this refashioning malarky; so when Portia Lawrie announced that the theme for  The Refashioners 2017 was  “suits you”, I did a little snort and a happy dance because no way was I going to participate in that! I had donated every suit […]

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Papercut patterns Sapporo coat

When the latest Papercut patterns were released I bought a couple and loved the Sapporo coat. It has a lovely cocoon shape and the most interesting integrated angled pockets. Look at those style lines! I have noticed that Papercut patterns run rather large, so was quite happy when Sara from Workspace Fashion and Design School […]

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Repurposing a shirt

I picked up this shirt for free on the last day of the garage sale at the Fibres West retreat – and yes, that garage sale is the gift that keeps on giving! The shirt is by Perri Cutten, a well-known Australian fashion designer, and is a lovely white linen, and bonus, it was made […]

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Dyed cabin dress

After the success of my first Blueprints for Sewing Cabin dress I decided to make another one, but take a slightly different approach to the fabric. I had some rather plain cotton/linen blend and thought I’d dye it. I dumped it in a pot of rosemary and left it for a few days, but the colour […]

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Blueprints for sewing: Cabin dress

I bought this pattern whilst I was in the US recently and have been dying to try it, I think because it reminds me of a tent dress (remember them?) I had in the 1960s. The pattern states that the  “Cabin is easy, comfortable, and flattering shirt or shift dress.” and “Both shirt and shift […]

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Itch to Stitch Lago tank

The Itch to Stitch Lago tank is a free pattern and I thought it would be really useful for summer. I made one out of scraps first   Then I used some of the fabric that I had dyed. This is a pretty classic tie dye, using a few objects such as squash balls, and […]

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His choice

For the last week Carolyn has been hosting a lovely challenge called #theirchoice17, where a friend or family member gets to pick our outfits every day. When she announced it, I read out her post to Mark and he immediately said we should do it. Whaaat? Are you sure??  I admit to some trepidation regarding […]

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ANKESTRiCK Antler sweater

I knitted this ANKESTRiCK Antler sweater back in April to take on our holiday to Canada and the US in May, but chose to not take it and it has languished in the drawer all winter. Then Carolyn created a challenge called #theirchoice17 where a friend or family member chooses our outfits for a week, and […]

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