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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