Mark, Op shopping, pattern review

New outfits for Mark

It’s been pretty hot here in Perth and I noticed that Mark was wearing cotton and linen shirts instead of his usual t-shirts and I wondered if it was because the knit fabric was hotter. I began to look for a woven t-shirt pattern and found the Merchant and Mills t-shirt pattern which looked quite […]

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Op shopping, Repurposed, Sewing, Stashbusting

Bellini double take

Having made my first Bellini, I thought I’d join the Bellini Sewalong and make a peach Bellini out of some slubby silk that Mark bought me in Sri Lanka. Feeling smug about the peach Bellini thing, I raided the stash cupboard to discover that the “peach” is actually apricot. OK, an Apricot Bellini could be an […]

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Free pattern, Op shopping, pattern review, recycling, refashion, Sewing, Stashbusting, underwear

More t-shirt refashions

This was my last hurrah in the repurpose, reuse, refashion month – I took 3 t-shirts and made 4 pairs of undies. While having an idle wander around the internet I came across this free pattern from indigorchid and thought I’d give it a go. I started with this t-shirt which Bridgette had thrown out and I’d […]

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Knitting, Op shopping, Travel, vintage, yarn shopping in Stockholm

A fadist’s guide to Stockholm #2: knitting wool

My last post was about fabric stores in Stockholm, and now a post for the knitters who are looking for good yarn stores in Stockholm. This mission was much tougher than the fabric mission, for some reason. I found lots of bits of wool in various fabric stores and also in Åhlens department store, but it was disappointing […]

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Archie, family sewing, Op shopping

White shirt

During the February Stashbust Sewalong, which was about sewing for loved ones, Archie requested that I make him black and white shirts. I made the black one, and here is the white one! He thought the sleeves were a bit long and I couldn’t be bothered making them shorter, so I rolled them up. I […]

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Archie, family sewing, Op shopping

Black shirt

I made this shirt for Archie whilst still in the month of February – sewing for those you love, in Stashbuster Sewalong land. I have finally captured him wearing it, albeit with the usual photographic reluctance on his part. It is Kwik Sew 3422, this time with short sleeves. The only changes I made were […]

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Kwik Sew 2866, Lutterloh, Op shopping, Sewing, Travel

L is for Liquorice Allsorts

As soon as my friend S and I saw this fabric we both thought “liquorice allsorts”, although Mark was immediately reminded of a Mondrian painting. A lively discussion resulted in him coming around to my way of thinking, so order was restored. I wanted to make something simple with it as it is quite busy […]

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Archie, Op shopping

A flash of Spring

As previously mentioned, I have been doing a lot of spring and summer sewing but the weather has conspired against me wearing any of it. However, today is lovely so here is one of the many new things I have to wear. I was given the book, Stylish Dress Book, for my birthday and have […]

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Kwik Sew 3422, Mark, Op shopping, Sewing

A trio of shirts

Just so you know, I have been really busy in the sweatshop! Mark came home from Hobart with orders from his parents, which included socks and a shirt. I have knitted the socks and dispatched them, and now I have completed the shirt for Mark’s father – who was very taken with Mark’s version. This is KwikSew […]

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Archie, family sewing, GCC, Kwik Sew 3422, Op shopping, Sewing, Tom

City shirt

I made a shirt for Tom from some fabric which has a city skyline on it.    I bought the fabric at Potter’s last year, and really had no idea what to do with it. There were two remnants and I had given one to Bridgette, Tom’s girlfriend. In order to make the shirt I […]

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