Sewing

Charlie Caftan

Like everyone else in the sewing world I fell immediately in love with the Closet Case Patterns Charlie caftan and decided that I was not going to go through the summer without one. I wanted the long version which takes a fair amount of fabric and I didn’t have anything suitable in my stash, but […]

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Sewing, vintage pledge

DesigninDecember entry

As you may or may not be aware, December is the month when many people are busy looking for inspiration in the form of designer wear that they can copy for (hopefully) a fraction of the cost. The challenge is the brainchild of Linda of nicedressthanksimadeit, and the details are available here. Linda has been […]

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Sewing

Sun smart swimsuits

Followers on Instagram have already had a bit of a sneak peak at these swimsuits, but they deserve a better description, I think. I have been swimming laps and found that my arms, shoulders and back require sunscreen, and I frequently forget, so I wanted a leotard style swimsuit. Now keep in mind that I […]

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Sewing

The Uvita top: a free pattern!

Kennis, from Itch-to-Stitch has just released this awesome new pattern, the Uvita Top. The Uvita is one of those designs that becomes a wardrobe staple and, the good news is that it’s free! Features (taken from the ITS website) are: Relaxed fit Dropped shoulder Wide neckline Two sleeve options—long sleeve and three-quarter sleeve Layers feature […]

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Knitting

A Christmas forest and a pattern

When I was in Melbourne recently I bought some baker’s twine to knit some Christmas trees. I have since discovered similar twine in Spotlight and there’s also quite a lot on ebay. I have included the pattern in PDF form, with the choice of knitting it flat and sewing it up, or knitting it in […]

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Sewing

A salvaged cardigan

I decided that I had an urgent need for a long fitted tank top to wear to yoga and set about making one. It was an unmitigated disaster! I made it so fitted that it turned from black to white when I put it on – the stretch was so great. I cut the shoulders […]

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Sewing

New hats to don (or doff!)

This month’s theme for the Make a Garment a Month sewalong on Instagram is “November Needs”. Well, I needed a wide-brimmed hat, so I dug out a pattern and found some fabric and I was good to go. The fabric is a linen/metal mix from Potters (from about six years ago) and the pattern is […]

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