Sewing

La Maison Victor Jeff and Isaac

I recently bought the latest men’s edition of la Maison Victor magazine and Mark chose four patterns that he thought he would like. I began by making the Jeff trousers, as I was a bit inspired by Andrew’s tap pants. They are pretty straightforward, but have interesting design details. The front legs are divided into […]

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Sewing

Office Man jacket

I have made my first ever item from my first ever Ottobre magazine, the family edition 07/2017, and it’s the rather quaintly named Office Man jacket. Never mind the office man, this is a perfect jacket for the retired man and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it. I […]

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Sewing, underwear

Boxer briefs for Mark

If you’ve been following The Refashioners 2016 you may have seen an absolutely brilliant jeans refashion by Joost de Cock, which sent us all scurrying off to his website to see what other amazingness he had been up to. He has a site called MakeMyPattern, with several patterns (mostly for men), which are all available free under the Creative […]

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Sewing, Travel

A fistful of Finlaysons

I  made my first Thread Theory Finlayson for Mark, but had to face the fact that it was a bit small. This was bad, but also good because it meant that I could have it! However, it also meant that I needed to make him another one (or two). Mark took them on his recent holiday to […]

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family sewing, Sewing

Shorts and trousers

Once Mark retired he began to hanker after some different sorts of clothes, and his first request was for some shorts. He is wearing the first pair I made him with his new sports shirt. These shorts are made from some really nice fabric that I had in my stash, and it was only after […]

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family sewing, Stashbusting

Shirt Sewalong

The January theme of one of the Facebook groups I belong to – Sewalongs and Sewing Contests – is Making Shirts, hosted by none other than David Page Coffin, author of The Shirtmaking Workbook.  I was away for the first week of the SAL and will be away for the last week, which presented me with a little problem. I […]

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family sewing, Sewing, Travel

Burda 7142 for Mark

I made Mark a coat for our trip to New York and other cold far flung places, and, although it weighs a lot, it is warm! Warning: you are going to get random photos all over NYC.. First up, in front of the Flat Iron Building. This is an iconic building and I see that […]

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Sewing

Jumper for him from Molly the alpaca and a vintage pattern

A couple of months ago I bought this book in an op-shop for 20cents and fell in love with so many patterns. The patterns range from the 1920s to the 1980s, and yes, there is a knitted swimsuit in there! BTW does anyone recognise the model on the front cover? yep, it’s Andie MacDowell, apparently […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

How many shirts in a sheet?

So how many shirts can you get from a sheet? Surprisingly only two! This is my old favourite pattern, KwikSew 3422, made from a new flannelette sheet that was surplus to requirements. I must say that I chose the sheet colour knowing that I was going to turn the top sheet into shirts, but I […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Nettie bodysuit for me and jeans for Mark

I had a substantial piece of baby pink two-way stretch knit that I bought because it was really cheap and it’s quite hard to find the two-way stretch. I dyed it blue, and made a Nettie bodysuit from Closet Case Files. I won’t go on too much about this bodysuit, as I’ve already blogged my […]

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