Sewing

Fibremood Zita Quant-ified

As in Mary Quant-ified! I came home from my holidays keen to make another Fibremood Zita to fill a gap in my wardrobe for when it’s very hot. I spent hours dragging stuff out of my stash to find the very fabric I wanted. I began with some unevenly onion skin dyed cotton, but didn’t […]

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Zero waste

ACT zero waste trousers

I saw the MILAN AV-JC zero waste trousers advertised and fell a bit in love with them. They have a paper bag waist which does absolutely nothing for my waistless body, but I couldn’t resist. By the way, the black bits on these are the belt loops – so cool! The pattern says to use a […]

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Antique sewing and knitting machines, Circular sock machine, Machine knitting

Some circular sock success!

Quite nice alliteration in the title, which makes me happy. Thanks to Wendy from Corramook Cranky Socks and Karen from CSMLove, I feel mastery of my vintage Imperia circular sock machine is within my grasp. Low level mastery – I’m not getting ahead of myself here! I think a big difference was made when (coach) […]

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Sewing

Closet core patterns Cielo top

It’s Natural November on Magamsewalong over on Instagram, so I thought I’d make a top as naturally as I could. I made the Closet Core Patterns Cielo top for the first time. In this iteration it’s very similar to other patterns I own, and I would have liked a fancier sleeve but didn’t have enough […]

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Sewing

Eco-dyed Eva Tee

In July I was lucky enough to do an eco-dyeing workshop with Penny Jewel, organised by WAFTA. It was just for protein fibres which are easier to dye than cellulose, but I wanted to improve my dyeing outcomes and I learned an enormous amount. Much of the fabric was provided and this shirt came from […]

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Sewing

Scrumbled vest

I have still got quite a lot of my naturally dyed yarn, so I began making more circles, more or less as a way of learning to crochet different textures and patterns. Before I knew where I was I was making myself a vest and thought I’d experiment with scrumbling a whole garment. Several people […]

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dyeing, Sewing

Oxalis dyed dress

It’s that time of the year in Perth where the Oxalis, also known as sour grass and soursob, is everywhere. it’s an invasive weed so no-one minds when I collect it from verges and public places. This is me, after a swim, helping myself to oxalis near the pool. And this is how I extract […]

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Sewing

Eco printed Cora dress

We’ve had a top sheet that kept ripping across the top, and I dutifully repaired it each time. The first time I French seamed it so it would feel nice, the second time I overlocked it, and the third time I didn’t bother sewing the torn off strip back on, simply hemming it. However the […]

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dyeing

Dyeing experiments

At this very moment I am supposed to be at the Muresk Agricultural College to participate in Fibres West, a week long, residential, mordanting programme with Julie Ryder, but thanks to a snap lockdown and ongoing restrictions, the programme was cancelled and I’m at home. I had packed all the clothes and materials required for […]

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dyeing, glamping, Repurposed, Sewing

Gyo top and City Gym Shorts

I have been on an unexpected extended stay at our holiday place and found myself with not enough activities. Luckily I had a lovely white sheet donated by my friend Suzanne, and copies of the Merchant and Mills Gyo top and the Purl Soho City Gym shorts, so I knew exactly what I needed to […]

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