Sewing, Stashbusting

Jasper sweater dress and tights

A couple of posts ago I blogged my tight dyeing activities and here is the first pair. I am wearing them here with my new Jasper sweater dress which I originally made for my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge and then realised that I couldn’t wear it with a single other item – doh! I […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Karen drape dress: another go

After my mixed feelings about my first Karen drape dress from Mariadenmark, I decided to have another go, without modifying the pattern as I went along. This one is from a rich, plum poly/viscose knit that I’ve had in my stash for years. I decided that, being polyester, I could sacrifice the fabric if need be, […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

and hey Presto, it’s a cardigan

I had this cotton knit fabric cut out to make a summer Presto Popover top, when I had a sudden realisation that what I needed was a summer cardi – one I could layer at will and this colour, which doesn’t really suit me, would be perfect as it is so neutral.  The Presto Popover (previously blogged […]

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Sewing retro, Stashbusting, vintage

1970s mashup

This dress is a conglomeration of two patterns from the early ’70s and I thought I would embellish it with a flower as a nod to the era of peace and love. The patterns I used are the bodice from Vogue 8299 and the skirt from Style 4232 as gathered skirts don’t suit me. At all. […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Weekend Getaway Blouse

I totally forgot that I had this Weekend Getaway Blouse & Dress pattern until I had an email  asking me if I’d like to write a review. Well, I’d better make the blouse first! I duly printed out the pieces and then wondered if my printer had experienced a little hiccup. The numbers were strange and the […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting

Floral scout

This is one of the three tops I made the day I left for Hong Kong; a rather bright silk Scout woven tee.  I am posing here with one of the cartoon characters on the Avenue of the Stars in Nathan Road – not sure why but he reminded me of one of my sons when asked […]

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Scout tee, Sewing

Silk Gabriola

I hadn’t really planned on making another long Gabriola skirt this quickly, but then I found some amazing silk and knew what it wanted to be! The skirt swishes most appealingly – because of the construction and because of the fabric. It felt perfect for the autumn weather we have been experiencing, due to the […]

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Knitting, Me-Made-May '14, Sewing

Jaundiced Scout

No, I’m not talking about yellowed boy scouts, I’m talking Grainline Scout Tee and colour and emotion here! I made the yellow linen Scout woven tee to go with some outfits I’m putting together for a trip and thought it would be perfect with my long Gabriola skirt. The problem is that last night I thought it […]

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Scout tee, self-drafted, Sewing

Silk Scout

As you can tell, I am having a run on the Grainline Scout tees. I had this piece of silk left over from another project (as yet unblogged), so I used it to make this long sleeved t-shirt. It took about 2 hours to make, and I used the long sleeve tutorial to extend the […]

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Sewing, Tom

Pink Scout

  I have a couple of trips to warmer climes planned and so I am making some simple clothes to take. I have made a couple of Grainline Scout tees to coordinate with skirts and shorts, and this is one of them, made from some fabric from my stash. Once I started I decided that […]

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