Archive: Oct 2015

The Halston Shacket….Already in Heavy Rotation!

My shacket has been done for a week or two, and I’m wearing it everywhere. It’s, hands down, one of the most versatile garments I’ve ever made.

Part of the photoshoot delay has been waiting for this to arrive from Canada….. Oh, and I also needed a haircut.

 

 

A Halston silk scarf, found on Etsy, which seems to have been made for this shacket. I’m loving it!

Thank you Princessjainascloset for adding a bit of extra panache to this project.

 

 

 

 

 

So here it is, a 1970’s leisure suit resurrected more than three decades later. Still looking good, Mr. Halston!

 

 

Here I’m wearing it with my Foulard shirt from last year. I’m not quite sure Maine is ready for men in “Gucci-esque” pussy bow shirts. Is anyone? Still, I had fun dressing up; knowing that if I lived in a big metropolitan area, I’d totally be sporting this look.

Pretty soon the cold winds are gonna start blowing, and I’ll have to retire my shacket. But for now, it’s the perfect extra layer.

I just might need another one.

Cheers! And happy Fall sewing!

 

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20 Sensory Bags To Make

20 Sensory Bags To MakeHave you tried making your kids sensory bags? They are so much fun! Kids love playing with them and they are easy to make. Plus, there are endless possibilities. If you’re looking for inspiration or a new idea to try, here is a huge list of sensory bags to make. 20 Sensory Bags To Make…

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Linden sweatshirt, new sewers and new sewing spaces

In November I am doing a two night workshop on the Linden sweatshirt and on sewing knits. Almost certainly the students will be new sewers or sewers who have not sewn knit fabrics before.The Linden is a simple pattern for a raglan sleeved relaxed …

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I’m Taking the Neoprene Challenge

Readers, I know.One month ago I dissed this fabulously fake fabric, the synthetic lovers’s synthetic.I posted photos of jaw-droppingly awful neoprene outfits.  Some of you think I’m a hypocrite.But I had a change of heart.  Here’s how it happ…

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Named Blair batwing jacket

Oooh, I sewed something…and it’s not one of my patterns!!!

This here is my new favourite top pattern. It’s not a new pattern, but rather new to me, the Blair batwing shirt by Named clothing. It’s really simple and I’ve seen it made up on the internets before, but was eventually lured in to buy when they had a flash sale a couple of weeks ago. I need new pyjamas or house clothes and thought this made the perfect top for lounging. I was right because I immediately made a jersey version and have basically worn it everyday since! I plan to make more in jersey, but first had to give it a try in a woven and this is the result…

 I went on a fabulously fun and fabric filled day out to London this week to meet-up with the gorgeous Jo, Jenna and Jane (notice I’m the odd one out as the non ‘J’ name). One of the many fabrics I bought was this scrumptious quilted silk velvet. I only bought 1.5metres because that’s all there was in this colour. The quantity definitely presented a challenge seeing’s as it was very narrow, but I had in my head a bed jacket type thing. I have a vintage pink silk handmade bed jacket stashed away somewhere, which was the inspiration behind my final collection at uni, so this is a long standing love affair with the ‘bed jacket’. There are some very cute quilted jacket patterns out there like this RDC one or this Grainline one, but I wanted a different shape and a bit more room. You must all know by now that I favour roomy silhouettes ;-)

 I didn’t make a woven toile, but going from my jersey version (which has a relatively stable quality) I raised the neckline on the paper pattern pieces by 2cm at the front and the shoulders blending into the back, took 4cm off the hem and added 2cm to the centre front (plus seam allowance) for an overlap and to give me the option of adding a front fastening. I don’t think I will add any front closure things, but it’s nice to have options!

Construction was simple. I made an outer shell and lining shell and sewed the two together (rigt sides together) around the neck, centre fronts and bottom hem, but left a hole in the bottom hem so I could turn it back through. I machined the sleeve hems together before closing up the hole for minimal hand stitching. I did however under stitch the entire jacket by hand as silk velvet can be a tad tricksy and the less stressful and easier to control option was to do this by hand. I am pretty used to sewing with velvet from making plenty of curtains out of the stuff, so know how I want to handle it. Also the hand stitching gives a nice vintage feel to the whole thing!

The finished jacket is very light weight and soft and really easy to wear. I hope to wear it frequently rather than for special occasions. Silk velvet can seem a bit dressy or special, but it’s too soft and scrummy to put away somewhere. I’m actually wearing it now and have been cuddling my snotty kids in it, doing the dishes etc… and it certainly makes me feel a bit like the queen of my house today!

Here I am wearing it with my Roberts dress and previously a Roberts jumpsuit made from some gorgeous Paul Smith shirting (sorry, but the Roberts pattern is officially my uniform). I want to wear the jacket with my PJ’s, on the school run, to weddings and anywhere else I can possibly think of.

Look at those big sleeves!

I love this fabric so much, but it’s impossible to convey it’s texture and colour in a photo. Basically everyone should have some of this in their lives and roll around on it!

I didn’t photograph this very well, but I did have to join in a small segment of fabric on the sleeve back because of the narrow fabric, but it is right under the arm and barely noticeable. 

This amazing lining is a fabulous viscose crepe from Regency rags and is also very vintage in feel as it is light and silky. The perfect marriage!

I really wanted to wait a while before blogging this to see if it is a ‘real’ hit, but I’m too excited and I think the fact that I’m already wearing it signals it must be. Do you find it’s hard to tell sometimes? I often feel really excited after making something new, but then I can only really tell if it’s really successful if I continue to reach for it.

Next up? I don’t quite know yet. I’m not in desperate need of anything as I made a few Lindens last year that should come back into play now, as well as some Freemantle knits, which along with all my latest Roberts samples has kind of set me up for winter. PJ bottoms are NEEDED and I am going to use the Tilly and the Buttons pattern from her book, but other than that it’s more sampling and maybe some selfless sewing. I’ll be back soon I hope! x

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October Indie Pattern Update!

Is it just me or has October felt like a reaaallllly long month?! It must be the increasingly shorter, gloomier days but some of the first bits of news I was typing up I felt sure must have been from months ago. The good news is that this extra length seems to have been reflected in the number of new releases and amount of indie news that I have to share with you this month! The change of seasons has given us an shedload of new patterns to be tempted by.

New Pattern Companies!

  • Jenny from Cashmerette released her very first pattern; the Appleton Dress. Her patterns will be specifically drafted for plus size women and the size range covers size 12-28 and cups C-H. This particular design is a wrap dress and every version I’ve seen so far looks gorgeous! As well as paper and PDF versions there are kits including fabric available.
  • Another new company on the block is In The Folds who launched with the Rushcutter Dress. It’s an oversized knee length dress with interesting style lines and various interchangeable features such as long sleeves and differing pocket styles.

New Patterns

  • Fancy Tiger Crafts released the Fen Pattern which is available in both PDF and paper formats. It has been designed by Amber Corcoran and is a pattern for a casual top or dress.
  • There were two new releases from Wendy Ward at MIY Collection; the Kelham A-Line Skirt and Wisewood Top and Dress. I’m yet to sew with a MIY pattern but have been seriously eyeing up her draped cardigan as a contender for the Derek Lam knit I picked up in LA.
  • Hey June Handmade released the Halifax Hoodie. I think it would be a great addition to any pattern collection as it includes a classic zip up version as well as lots of other variations.
  • Taylor Tailor released his eagerly anticipated Desmond Roll Top Backpack. I’ve never tried sewing bags before and if I didn’t have a sewing queue as long as my arm and no time for any of it I’d definitely be taking the plunge as I love this design.
  • The patterns released alongside this month’s issue of Seamwork Magazine follow the issue’s menswear theme; the Paxson Sweatshirt is a great way to dip your toe into sewing for men and the Denali Vest is unisex.
  • This month’s releases from Style Arc included the Beatrice Pea Coat, Mavis Knit Tunic, Vivienne Designer Frock, Louisa Dress & Top and the Pearl Knit Top which was this month’s freebie with any purchase.
  • For me one of the highlights of this month’s pattern releases has been Marilla Walker‘s Roberts Collection. The pattern includes a jumpsuit, dungarees, a dungaree dress and top for wearing underneath the lot. Such great value and contemporary design in a pattern.
  • The Roscoe Blouse and Dress pattern is the latest release from Kelli at True Bias and is so on trend with it’s seventies boho design. 
  • Sally from Capital Chic Patterns released a free pattern for her amazing Valentino inspired swan collar. It can be used alongside her Bellini Blouse pattern and is a super effective design idea created with appliqué.
  • Make My Pattern released the Cathrin Corset. It’s an under bust style corset with lots of options for variation. I love the wide variety of garment types there are now patterns available for!
  • The latest release from Tilly and the Buttons is the Orla Top. It looks like a simple design but has lots of lovely details such as a shaped, faced hem and optional scalloped collar.
  • Whitney Deal‘s second pattern for women is the Glea Dress. It’s currently available in PDF for in her Etsy shop and features a button front and round collar. 
  • Hot Patterns had a couple of new releases this month; the 1196 Metropolitan Urban Gypsy Blouses and the 1197 Classic Nouveau Skinny Bootcut Jeans. Don’t you think they’d look so great worn together? I love the big pockets on those jeans.
  • For the French speakers amongst you, Anne Ka Couture released the Robe Malo, which is a simple dress with a high neckline and cute cap or long sleeves.
  • Also Dessine Moi Un Patron released the Blouse Violette. I adore the back of this design with the centre back pleat and button back on the yoke. The amount of beautiful new French pattern releases every month is almost enough to make me brush up my French! At least the sewing related part!
  • There was another release from Grainline Studio this month. Perfect for this time of year the Tamarack Jacket involves quilting your own fabric with one of two designs and is available in PDF format only for the time being.
  • I discovered The Maker’s Atelier only a few weeks ago at the Knitting & Stitching Show and shortly after they released the Atelier Coat. Like all their patterns it has a simple yet glamorous feel; just take a look at their fur sample!
  • One pattern that particularly caught my eye this month is the Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt. It really nails the balance between seventies inspired and contemporary with the A-line cut and button front. I love all the pocket variations and might end up trying them all out as I can see me wearing denim, suede and corduroy versions!
  • Salme Patterns released the 121 Maria Top. It’s another classy and classic design which uses the reverse of the fabric to create detail at the centre front.
  • One release that caused quite the storm on social media is the new Colette Pattern. The Wren Dress is another pattern for knits with a faux wrap bodice. I’ve particularly enjoyed the colour blocked versions I’ve seen so far.
  • What I love about the new Sundance Jacket from Green Style Creations is that the two variations give you two so totally different jackets. The first is smart and chic with that stunning pleated rear peplum and the second more casual with a hood.
  • Peekabo Patterns released the Bristol Button Up which really appeals to me because it is so wearable. I love the combination of checked flannel and plain knit hood they’ve used.
  • Di Nuvole Di Cuori released two new patterns this month; the Anna Blouse which features a button back and the Silvia High Waisted Skirt which has six panels giving you a slightly flared hem.
  • The new Novelista Shirt from Blank Slate Patterns has many classic shirt features which can be easily customised and a variation with a cross over back panel which I love.
  • The new pattern from Make My Lemonade is the Rosa Jacket. Each month I’m tempted to try a Wear Lemonade pattern despite the language barrier and I think this might be the one! It’s a relaxed bomber style jacket which I can imagine worn in so many ways.
  • And last but not least Muse Patterns released the Tahi Woven Skirt and Shrug pattern this month. The skirt has gorgeous 1940s inspired panelling and looks so great made up in a tweed or wool for the winter.

Sew-alongs

  • Taylor Tailor has been running a very thorough sew-along over on his blog for his new Desmond Roll Top Backpack pattern. I’m really interested in how to use all the hardware and create some structure.
  • The sew-along for the new True Bias Roscoe Blouse and Dress went up on Kelli’s blog over the week of 19th October. Make sure to refer back to those posts for some extra tips.
  • Betsy over at Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic has been posting a sew-along for their Moto Chic Jacket. It’s a great pattern to pick for a sew-along with some more challenging elements and a great way to try sewing your first jacket.
  • Sew Over It posted a two part sew-along for their gorgeous Joan Dress. The posts cover the trickier parts of assembly such as the neck tie and kick pleat.
  • The sew-along for Tilly and the Buttons‘ new Orla Top has been happening throughout October. For less experienced sewers this could be a great way to tackle some new things like collars and exposed zips.
  • There’s been a mini sew-along happening for the Capital Chic Cosmopolitan Dress. It takes you through the more complicated steps of the construction process including the lace hem and neckline. I’ve not tried sewing with lace before so I think this might be a great way to dip my toe in!
  • The sew-along for Jenny’s Appleton Wrap Dress is well underway over on her blog at Cashmerette. Knit sewing tips galore!
  • Gabby Young has been running a sew-along over on her site for the Simple Sew Sophia Top. The last post is how to adapt the pattern for knits which is a great idea.

Upcoming!

  • After releasing children’s versions of some of her patterns Kelli from True Bias is developing a men’s version of her popular Hudson Pants.
  • Lauren from Baste and Gather has been working on a pattern for flared jeans. The seventies trend is everywhere this autumn so I’m really tempted to give it a try with these.
  • So Zo... is currently testing for her next pattern; the Anya Shoulder Bag.
  • Kennis from Itch to Stitch is currently testing for her new pattern, the Liana Stretch Jeans. I think having a wider variety of jeans patterns out there can only be a good thing and Kennis’ patterns are usually super thorough so I’m looking forward to these.
  • For those of your interested in expanding your handmade wardrobe into shoes, Atelier Louise is releasing her second shoe pattern next month. I loved the easy wearable style of her first sandal pattern.

Other Exciting News

  •  I know a few of your at least (including me!) have been eagerly awaiting this bit of news. Republique du Chiffon has recently released a number of their patterns in English including the much lusted after Dominique Jumpsuit.
  • One Puddle Lane released the PDF version of the Miss Ruby Tuesday dress pattern.
  • To celebrate their launch The Foldline have been offering their Sailor Top pattern free to anyone signing up for an account on their site. If you haven’t signed up yet make sure to check out their pattern database and groups pages!
  • Kristiann from Victory Patterns released her book ‘Boundless Style‘ this month. It features a number of patterns with mix and match design features.
  • Another gorgeous book release this month is ‘London Stitch and Knit‘ by Leigh Metcalfe. It’s a guide to London’s best craft shops and haberdasheries and features beautiful photographs taken by Leigh herself.
  • Marilla Walker is starting to do small runs of printed patterns for some of her designs. Keep your eyes peeled for their release if you want one!
  • Jennifer Lauren is also going to be doing a limited run of paper Bronte Top patterns before Christmas; again make sure to get in there quick if you’re after one.
  • Gertie from Gertie’s Blog For Better Sewing is releasing her third book ‘Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book‘. Her first two were very popular so I’m sure this will be a big hit too.
  • Megan Nielsen‘s Briar Top pattern is now available in printed format.
  • Style Arc patterns can now be bought on US Amazon (UPDATE! And UK Amazon too!) and this month they have uploaded quite a number of their designs to Etsy in PDF format. They are also launching a new website with multi-size patterns which is good news for any of you who may have been frustrated by only being able to buy the one size.
  • Waffle Patterns released an increased size range for their Dropje Vest pattern.
Please feel free to add in in the comments anything I may have missed. To finish up this month’s fairly epically packed post here’s your dose of indie sewing inspiration!

  • Rachel from Sew South London has been sewing up some gorgeous Laurel dresses and I particularly liked this one in a beautiful Japanese print.
  • I love the sheer wool Lisa from Paprika Patterns chose to make this Grainline Hemlock Tee. The oversized shape paired with such a fine fabric is a great combo.
  • I think Mary’s is my favourite Appleton Dress I’ve seen so far! It fits her so well and I love the colour blocking combination she chose.
  • I would never have thought to use the Joan Dress pattern as a top and I absolutely love what Lori has done with it! The check combined with the plain grey neck line and the length she decided to cut it at, gorgeous!
  • Lauren’s Stacie Jean Jacket is a thing of beauty! Such a great wardrobe staple and beautifully sewn. Look at all that topstitching! I really need to try a Style Arc pattern.

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My Quilt Planner

My Quilt Planner software program is the easiest way to figure out how to quilt your quilt! Just tell the software the dimensions of your quilt and My Quilt Planner does the rest. It fits the quilting designs to your hoop and multiplies them across the quilt – absolutely no math required!  Click here to […] Read more…

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Bigger is Better – in Cookies

giant cookie recipeAfterschool cookies are a bit of a tradition around here.  We make a big batch of cookie batter every couple of weeks and scoop out cookies as needed.  It is a great way to welcome kids home, even the neighborhood kids stop by for cookies several days a week! But, let’s make it fun, make…

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The Couture Denim Jacket: Sleeve cuff progress and how to apply the corded trim – Progresso nas mangas/punhos e como aplicar o vivo com cordão

EN Summary: Sleeve progress report and a first glimpse at the trimming on this jacket (and how to apply it); hoping to show a finished cuff by tomorrow, if everything goes well. 
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PT Sumário: Reporte no progresso do acabamento das mangas e uma espreitadela a como vai ficar o vivo na jaqueta (e como aplicar este tipo de vivo); espero ter uma manga acabada amanhã para vos mostrar, se tudo correr bem.

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The Couture Denim Jacket: Sleeve cuff progress and how to apply the corded trim – Progresso nas mangas/punhos e como aplicar o vivo com cordão

EN Summary: Sleeve progress report and a first glimpse at the trimming on this jacket (and how to apply it); hoping to show a finished cuff by tomorrow, if everything goes well. 
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PT Sumário: Reporte no progresso do acabamento das mangas e uma espreitadela a como vai ficar o vivo na jaqueta (e como aplicar este tipo de vivo); espero ter uma manga acabada amanhã para vos mostrar, se tudo correr bem.

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Tutorial: Super simple skirt with lining

A few years ago, I posted a very simple tutorial for making a super quick gathered skirt with lining. I made several of these simple skirts since, but the underlit pictures in the tutorial kept bothering me. As I was making another pair of the skirts for my daughters’ Winter wardrobes, I decided to quickly redo the illustrations […]

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Needlepoint Eye Candy Bonanza

Originally posted 2011-11-27 07:26:23. Republished by Blog Post PromoterDaphne Goodyear is both an amazing and prolific needlepointer. Far better than lazy and cheap people like me who have most of our stitching sitting in boxes waiting to be finished. I just spent a long time on her wonderful site, Needle Artistry (UPDATE: Link added), exploring […]

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Needlepoint Goal Setting

A couple of days ago my DH and I were talking about goal-setting in business. It was in the context of what makes a good sales manager, concentration on making your sales goals (amount sold), or concentration on developing you as a person and making yo…

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Wooden Laying Tools – 12 Days of Needlepoint Gifts

Originally posted 2008-12-19 06:47:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I just love my small, wooden laying tool from Woods by C. I bought it from her eBay shop. Mine, as you can see from the picture, is pretty restrained, but she also makes them in a wide variety of striped woods. They also have many […]

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Create your own Color in Upcoming Club

The Thread Gatherer makes several of my favorite threads, but my very favorite is Silk n’Colors, their hand-dyed stranded silk. Thinking about it, I couldn’t pick a favorite of this color. May be you have dreamed about a thread color, or multi-color, you’d love to have but that doesn’t exist. Now is your chance to […]

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October Favorites

First of all, Happy Halloween!! It’s already the end of October (what!?), so let’s go through some of our favorite posts from the month. Ready? If you’re looking for some last minute costume ideas or cute Halloween printables for a party, we’ve got you covered! We shared some delicious recipes like donut milkshakes, easy pumpkin curry, apple ginger tarte tatin, strawberry caprese salad, pumpkin thumbprint cookies, peach and candied ginger…

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Happy Birthday Isabel

We celebrated Isabel’s birthday last weekend with friends and family. I have to admit, I was never much into planning parties or get togethers, so before I had Isabel I was a little nervous I’d be disappointing in the Birthday Party Department. Turns o…

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14 Ways to Recycle Old Magazines Into New Crafts

14 Ways to Recycle Old Magazines Into New CraftsIf you’re like me, you feel bad throwing away all the magazines you ™ve already read. I mean after all, there’s tons of ways to create crafts from magazines. So stop hoarding and start creating! Cool Crafts From Old Magazines Looking for some different ideas? Below are ten of our favorite ways to recycle magazine…

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Tutorial: Gnome Costume

Happy Halloween! Maddie decided that she wanted to be a gnome for Halloween… and I thought it was a good excuse to put my craftiness to good use. This is…

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Bateau neck Cocoon Dress

Jeg har leget lidt med en halvgammel traver. Mit cocoonkjolemønster i voksen størrelse. Jeg har efterhånden lavet utallige versioner af denne løstsiddende kjole. Et hit i juletiden! Og alle andre tider, man ikke gider trække maven ind. Ergo altid et hit.

Jeg har givet kjolen en bådhals og en slags flagermusærmer. Kjolen har fået en rundet kant forneden både for og bag – lidt længere bagtil.

Den er syet af det lækreste stof – en modalblanding fra Stofdepotet. Det falder bare så flot, det stof og har en helt fantastisk lækker peach skin overflade. Mums, siger jeg bare. Og nu vil jeg fluks klikke et par meter mere hjem, inden det bli’r udsolgt!

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I’ve been working on refining my cocoon dress pattern in adult size. Not that I was unhappy with these dolman versions – or this one (or the many, many others I’ve made in the past) – just wanted to try something new.

This little self drafted number has a bateau neckline, rounded hemline which is longer in the back and fitted batwing sleeves.

This is oh so comfy. A perfect combination of fabric and design.

Speaking of the fabric. A soft, beatiful draping stretch modal fabric with a peach skin surface. Almost silk like. Really really gorgeous.

 

 

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DIY knit sweater

I have never been a big knit person until I spotted this big bulky knit at Mood Fabrics in NY.  It’s simply AMAZING.  The moment I picked it up I envisioned an oversized sweater with pockets.  Everything about this fabric is perfect.  The outside is a mustard like color and the inside is a greenish grey wool which peeks out between the knit.  When I purchased this fabric I was the first one to open the bolt so I’m sure they have plenty left.  If wool bothers you, you will definitely need to line this one because it is quite itchy.

I didn’t use a pattern for this sweater and just draped it for mine and Chandler’s.  I’m sure any sweater pattern would work, I would just cut it a size or two too large.

Sweater-DIY
Jeans-Habitual
Heels-Giuseppe Zanotti

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DIY knit sweater

I have never been a big knit person until I spotted this big bulky knit at Mood Fabrics in NY.  It’s simply AMAZING.  The moment I picked it up I envisioned an oversized sweater with pockets.  Everything about this fabric is perfect.  The outside is a mustard like color and the inside is a greenish grey wool which peeks out between the knit.  When I purchased this fabric I was the first one to open the bolt so I’m sure they have plenty left.  If wool bothers you, you will definitely need to line this one because it is quite itchy.

I didn’t use a pattern for this sweater and just draped it for mine and Chandler’s.  I’m sure any sweater pattern would work, I would just cut it a size or two too large.

Sweater-DIY
Jeans-Habitual
Heels-Giuseppe Zanotti

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Elder Scrolls Uriel Septim VII Costume Update

Hello everyone!  Here is an update for the full Elder Scrolls Uriel Septim VII Costume! Below you can see a picture of the character from the game. We are both really happy with how this full costume came out.  The piece that I just worked on is the outer robe.  You can see the full…

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#1year1outfit – Cutting off the Loom

This morning I started with this: //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js A bit of snipping off the loom later and I ended up with this: //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js I am off to wash now!  Filed under: one Year one Outfit Tagged: #1year1outfit, #fibershed, #fibreshed, 4shaft, indigofera australis, loom, natural dyeing, soursob, weaving, west australian, wool

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Perth Cardigan

I finally found the time to take a few photos of my Perth Cardigan, by Tara-Lynn Morrison, of Good Night Day.  Super fast knit, guys.  I’m not crazy about the yarn I used, but I think the simplicity of this cropped, three-quarter sleeve cardi…

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35 Ways To Make Fudge

35 Ways To Make FudgeI love fudge. It is one of my favorite desserts and something we make every year during the holidays. Of course, the traditional chocolate recipe  is amazing, but there are SO many more fun ways to make fudge. Here are thirty-five to get you started! 35 Ways To Make Fudge One of my most favorite…

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Save yourself from the clutches of alteration!

Do you ever look at vintage patterns just for the instructions? Perhaps this just shows how deep into sewing obscurities I can delve but my obsession with all things sewing related leads me to purchase completely unnecessary yet interesting vintage (or…

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The Fabric Enabler 10.30.15

Happy Friday and almost-happy Halloween! Here are your fabric sales for the weekend! Craftsy – All Craftsy classes are now up to 50% off through November 1st, including my new class, Building Better Bags! Crimson Tate – A big ole’ fat thank you to Sara Lawson for contributing her Creative Maker Supply Case to the look book… Read More

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Scrap Bag: Houston 2015 winners, amazing reproduction quilt, how to protect your iron, and more

It’s time to clean the virtual sewing room and assemble those scraps of quilt-related stories that are too good to do away with. (Click the links to read full stories and to view photos and videos.) International Quilt Festival 2015 … Continue reading

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Fabulous Free Pattern Friday/A Winter Hat

The last few days have been really chilly here in Chicago. While I was out for my morning walk yesterday, I kept overhearing people talk about how cold it was. I had to laugh a little, not at them, but our perception of cold. On this side of winter, we…

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