The “What Have I Got Myself Into” Outfit – Indie Pattern Month 2017, Indie Royalty

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears handknit yellow hat, checked flannelette long cardigan, black floral dress, burgundy velvet leggings and ankle boots.

The title says it all really! After participating in and thoroughly enjoying The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month’s “New to Me” and “Hack It”Β challenges, I figured I could make use of the “Indie Royalty” theme, in which you create an entire outfit from indie patterns, to knock a few garments out of my queue and sew up some stash. Of course, it wasn’t until I was part way through sewing for the challenge when I realised that the fabrics IΒ thought I had stashed deep in my wardrobe were pretty much non-existent.

Thanks to a few quick trips to Spotlight, I completed the challenge, and had a lot of fun doing so! The patterns I used were: Named Esme Maxi Cardigan, Named Helmi Tunic Dress (are you noticing a theme?),Β So Sew Easy Custom-Fit Leggings, and because I’m a smarmy overachiever, I even knitted my hat (Ysolda’s Solas in The Fibre Co. Arranmore – I’ll review that another time). Continue reading “The “What Have I Got Myself Into” Outfit – Indie Pattern Month 2017, Indie Royalty”

Finalist in IPM “New to Me”

Woman stands in a garden. She wears a dramatic maxi dress in eye print.

Hi guys, I’ve been made a finalist in The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month “New to Me” contest for my Jackie Dress! It’s based on votes and I could win some cool prizes, so if you’re inclined, please head over to The Monthly StitchΒ to vote for whomever you please – I’m in the company of some pretty talented ladies!

The Mol-nari-ola – Indie Pattern Month 2017, Hack It

Apologies for the dreadful title. Perhaps I should have gone with the Paollari? Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this garment is a combination of three sewing patterns: the Sew Over It Molly Dress (available as a free download), the Named Inari Dress and the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee. It forms my entry for the second week of The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month: Hack It, in which participants are required to alter or blend together patterns to create a new style.

Woman stands in a garden. She wears striped cocoon turtleneck dress with black leggings and ankle boots.

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The eyes have it – Victory Patterns Jackie Dress

Woman stands in a garden. She wears a dramatic maxi dress in eye print.

It wasn’t that long ago I was bemoaning that unlike other sewing folk, I wasn’t quick thinking enough to enter the Indie Pattern Month challenges. And yet here is my post in the “New to Me” category! All of that inspiration flowing through my blog reel must have been motivational. Continue reading “The eyes have it – Victory Patterns Jackie Dress”

How to knit a garment in both directions

Woman stands in garden. She wears a handknit grey jumper over a denim shirt.

When I did my write up on my Merino Blank Canvas jumper, I mentioned that I had knit it both top-down and bottom-up, by casting on in the middle of the project. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading “How to knit a garment in both directions”

Merino Blank Canvas Jumper

This post has been a long time coming. I started this project in August 2016, and completed it in November of the same year, or May 2017 depending on how you figure it. So a blog post is well overdue!

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears a grey handknit jumper, denim shirt, red jeans and ankle boots.
I call this: what am I doing with my head? Sussan denim shirt, Country Road jeans and Diana Ferrari boots from op shop.

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