Testing fabric markers

Testing fabric markers: I know, exciting stuff right! But how you choose to mark your fabric can be a contentious issue, particularly in the quilting community, where some commentators see the use of Frixion pens as making some sort of colourful pact with the Stationery Devil. There isn’t as much written about fabric markers for garment sewing, so I decided to test the fabric markers I had on hand (Frixion Erasable Gel Pens and Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers).

Packet of Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers and several Pilot Frixion pens.
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers Fine Line, from KMart. Pilot Frixion Ball Erasable Gel Pens, purchased on eBay. The middle two (pink & orange in a slightly different style to the others) are 0.7mm width; the others 0.5mm.

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Armande Cardigan

Way back in summer 2016 I set myself the goal of knitting a few basic, wearable jumpers for the following winter. My first was the Merino Blank Canvas Jumper, and this is the second: Andi Satterlund’s Armande cardigan, free from Knitty, worked in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash.

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears a grey handknit cardigan, red jeans and ankle boots.

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Another Archer

When I wrote about my cotton/linen Grainline Archer Shirt, I mentioned it would look elegant in a fabric with more drape. So, here is my second iteration of the pattern, sewn in a lightweight cotton with a fantastic watermelon print.

A woman stands in a garden archway. She wears a watermelon print button up shirt, jeans and ankle boots.

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Vado Semi-Fitted Women’s Blouse muslin

I feel it’s important to document my sewing failures as well as successes, so here is my latest flop: the Vado Custom-Fit Sewing Pattern – Semi-Fitted Women’s Blouse. An offering from Bootstrap Patterns, the Vado blouse is drafted to fit from your own measurements. You’d think that would be a sure bet for a great fit, but that was unfortunately not the case.

Pattern image and line drawing of a button up shirt.
Does anyone else find the left picture terrifying?

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Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my first attempts at sewing with merino jersey. Although my pink Paola Turtleneck Tee wasn’t a winner due to the lightweight fabric, my other merino jersey projects have been far more successful – starting with this Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee in Argent Grey 100% Merino Jersey Knit 200g from New Zealand Merino and Fabrics.

Woman stands against weatherboard house. She wears a grey merino long sleeve tee, black skirt and ankle boots.

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Sewing plans – stashbusting edition

Despite my continued insistence that winter last forever, the proliferation of seasonal sewing planning posts doing the rounds has reminded me that summer is on its way (shudder). Here’s my contribution, with a bit of winter, a bit of summer, and mostly just trying to make plans with stash fabric that has been in my wardrobe for at least a year.

Winter witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.
STAY WINTER FOREVER, DAMMIT.
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Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee

It started with a top. This top, to be precise:

Model wears Country Road pink merino tee and black pants.
Oh Country Road, you can do no wrong.

Suddenly I had visions of a wardrobe filled with long sleeve merino tops – warm, moisture-wicking and odour-repelling.* A few online orders later, and I had enough merino jersey meterage to begin my wardrobe plan (more on the other garments later). Continue reading “Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee”