Two Winter Tops – Frankie and Hemlock

Would you believe I’ve finally been blogging long enough to start posting repeat garments? These are a couple of winter tops I whipped up to sew through a bit of stash fabric.

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears a long sleeve tee with cat head print, hat, black pants and ankle boots.

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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” 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 I 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?), 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”

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”

They can’t all be winners – Burda 6798

I don’t often see a lot of sewing failures posted online. Perhaps we’re more inclined to share successes, or maybe others don’t create quite as many wadders as I do. I certainly make my share of sucky garments, and this post is about one of them: Burda 6798 boyfriend jeans.

A woman wears baggy, unflattering jeans and a grey t-shirt.
These photos are only shared for services to sewing.

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What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking

This week I shared my linen Archer shirt with you. I’m always curious about how others sew things – not the finished results, but the techniques they use to get there. So this is a catalogue of the techniques I use when shirt-making, as featured in my Archer shirt and others. If you hate detail, turn away now!

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Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

A woman wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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