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Finding a TNT - Grainline Linden

Hi everyone!

** Sorry for the awful pictures - in a rush, with an eight year old boy as photographer! **

As you may remember, I conducted some analysis of the Sewcialists TNT month results and I also wrote about how I haven't yet found much of anything that I could consider a TNT.

As a result, I decided to focus on finding some TNTs for me, using the Sewcialists results as a guide.  You might recall that the Grainline Linden took 67.3% of the pie in terms of sweatshirts / jumpers.  That was definitely on my list after that strong showing!  I also included it on my Me-Made-May plan - so it's very exciting that I have actually made it within May!!!


It's made out of a stretch fabric from Pitt Trading (called gold patina knit - sold out) which is lovely blend of black and gold.  It's like a sparkly top, without being ridiculously sparkly.
Overall the pattern was reasonably easy to adjust (once I found a good reference for an FBA on a raglan sleeve).  I used a mixture of the
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Cashmerette Sewing Workshop Review

Hi All!

I am finally ready to post my review of the Cashmerette Sewing Workshop that I "recently" attended.  Yes, the workshop was nigh on three months ago BUT I have only recently finished the items that I started working on that weekend.  I figure I can't fully review the thing until I have sewn up the clothes and discovered how they turned out...

Before I get into how the workshop was structured and what I liked / didn't like, I have to say the most amazing thing about this workshop was the people.  Jenny and Carrie created an open environment with a genuine approach of body positivity.  This is so rare in our usual world that there were people in tears of relief that they were allowed to just make themselves something that fit without judgement. 


The workshop appealed when I saw it advertised for a range of reasons.  There were small numbers (I think 7-8 of us, plus Jenny and Carrie) and one of the main drawcards for me is that there was NO set agenda!   You coul…

Buying no clothes for a WHOLE YEAR (2018 RTW Fast) - Quarterly Update!

Having been very scared of the RTW fast when I signed up, I have found the first quarter to be a breeze! I haven't felt like buying anything and am much more inspired to sew.

I have made 4 finished items:


They are the Style Arc Billie Top (blogged here), a Seamwork Aurora top to demonstrate piecing stripes to create chevrons (for a Sewcialists post here), the Paprika Patterns Jasper with crossover collar addition (blogged here) and a mystery garment which is a pattern test that hasn't yet been released.

I have also progressed a Cashmerette Harrison shirt and Ames jeans after attending one of Jenny Rushmore's workshops in Sydney (aaaaaamazing), but they aren't finished so they will count in next quarter's round up.

I do think I am still not sewing things I will wear a lot.  The jumper above is probably most likely to be worn, but it's not cold for very long here!  I need to still hone in on items which will be worn most and suit my style best.

Finally, I have fo…

My Me-Made-May Plan

I have never done Me-Made-May before, but feel like this year I am finally ready to give it a go!

I will be blogging about my experience as a newbie over at The Sewcialists, but will link back here also.

Here is my pledge for signing up:

I, Chloe of @chloe_deadlycraft(IG) and http:deadlycraft.blogspot.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '18. I endeavour to wear a handmade garment as many days as I can in May 2018, to wear each of my handmade items at least once and to make another version of something I already like to increase my TNT game!

I have a few considerations for MMM going on in that pledge and wanted to break them down a bit:

Pledge Component 1.  I want to wear handmade as many days as I can in May

This will be tricky - I split what I wear into workwear and more casual for at home.  In both cases I don't have enough basics that can be worn more often:  for example, I don't have a pair of plain black or grey work pants that I have made.

To complicate matters…

Paprika Patterns Jasper Crossover Collar - Pattern Test

I am very lucky to have been able to test a fair few of the patterns from Paprika Patterns.  I really like this pattern company - I like that they are small and independent, and that they produce patterns according to their own rhythm rather than "having" to release each season.

I also like their size inclusivity (though there is always more work to do on that score!) and the overall style of their clothes.  They tend to be simple but cool, funky without being ridiculous or difficult to wear.

My latest pattern test for them was the crossover collar addition to their Jasper sweatshirt / sweaterdress.  Here it is from their store:


and the line drawings


And here is my version:

Disclaimer:  this is my pattern testing version.  I know there were a few tweaks made in the final version, including to reduce the height of the collar.


Second disclaimer:  I look very unhappy (or at least uninterested) in these pictures.  I am not!  I love this jumper - it's a weird mesh fabric I go…

Buying no clothes FOR A WHOLE YEAR! And my first make of 2018

Holy guacamole.  What have I done??!!



I have signed up for the 2018 Goodbye Valentino Ready to Wear Fast - which means I won't be buying any clothes (shoes, accessories and underwear are excepted) for The. Whole. Year.

I know that for lots of people this would be easy, but I don't churn out the makes like some.  With two small kids and a demanding job...this could be crazy!  Or it might be the best thing I have ever done.  Let's go with that :)

Meanwhile, the first make of 2018 is hot off the machine.  It's the StyleArc Billie Top (out of print but available still as a PDF). Unfortunately, I don't really like it.



It's sort of a muslin anyway, but the fabric is all wrong and as a result, it just looks a bit messy and not that flattering.  Frankly, I have looked at this fabric ever since I bought it and wondered why I purchased it - totally not my style at all!

I made this top because of Allison C's version(s) which she posted a bit over a year ago here:  htt…

Top 5 - Goals for 2018!

A final post in the Top 5 series, playing along with Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

The series is supposed to be 5 posts - hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals.  I have skipped highlights and reflections - as this is mostly a sewing blog and they are likely to end up as very similar content to the hits and misses (Highlights:  sewing things which were hits because I wore them. Reflections:  sew more hits and fewer misses...you see what I mean!).

Goals, on the other hand, I can get on board with!  So here are my goals for 2018:

1.  Be more considered
This means many things for me - one is to slow down a bit but to actually sew more.  I think this looks something like:

Sticking to plans -I often get distracted by signing up for pattern testing (which I LOVE doing).  I need to be more disciplined and only sign up if the pattern will fit with my existing wardrobe, if I have fabric, if it fills a gap identified in my sewing plans already and so on.Searching for more TNT patter…