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Top 5 of 2018

I am a bit late to this party but still wanted to join in!

I thought I would do a mash-up post on all of the categories (noting that I tend not to do reflections and goals separately anyway).


Sewing more TNT and patterns - the Grainline Linden and the Paprika Patterns Jasper (shown here with crossover collar add-on) were both definite staples.  I get sooo many compliments on the Jasper!  Other sewing - the Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat, the Cashmerette Ames Jeans and the Cashmerette Appleton top I made are all total hits and worn a lot, especially the jeans!  The RTW fast was astonishingly easy and I consider that a roaring success.  I have mentioned before that the Facebook group wasn't really for me, but overall as a concept I was very happy with how I did.  I only bought a couple of items that weren't going to be made by me ever (waterproof pants for ski-ing anyone?) and it definitely pushed my sewing further towards the practical.   The Sewcialists!  I became a permanent…
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What to wear to a winter wedding?

I recently attended the wedding of a close friend in New Zealand.  If you aren't aware, early August in New Zealand is COLD! 

Cue a lot of googling on what to wear to an (outdoor) winter wedding :)  I even made a pinterest board of ideas

I also took inspiration from my #SewStyleHero as part of the theme month that was running via The SewcialistsYou can read about that here.

Here is what I came up with:

I used a heavy stretch navy sequin (Pitt Trading) for the skirt...

...and a soft silvery beige colour stretch velvet (from Tessuti) for the top.

The skirt was self-drafted and designed to be as full and sequiny glorious as the amount of fabric i had would allow.  I will probably cut off the skirt now to make it more wearable in everyday life, though I loved the effect for a fabulous winter wedding.

The top is the Seamwork Astoria and was a bit of a revelation. 

This was my second Seamwork pattern and I really liked it.  I know it's trendy at the moment to dislike Colette / Se…

Sew DIY Ali Sweatshirt - Pattern Test

I recently had the opportunity to pattern test the new Ali Sweatshirt from Sew DIY.

This test was very well-timed, as we were heading into winter in Sydney, as well as going off to even colder climes in New Zealand for a holiday.

I made my test out of a super snuggly organic sweatshirt fleece which was from about a million years ago.  It felt really good to finally use it for something!

I made the scoop neck version and added some length in the bodice and sleeves, which is a pretty usual adjustment for me (I am six foot tall).  I might remove a touch from the sleeves if I made this again, but I do like how snuggly it is with the longer sleeve!

The pattern has a shoulder yoke which offers opportunities to have a contrasting colour or fabric there (you can see a good example of this on the pattern page itself) and can see where it is in the picture below.

I should note at the point that the pattern has changed a little since I tested.  One of the common feedback points was th…

Quick "tween" dress for a special occasion

I don't post a lot of kid makes these days - and to be honest, I don't make many!  When they wear school uniform 5/7, there isn't a lot of additional clothing required.  It's also possible I would far rather sew for me, as I don't grow out of things...

However, we recently went to a winter wedding in New Zealand and couldn't find something for Isabelle to wear that was both warm and appropriate.

This posed the challenge of what you should make to wear to a wedding in the middle of winter!  For Isabelle (aged 11) I knew that something with a bit of sparkle but still fairly young would be right.  She would also need sleeves!

Here she is running around at the world's most spectacular wedding location:

The bodice of the dress is a combination of the Made by Rae Skinny Flashback Tee on the top, with a RTW top she liked the fit of.

I used a simple jersey for comfort (from Spotlight) which had some glittery dots on it.  I underlined it with a plain white ITY for w…

Sapporo Coat or the magical 5-hour pattern!

Hi All

We had to make an expected trip down to Tasmania this weekend and Tasmania in the middle of winter is VERY VERY COLD.

I realised I don't really own a coat, which was going to be a problem.  Luckily, I had already bought the required ingredients for one a week ago, because we are heading to New Zealand (also VERY VERY COLD) soon.

I decided to try the Sapporo coat from Papercut Patterns:

I was a bit nervous heading into this one for a few reasons - one being that they don't quite go up to my size (nearly), the other being that the coat is one of those cool-looking cocoon things with lots of ease in it.  These styles are a bit hit-and-miss on me, as I am already large on top.

Behold!  Success!

I love it!  It's warm (wool from Tessuti's) while being not too swampy. 

The style lines are just like the pattern cover and line drawings:

The back is tres chic and cocoon-y without being sacky:

It kept me warm in Hobart!

I should note that I am around 2.5" smaller than…

Unselfish sewing - copying a RTW denim skirt

If you are looking for tips on how to copy a RTW garment - please scroll to the bottom :)

In recent times (especially the last year or two), I have been very unwilling to sew for others.  Sewing for the kids doesn't seem as rewarding when they wear school uniform so much, Nick doesn't need anything and I haven't been doing much quilting either.

I usually politely decline any offers to assist friends with sewing tasks, particularly taking in or hemming, unless they are a VERY good friend.  I would rather make myself a whole new pair of pants than fix a hem on mine, so why anyone would think I might enjoy mending their clothes is beyond me...

However, some people are special enough and sometimes the task at hand is interesting enough.

Introducing Nicky's new denim skirt:

Nicky is about to go overseas for 7 months and really wanted a new version of a very worn-in denim skirt she has.
I used leftover Cone Mills denim from Nick's jeans, which made this satisfying and no…

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