Firehose

About eleventy billion years ago, I thought I’d make my husband a second Fairfield shirt. To help it fulfil a different function in his wardrobe from the first one, I chose the short-sleeved version in a blue cotton gingham to give him a more summery shirt, intending it as a surprise gift. But that didn’t […]
I have realised something: non-stretch slim fit pants just really aren't for me. I tested the Philippa pants and donated them because they didn't get worn, and I gave my first (tapered) version of the Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans to a friend because they would never get worn either. Why? I need to be able to bend my knees, people! And by that, I don't mean just sitting down on a chair or riding a bike. I'm naturally very flexible, and to be comfortable I need to be able to crouch and kind of roll up... Almost like a frog?

So yeah, I tried the tapered version first, and even though the fit was good I knew it wasn't for me. Those jeans have found a great home with my friend Charlotte though! I decided to give the wide leg a go, and that worked out way better!


I used a navy and white striped denim from Stoff & Stil for these, and I think it worked out pretty well! I... [read more]

Summer is on its way and I was determined to find some time to sew. Time to sew, for myself at least, has been rather limited for a while, but it is always such a joy. This outfit began with the Pietra pants by Closet Case Patterns, which I was inspired to make after seeing the gorgeous versions on the Tessuti blog.

I had one metre of navy sandwashed linen from a recent(ish) sale at Morgan and Marks, a local Perth designer who sometimes sells off their excess fabric. There was just enough for these pants with some creative cutting, but I had to use a different navy fabric for the pocket lining, which does not show at all.


This was my second pair of Pietra pants. The first was a wearable toile in beige linen. I made these exactly according to the pattern. They are a bit baggy for my liking and the waist is very high, which I find a bit uncomfortable,... [read more]

Wow – denim jackets, eh? I’ve made a couple of pairs of jeans now and I actually really enjoy working with denim and topstitching. This denim jacket took topstitching to a new level though! Admittedly, this was partly (mostly) to do with the fact that I decided to go back to my teenage roots, be brave (you may choose an alternative adjective), and add a Sherpa lining to the Style Arc Stevie jacket – which is my Sew my Style October project. And it was totally worth it, because this is the coziest, most winter-appropriate denim jacket I’ve ever owned.

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Now, the good news is that creating the lining is really not difficult and it doesn’t add much to the construction really. If you’re going to the effort of making a full-on oversized 80s-style denim jacket, adding a little bit of Sherpa really isn’t much more effort.... [read more]

The weather in Texas is finally changing and I am completely here for it! After living in the Midwest for my undergraduate education, I gained an appreciation for changing seasons and the clothes it ushers in. I do not have a need for a full Winter wardrobe, but I love being able to wear light layering garments. 


The window for cold weather clothes here is narrow, so versatile dual duty pieces are a must. When I saw the new Double-Sided Merino Wool Jersey at Nature's Fabric I was excited to add a reversible cardigan to my closet.
 Violet and Lilac Double-Sided Merino Wool JerseyBlush and Mint Green Double-Sided Merino Wool JerseyCocoa and Black Double-Sided Merino Wool Jersey

I have had the Butterick 6244 Pattern in my stash for some time waiting for the perfect fabric to make it up. It is a popular pattern that has gotten rave reviews.
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I love the cascading waterfall front that showcases the front and back side of the fabric. 


I made the size 10, based on measurements, and sewed it with no modifications.... [read more]
My fabric stash and my dresser drawers can attest to the fact that charcoal grey knit is my spirit fabric. I’m sticking to what I love with the grey sweater knit fabric that I chose to make a Chenille Sweater from Kommatia Patterns (now Studio Calicot). Today you can read about the Chenille that I … Continue reading CHENILLE Sweater for Minerva

I’ve said this before in many of my posts, but it bears repeating. Sometimes simple is best. Take this easy pumpkin mantle vignette, for … More easy pumpkin mantle »

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Today is already our final day of the Literary Sewing Circle focusing on A Tale for the Time Being! I hope you've had the chance to read the book, and both the first and second inspiration posts, and are getting lots of ideas for a project of your own.

The project linkup will be added to the bottom of this post: as soon as you are done your project, just pop a link to your post into the linkup and we will all be able to visit your blog/instagram etc. and explore your creation -- remember, it can be sewn, or knitted, crocheted, embroidered... any textile art that you practice.

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Today's post also gives us the chance to talk about our reading experience a little more. If you haven't yet had a chance, check out our first discussion post for some specific questions and feedback from readers -- also take a look at... [read more]

Picture an apple. What do you see? While some people can vividly see an apple, others can’t see anything (for more details, see this great article). The condition of not being able to visualise, aphantasia, is something that many people have without realising it; personally I didn’t realise I had it till I was 26. Having aphantasia doesn’t affect the way I go about my life, but it has affected some of the choices I’ve made, whether it be my career choice or sewing. 

Lacking the ability to visualise, my mind has compensated by being a very analytical thinker. I mean, I am a scientist by profession! I learnt to sew as a child and it was one of the few creative pursuits I was good at. As an adult I started sewing again in earnest as a creative outlet from my stressful PhD and fell in love with it. But not being able to visualise anything and having a... [read more]

In case you missed it on social media, another of our most popular sewing patterns is now available as a layered pdf!

Yes, you love all the options on our versatile Surf to Summit Top pattern and now you can print just the size(s) you need in the ladies edition!! All of our newest patterns have this option as standard but back when we released this one in 2014, it wasn’t a thing so we’re slowly going back and updating our older patterns to help make sewing your own activewear even easier! This top is a perfect partner for our new pattern coming out very soon so it was a great opportunity to update this now.

If you’ve already purchased this pattern, please send proof of purchase to shop AT FehrTrade.com (or use the Contact form here) and we’ll send you the new version. Then you just need to open up either the Print at Home or A0... [read more]

Have you ever finished a make and after trying it on thought, “ugh, this makes me look pregnant!”? I have a few times but now I have an excuse because I AM pregnant!

Surprise!I wrote most of this post a few weeks ago for the Singer Aus/NZ blogs when I was about 24 weeks, which was just about when my wardrobe choices had started to take a serious hit!

I lost two of my favourites, the Papercut La Sylphide (sadly now OOP) and Colette Rooibos of which I’ve made multiple versions, at around 19 weeks when baby decided to expand his residence upwards above my natural waist line.

8 dresses down, let’s keep going…

My So Over It Betty dresses and Vogue 1353s lasted a little longer due to the slightly higher waists and full skirts but ultimately I retired them around 23 weeks.

That’s 5 more gone! What’s left?

So I’m down to my Pauline Alice Cami dress, which is... [read more]


Thank you Harts Fabric for providing the fabric and thread for this post. If you haven't shopped online with Harts Fabric before, they have a thread matching program that is the besssst. Just check "Matching Gutermann Thread" when you add yardage to your cart and they will pick the best match thread color and send it with your fabric. Genius.
A couple of weeks ago I showed you a button-back Sudley dress in olive green and today I'm back with part two! These two dresses are the same exact pattern but I think they have very distinct feels since even though both fabrics are rayons, they are totally different! For dress number one in olive, I used a gorgeous Tencel twill, a drapey, medium weight woven. For this one, I used this pretty coral pink viscose, which is a little less densely woven for a floatier lightweight feel.

The skirt on this coral version... [read more]
As soon as the weather turned chilly here, all I could think about was the cozy piece of Kaufman flannel that I knew was nestled in my stash pile. The project I had already cut out got pushed back onto the wait pile as that flannel performed a leap to the front of my sewing queue.

Out came the Kalle Dress from Closet Case Patterns and away we went!


This is an almost true to pattern Kalle. Well.. just a few mods! A small rounded back/forward shoulder adjustment, extra ease on the side seams, extra 1 inch added to the pleat in the back, long sleeve expansion pack. Removed the exaggerated shirt shaping from the hem in favor of an even front hem and a very slight shirt-tail in the back. Side seam pockets. French seams throughout. 


Can you believe I've never sewn a plaid for myself? I made a pair of plaid pj pants for my husband, but that's the extent... [read more]

Megan's Kila Tank | Indiesew Blog

Back during the big indie pattern inclusive sizing dustup of early 2019, many pattern designers pledged to improve their sizes ranges, one of which was Allie Olsen of Indie Sew. Her in-house line of patterns was previously only offered in a fairly restrictive size range, but she has started improving her size range with her very popular Kila Tank pattern. It was a real pleasure to test this pattern for Allie and she made several improvements as a result of the testing process. I am excited to share this pattern with the CSC because it has been a real closet workhorse for me and I now have three versions that I wear all the time.

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The new and improved size range for the Allie Olsen Kila Tank is now available in sizes 0-30 and sizes 12 though 30 are now available in a D cup draft.  As we head into the changing seasons, this is a great transition piece for... [read more]

Sustainable sewing has become a huge topic in the community over the last two years! There are so many ways to approach the topic, and deep feelings connected, and sometimes getting started can feel overwhelming. Today we are rounding up some of our favourite resources, discussions and posts that will help you dip a toe in the water.

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Sewcialists

Last November we hosted a Sustainable Sewing theme month, using the #sustainablesewcialists on Instagram! The discussions were really fascinating, from sustainable fabric production to refashioning, reusing, and mindful sewing. You can read all of our posts here, or check out a few highlights:

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As you may have noticed on Instagram, New... [read more]

Now on the Fabricville blog, my latest Fabricville blogger's project is the cat's meow! I used this Laura Ashley pattern (McCalls 7992)  from a recent McCalls release:
And added this spectacular cat print quilting cotton:


Which turned into this:


The very best dress of all! And it matches in all ways with my favourite book of all time, Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag! This charming book, full of woodcut illustrations, is also the oldest American picture book still in print. If you don't know it, go find a copy right away.

As you can see, black and white matches with all my coloured tights ;)
But now for more on the dress itself. This is made with quilting cotton, which is very usable for clothing as long as you pay attention to the properties of it. For example, it really doesn't drape. So don't use it for flowy or highly gathered makes. But for... [read more]

I Can Make That Podcast Interview

Check out the latest episode of the I Can Make That Podcast featuring me! Andie! That’s me!

I was excited when Katy reached out to me for an interview. It was a great opportunity to talk sewing, plus size sewing, chronic illness, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, @chronicallysewn, geek culture, improv and being schmoopy about my husband. Check it out!

Helen’s Closet Donovan Skirt

When the Donovan skirt was released by Helen’s Closet, I impulse bought it. It’s a relatively simple design but something I was seeing a lot in RTW inspirations and knew I needed to have it.

I loved the longer version of the skirt with the side slits.

My size on the bottom for Helen’s Closet patterns is a size 28. On top, I am a size 26 at the bust, but a size 20 at the shoulders so I usually have a lot of grading between sizes. I... [read more]

Hello, friends! I'm back at it again! The weather is still back and forth so I don't feel out of place blogging this new piece now lol

This beautiful dress is Butterick 6627, View A. I cut the size 14.


I got the fabric on my trip to Italy last year. This was purchased in Tessuti e Scampoli in Milan. It's a knit and it feels like an extremely LIGHTWEIGHT scuba. Definitely giving Burberry vibes and I'm not mad at it. lol


It honestly feels luxurious. Expensive, even. But it actually did not cost me that much. All of the fabric I got from Italy looks and feels very high quality and I shouldn't be surprised. Milan is the fashion capital of the world, right?


I was looking for a pattern that would complement the fabric and not make it too hard to match the plaids. My original plan was Butterick 6453, but after looking at the line drawing and seeing the... [read more]

Dear Gabby,

How do I make a bodice block? Do I even need to? What’s a sloper? Do I need that?!

Sincerely, Slopeless in Seattle


Dear Slopeless,

First off, let’s talk about the difference between a sloper and a block. A sloper is a basic pattern that matches your body measurements and shaping exactly, with no ease, made in woven muslin. Whereas, a block is a pattern that has been created from the sloper, with basic style elements and ease built in for fabrication. For example, I would use my bodice sloper to create a basic knit tee shirt block, or basic woven button down block. (You can then use your blocks as actual building blocks — if they fit you, you can interchange details and styling as you choose!)

So why create a sloper in the first place? Slopers are massively helpful if you create your own patterns often. ... [read more]

Man, it’s been a while, eh? September was the month of vacations (we took them all last month) and then I hurt my back at the end of September and have literally been unable to sew for the last couple of weeks. Ah well – it seems to be okay now, so I’m glad to have finished off a few little projects that have been clogging up my to-do list. I can tell you I have quite a few big plans over the next few months and suffice it to say, this is going to be a winter of COATS. I have quite a few lined up, but I’ll save that for another post.

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In the meantime, let me tell you that I (like many of us) have a LOT of scraps and small pieces left over from projects. I’d been meaning to sort them out forever and the combination of reading The Uninhabitable Earth at my neighbourhood book group early summer, joining Beth from Sew DIY’s fabric... [read more]

Shape Shape 2: sewing for Minimalist Style /
Natsuno Hiraiwa
trans. by Atsuko Imanishi
Loveland, CO: Interweave, c2013.
119 p.
This Japanese sewing book is a little different from the others that I own. The sizing runs in 3 sizes, S M & L, which translates out to a 34"-40.5" bust and 36" - 42.5" hip. The pieces are fairly loose-fitting and are made with very few pieces, so sizing might be something you have to watch when trying these out.

There are only 9 clothing patterns and 4 accessory patterns in this book, so a lot fewer than in other books. That said, I would like to make up 7 of the garments and 2 of the accessories so that's a pretty good ratio! 


Many of these designs are clever and easy to make, and they aren't all the oversize dress aesthetic of other Japanese books. There are a couple of jackets, skirts and tops each. And one of the accessories is... [read more]
DIY Oversized Jacquard Jumpsuit

Hopefully, by now you know that I am all about building a meaningful and mindful wardrobe. That means thinking hard before jumping into a sewing project so that the resulting item fits into my life, wardrobe and style just right. This way, it will get loads and loads of wear (well, at least 30) and fulfil its life mission and respect the use of resources that went into making it. Well, I have to say that this jacquard oversized jumpsuit was not necessarily very well-conceived, but it did end up being one of my most worn items of the summer.…

The post DIY JACQUARD OVERSIZED JUMPSUIT appeared first on [read more]

This is number seven in my Make Nine, and is my third Charm Patterns Rita Blouse - I've also hacked it into two dresses.

 
My fabric is some silk I got on ebay, and I extended the sleeves to below the elbow as on the hacked dress I made here.  


It's French seamed through, and the only other change I made was to use bias tape to face the neckline and sleeves (the instructions want you to press and turn the edge to use as the elastic channel).


I also did a rolled hem on my overlocker, which was really easy when I bothered to read the instructions in my overlocker manual!


And then, as I had some Liberty Carline linen left over from this skirt, I made another one!  I'm wearing both with my Jeanius jeans.



I think it's safe to say that I love this pattern, and I'm fairly sure I'll make it again.



Have a great week,

Lynne
Theme month banner for the Giving Challenge, featuring the hashtag #givesewmuch

Yesterday we announced The Giving Challenge as our theme for November. Today, we need you!

If you would like to pay it forward and write about it, comment below! Contributors are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. We will also do a call out on Instagram this evening (7pm EST).

The only requirements are that you make an item to give away, and can have a blog post written about your experience, completed by November 3rd.

Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress in Kokka Double Gauze

I’m finally blogging my Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress which I made back in April, ready to wear for the Paris Sewcial / Paris Coud meet-up.

Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress in Kokka Double Gauze

I loved the Myosotis pattern when it was released, but it was when I saw the fabric that the idea of this dress got lodged in my brain and wouldn’t leave me in peace until it was realised. The fabric is a double gauze by the Japanese brand Kokka, and is embroidered with astrological designs. I originally saw the fabric on Guthrie & Ghani’s instagram feed in an alternative colourway, but by the time I had bitten the bullet and made the decision to order it they were out of stock. It was relatively difficult to track down, but I found this white colourway available from Miss Matatabi and put in an order quick before they ran out too. With the dress already fully formed in my mind, I picked out matching... [read more]

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