Firehose

Elbe Textiles are one of my favourite indie pattern discoveries of last year. They produce women's, mens and unisex patterns (I love Lauren's thoughts on gendered clothing in modern western society) alongside a few accessory designs. Their designs have a chic, modern, minimalist vibe and are effortlessly wearable. Just what I need in my life. Their samples are all made up in lovely tactile natural fibres and I'm drawn to their sustainable sewing ethos.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Elbe Textiles Zero Waste Kimono in Silk Double Georgette from The Fabric Store

A few months back owner Lauren posted a tutorial for a Zero Waste Kimono Pattern and it was the first thing I thought of when I realised I needed a lightweight cover-up for my holidays. Zero waste sewing (using up every scrap of your fabric for a project) is increasingly drawing my attention. I hate waste and I'm sure a lot of you, like me have been appalled to learn more over the last year... [read more]

I finally took the time to take some photo shots of the hoodie in its current progress;  it is actually close to being finished. I fell in love with the look of this pattern months ago and my sewing plan was to complete it in January.  With the deadline looming for the Basically Jalie Blog Tour, the Jalie Mimosa pattern took a lot of my time.

This is a new to me pattern line and thus some trial and error with the fit for me. My measurements put me into the Large range.  With my experience with some other independent patterns, I decided to print the medium and large sizes.  I am glad I did as I basically ended up stitching more of a medium size than large.  This happens pretty much with other indies.

I made some adjustments to the pattern

  1. shortened bodice by 1 1/2 inches
  2. swayback adjustment of 1/2 inch
  3. forward shoulder adjustment of 5/8 inch
  4. FBA... [read more]

You know, that wardrobe voice that tells you something looks good when it doesn’t?  Or that it doesn’t when it does?  That it fits when it’s like a sausage skin, or that it’s a sausage skin when it isn’t?  Not to mention the lying damn mirror!

I have a nice collection of clothes these days, and yes, a pretty full wardrobe, but very few things I make these days fail the test of time, so now and then I have to stare hard at the few items that are lurking unworn, and decide what to do with them.  I have no truck with this nonsense of ‘if you haven’t worn it for a year it has to go’, I like a more fluid approach to the way I dress, especially now I finally feel I have some sort of personal style.  So how to stop my wardrobe from breaking apart at the seams as I keep on sewing?  I have to try to exercise a critical eye…

I think I have a pretty... [read more]

This is the top that “crept up” on me: when I finished sewing it, I was sure I didn’t like it and wouldn’t wear it. The only thing that kept me from donating it was that my original plan was to add elastics at the wrist for a bit of a bishop sleeve look, so I kept it in my alterations pile for a while until I could get around to it. A few months later I pulled it out and tried it on, and it didn’t seem so bad. Then my husband saw me and said, “Wow, what a great top,” and I realized I had judged it too harshly.

Frivolous at Last - Scout Tee Tunic hack

The fabric is a border-print rayon (I think) twill that I found at Fabricland. I bought it thinking I would make flowy pants with the border print at the ankles, but I realized that was going to be way too bohemian-looking for my style. So I turned the print sideways and cut out a Grainline Scout Tee, and lengthened and flared the sleeves.

Modified Scout Tee 2

This is not my... [read more]

When I think about menswear, I automatically picture very structured garments in neutral colors and striking patterns. Historically, menswear existed more out of necessity than fashion. A lot of the clothes were used as a uniform or workwear, and often denoted what line of work someone was in. This was in contrast to the more delicate fabrics used for womenswear. Durable fabric was used for menswear as the garments were required to withstand harsh outdoor conditions and manual labor. That durability is part of the appeal for use in a variety of clothing options today.

Some of the traditional options that come to mind include denim, shirting, tweed, wool, and pinstripes. In general, woven fabrics have been used to create the characteristic structured silhouettes found in menswear. Many of these fabrics are readily available to the home sewist and can add a menswear... [read more]

Well apparently, the thought of losing out on the monthly pattern roundups was just too difficult to bear! I quickly volunteered, and found out Debbie had as well. So we’ve agreed to be pattern roundup cohorts.

I have to admit, I haven’t had a great pulse on the Indie pattern community and I wanted to be as thorough as possible with the roundup. I did my best to research blogs and social media and tried to ensure I didn’t leave too much out. If there are new releases you’re aware of that haven’t been mentioned, please feel free to leave a comment. If nothing else it’ll tune us (me) in to those companies.

I also tried to focus on pattern companies with inclusive size options. Next time I’ll be sure to find more modeled pics. Lastly, I am listing the releases in alphabetical order by pattern company. Okay? Let’s do this!!

Burda Style... [read more]

Ann Normandy Linen Maxi Dress

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Readers, for the length of this post, let's embark together on a bit of a fantastic journey. If, like me, you are looking out the window and can see frost or even snow, talking about a linen maxi dress might be a bit unbelievable, even unrealistic. So let's suspend our disbelief for a second and imagine we're in the Southern Hemisphere, or in the Caribbean or somewhere else that feels like a holiday. If you're already there, that's ok, no fantasy journey for you, just a regular ol' pattern review. 

Right, are you with me? Mentally putting on suncream, of course... 

So let me tell you about what possessed me to make a linen maxi dress in the middle of winter...

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Today's the day for some serious book talk! How are you doing with the book? Have you started it yet? Finished it? Do you have any reactions you'd like to share? 

Here are a few questions to ponder today and for the next while -- whether you have begun reading, or you've only read blurbs & our interview so far and still have something to say, join in! Although there might be a few spoilers in the questions and discussion below so if you haven't got too far yet you might want to come back to this post.

I'll add some of my own thoughts and you can reply to them or add your own impressions. If you want to hear other takes on a part of the book that you are curious about, leave your own questions in the comments, too. I hope you are all enjoying it so far!





1. What was the first thing that drew you to this book? Was it the setting? The historical context?... [read more]

Hey Peeps! Long time no post! Yes I have been gone for a minute but I'm coming back and I have a plan! Managing the blog, the magazine and a full-time job it taxing to say the least but I have a plan for 2019 and that includes hanging out here with my peeps!

I'm going to start with this fantastic suit that was just featured in Sewn Magazine. I love this suit so much, I can't help but open up the magazine to look at it. These boots were the starting point. I bought these boots back in 2017, I walked into the store and when I saw these I grabbed them up real quick. We did use them before but I was still waiting for that one outfit that would compliment these beauties.

One day I was minding my business shopping online and decided to check Fabric Mart. I almost lost it when I saw this fabric. I ordered 8 yards because I knew that I wanted to make a suit... [read more]

…it’s wrapping yourself in yards of hand-knit gorgeousness!

Frivolous at Last - Speckled Fade Scarf

This is the Speckled Fade scarf by Stephen West. (If you haven’t heard of knitwear designer Stephen West, go have a look. He’s the dude that somehow made the words “shawl” and “uber-cool” go together in the same sentence.)

Frivolous at Last - Speckled Fade Scarf

It was an endless array of garter stitch (knit every row), which could have been boring, but the striping and colour changes, along with that one row of decreases that creates the chevron shape, were great incentive to keep knitting.

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I used three sock-weight yarns: the yellow speckled one is Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in “potluck”; the turquoise-blue yarn is Orange Octopus Sock Yarn in “lost city”, and the dark blue yarn is Nooch Fiber Morningside Sock in “o trem azul”. They were all in my stash and I love the way they look together. Win! Such a lovely collection of... [read more]

Today I am sharing my Ophelia Overalls from Decades of Style. Usual disclaimer: I was given the pattern for free to test it out and share on social media. All opinions are my own.

I’ve been wanting to make overalls for a while now. Overalls were my favourite thing to wear in the 90s. I owned a pair of wide legged overalls in a lightweight denim fabric that I absolutely loved. I wore them all the time in spite of my sister poking fun at me and saying I could be a farmer in those overalls, to quote Clueless.

I loved those overalls and was recently thinking that I needed to replicate them since the style was coming back. Let’s be honest, style be damned; overalls are super comfortable.

When Janet, the mastermind behind Decades of Style, sent me the pattern information, I said yes immediately. I also knew immediately that the polkadot chambray in... [read more]

Ok, so I had this great idea to make myself the Euler Bralette from Sophie Hines. A soft around the house bra was the goal and if it worked out well maybe, just maybe I could use the pattern to help make my first handmade swimsuit for this summer. Gathering all the right materials from … Continue reading Foundation building with the Euler Bralette & Jalie 3242
Red Cocoon Dress

If someone had to describe what I’m best known for, it definitely wouldn’t be solid fabrics or extra added details! I’m more of a “let the print do the talking” girl. But every once in a while, I enjoy a wee challenge just to remind myself that I know how!

Red Cocoon Dress

Enter this pretty cherry red poly double knit crepe, with patch pockets, a zipper and a hidden buttonhole! The fabric was only in my stash for a day or two before I decided to use it as a wearable muslin of the Style Arc Adeline dress. So many of you had recommended this pattern when I asked for a cocoon dress with boxy sleeves on Instagram, and you were right – it’s a great pattern! Style Arc had a sale that weekend, so it was an easy choice.

Red Cocoon Dress

One of the nice features of the dress is the wide facings for the neckline and hem. I don’t usually like v-necks because they flash show too much bra, but this one... [read more]

I might have mentioned before that the Eva dress by Tessuti is one of my all time favourites. I have been sewing it for years and one of the summer versions I made a few years ago needed replacing.

I have seen the Eva made up successfully in prints, but I think it is best suited to plain fabric to show off the top stitched seams. I had some medium weight linen marinating in my stash that fit the bill nicely. It is a light-ish indigo, just a little more purple than a straight dark blue. I pretty much love all shades of purple, especially the more subtle ones. Purple suits redheads almost as much as grey.

So here is the result.

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eva

 

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If you are interested in the sewing details, they are on PatternReview.

On a roll, I decided I wanted another summer dress. It is so hot at the moment and dresses are definitely the coolest option for work wear. Cotton batik... [read more]

Winter sucks.
I know, Canadians, laugh at me. This is Seattle. We have hills all over and this happens once every five years. We forget. We lose our shovels and tire chains.
 But a week of no melt, of more snow, of ice all over everywhere, we grind to a halt. 
So please, stop it.
Eventually there were ten inches of snow. Right now there's eight inches of slush.
My neighbors took pity on me one day and shoveled my stairs.
I am very tired of snow.
The only way I know to make the weather change is to make winter clothes.
Mittens. 
That'll make it warm up.
As usual, Ikat Bag has made them and done a far better job than I could ever. That said, I have different materials and different results.

http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/10/mittens-and-theyre-theoretically.html

Here is my version. 
This is the basic idea.

A u shape, with a plain back and a thumb cut out front.
Plus a thumb gusset (I... [read more]

So 2019 has arrived (far too quickly) and I have been putting things off for far too long: I have been working on producing various sewing patterns for the last year or so but 2019 is the year I finally pull my finger out and get things sorted! Today I can finally announce pattern number […]

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For a sewing blog, there hasn’t been much sewing around here lately. Well, today I have three new pieces that I am excited to share. It is no secret that I pattern test for Bella Sunshine Designs and I love their patterns. Last week they launched six new patterns, a camisole and a pair of panties for women, girls, and dolls.

The Coraline Camisole comes in three lengths: cami, tunic, and dress.  For this version, I made the dress length. Mine is cut with a 14 bust, 18 waist, and 16 hip. My measurements are 43″ upper bust, 46″ full bust, 40″ waist, and 47″ hip.

I managed to squeak this dress version out of a single yard of 58″ wide rayon jersey knit by folding the selvage edges in towards the center. This piece came from a Girl Charlee Black Friday sale in 2014. It cost me a whooping $2.50! I love a good deal. I also used this fabric for a previous maxi dress in... [read more]

A weekend in Berlin has left my head is spinning with ideas of the sewing variety - I knew it was only a matter of time before something threw off my seemingly good progress with my #2019makenine. The effortlessly cool style of the native Berlin crowd is truly something to be admired, whether out and about in the day, or enjoying the latest of late nightlife the city has to offer. Whilst making conscious plans to dress like a Berlin-er is the exact opposite of effortless and discounts all cool points, I can't help but want to draw inspiration from the city's style and impart it into my sewing.
Berlin style
So here are my Berlin basics. Loose ideas, some already in the works, some already there and some potential future sewing plans. Let's call it a 'thoughtful effortlessness' for those of us who it doesn't always come naturally to...


The... [read more]

Howdy Sewists!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be a part of the Sewcialists #sewmenswearforeveryone month! As a male sewist it can be hard to find inspiration and guidance online, so I’m hoping this month will raise awareness and shine a spotlight on sewing menswear for all!

There have been some pretty exciting highlights for menswear-sewing in the month running up to now, with the launch of Bartack Magazine and a menswear focused podcast from Love-To-Sew, to name just a few. As well as the thought provoking and informative posts we’ve come to expect from The Sewcialists. Myself, I’m looking forward to February as a chance to really revel and celebrate in my chosen hobby — I’m finding new inspiration through pattern recommendations, sew-a-longs and Sewists-to-follow. And I hope you are too.

I’ve been sewing around 4 years now, mostly menswear but also a few... [read more]

สูตรการรักษาโรคเบาหวานที่ได้ผลที่ดีที่สุด

ยารักษาโรคเบาหวานในบ้านเรานั้นก็มีอยู่มากมายหลากหลายชนิดด้วยกัน โดยส่วนใหญ่แล้วในการนำเอาพวกสมุนไพรเข้ามาเป็นส่วนหนึ่งในการรักษาโรคเบาหวานนั้น ก็จะต้องใช้การรักษาในรูปแบบควบคู่กันไปโดยจะต้องอาศัยแพทย์แผนปัจจุบันเป็นหลัก

       เพื่อให้การรักษาของโรคเบาหวานนั้นเป็นไปได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ นอกจากนี้นั้นตัวเราเองก็สามารถที่จะควบคุมปริมาณน้ำตาลและรักษาระดับอินซูลีนให้อยู่ในระดับที่เหมาะสมได้เป็นอย่างดีแล้วนั้น ซึ่งถ้าเราทำได้แน่นอนการที่เราจะใช้ชีวิตอยู่ร่วมกับโรคเบาหวานนั้นก็จะสามารถที่จะทำออกมาได้เป็นอย่างดีและมีประสิทธิภาพ อย่างไรก็ตามนั้นในการรักษาโรคเบาหวานเราก็จะต้องทำใจด้วยเพราะมันเป็นโรคเรื้อรังที่ไม่สามารถที่จะทำการรักษาให้หายขาดได้

     ... [read more]

‘Psst- it’s Bruderlein- it’s time for my annual guest editor post. As usual I pick Zac Posen. A designer of exquisite taste and-‘

Bru- what’re you doing? This is wearable Wednesday-

‘I know. I’m curating. This is excellent and the sleeves can hold many biscuits.’Bruder, can I take over?

‘No. Zac is a dachshundist and deserves our best’

Oh, excuse me. Carry on.

‘ This Blouse is something I would like to lick.’

That’s it? That’s your take on it?

‘I like that it has a tail. Let’s keep moving. Helmutt did this to one of your dresses and you got very mad. But obviously, we, like Zac are innovators.’

Um ok. The fabric is lovely-

‘But scratchy. Like the plant by the mailbox.’

Very Anna Wintour-worthy commentary, Bru, thanks.

‘I calls it like I sees it. This one looks perfect for the puppy park and a trip to Starbucks’Ok, i agree. How about this?

‘Hmm- the back looks... [read more]

How To Make A Hen Party Veil

Much to the relief of everyone who keeps on asking me, wedding sewing is underway. Just. As I keep on trying to tell people, I’m…

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