Sock yarn is something I often buy as a souvenir. And then it typically sits in my yarn stash for a very long time before I decide to use it. That wasn’t actually true for this yarn. I bought it this summer at the Sheep Dog Trials on our island (a national competition and a lot of fun to watch!) and started to knit it pretty quickly thereafter. I like to have a very portable project on my needles (I do generally prefer to knit sweaters so I always have several projects going at once). I’m finally finding the time to knit such portable projects as my toddler has reached a stage in development where I can plop in one place and let her run in circles around me while I knit, at least for short stretches of time :)

I chose the pattern because I had it in my library, in an old Interweave Knits magazine, and it was interesting while still being suitable for such a complex colorway. I... [read more]

Siamo tornate, dopo quasi due anni di assenza dal blog, per un evento davvero speciale, o meglio un Avvento davvero speciale! Infatti, insieme alle amiche dell'Avvento Creativo prepareremo un Natale veramente unico, con tante idee creative. Un grandissimo grazie a Ivy de Le Creazioni di Ivy, che con la sua energia ha dato vita a questa bellissima iniziativa:

Dal 1° Dicembre al 24 Dicembre, troverete ogni giorno un nuovo tutorial dedicato al Natale:

E c'e' una sorpresa perché già oggi potete visitare la pagina Facebook di Adriana - Coccole tra le nuvole di mamma Dada - e scoprire come creare uno stupendo December Daily dove raccogliere i ricordi del vostro Avvento Creativo. Adriana propone un tutorial... [read more]

Welcome to week 2 of our Handmade Christmas Challenge!  Last week, I shared with you our mantra for this holiday season… I talked about the … More handmade christmas challenge – wk 2 »

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Linden Sweatshirt

Hello, Sewcialists!

I’m Erica from Handmade Wardrobe. I live in Halifax, on the east coast of Canada, where I am a public librarian. I started sewing about 7 years ago when I became fed up with trying to make ready-to-wear items work for my petite (5’2″) but curvy body. When I’m not working or sewing, I’m reading lots of non-fiction (favourite topics include: art-theft, female spies and code-breakers, and memoirs of quirky people) or roaming through parks with my husband and our dog, Yuri.

Linden Sweatshirt

One of the garments that propelled me to really get serious about sewing was a Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studio that I made 3 years ago. It was the first time I’d worked with knits and I used a dense ponte. It was an item I could throw on for anything and I wore that shirt everywhere: I dressed it up for work; I wore it as pyjamas; I wore it out to parties.... [read more]

This December is Party Time!

What better way to celebrate than making a whole month about it? Lots of people will be making party outfits for the holidays in December, but you can interpret “party” however you want. It’s an open theme and the key to this theme is to have fun with it.

Want to have a PJ party all month? Make some fancy pyjamas.

Want to make a New Year’s Eve dress for dancing? Make a lovely twirly dress.

Want to make a suit for a dandy night out on the town? Get out your wool suiting and have a blast.

Heading out to a costume party? Make a costume for the event!

Bonus points if you celebrate with cake. 😉

There will be inspiration posts to get you started and party-themed reviews.

Want to join the party online? Tag your makes on Instagram with #CSCPartyTime and you will be included in the round up post at the beginning of January. Don’t have... [read more]

It seems I'm on a coat-making kick when it comes to using fabrics from Organic Cotton Plus. My previous review was a Kelly Anorak with their fabulous pink cotton twill. I knew that this time around I wanted to make my oldest daughter a winter coat, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

This is the Olivia and Oliver Peacoat from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I made this coat once before for my daughter, when she was just a baby (sob!). I've always wanted to make it again, and I'm so glad I did!

For my outer fabric, I chose this navy wool (it comes in 11 colors!). Aside from being the classic peacoat color, it also matches my daughter's school colors. I wasn't quite sure about the fabric and whether it'd be suitable for a coat, but I looked through the older posts from other OCP bloggers and found a coat made from the same fabric.... [read more]
Today I've got a tutorial for you on how to stabilize knit shoulder seams with strips of woven or knit selvage!

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It is no secret that I love a nice petticoat/crinoline to wear with my 50's style dresses and skirts. And I'm happy to say that I've found the perfect tried-and-tested source for these petticoats. Today, I will share my source with you, dear reader!

Let me introduce: Hand Made Petticoats (on Etsy).

First off, this is NOT a sponsored post, I just really like these petticoats/crinolines and want to pass the word on and support a fellow sewist in her business adventure #girlboss.

The company is owned by Maria, and each petticoat is handmade by her in her home in Wales, UK, and sold via her shop on Etsy.

The petticoats are made with tiers of sparkling "snow" organza on a waistband of a nice, smooth polyester satin and have a narrow elastic at the waist.

The petticoats come in 4 standard sizes (S-XL), 6 standard lengths (19, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 27 inches), a... [read more]

I am just popping in today to tell you that I have my second blog post up on the Minerva Craft site today! A big thank you goes to the Minerva Craft team for sending me the fabric and supplies for this project.

Go there to read all about my dream cardigan and how I had to make it twice to get it as I wanted.

Oh, and Marie is there too ;)

Pilvi Coat - Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - Fabric from Britex Fabrics - CSews

As soon as I saw this colorful fabric at Britex Fabrics, I thought to myself, “Pilvi Coat!” A simple design is great for a large print because you can show off the print to full advantage. That’s what I like the Pilvi Coat pattern from the sewing book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style (affiliate link here). I’ve made this coat twice before, one in blue and another using a fabric with a big print, which you can see here and here.

This coat has pockets! I had fun using colorful fabric scraps for my pockets.

Pilvi Coat from Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style - CSews

I love the colorful painterly design of this home dec fabric, which is a digital print from Spain. Britex marked down the fabric to $20/yard because the manufacturer forgot to put a selvage on one side of the fabric.

Beautiful fabric from Britex Fabrics

Now this beautiful fabric is part of the ongoing Yard Sale at Britex Fabrics, which means you can take an additional 40 to 60%... [read more]

Hello, hello!

It is a long time since I released any new patterns (over a year), but I have been working slowly on things behind the scenes and this week saw the release of a new coat pattern and a new dress pattern. So just like the saying goes, no patterns for ages and then two come along at once...

First up is the Isca shirtdress. This is a design that is probably the most badly timed in terms of aaaall the shirtdress patterns that have been released this year, ha, but one that has been on my mind for the longest time. When I set up my pattern company I really wanted to reproduce a dress I drafted from a mens shirt block. It had a draped front so the button placket was skewed and flopped to the side. I wore it until it fell apart so was a dream dress, but as time has gone by some of the elements felt a bit dated. Below is my more up to date interpretation... [read more]
We've all been there. After telling someone with pride that we made our skirt/dress/jumper/quilt they immediately ask if we can make one for them? Sometimes they follow it up with an offer of payment [Although I'm not sure they ever really know how much these things cost to make!] And then you have to scramble for a response whilst trying to work out if you actually want to make this person an

It’s well known that Imma dress girl and I’m always on the hunt for a good sheath dress pattern…even now that I don’t need one everyday for work. So I was immediately drawn to the Cashmerette Rivermont Dress and Top.

However, I liked the pattern so much that I made a dress and a top from the pattern.  My review of both is below.

Let’s discuss the Rivermont Top first…
I’ve been saving pictures from Instagram and the Internet of tops with flared peplums and elongated back hems. When I made the dress (yes it was made prior to making the top), I realized that the top would work with some of the ideas I had floating around in my head.

I had to make a few pattern alterations to give the peplum the flare and length that I wanted.  I also added a lining for the walk-away appearance. The pattern comes with full length sleeves but I shortened mine... [read more]

I can’t even believe I’m writing this post! Last year, shortly after starting sewing, I wanted to find a way to engage with the sewing community more than I was through Instagram – to challenge myself to take better photos of my makes, challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone and connect with all […]

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Sometimes I wonder if  Knipmode's copywriters play those silly word games where you take random syllables out of a box and make a sentence with what you've got. How else can you explain Pink Christmas (Roze Kerst) on the cover of an issue that neither contains visual references to Christmas nor many pink garments?

Pattern overview Knipmode 12/2017

What's new? By popular demand all patterns are back on the pattern sheets. For the last few months some of the patterns in the magazine had to be downloaded as pdf. This caused a major uproar in The Lowlands, also known as The Kingdom of Tracers. May the dust settle soon.

The first collection in the magazine is all about the new trend colour grenadine:

Clockwise dress 17dress 7, and blouse 4

Dress 7 is the exact copy of a dress that first appeared in the October supplement. I know because I've made it.... [read more]


Hello! Nothing me-made today – instead, a lovely wool scarf that my sister knit me over the summer!

This scarf was a three-way trade, which is why is pays to have crafty friends. Our friend Kim gave Anne a sweater-lot of wool; I sewed a dress for Kim; and Anne knit a cowl for me!


The cowl was made to match a beret that Anne made me years ago – more about that later! 

If you are a knitter, I’ll direct you to Anne’s Ravelry page about this project... because all I can tell you is that it’s wool and it has a cool texture. (Wait, Ravelry says it is wool, silk, alpaca, and cashmere! Fancy, fancy!)


Here it is worn in a triple, double, or single loop. Not that I’d wear it in a single loop, but I thought you might want to see how long it actually is! I found that a plain cream scarf was something I missed in my wardrobe last winter, especially when I’m... [read more]

Hi Sewcialists!

Welcome to the second weekly round-up of patterns for this quarter’s TNT theme. I’m Claire from Belle Citadel, (@belle_citadel) and it’s been my pleasure to gather the plethora of fabulous projects that have been posted on Instagram this week under the hashtag #sewcialistsTNT. There are so many, in fact, that we’ve divided them into groups by theme to try and keep them under control, heh.

If we missed you, it might be because you have a private account or we just accidentally missed it, so please leave a link to your IG picture or blog post in the comments! Without further ado, let’s get stuck in!

Blog posts

We had some smashing TNT blog posts during the week. First up was Hannah Swain from Stockholm, who showed us her love for the EYMM Capsule skirt – a great staple!

Instagram Photo

Next came a love letter to the Named Helmi... [read more]

I almost let the day pass without saying “Thank you!”  I love being connected to the sewing and crafting community through social media!  Today, I have been blogging for four years, organizing Designin’ December for three years and enjoying a RTW fast for almost two years.  From my first post through to Designin’ December, it’s […]

Hi All,

I wanted to share a pair of cullotes I made last month (I shared pics of them on my Instagram @montanastrange… so I have already posted really)

They are made from jersey and cut from a RTW New Look plisse pair I own. They were so fast and simple to make, I’m not sure why I didn’t make this sooner!

I quickly over locked this just to check the fit but it was great, I left it as it is.

What’s a bit frustrating is I haven’t made another (2/3) pair(s) yet as I’ve been swapped lately. To make it worse I’ve have seen multiple types of fabric that would make great cullotes, I’m told to not but any more fabric until I’ve used my stash… killjoy!!

Until next time crafters,


Tagged: alternative, alternativefashion, Craft, cullotes, Design, fashion, handmade, NewLook, overlocker, pants, sewing, stripes, Trousers

Thanks to Lisa Perea from Cork and Cloth for sponsoring this giveaway. Lisa has kindly offer 10% discount using the code ANABELLE10 at checkout. (valid until 30 Nov 2017)   I made this Sunshine Wristlet using Silver Caiman Cork and to make … Read More

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So, last year, or it could have been earlier this year, my Instagram feed was chocca block with sewists singing the praises of the Toaster Sweater and the Saunio Cardigan.  It seemed every second person was sewing either one or both of these patterns.  I didn’t get it, and made a Talvikki instead!  However, I’m here to set things right.  The Toaster pattern eventually made its way into my pattern collection and now that I’ve finally made it up, I know what all the fuss was about!

There are a lot of pieces, which means it needs a little more fabric than it would if, for instance there was no separate hem band and double folded cuffs.  But it still only just needs 1.5m (all depending on how good you are at pattern piece tetris).  And it’s quick to make.  I start by pinning everything together that I can, the cuff seams, hem band side seam, back seam in the... [read more]

Het is deze maand TNT-maand bij de SewcialistsTNT staat voor ‘Tried ’n true’, dus zeg maar een patroon dat je eerder gemaakt en eventueel aangepast hebt zodat het nu precies past zoals je wilt. Een patroon dat je zo uit de losse pols kunt maken dus, zonder onaangename pasvorm-verrassingen.

It’s TNT month at the Sewcialists. TNT means ‘tried ’n true’, a TNT pattern is basically a pattern that you’ve made before and adjusted where neccesary so that you can now make it again and again without nasty fit surprises.



Eén van de patronen die ik zo heb aangepast is jurk 24 uit het januarinummer van de Knipmode. Dat aanpassen was nogal een zware bevalling want de pasvorm was totaal niet goed voor mijn lijf. Maar ik vond de halslijn zo gaaf, en ik hou ook wel van de puzzel om het goed te krijgen. En uiteindelijk is het nu min of meer goed. Voor deze... [read more]

It’s November! It’s Burda magazine, aka “Burda Style” or “Burda World of Fashion” to us old-school sewists (shout out to my old-school sewists!)! I’ve run out of ways to introduce pattern magazines anymore so let’s just skip over this intro and show you my picks, shall we?? 😂

This top with an tie on the side neckline seemed to be an early hit with bloggers but it’s worth noting that it’s not as slim-fitting as you’d expect from a long-sleeved tee. I quite like the design though, so I might attempt to do a bit of frankenpattern-hacking combining it with my TNT long-sleeved teeshirt draft…

The top’s nice enough, and that skirt’s nice enough (neither being particular original designs), but I do have to question the stylist’s sanity for pairing them together! That’s a whole lot of pleated volume to pair together, along with two extra layers on her top half?... [read more]

I’m getting good feelings from these- my jaded heart- my upper lip is feeling a jerking sensation- like I might form a smile. I’d better check these symptoms on webmd.

Maybe it’s just a tumor. Or the fumes from her puffy paint.

I feel a strong sense of youthful Fanning-

Like maybe I could go canpIgn for class president-

Or redo my kitchen linens!

Ok, I love this look, but when I tried it, my husband asked me if it was a prayer shawl.

Holiday party at the grange hall? Pencil me in!

These shoes are bringing me down tho. So heavy for these!?

Escada- I’m crushing on you.

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Hello Sewcialists. I’m Andrew. I’ve been learning to sew (at the ‘Open University of YouTube’) since 2014 and I’m over the moon to be a part of the #SewcialistsTNT month. I was lucky enough to have opened my Instagram just as the call went out for volunteers for this months theme, and here I am!

I suppose there is less variation in men’s clothes (…at least, there is in mine…) and maybe that is why I tend to revisit a lot of my patterns multiple times? For example, I can use the same shirt pattern, switching up some of the details, over and over again for different looks, that I know will fit. Each time I redo a pattern it gets a little easier, quicker and neater. Surely that’s a win?!

The pattern I want to share with you today is a great scrapbuster, a good introduction to sewing with jersey if you haven’t before. It’s also a great pattern for using up... [read more]

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