I always thought I’d be sad when it came time to end the Sewcialists… but it feels right. What a relief! I’ve loved organising the Sewcialists – we have had the most amazing volunteer crew behind the scenes. Right from the start in 2013 it was a team effort, with different friends taking on various … More Closing Down the Sewcialists – Some Thoughts
Hello, hello! Spring in the air, even though it’s often still freezing here over night. Helen from Helen’s Closet sent me the new March Top and Dress pattern when it launched, and I decided to sew it up right away! I used to pattern test for Helen’s Closet quite a bit, but obviously not since … More A Helen’s Closet Duo: March Top and Ashton Dress
It’s been 6 years since I sewed this Cashmerette Concord! That makes it one of the longest lasting pieces in my wardrobe, and worthy of celebration! I was a tester for this pattern back in the first year of Cashmerette’s life, and according to my notes I sewed this in a size 14 C/D, graded … More 6 years later: Cashmerette Concord Revisited
The Style Arc Hope Woven Dress was a big hit this fall, but of course I sewed it in a knit instead! I like the high neckline, and the way the dramatic raglan sleeve give a batwing-effect. Unfortunately the rayon print I chose is so busy that you can’t see a single style line in … More Style Arc Hope (Knit) Dress
Six months since I last blogged? It seems unbelievable after all those years of blogging twice a week like clockwork. But we all know what the past year has been like, so let’s just dive right in! This is the Bessie top by my friend Anya of Anna Zoe Patterns. I met Anya a few … More Back to Blogging with an Anna Zoe Bessie Top!
Fall came quickly this year, and we are already getting frost at night sometimes! Luckily I remembered the Muna and Broad Mallee Jacket which was released a month or two back. It’s a winner! I made two in one weekend, which tells you how quickly it comes together. The purple on is boiled wool, and … More Muna and Broad Mallee Jackets
I got royally fed up with all the wovens I’d been sewing this spring and summer, so I’ve switched back to my beloved knits! I’m trying to make use of my new Seamwork subscription, so I picked the Seamwork Gene which I remember lots of friends loving when it was released. Gene is a jersey … More Seamwork Gene
Oh knits, how I’ve missed you! This summer is the first time I’ve sewn more wovens than knits, and it gave me such a thrill to finally sew a knit! Knits just lend themselves better to my fast and furious, devil-may-care style of sewing, I think. This is the new Closet Core Pattern Elodie wrap … More Closet Core Pattern Elodie Dress – in a knit!
I’m living the caftan life! Staying home, draping myself in pretty fabric with no waistband… seems good to me. And if you’ve been following sewing patterns for a while, you probably recognise this as the Style Arc Toni Designer Dress! I’ve been meaning to make this dress for YEARS, inspired by many versions including Lara, … More Caftan Life
How are you holding up through COVID? I’ve been up and down, which is a pretty universal experience. I’m currently halfway through summer vacation and today it was announced that we will be back in schools full time in September. Yes, in 4 weeks I’ll be in 3 poorly ventilated buildings per week, each with … More Modelling the Victory Sofia Dress!