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!
It fits! Look, I know that should be a given, but we all know Seamwork has sometimes had a reputation for dodgy fit. As I said in my last post, I had really good results with the Seamwork Ariel, and decided to get a Seamwork membership. The first thing I sewed was the new Blake … More Seamwork Clarke Tank
Here’s a post long overdue – two leatherworking kits I ordered in March 2019 and didn’t finish sewing until March 2020! I ordered from company in the UK called “Simple Way” as a treat to myself during my concussion recovery, and my first impression wasn’t good. The wallet went together easily, but the holes on … More Reviewing the Simple Way Leather Purse and Wallet Kits
For years I blogged twice a week, but now I haven’t blogged for a month. Like everyone, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, learning and reflecting… and working from home… running Sewcialists… and sewing! I have some special projects that I want to blog about so they are recorded, but also some quick things … More Catching up on blogging!