Monday, 30 March 2015

New T-shirt

The pattern

Laid flat

And worn. It doesn't hang off the right shoulder like that all the time, just my stance.
Pattern: no.4 one-piece scoop neck asymmetrical top from Drape Drape 2 by Hisako Sato (the english version)

I have had both Drape Drape books for ages but this is the first item I have made from them. I made the L/XL size which is still a bit tight in the right arm.  The neckline is quite low, keep flashing my bra, so when I make this again (which I plan to) I'll adjust the neckline and try to figure out what to do about the right sleeve.

Thursday, 26 March 2015


I am doing the PaperLove e-course run by Rachel Hazell.  It's only the first week but I'm already realising just how much paper I have collected, some might say hoarded, around the place.  This week we are making Pamphlet Stitch pages.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Tea Towels (and a couple of face cloths)

Weaving has been happening.  Just practising and seeing how many mistakes I can fit into one tea towel.  The yarn is cottolin Ne 22/2 in blue and white. It is the same blue in both photos but the top photo is more accurate colourwise.  The patterned stripes in the bottom photo were made using simple pick-up patterns from "The Weaver's Idea Book" by Jane Patrick.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

sister MAG

Just popping in to say I have just discovered this new online magazine, sisterMAG.  The magazine has been around for a while as it's up to issue 17. Their blurb says that magazine topics range from fashion, food, DIY to technology, digital trends and other lifestyle issues and the magazine is targeted at widely interested, well-educated, independent women who are enthusiastic about the digital world and who want to read intelligent information presented in an appealing design. Obviously that's me to a T, it's like they know my life *  but what really made me look at this magazine is that it has free sewing patterns.  

The patterns (or at least the ones I have looked at) come in one size and the sizes seem to range from European 36 to 40.  The instructions assume you can sew, for example for the brown pleated skirt pattern:

 1. Mark pleats then baste.
2. Iron pleats.
3. Close side seams sewing in zipper on the left.
4. Try on skirt adjusting size if necessary.
5. Close pleats up 20cm/8”.
6. Finish the waistband

7. Sew the hem.
8. Re-iron pleats.

Right, I'm off to have a bit more of a look at the magazine.  I'm not sure when I'll get around to trying one of the patterns but if you have a go please leave a comment so I can see what you've made.

 * parts of that statement may not be completely true