Working on the bias: Seamwork Dezi skirt and bias Clarke tank

Are you a fabric before pattern person, or a pattern before fabric person? I keep changing my mind as to which I tend more towards, and since I’m trying to pull most fabric from my existing stash, it does blur the lines somewhat. One thing I have discovered recently is that sometimes I know exactly what I’m going to make, whether it’s the pattern or fabric I decide on first, but that I’m also quite happy to allow one or the other to percolate and when the perfect coupling occurs to me, my decision-making is pretty instant.

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New overalls: Seamwork Beckett overalls in the bonus version

As part of the Seamwork Ambassador team, I get to see all the patterns fairly early in the month. I’m not under any obligation to make them, but if one takes my fancy, I have access to it before publication. This month, one of the patterns is the Beckett overalls and I thought they looked like they’d be fun to make!

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New dress: Cris Wood Envelope dress (Zero Waste)

Something a bit different today, both in terms of style and colour. If you’d asked me 25 years ago if I’d ever wear a caftan, I would have said something along the lines of, “No way! They’re for old ladies” (which was anyone above 30 back then). Fashion is a fickle mistress, however, and that wafting 70s shape is all the rage again (patchouli oil optional). Being older and wiser, I also know that such shapes are often worn by “older ladies” because they are very kind to lumps and bumps and ungroomed Covid legs (who am I kidding – that was de rigeur in my household pre-Covid too), as well as being extremely comfortable and, well… draughty to wear. So I say, hurray! Bring on the caftans! First up:

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Seamwork Clarke tank – more adventures in bias and a dress version

I’ve been working on the Seamwork Clarke for some weeks now. So far, I’ve made two tops and two dresses, one of them a fail, which I’ll go into below. There’s a fair bit to talk about: working on the bias vs. cutting on the straight grain, extending to a dress and quite a bit of trial and error, to be honest, so I’m going to split this into two posts. Today, I’m going to write about my first Clarke tank and my two dresses, with a few lessons I learnt about working on the bias. Next week I’ll post my other tank and a bias skirt I’m working on – the Seamwork Dezi – which will hopefully make for a nice duo. Fingers crossed!

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New tops: Seamwork Julia tanks with various neckline finishes

Well, it’s been a wee while since my last post! I’ve been working away on various bits and pieces, and they’ve all pretty much been multi-part projects where I’m trying to nail the fit of a wardrobe staple. This post is about my little journey with the knit tank. During this project I had one of those rare golden moments of affirmation that one is not actually bleedin’ crazy, but instead that one has made a very reasonable guesstimate and deduction in the style of, say, Sherlock Holmes perhaps. It doesn’t happen very often.

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Wearing Julia tank No. 2 in the beautiful northern Cascades, WA

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New jumpsuit: Closet Case Patterns Sallie

This was a fun make! I’m on quite a Closet Case Patterns kick right now – I made the Blanca Flight Suit earlier this year and my Carolyn pajamas are alllmmoost done. I cut those out in December! Crazy. Anyway, this jumpsuit is something I chose as part of my loungewear capsule wardrobe, which is slowly nearing completion and coming in even more useful than I anticipated back then! The Sallie is a knit jumpsuit, so it’s extremely comfy for lounging around, but I’m more than happy to wear it out and about too. It’s certainly not a garment that needs to be confined to the house!

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In fact, I wore it to the zoo this week, which reopened at 25% capacity and with full Covid precautions (masks, distancing, etc.), and it made for the perfect exploring outfit. I made my Sallie from this modal knit I got from Lillestoff. I’m a fan of the quality of Lillestoff knits and wanted to try a solid piece after using a patterned length for my Mayfair dress earlier this year. Continue reading “New jumpsuit: Closet Case Patterns Sallie”

New skirt: In the Folds Barkly Skirt and #sms2020 June

Alright, sooo, we got a new puppy a few weeks ago – and this skirt is called the BARKLY skirt. I mean – what’s a girl to do? Enjoy a guest blog appearance from our new Lagotto Romagnolo (or Italian lake dog to you and I) who is now known as… Luigi. Oh yes we did.

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I was really excited when I saw one of the patterns for Sew my Style was a new pattern from In The Folds. I’ve made a couple of the free patterns that the owner/designer Emily collaborated on with Peppermint magazine (The Jumpsuit and Jersey Dress) and I also own the Rushcutter dress and Flynn jacket pattern from her own line, although I must admit I am yet to make them (time, time….always time). But I’ve made and seen enough to know that Emily is a fastidious designer who takes great care with her design, drafting and instructions – and so I was always going to plump for the Barkly skirt this month. Continue reading “New skirt: In the Folds Barkly Skirt and #sms2020 June”

New tests: Sew DIY Tasi jacket and quilted slippers – draft your own garment!

I’ve got a double-header for you today, and that’s because it was in fact a double test I did for the lovely Beth of Sew DIY. Back in April I made both a pair of stashbusting quilted slippers for her, as well as a test of the Tasi jacket/robe, which really appealed to me because of the draft-your-own adventure style of the pattern.

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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’d really intended to take part in many fewer tests this year. I enjoy testing a lot, which is why I do it, but I felt I wanted a bit more creative time this year as I spent quite a lot of last year making things to a deadline. However, as it turned out, some tempting tests raised their sneaky little heads in the first half of the year and many of them were a chance to test an extended sizing range, which was an opportunity that seemed too good to miss. I made the Nina Lee Mayfair Dress way back in February. Then, like buses, a few arrived at once. The Blanca Flight Suit from Closet Case Patterns arrived first, followed by the Highlands Wrap dress by Allie Olson, which was a dress I’d wanted to make for ages, and then finally the Bastion Culottes from Jennifer Lauren, whose patterns I really enjoy testing – her construction details are second to none. Continue reading “New tests: Sew DIY Tasi jacket and quilted slippers – draft your own garment!”

Me-Made May 2020 – the results

Hello there! This is always a work-intensive post to write, but I’ve gone back to previous such posts numerous times to remind myself of clothes, outfits or resolutions, so it’s definitely worth it – to me at least.

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But first… May 2020

This May has been, of course, completely different to any Me-Made May I’ve taken part in the last few years. Initially this was because of Covid-19, which added a different flavour to proceedings. My husband was working from home, so he had a few minutes to get a picture of me each day, which helped immeasurably. On the other hand, not going out anywhere beyond my back yard meant I didn’t really wear many “going-out” clothes, or even many coats/jackets, so that was a little different. I did, nonetheless, make an effort to dress up a little some days and it really did noticeably lighten my mood on those days, so there’s definitely something to be said for the effect of what might be seem like a superficial routine on your psyche. Continue reading “Me-Made May 2020 – the results”

New outfit: Seamwork Dorian shorts and Willis top

I ended up making both of the June patterns from Seamwork back at the beginning of May, because they seemed like a good pairing and I had the idea to go crazy and try block printing the fabric to make some sort of loosely matching outfit. And… it was fun! I did it in a very basic manner, which I’ll briefly outline below, but I’m really happy with the results. I think the shorts came out better than the top, personally, but both are not far off what I was aiming for.

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