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Blue wool Oslo cardigan

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I made the Oslo cardigan! In wool! Who-hoo. I’ve been thinking about this cardigan for a long time and I am happy I finally got to make it. I was a bit afraid I was going to fail horribly because my fabric wasn’t stretchy, like the pattern asked. I first did a test version in a dusty pink suede that was on sale for $1/m at the fabric store. This way I could see the fit in another non-stretch fabric and see what alterations I needed to make for the final garment to fit me well. Sorry for the badly…

Book review: Practical pattern making

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Practical pattern making is the book I wish I had read a few years ago, when I first got interested in pattern making. It takes you from zero to hero in under 250 pages. I really like this book because it’s practical, yet fearless. Written by pattern makers and fashion designers Lucia Mors de Castro and Isabel Sanchez Hernandez, the book is organized in three sections: traditional patterns, geometric patterns and traditional geometric patterns. The first section, traditional patterns, includes a basic pattern for a skirt and two advanced variations of a tulip skirt: one when the front includes two…

Green textured knit dress (a modified Mesa sewing pattern)

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Happy 2016! May this be the year in which you create a masterpiece. This could be sewn, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and even just imagined in your head The post today is about another Mesa dress version. After making my first version and realising I wasn’t very comfortable with that neckline (it’s beautiful, I just think a raised neckline is easier to layer + you don’t need to worry about lingerie straps showing). So I raised it a bit. A bit too much, I think, but this is a cold weather dress, so that’s good. I used a beautiful textured dark green/petrol…

Magenta ponte knit Mesa

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I had this thick knit in my stash for a very long time, maybe more than 3 years. It was one of the fabrics that I brought with me when we moved to Canada, because it was beautiful and I wanted to make something I would wear for a long time. When Seamwork magazine introduced Mesa I finally decided to cut into this fabric. It wasn’t all fun and games though. I spend an entire day stitching and unstitching. Neither my serger and my sewing machine wanted to sew this with the matching thread I had bought for this. My twin…

My light chambray Adelaide dress

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There are several reasons why I loved sewing the Adelaide dress from Seamwork. First, because the magazine really inspires me, from the patterns created to the thoughtfulness of the articles. And it’s that thoughtfulness that is contagious. This dress is supposed to take three hours to sew, but I made it across several weekends, cutting it slowly, then sewing it slowly and finishing it, you’ve guessed it, equally slowly. Which is something I’m trying to learn how to do. I really like the pattern and how it’s cut. It’s like Sarai knows women have curves and where those curves are…

Great Things in Sewing This Week

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Something to sew Don’t you love a free sewing pattern, especially when the pattern maker is modelling an awesome garment made with it? I was already impressed by Deer and Doe and their sewing patterns for women and not men men, but this new free t-shirt sewing pattern is really cool. You’d have to sign in to download it, but the pattern looks like it’s worth it. I’ve bought a thick raspberry-pink jersey in my last holiday and this looks like a good project for it. Something to think about I really like Laurwyn’s post about body image. I think…

How to Draft A Fitting Back Bodice Block

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I’ve talked about pattern blocks and how they can make pattern making easier by offering a basic template to work on. Instead of buying pre-drafted pattern blocks I decided to make my own. It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, especially if you have a copy of Helen Joseph Armstrong’s Pattern Making for Fashion Design. The instructions are clear and to the point. The illustrations in this post are taken from this book. For the front bodice check out my previous post, Sewing Course Lesson 2 – How To Make a Basic Bodice Block. Step 1 Starting from the left…

A Cute Vintage Gathered Yoke Blouse

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This is another idea from ”Precision draping; a simple method for developing designing talent” by Nelle L. Weymouth. And it seems so easy to make also: just cut a (sort of) diamond shape above the bust, then slash and spread the remaining part of the bodice to create pleats. Then sew back together. I would work with a relaxed version of the bodice for this. The bodice I made with this method comes out very fitted. For this blouse I would just grade it to a bigger size so the blouse has some movement. And it’s easier to take in…

Various Vintage Necklines and How to Draft Them

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Happy New Year! May 2013 bring you many new sewing ideas and lots of hours of sewing fun. One of the books I started the year with was “Precision draping; a simple method for developing designing talent” by Nelle L. Weymouth. Published in 1889, this is a lovely book; everything is so well explained and it just makes pattern drafting seem so easy! I got to this book via The Perfect Nose, who posts lots of vintage goodies as well as marvelous sewing projects of her own. One of the things that I sketched into my notebook for future reference…

Sewing Course Lesson 2 – How To Make a Basic Bodice Block

Why a basic bodice block? A basic bodice block that fits you like a glove is a precious pattern to have. This will be the starting point of many designs, from relaxed tank tops to dress up shirts and summer dresses. You can create a basic bodice from a close-fitting commercial blouse or dress pattern, or you can draw your own, pencil and ruler in hand, based on your very own shapes and curves. In this lesson I will be showing you what kind of measurements you need to take in order to make your basic bodice and in the…