The softest and warmest sweater with the very long sleeves

handmade bulky wool sweater

I’ve finished this sweater without trying it on during knitting (bad idea) and never thought about sleeve length + dropped shoulder. You’d think a person who sews would know at least that. Well. I used 5.5 skeins of Bernat Roving yarn, and made up very simple pattern for the front and back (basically a rectangle with a neckline decrease) and slowly decreasing sleeves. I wanted this to look big and I decided to make it long enough to wear with leggings. Well, it is big. It’s huge. It’s like a sea of soft, warm, fibre. A sea with very long sleeves, that…

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…

3 things I liked about the Dior and I documentary

dior at work

Even though I am interested in shape, texture, style, technique, garments, making and sewing in general, I am not particularly interested or excited by fashion. There are some (few) designers in the fashion world that have created spectacular garments and shapes that challenge what one knows about sewing, making, tailoring. Dior is one of them. The documentary overlays a text Dior wrote about himself in his Dior by Dior autobiography with the first couple of months or Raf Simons‘ first couture show as the House’s new Creative Director (the Creative Director resigned last month from Dior). As a sewing and…

Knit Pencil Skirt Inspiration

bright orange knit skirt

I am not a big fan of skirts during summer because they tend to be a bit high maintenance. They fly with the lightest breeze, they run up your back while you hurry to get into work, they rebel against you when you bike. Basically, you have to remember you’re wearing a skirt and be a lady. But in winter, they’re actually great. Worn with tights and leggings, they can be a non-skirt-lover’s best friend. They’re comfortable, easy to make and they bring an easy pop of colour to winter wear. I’ve been thinking about making a knit pencil skirt…

Best of October in sewing and making

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October was a good month. Not a lot of sewing unfortunately, but lots of ideas for projects and things to try. I loved the October Slow fashion movement. I’ve written about the items I wear most and love most, the link between mindful making and slow fashion, and talked about buying pre-loved and mending things you wear. It’s also pretty cool because the end of October and beginning of November mark the eight months I didn’t buy any new garments (with the exception of socks and intimates and 1 blizzard emergency winter layer last March I’m more and more interested…

9 embroidery pieces that will make you want to grab a needle and thread

tiny polar bear embroidery beautiful

I’ve been thinking about embroidery lately because I wanted to refresh a thin sweater I wear all the time (including when I’m cooking without an apron). The stain is barely visible, but it’s still there. I am in between doing something big and bold (like big Frida Khalo style florals) or something really tiny and barely visible, almost like a polo logo. Here are some of the embroidery pieces on Instagram that inspire me most: This cute otter patch The advantage of trying this is that I could embroider the tiny otteron another piece of fabric and then decide if it…

How to knit an easier herringbone stitch

THE HERRINGBONE STITCH from Oversize Me on Vimeo.

I love the video tutorial above by user Oversize Me on Vimeo. I wish they made more videos about knitting because this one is so inspiring. The light is beautiful and the wool looks so fluffly. It just makes you want to knit night and day. In case you don’t read French, here is the technique as shown above. This is how to knit the herringbone stitch: Cast on your stitches for you swatch. Knit the first row until the end Knit two toghether (k2tog), then slip off 1 stitch Purl two toghether (p2tog), then slip off 1 stitch Repeat I…

Slow Fashion October: Worn

japanese boro

I love things that are worn and loved. I love how things age. Not all garments and objects age the same, but have you noticed how we tend to go back again and again to that one t-shirt we had since high-school, or that perfect sweater with that tiny stain, or that garment/object/thing that your close friends always tell you to get rid of? On buying second hand I know that not everyone likes the idea of shopping pre-owned, but I find it really fun and it makes me proud that I could reuse and even love something that someone…

Slow Fashion October: Small and Loved

simple fall outfit boots jeans and long cardigan

Small Karen’s invitation for the second week of Slow Fashion October was to talk about handmade, living with less, choosing quality over quantity, capsule wardrobes and indie fashion and sustainability. First of all, I’m realising that for a couple of years now, every month has been slow fashion month for me. The goal every season was to reduce my wardrobe as much as possible and to only bring in garments that I really loved and used all the time. I haven’t bought any new garments for the better part of this year and when I did was to buy winter garments…

Slow Fashion October: On our need for many clothes, mindful making and fast fashion

october slow fashion

I’m excited about Karen’s invitation to talk about slow fashion and make October the month in which we look at what we own, we curate and repair our everyday and special garments. This is my YOU post She suggested in the series. How I came about caring about slow fashion (This is an edited version of the post in which I first discussed minimalism and fast fashion on the blog). Why do we buy clothes all the clothes we buy?  I know, partly because we can’t all live our lives in naked bliss. Because we’d be cold without clothes. Because…