As you can tell from the fall foliage, it’s been a while since I tested the Cashmerette Dartmouth top! It’s a good addition to Jenny’s line-up, and I’m happy to finally be able to talk about it! Dartmouth is a knit fixed cross-over top. I sewed the version with ruching at the sides, but there is … More Cashmerette Dartmouth Top
This week I posted on the Cali Fabric blog about this cute new lace-overlay dress. It sewed up just like I wanted, and I was really pleased… until I realised I had to photograph a short-sleeved dress on a February day full of wind, hail and snow! Ladies and gentlemen, the Better Pictures Project returns for just … More It’s All Lies: A Better Pictures Project Post
I’m back with another lazy tip! This works in two scenarios: You did a crappy job on the neckband, and it’s flappy and loose. (If this is often a problem for you, I’d suggest my tutorial on finding the right length of neckband. It works really well for me!) The neckband is fine, but the over … More Lazy Tips for Fixing Knits: Turn the Neckbinding into a Facing
Today I’m happy to get to share about the new Blackwood Cardigan pattern from Helen’s Closet! It’s a lovely simple pattern, but thoughtfully drafted with some nice details. Here’s how Helen describes the pattern: “The Blackwood Cardigan is a cozy and versatile addition to your wardrobe. Designed with layering in mind, it has minimal excess … More Pattern Testing: Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan
Grab a snack and get cosy – this is going to be a long post! This weekend I’ll be teaching a class on knit dresses at Spool and Spindle. We like to offer students a choice of patterns so that everyone can get the size and shape that is right for them. This time, we’ve chosen Cashmerette … More Cashmerette Turner Vs. Colette Moneta: A Pattern Comparison
5 years ago, when I started sewing, it was a simpler time for indie patterns. There were just a few major companies, and only a small selection of patterns. Sewaholic Renfrew was (rightfully) a runaway hit – a tee designed to be sewn on just a sewing machine! I made so many before newer, shiner … More Con-frew, or Ren-cord: A TNT Mash-Up
Why yes, it IS my third Ebony in as many weeks… did you really expect any different? I’m loving the combo of comfort, style and drama, so this won’t be the last. My first two Ebonys were the dress version, shortened. This time I tried the tunic length with raglan sleeves. The body is shortened … More Ebony Tunic
That leopard top I just blogged? Yeah, it started life as a dress! My first version of this Concord Dress hack was one of my Top 5 makes of 2016, so I thought another version would get lots of wear. And I did wear it a few times, but there was one issue I couldn’t … More Lazy Tips for Fixing Knits: Too Short!
It’s the fifth year of Jungle January, and let’s be honest: my 5th year of sewing leopard! I never wore animal prints before the first Jungle January, but I’m well and truly hooked. (Yes, I know I’m a few days late on this one! Oops!) Over the years, I’ve made: a leopard Renfrew cowl a … More Jungle January 2017!
No matter the brand, I always run into the same problem with jeans: When I sit, the back rise gets pulled down by my sizeable booty, and the front waistband cuts in to compensate. Then when I stand up, I have to grab the waistband and pull everything back into place! Usually I sew my … More Easy jeans alteration: More room for your butt!