Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt

Siobhan, a 30-something white Disabled woman, stands leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a blush pink animal print shirt with soft collar, boxy fit and high low split hem, and black tapered knit pants.

I’m still catching up on the backlog of garments I sewed last year, by the considered system of ‘take a photo and write a blog post of a shirt as I wear it’. This is View B of the Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt, a boxy shirt with yoke which features “an inverted box pleat at the back and a high-low hem with beautifully finished, mitered side splits.” Continue reading “Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt”

Elbe Textiles Cornell Shirt and Style Arc Brooklyn Knit Pants

Hello friends! It’s been a long time since I posted sewing content, largely because it’s been a long time since I sewed anything. Prior to contracting COVID in January, I sewed up a heap of shirts (yet to be blogged). But post-COVID, with Long COVID seriously affecting my health, I knew sewing was just too much for me.

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman in her 30s, stands in her lounge room leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a bold yellow, brown, black and white 70s style floral print button up shirt with grandpa collar, and slim fit black ponte pants.

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Muna and Broad Watermelon Waikerie Shirt (and Common Stitch Loungewear Pants)

Siobhan, a Disabled white woman, wears a button up, short sleeve shirt with fine watermelon print, and tan flared elastic waist trousers. She balances on a pink cane and is smiling.

I’ve been mostly sewing button up shirts lately, but haven’t been able to share them with you without a tripod to take photos. I finally bit the bullet and bought one, so now you can enjoy my awkward poses when I have no one to direct me.

This is my latest creation, the Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt. I actually made the long sleeve version of this shirt first in a lovely linen/cotton blend, and enjoyed wearing it so much I wanted to make another.

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Ready to Sew Julien Chore Jacket

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman, sits on a set of stairs. She wears a red toned checked flannel chore jacket and jogger jeans.

As I’ve been working through my fabric stash, I made my way to a checked flannelette I bought from Spotlight last winter. I think I intended to make a long Named Esme Cardigan from it, but the “cool reddish check” pattern on the roll looked a lot more like “grandma’s tartan pants” when laid flat, so I put it aside.

When I revisited the fabric this year, I decided that a button-up, chore style jacket / “shacket” might tone down the check pattern a bit and make for a comfy winter addition to my wardrobe.

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In the Folds Wide Leg Pants, take two

Siobhan, a Disabled white woman, stands against an antique wardrobe. She wears wide leg, mustard tan coloured corduroy pants with large patch pockets and elastic waist, and a white button up shirt.

Have you ever browsed through Peppermint Magazine Sewing School? They have a bunch of rad patterns made by indie pattern designers available for free!* I’ve made the In the Folds Wide Leg Pants before, but they were a snug fit. This time, I altered the pattern to make them elastic waisted and much more generously sized.

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A wool blanket coat – Muna and Broad Grainger

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman, stands in a garden arch. She wears an outrageous orange and yellow check oversized wool coat with dropped sleeves and twill binding, pink lounge pants, and tan suede block heel boots. She leans on a pink walking stick and has a rollator behind her. She is smiling.

After a long hiatus from sewing, I decided I needed to ease my way back in with a simple project. Naturally, I ended up sewing a winter coat made from a check wool which used a binding technique unfamiliar to me.

The pattern was the Muna and Broad Grainger Coat, and the fabric a fabulous check wool blanket whose orange-yellow tones called to me from the linen cupboard. It was originally made in Warrnambool, and I think I bought it at the op shop for $2? I’m usually opposed to chopping up perfectly good woollen blankets to make tacky coats, but my desire to basically wear a wool blanket all winter won out.

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman, stands in a garden arch. She wears an outrageous orange and yellow check oversized wool coat with dropped sleeves and twill binding, pink lounge pants, and tan suede block heel boots. She is seated on a rollator and leans on a pink walking stick. She is smiling.

The Grainger is a fairly simple sew, for a coat: it’s unlined and calls for quilted fabric (either pre-quilted or DIY’ed). Obviously, I skipped this route, and a lining, as the wool was beautifully soft on its own. The edges are bound with your choice of binding, as are the from patch pockets. I chose to use a 25mm natural cotton twill tape, after spending far more time than I care to admit in the Lincraft trim section.

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Yes, Virginia, I sewed this year: Sort-of self drafted turtleneck tops

Nothing like the end of year for some slapdash posting about the garments I made in 2020. To be honest, I didn’t sew or knit that much: between my concussion, other family member’s debilitating health concerns, a massive relapse and living in a society with people who value their desire for a monthly holiday over Disabled people’s right to live, my brain and body were in no state for any kind of demanding motor/mental task.

Two images of Siobhan sitting down wearing black and grey turtleneck tops.
Please enjoy my truly atrocious COVID self-haircut.

Anyway, I made a few things, including these tops. Like many others, this project was born of a need for a specific garment in my wardrobe: a long sleeved turtleneck top, semi-fitted, with the collar close enough to keep me warm, but loose enough to allow room to breathe. Particular, I know! I looked and looked for patterns but didn’t find any that fit the bill, so turned to a TNT (tried ‘n’ true) t shirt pattern for a base. Continue reading “Yes, Virginia, I sewed this year: Sort-of self drafted turtleneck tops”

Sewing window face masks

Siobhan wear three different face masks with varying styles and fit.
L-R: SSOL Smile Mask, Rebirth Garments face mask with window, Cricut mask with window.

Yes, I know. I’m probably the last person in the world to jump on the mask-sewing bandwagon. Why now? After a brief, hopeful period that Australia would go the same way as New Zealand in eliminating the virus, it seems that we are in a full-blown second wave, led by my state of Victoria.

It’s largely concentrated in Melbourne but there are some cases in regional Victoria where I live, and the state government has suggested wearing cloth masks were social distancing can’t be observed (mandated in Melbourne).

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. Black Disabled Lives Matter. Black Makers Matter.

I’ve spent so much time on Instagram lately I neglected to make my position on this blog clear, and for that I am sorry. It is imperative as a white person that I commit myself to anti-racism work, and that means following and highlighting the work of Black people in this field (while not pretending to be an expert myself).

I have a responsibility to make this space safe for all Black folx, for POC, for Indigenous, Native, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander & Blak folx, of all abilities, disabilities, sexualities and gender identities (so that means if you’re a TERF, you can fuck right off, because Black trans lives matter and an attack on trans people is an attack on Black trans people who much more at risk of having violence perpetrated against them).

 

I’d like to share a fabulous Instagram account created in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

It’s called Black Makers Matter. Black Makers Matter (@blkmakersmatter, #blkmakersmatter) are “a coalition of black makers united to bring about and implement cultural transformation in the sewing and crafting industry.” They have begun a boycott of Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joann fabric and craft stores in the US. (Seen in video and text format in the posts below.)

Jacinta Green (@pinkmimosabyjacinta) has created a comprehensive list of Minority & Ally Owned Vendors, called “Shut Up and Sew”. You can read more about her process on her Sewcialists blog, “Spending Your Money Where it Counts”. Some Australian or internationally accessible e-commerce stores are on that list. (As Jacinta writes in the comments, she spent 20+ hours collaborating with the sewing community on that list, so if you feel inclined to criticise, pull your head in.)

 

Finally, I’d like to say that if you are Disabled or consider yourself an ally, and wish to fight ableism, you cannot do so without also fighting racism. Ableism is the child of racism and Black Disabled people are disproportionately targeted by police. The case in similar in Australia, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Disabled people overrepresented in prison and more likely to be abused there. Our battles are intertwined.

Style Arc Dotty Blouse, Gillian Anderson style

Siobhan, a young white disabled woman, wears a faux wrap, long sleeve, cream satin blouse, black skinny jeans and black ankle boots. She is standing in a garden archway and smiling.

Have you ever had one of those projects which hibernates in a pile somewhere because you just can’t bring yourself to start it? That was this project.

I received this beautiful mascarpone satin from The Remnant Warehouse as a gift many years ago, and instantly knew it was destined to become a Style Arc Dotty Blouse. However, I let it linger as I didn’t trust myself to work with tricksy polyester satin (after a particularly bad experience with some nasty Spotlight satin), and I wasn’t sure I could convert the pattern to work with one-sided fabric.

A line drawing of the Style Arc Dotty Blouse, a long-sleeve top with bagged-out double yoke, front twist, slight gathers at sleeve cuff and back into yoke, longer back hem and 2cm wide slip-on cuff without buttons.

 

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