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 It was originally made in Warrnambool, and I think I bought it at the op shop for $2?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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Outlander-inspired shawl and mitts; and a note on Ravelry

What does one do when one’s best friend is an avid Outlander fan, and her first overseas trip EVER to Scotland was postponed due to COVID-19? Knit her an Outlander-inspired shawl and mitten set that Claire Fraser would be proud to wear.

A cropped photo showing a person wearing bulky handknit fingerless mitts and matching shawl in grey and navy yarn.

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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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Tessuti Patterns Ruby Top

Hello! This project was largely a trial to see if a certain garment shape (cut out shoulder tank top) worked on me. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t, but I still ended up with a top I like and will wear over summer.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a tank top with narrowed shoulders and slight scoop neck, in a beige printed rayon with slim-fit black pants. She wears large tortoiseshell sunglasses and is smiling.
This was really one of those “what am I doing with my arms am I a robot” kinds of photoshoots.

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Style Arc Elle / Airlie Pant

Hello! It’s been a while between projects. I have been sewing, albeit sparsely, but I’ve largely been doing alterations – too boring for even a quick Instagram snap. I’m glad to finally have a finished project to share with you, even if it is a (multiple) pattern repeat.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears slim fit black pants with hard-to-notice front pockets, striped white and navy short sleeve tee and silver runners.

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WIP – Hansel Half Hap

I’ve always admired knitting bloggers for the sheer speed at which they must knit to maintain a regular posting schedule. I am not that quick a knitter, so today I’m sharing a WIP (work in progress) with you.

A woman stands in the countryside, wearing a handknit triangular shawl with coloured wave pattern on oatmeal background.
Hansel by Gudrun Johnston

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Named Inari again – Indie Pattern Month 2018

I didn’t have any particular plans to enter The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month this year, despite my all-out efforts last time around (New To Me, Hack It, Indie Pattern Royalty). It was pleasant happenstance that one of their challenges – Around the World – perfectly aligned with my existing sewing plans.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a stripe knit tee dress with black leggings, silver runners and big tortoiseshell sunglasses. A cat sits on a bench behind her.
Say hello to my little friend. And our new garden bench from KMart.

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Three more Hemlocks

Just recently I was writing about sewing pattern repeats, and here I am sharing my fifth, sixth and seventh versions of the Grainline Hemlock Tee!* I wasn’t completely enamoured with it upon release, but it’s proven to be an easy to sew and easy to wear wardrobe staple.

Three images of a woman standing in front of a garden fence. She wears the same outfit in each, with different variations on a tee pattern.

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In the Folds Jersey Dress for summer

When I made my Aliexpress fabric order for mid-weight cotton slub knits (destined to become two winter dresses), I threw in some plain cotton/spandex jersey to keep on hand. As with the cotton slub knits, I was impressed with the quality of the cotton/spandex and decided to sew it up straight away.

Woman stands in front of garden fence. She wears a short-sleeve, grey knit boxy tee dress with pockets, black leggings and black ankle boots. She is smiling.
It was REALLY windy when we tried to take these photos, so these are the best of a bad lot. All of those drape lines basically disappear in person.

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