Monday, October 23, 2017
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The Louisa coat hack: 50 shades of blue…

One of my favourite things about drawing patterns is to see how you add your own touch to my work. Not only by choosing fabrics and notions, but also by hacking them. It's just so creative when you use my patterns as a starting point to create something new. That's the reason why I introduce the 'pattern hack category' again in this contest. A hack can be very subtle like the one I present today. Or you can go all the way like Eva did last year by combining elements from other patterns with this coat. The sky is the limit! If you feel like hacking one of my coat patterns, now is the time. It's a separate category again in the contest with some great prize packs! For this coat I got some lovely coat fabric from Editex. It's a beautiful and super soft fabric that suits Nore very well! I combined it with 50 shades of blue. A sparkling blue fabric for the cuffs, the piping, a blue 'see you at six' fabric for the lining and a different blue again ..

Inspiration: The Cozy Layers Social Sew

Hello! The November Social Sew theme is Cozy Layers in anticipation of the weather changing, the leaves turning red and gold, and the holidays approaching... especially the ones that make us want to bundle up and stay home with family and friends (and maybe a cocoa or two). It hasn't been that cold here in North Carolina yet, but it also hasn't been uncomfortably hot recently, so at least we're making progress, right? Remember, my main goal is designing the Social Sew link-up was to make the theme narrow enough that someone unsure of what to make next could find some guidance, but broad enough that someone with sewing plans could find a way to make their pieces fit. If you're a bit stumped on what to make for this month's theme let me suggest... A pair of joggers or leggings: Athleisure is here and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Whether you wear your lululemon everywhere you go or you are strictly in the "leggings =/= pants" camp, who doesn't n..

Purple Polly

A project from last year finally making an appearance on the blog!Read more »

New Butterick Patterns for Winter

Butterick has just released their Winter pattern catalog. And I have to say that I am in love with this Lisette coat pattern! Love the shawl collar, love the pockets, love the single button closure - yes, I really, really want this one! Each year I fall for one or two new outerwear designs, but rarely get around to making myself a new coat. I think the time has come for me to do something about that. There are two new Gertie patterns, and I think both of them are really lovely. The front bodice treatment of Butterick 6412 is wonderful, and that neckline is gorgeous. This would make a wonderful day dress in a lightweight wool, and it clearly works quite well as a cocktail dress. Hooray for winter dresses with sleeves! The second Gertie pattern is very 1950s Hollywood starlet à la Marilyn Monroe. This is the kind of midriff baring dress I can get behind!At first glance, I thought that the necklace worn with the navy version was the collar edge of an illusion neckline (similar to a v..

Me and Cathy in UPPERCASE Magazine!

Are you familiar with UPPERCASE Magazine? If you're aren't, you should be! Uppercase is a quarterly publication that focuses on craft, illustration, fiber arts, and the creative process. I am honored to be featured in the latest issue with a two-page spread about me and my sewing life. And guess who else gets her moment in the spotlight? My glamorous identical cousin Cathy Lane! (We both get separate interviews, natch.) There is so much more in this issue that will delight anyone who loves sewing. (BTW, New Yorkers can find UPPERCASE for sale at Kinokuniya bookstore.) You can find out more about UPPERCASE, including how to subscribe, here. (You'll also find links to Facebook, Instagram, etc.) Have a great day, everybody!

[BfL] Wanyama’kes

De laatste weken zag ik zoveel bloggers-for-life-naaisels opduiken, dat ik het bijna spijtig vind dat ik op jullie scherm klop met het laatste naai met ons mee patroon. Want al dat enthousiasme, dat is behoorlijk hartverwarmend, dat kan ik jullie alvast zeggen! Zo stilaan ben ik ongelooflijk benieuwd hoeveel naaisels we aan het UZ Gent we zullen kunnen overhandigen. Toen we maanden geleden in de zon op ons gemak zaten te brainstormen over hoe en wat, zat er een visioen in mijn hoofd van welke richting het uit zou kunnen gaan. Wat naai je immers voor een kind dat zich niet goed voelt? "Een pennenzak" werd ons gevraagd. Net zoals bij het vorige patroon, gaf ik er mijn eigen draai aan. Voor deze week geven we jullie de keuze tussen een klassieke pennenzak volgens het model van Oon of een vrolijk ritstasje dat evengoed als pennenzak kan dienen - #grijns, u vriendelijk aangeboden door ondergetekende. Patroon: Wanyama'kes - klik op de naam om de pdf te zien. Hoe begin je er het best aa..

The Thing About Sister Sizing Is…

The thing about sister sizing is… every bra maker and their mother has written about it. Amy of Cloth Habit, The Lingerie Addict and even Victoria Secret have had a word or two on the subject. Well, I’m joining the (cool) club and chiming in, mostly how you can use it to find your sister size if you don’t exactly fit into a particular band/cup size on the Madalynne X Simplicity 8229. What is Sister Sizing? One of my favorite bra making aphorisms is “fuzzy side up, picot edges inside.” It was even worthy of an Instagram post. Well, here’s one for sister sizing, “B is not a B is not a B.” You can thank Amy for that one. Another: “Cups are relative to band.” That came from Amber. Sister size refers to different bra sizes that have the same cup volume even though the band size and cup letter are different. An example is a 34A and a 32B – they have the same cup volume, but a different band size. As the band size gets larger, cups will have the same volume only if the letter gets smaller. ..

Prepping for my Clare coat project

I have a lot of creative things floating around both in my head and in my hands lately. Behind-the-scenes, I’m working on my next knitting pattern release. Not-behind-the-scenes, I have lots of things on my list. Too many. Ugh! But right now, one of the main ones is the Closet Case Patterns Clare coat! I went gaga for it the second Heather released it around this time last year. For Christmas, my mom and step-dad bought me the supplies for it, but then I got distracted by other shiny new sewing projects, so I knew it wasn’t going to happen until this fall. And here we are, and here I am totally jazzed to start this project! Yay! I’m going to sew View A, on the top of the technical illustration below: Source: Closet Case Patterns To me, it has a fantastic early 1960s vibe, with an A-line body shape and funnel neck. Reminiscent of those chic early stewardess uniforms. The asymmetrical front with exposed zipper is a really cool feature, too. It goes from the collar all the way to the h..

[BfL] Vreetz’oppers

"Of we misschien ook wat knuffels konden naaien?" Wie mij wat beter kent, weet dat je me sommige dingen geen twee keer moet vragen. Tuurlijk kunnen we knuffels naaien en eventueel konden we daar zelfs nog een schepje bovenop doen door zorgenvriendjes te maken. Misschien hebt u een kind dat een zonnetje in huis is... zelf heb ik een ander exemplaar in huis. Een kind dat zo gevoelig is dat het plaats heeft voor haast elk gevoel van wie rond hem leeft. In het meest ideale scenario gaat dat kind slapen met in dat kleine hart de zorgen van ons vier, op een schooldag mag je er daar minstens zo'n dertig personen bij tellen. En dan staat het bed nog niet eens in het UZ Gent. Zorgenvriendjes lossen geen problemen op, maar geven kinderen de ruimte om hun zorgen te tekenen of op te schrijven. Het briefje verdwijnt daarna in de mond van het zorgenvriendje, de rits houdt ze stevig opgesloten. Dit is ondertussen het derde patroon waaraan JIJ kunt meenaaien voor de afdeling kinderoncologie van..

[BfL] Vreetz’oppers

"Of we misschien ook wat knuffels konden naaien?" Wie mij wat beter kent, weet dat je me sommige dingen geen twee keer moet vragen. Tuurlijk kunnen we knuffels naaien en eventueel konden we daar zelfs nog een schepje bovenop doen door zorgenvriendjes te maken. Misschien hebt u een kind dat een zonnetje in huis is... zelf heb ik een ander exemplaar in huis. Een kind dat zo gevoelig is dat het plaats heeft voor haast elk gevoel van wie rond hem leeft. In het meest ideale scenario gaat dat kind slapen met in dat kleine hart de zorgen van ons vier, op een schooldag mag je er daar minstens zo'n dertig personen bij tellen. En dan staat het bed nog niet eens in het UZ Gent. Zorgenvriendjes lossen geen problemen op, maar geven kinderen de ruimte om hun zorgen te tekenen of op te schrijven. Het briefje verdwijnt daarna in de mond van het zorgenvriendje, de rits houdt ze stevig opgesloten. Dit is ondertussen het derde patroon waaraan JIJ kunt meenaaien voor de afdeling kinderoncologie van..

Where is the Fall?

October was a funny month for me sewing and weather wise. I started the month sharing some of the garments I made for the granddaughters in September. I only shared a few posts of the pieces I made for them because I was starting to get bored. I have a couple more that I may post before the end of the year. Sewing for me has been slow this month while acquiring has been on the uptick! I bought a few more shirtings (Fabric Mart had a good sale but then when don't they?!) a lot of denim (from a couple of different sources) and a couple of Indie patterns. All were bought in my quest to make interesting and amazing blouses, tops and jackets for my fall/winter wardrobe. I've sewn three pieces, finished a UFO and fixed a garment by changing it from a dress to a top. To me my finished stats for this month are low but I have to admit that I don't have the same driving need/force propelling me to produce garments for myself as I did when I was in a more professional setting...a..

Brr. It sure is cold in here. I wish some strong,...

Hellooooo! What's happening, folks? Not too much craic here, it has to be said - which I'm not complaining about! I'm trying to embrace the clocks going back rather than bemoaning the end of the summer - this mainly involves buying cute boots and candles in shocking amounts and making plans for winter fun. Also, now that it's November, I am busy trying to decide how many chocolate panettone I can reasonably buy from Carluccio's. I bought one massive one last Christmas and it was just THE BEST, and now I am seriously tempted to fill all - ALL - available cupboard space in my kitchen with them. Whatever gets you through, though, right? So that's the craic. It was Hallowe'en yesterday and I did dress appropriately in a dress that I made from some awesome Alexander Henry fabric: Previously on Braindead dress - Christine Haynes Emery dress with a pleated skirt in Alexander Henry 'Brains and Beauty' fabric I made this dress at the end of the summe..

Completed: Navy Cotton Twill Ginger Pants

Gah, it has been WAY too long since I made a pair of pants – according to my blog, that last pair was published in a February! LAME, TIME TO RECTIFY IMMEDIATELY. Also, damn, my hair has gotten long since then. It seems to grow soo slowly until you look back and realize you’ve really gained some inches over the months, yay. Anyway, Ginger Jeans! Again! I love this pattern so much, it’s definitely my pants TNT. The style is so classic, I can make a million pairs and have no one be the wiser that I’ve been wearing the same pattern for 6 months straight. I’m still tweaking the leg fit, but I really think the waist/hip fit is nailed down solid. And I love how it looks in different fabrics. While I primarily make this pattern up in denim, I’ve really wanted to try more colorful stretch twills. And here we are with that! Sorry in advance for the terribly quality of these photos. Navy is almost as difficult to shoot as black, who would have thought!? Anyway, I bought this navy stretch cott..

You’re Invited! Open Sew Day with Madalynne

When brainstorming posts, events and such for this holiday, I threw out the idea of an open sew day to the PFAFF team. They LOVED it! I did too – obvi – but I wasn’t expected that kind of reaction. My workshops are loads of fun, but they are a production and take a few full days before to prep. This will be just a casual day during the most wonderful time of the year (cue jingle bells), where sewists can come to the studio, sew whatever project their heart desires (all on PFAFF machines!) and hang with like minded sewists. Sound like a fab idea? I know! Date + Time: Saturday, December 10 from 1-5:00PM Where: Madalynne Studios in Philadelphia Price: $15 (to cover cost of treats. I’m thinking a hot chocolate bar?) What: Work on your own projects in my bright, spacious sewing studio. You can bring your own sewing machine or sew on one of PFAFF Passport 2.0 or Coverlock 4.0 sewing and coverstitch machines. This is a great opportunity to make time to work on your UFO’s (unfinished proje..

Social Sew #8: Cozy Layers

It's finally getting a little bit cooler here in North Carolina, and the holidays are coming up! December is for glamour and party dresses, but... November's theme is Cozy Layers! Wrap yourself up in a sweater knit, bust out the wool felt, or just drape yourself in jersey. This month is all about layering up and snuggling down. Don't limit yourselves to just cardigans, though, anything from a lounge bra to an overcoat is fair play. An InLinkz Link-up Some rules: 1. This is for adult apparel sewing, so no kids clothes or home decorating (unless specified otherwise in the theme). 2. Newly blogged garments, please: the things you add to the link up should be made or blogged in the month the link up is for. Remember, the theme and the link up are there to inspire you to create something new! 3. Please click on the logo above to download it, and put it either in the post you are linking up, or in your sidebar. I'd also appreciate you linking to the Social Sew--the more..

The Lonetree Jacket (Indiesew Fall/Winter Collection Blog Tour)

Thank you to Indiesew for providing the pattern and fabric for this post as part of their Fall/Winter Collection Blog Tour. You can see the whole Indiesew Fall/Winter Collection here--it's definitely worth checking out! Allie Olson doesn't mess around, does she? In addition to founding Indiesew, she also recently released her very first pattern, and did she go for a simple tank top or a-line skirt? Nope! She went all out with a jacket. Why not? The Lonetree Jacket (and vest) is an anorak-ish utility jacket. This pattern requires a lot of precise topstitching, which is a little bit intimidating, but coming off my jeans topstitching I was feeling pretty confident. This jacket required a lot of precision stitching, but it weren't any very tricky parts, just a lot of steps. I think it's totally worth it for a jacket that is maybe the most ready-to-wear looking item in my closet. I honestly have nothing but wonderful things to say about this project--it came together bea..

Have you seen Karl lately… in Melbourne?

It appears that Karl is quite the ladies man. If Instagram is anything to go by, then he has been winning hearts all over the world… mine included! By Karl, I’m referring to the new jersey dress pattern released today by Schneidernmeistern (there is a discount at the bottom of the post). “Karl is a cozy, high collar, sweater dress in midi length. The unpretentious design creates a timeless look. Karl has a slightly oversized fit, a funnel neck and a side pocket.” I assisted Monika with proof-reading and testing the English version (it’s available in German too) of this pattern. On Friday night, I was having a beverage and admiring chlorine resistant swimwear fabrics samples with Shelley (she was wearing a Karl at the time!) and we got chatting about why we pattern test. For me, it comes down to one or more of the following three things: Helping a friend Trying out a new-to-me style or silhouette Pushing myself to expand my sewing skills This pattern test fits into categories on..

Meet Alix, the 70’s Dress of my Dreams

Happy fall, everyone! There are so many things that I love about this time of year, but I've been busy busy busy so this will be the sparknotes version of a blog post so I can get back to studying/finishing sewing my Halloween costume. Pattern: the newly released Alix Dress by By Hand London. They asked me to test and I absolutely fell in love with the design!! I made the mini version with the pleats, in a size 2/6. Fabric: Cheapo poly satin that I bought at a local clothing store that was selling off their surplus. I normally hate poly (and still do), but I needed something on short notice and it was inexpensive. The right side is super shiny (as satin tends to be...) but I used the wrong side and I'm obsessed with the rich purple colour. (It also happens to be almost the exact same colour as one of their samples. Great minds think alike?) Muslin: I got about halfway through a muslin then realized that I cut the wrong size for the neck yoke, but didn't have time for ..

Black cats on parade!

Happy Halloween, my friends! There’s a couple of holidays for which I’m interested in sewing, and Halloween is one of them! (It’s a short list: the other is obviously Christmas.) Last year, I was in London meeting up with sewing friends on Halloween and sewed myself a theme-y blouse for the occasion. I used the same pattern as my recent Bye Bye Birdie blouse, and this year, I’ve used the pattern again! What can I say, I really love this pattern. It’s Butterick 6223 from the 1950s. This time I made the couple of minor tweaks to the pattern that I noted to myself last time, and now I think I’m officially good to just sew, sew, sew this baby as much as I want. Which is a lot! I can’t get enough of this pattern! Isn’t the print just perfect?? I stumbled across it on Etsy and just had to have it. It’s from the Spooktacular Collection by Maude Asbury. Several other prints in that line are great too (here’s a quick search on Etsy). But those cat faces, I love them! There’s one main issue ..

Try Something New Social Sew Round Up!

This month, I challenged everyone to Try Something New! I myself made my first ever pair of jeans (jeans, y'all!!) and love how they turned out. We had a small crowd this month, but what we lacked in size we made up in challenging projects, including two more pairs of jeans... um, amazing! See Carmen Sew is in the spotlight this month for her Mimi G skinny jeans!! Congratulations on a successful pair of jeans, and just look at that "success!" photo at the end of her post... if that isn't a "challenge conquered" pose I don't know what is. I was SO excited to see Nathalie Sews with her very first time using a vintage pattern!! Y'all know I love vintage and Nathalie's red 1960s Butterick 9599 is so unique with that lovely zig-zag button front. How would you style this dress? Melissa of Mahlica Designs is our other jeans-maker, with her Liana bootcut jeans that she's been fitting meticulously over on facebook. I love the back pocket detail and that topstitchin..