The experience of making of my first Blackwood was very positive. (You can read about it in its own My Blackwood Story blog) But I still learned important lessons about working with neckbands and general management of knits and jerseys. Or so I thought. I did make mistakes, but I learned from them... not stretching the … Continue reading Blackwood mark 2……. questions about fabric choice….. and stretch !
It's been a while since my last blog because of tricky family stuff, and taking on another little project (which I may tell you about another time), so it was really good to get back to some creative selfish sewing this weekend. I really like the Plantain Tee, so the "Scrappy" adjective is not in … Continue reading Scrappy Plantain
One of my biggest issues when I went back to being a serious sewer, about 6 years ago, was the fit. My shape no longer seemed to match with dressmaking patterns. I made things, and they were awful. Usually too tight. How things have changed since my younger days , when I could buy a … Continue reading Fitting Problems…. Belcarra
So, number one was the Blackwood, and I selected the raglan dress for number two. This falls into the "Gifted" category because the fabric was a birthday gift from my daughter. (Check her out on "makingwithneedles.wordpress.com") It's a lightweight Ponte, and I wasn't sure what to make with it until I started thinking of my … Continue reading Gifted sewing….. Makenine number two.
It's taken a while to get round to the blog, as I finished this two weeks ago, but at last it's here, the first of my 2018 makenine, the Blackwood cardigan. I have really liked all of the versions of the Blackwood which have already been blogged about, so I was excited to make my … Continue reading My Blackwood Story
Well I hinted in my last blog something about what I was planning to make this year. I have been looking at everyone's Best Nines, and Make Nines, and so I was inspired to look at the idea more closely. I haven't been on Instagram long enough to have a Best nine collection, but I … Continue reading 2018 Plans… More specifically.
I am not given to too much reflection at the end of the year, because generally, life is one continuum, with a regularity of ups and downs, highs and lows, but I will share some thoughts about 2017. There was a long succession of challenges, which I had to work hard to meet successfully, both … Continue reading Looking back…. Looking forward….
Yes, it's the festive time of year when we have to find something a little bit different and more dressy than the usual attire. In other words party wear. Now I don't go to a lot of Christmas parties - at least not as many as I used to, but my family have an annual … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season……
Well, in theory they should be. After all, they are a pretty standard feature of most bodices, and if you've read my previous posts, you will know that I have a lot of experience with them, so it should be like falling off a log. But of course a good pair of darts relies on … Continue reading Darts are easy, right?
When I recently blogged about my sewing history, I mentioned a pattern collection I had, dating back to when I started dressmaking 50ish years ago, which was unfortunately discarded due to the decluttering process usually resulting from moving house. How I now wish I hadn't decluttered to that extent. When we had to move yet … Continue reading Patterns from the past – a healthy dose of nostalgia.