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Tessuti Gridlock Competition


Watson Jacket baby – done did! I totally sewed the hell out of this pattern.





I’m glad I’m not the only one who was cutting this deadline fine, lots of great garments are popping up on the Pinterest board right now. With 33 minutes to spare I emailed these appalling photos to Tessuti. Natural light – who needs it!

Well obviously me, rather desperately. This is what you get for leaving it to the last minute…again.

I’d like to make this one again, but in a black fabric with a less jaunty capelet and no sleeves.

I’m not going to lie, this fabric is not me. But it was good to have this challenge as a motivator.


Oh, and it’s bigger on the inside. Well I say bigger, I mean lined.


March sewing plans


After deciding to make the Watson Jacket for the Gridlock Sewing Competition, Sunday night I went right ahead and cut out the pattern in a small. Yep, I cut out the pattern with NO TRACING! (I hear you gasping).

With the 3rd of April deadline looming I was spurred on by the number of pieces. Basically I got lazy and couldn’t fathom tracing all 15 of them.


Heady at the recklessness of it all (and possibly the beer), I saved the fabric cutting for the next morning. I still need to cut the lining and fuse the interfacing before I get started on this sucker. The instructions read well and I’m hopeful this will go together quickly once I get to the machine.


I have also decided I absolutely MUST make a Elisalex Dress while By Hand London have their sewalong happening. What….that could totally happen. I’ll make it work.


Image: By Hand London


When Tessuti announced their Gridlock sewing competition I was all over it Baby! I love the challenge of a sewing deadline.

Now I just need to make the decision – Dress or jacket?

Knickers Baby!

I’m sitting at my computer, it’s late and I’m typing this post in my new knickers. They are fancy and I’m feeling pretty good.


Image – Liberty London

Wait….where did your mind go? Not that type of good.

Of course I’m referring to The Makers’ Journal ‘Tried and True’ knickers. I mentioned them in a previous post and I’ve now made 2 pairs. I think I am converted to hand made pants.


The pattern encourages the use of Liberty Fabrics (fabulous!). The only reason I haven’t here is because I wanted to make a few test pairs before going crazy with the tana lawn. And crazy I might just go, because I really really like these.

Like enough to post a bottom photo? I think so.


crotch + wrinkles = crinkles

This week has been a little hard. How hard? Returning to teaching after an 8 week break hard. Work and training has taken up a large chunk of my week, and that’s okay because I like both these things. But they haven’t left a lot of time for sewing.


So in the absence of new shiny sewn things, I thought I’d share some old projects. These are two outfits I wore this week. Not feeling the style vibe? I wasn’t feeling it either. The Clover pants had some fitting issues (namely being I cut a size too small) and the A line skirt just isn’t me.


I’m not ready to give up on the Clovers yet, especially after seeing these ones. I need to address the dreaded crotch lines and I think sizing up will solve this.


I do however adore the Wiksten Tank, made here from a stripy silk purchased at Tessuti Fabrics. There are many amazing versions of this tank and I don’t feel I have anything new to add in the way of a review. I do plan on making a dress version soon to layer for the cooler months.

The 7 day shirt

In pieces no longer, this is the Creative Cate Top from the Australian pattern company Style Arc. I really like their stuff, everything I’ve made using Chloe’s patterns has lived up to their philosophy of industry standard clothes that fit. In fact this is the second time I’ve made this top. It’s quick (ahem) to construct, fits great with no modification required and doesn’t feel like it’s come straight from a high school design and textiles classroom.


love me a cowl neck and crazy hair

Mind you with the high quality stuff kids these days are making that last remark is a little unfair. Teenagers have come a long way from the stitching happy pants. (Damn I wish I had these still, fondly remember the fluro scribble fabric I used back in 1993. Would be bang on trend today). 

Where was I? Oh yes. The t shirt that took me a week to make. I’ve used a white linen knit that is honestly frigging rad. It’s a little see through, but all the better for layering over catsuits right. I’ve also got some navy squirrelled away. I seriously recommend you try some if you are the fabric buying type. I found mine at the always wonderful Fabric Store, but I am loving the colours available online at Tessuti Fabrics now. 

My next project will be meeting the challenge thrown down by my good friend and sewing rockstar Amanda. Check out her mad style at bimbleandpimble