I’ve been batch sewing lately – choosing 3 of 4 patterns, and then doing all the steps simultaneously. Have them all printed (I always have the A0 files printed, here’s some resources), then cut or trace them all, then cut them all out of fabric, then sew. This means that there is sometimes a big gap between sewing periods, but I’ll soon have a few new garments! The Cappuccino Cardigan was in my last batch, and it’s a design that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years. I love that you can just let it hang loose, you can wrap yourself, wrap your belly, or wrap your baby as you’re nursing. I have an RTW cardigan like this and I wear it all the time! MinervaCrafts was kind enough to provide me with the fabric, and I chose the most obnoxious color I could find. My wardrobe could use some color!
When we lived in Groningen, I used to go to the IKEA every now and then to to see if they had any new fabrics. They tend to have mostly home deco weight on the bolt, so I also checked the bedsheets and curtains section. I’ve already made a Pattern Magic dress out of a bedsheet and shorts from the bolt. This time the curtain section had the good prints, but I didn’t want to spend €40 on fabric. Fortunately the fabric bin in the sale section had just the curtains I had been eyeing earlier: win! I snatched a 2,5 m panel up for 15 euro.
Fabric is what makes a garment, and the perfect fabric for a project is always on a sewist’s mind. Over the years you grow a list of shops where you know you’ll have good chance of finding what you need. I have a few shops that I always go back to, some with cheaper fabrics and lots of choice, some with a carefully curated selection that you wouldn’t mind buying in it’s entirety. Faberwood is one of those in the latter category – every fabric they have is special and even though their collection isn’t big, they have everything from jersey to batiste to African Wax. Fiona, the owner of Faberwood was kind enough to sponsor one of the fabrics for the Amber Trouser samples, and I got to pick her brain about what it’s like to run an online fabric shop, and how she finds her treasures. Enjoy!
It’s been way too long since the last Thrift Store Treasure! I was downtown for some errands and couldn’t help sneaking in the thriftshop that usually has the best stuff. Beautiful motorcycle jackets, 70’s shirts, vintage dresses. Not the shop you buy something for a couple of euro’s. I had tried on some dresses (very cool but either white, beige or yellow, they made me look like I had the flu) and then found this jumpsuit. I chuckled and tried it on. The mirror was occupied so I walked around the shop, putting my hands in the pockets. It was so comfortable, I was sold before I’d seen what I looked like!
This project is something I had in mind since I started developing the Onyx: the lines of View B lend itself perfectly to colour blocking. I’ve actually thought about including this as a View C in the pattern, but it would have become too complicated to read with all the lines going through the middle. So here it is anyway, this week as a finished make, next week as a tutorial to show you how to adapt the pattern. Besides colour blocking I also wanted to make a super airy Onyx. So far I’ve only shown the pattern with lawn, batiste and linen, but the version without the cuffs or even sleeves is also very suitable for drapey fabrics such as rayon, crepe and chiffon.
Let’s talk about the size of our fabric stash today! I know – being honest about the amount of fabric and patterns you have might induce a certain amount of embarrassment and guilt. I seem to have an alter ego that takes over when looking at fabric. This other version of me has all the time in the world, the wildest ideas and never loses her mojo. Unfortunately this alter ego is not much connected with reality. I buy that fabric or pattern and then find that I have no time at all. Thus my stash accumulates and with it my guilt about purchases.
As I explained last week, Jasper Sweater/Dress comes in both B-cup and C-cup, depending on the size you choose. Because the fit through the bust is not as loose as with other sweaters, it’s very well possible that you’d still need to do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA). I’m going to show you how to do this on the Jasper in two posts. First we’ll look at how to determine if you need an FBA and by how much. I’ll also show how to do a minimal FBA if you only need 1″ (2,5 cm) or less extra room. In the next post we’ll show how to do a proper FBA on the Jasper.