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It's a #kabukitee from @paper_theory .  I like a quick and easy top!  Made from a remnant of heavy linen (probably meant for upholstery). Now, I do an FBA to add a few inches in the bust on everything I make, and it's usually not good when I skip this.  So, not sure it was necessary with this pattern, but I did one (by rotating the pattern piece from the shoulder to add some width, then rotating back from the armpit to bring the side seam back to the original width). It has worked, but I plan to make it again using the origiinal pattern for comparison.

#iseweditmyself #handmadeclothes #handmadeiswellmade #cscsews #aucklandsews #sewistsofinstagram #handmadewardrobe #slowfashion
It's a #kabukitee  from @paper_theory . I like a quick and easy top! Made from a remnant of heavy linen (probably meant for upholstery). Now, I do an FBA to add a few inches in the bust on everything I make, and it's usually not good when I skip this. So, not sure it was necessary with this pattern, but I did one (by rotating the pattern piece from the shoulder to add some width, then rotating back from the armpit to bring the side seam back to the original width). It has worked, but I plan to make it again using the origiinal pattern for comparison. #iseweditmyself  #handmadeclothes  #handmadeiswellmade  #cscsews  #aucklandsews  #sewistsofinstagram  #handmadewardrobe  #slowfashion 
Treated myself to this @libertylondon #libertyartfabrics cotton lawn lawn recently (whoops, that bonus was an excuse for an awful lot of things...). How similar in style is this 1930 #claricecliffpottery tea set I saw today in @napiercity Napier museum? 
Fabric from @the_strawberry_thief

#napiermuseum #libertylawn #claricecliff
That sleeve! πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’Ÿ
Pattern: @namedclothing #namedlexi  There's something about Named's sleeves and armscyes, they fit so well.
Fabric: more boiled wool striped knit from @drapersfabrics (I still have more of this stuff!  What else do I make with it?)
Mods:  Left out the front waist darts.  Added 4cm length - can't go cropped until I make high-waisted pants!  Must do asap.  Did a no-dart FBA; now the stripe is majorly curving at the front waist.  Maybe adding darts would have been better?  Hemmed the sleeves and hem with facings instead of turning the edges up.

#handmadeclothes #handmadewardrobe #imakemyownclothes #iseweditmyself #sewingcommunity #sewistsofinstagram #sewingaddict #slowfashion #handmadeiswellmade
That sleeve! πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’Ÿ Pattern: @namedclothing #namedlexi  There's something about Named's sleeves and armscyes, they fit so well. Fabric: more boiled wool striped knit from @drapersfabrics (I still have more of this stuff! What else do I make with it?) Mods: Left out the front waist darts. Added 4cm length - can't go cropped until I make high-waisted pants! Must do asap. Did a no-dart FBA; now the stripe is majorly curving at the front waist. Maybe adding darts would have been better? Hemmed the sleeves and hem with facings instead of turning the edges up. #handmadeclothes  #handmadewardrobe  #imakemyownclothes  #iseweditmyself  #sewingcommunity  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewingaddict  #slowfashion  #handmadeiswellmade 
Wearing it.  Nice to have something new (ie. clean and ironed) on Monday morning.  AND it feels like Spring today.

#kanasstandard2 #japanesesewingbooks #drapersfabrics #handmadeclothes #iseweditmyself #sewingcommunity #sewistsofinstagram #handmadewardrobe
Top from japanese sewing book Kana's Standard 2. 
Fabric is a light linen from Draper's Fabrics. 
Love a quick and easy sew, especially working with cotton or linen.  I prefer sewing with wovens over knits anyday!  The patterns in the book come in 4 sizes (better than some of the japanese books that come in one-size-fits-most) and I had to grade up a few sizes.  The finished-garment measurements are given, but not the body measurements that are drafted for, which made it a bit challenging to know how big to make it.  Also there was barely any increase in the armhole size from one size to the next so the combo of smallish armhole plus large bust wasn't ideal.  So I added a 2"panel down each side all the way from sleeve hem to garment hem and now it fits loosely how I like! 
Covered button using a japanese button-kit  bought years back from that Japanese shop on Queen St near the Civic (for you Aucklanders). I NEED to see if they still sell them 'cos these are the quickest covered buttons to make.

#drapersfabrics #drapersfamily #kanasstandard2  #japanesesewingbooks #aucklandsews #sewistsofinstagram #isewmyownclothes #handmadewardrobe #iseweditmyself #sewingcommunity #sewingproject #sewingaddict #handmadeclothes
Top from japanese sewing book Kana's Standard 2. Fabric is a light linen from Draper's Fabrics. Love a quick and easy sew, especially working with cotton or linen. I prefer sewing with wovens over knits anyday! The patterns in the book come in 4 sizes (better than some of the japanese books that come in one-size-fits-most) and I had to grade up a few sizes. The finished-garment measurements are given, but not the body measurements that are drafted for, which made it a bit challenging to know how big to make it. Also there was barely any increase in the armhole size from one size to the next so the combo of smallish armhole plus large bust wasn't ideal. So I added a 2"panel down each side all the way from sleeve hem to garment hem and now it fits loosely how I like! Covered button using a japanese button-kit bought years back from that Japanese shop on Queen St near the Civic (for you Aucklanders). I NEED to see if they still sell them 'cos these are the quickest covered buttons to make. #drapersfabrics  #drapersfamily  #kanasstandard2  #japanesesewingbooks  #aucklandsews  #sewistsofinstagram  #isewmyownclothes  #handmadewardrobe  #iseweditmyself  #sewingcommunity  #sewingproject  #sewingaddict  #handmadeclothes 
#inaritee by @namedclothing in #libertyfabrics cotton knit.  Purchased the pattern so so long ago and only just made for the first time.  Lengthened 3" cos I chickened out of the crop length...BUT maybe I should crop it.  I found these high-waisted men's jeans at my fleamarket, chopped to cropped length...and a cropped Inari would work...but not with much else.  Also added darts and 3" bust space. 
Getting used to the coverstitch machine, but it does put up a bit of a fight. (Also I wasn't sure about highwaisted jeans in rigid denim like the Persephone pants, and how it would work on  curvy girl with tummy but I love these and might have to make the Persephones!) #imadethis #libertyartfabrics #seweditmyself #sewistsofinstagram #handmadewardrobe #imakemyownclothes #aucklandsews #cscsews
#inaritee  by @namedclothing in #libertyfabrics  cotton knit. Purchased the pattern so so long ago and only just made for the first time. Lengthened 3" cos I chickened out of the crop length...BUT maybe I should crop it. I found these high-waisted men's jeans at my fleamarket, chopped to cropped length...and a cropped Inari would work...but not with much else. Also added darts and 3" bust space. Getting used to the coverstitch machine, but it does put up a bit of a fight. (Also I wasn't sure about highwaisted jeans in rigid denim like the Persephone pants, and how it would work on curvy girl with tummy but I love these and might have to make the Persephones!) #imadethis  #libertyartfabrics  #seweditmyself  #sewistsofinstagram  #handmadewardrobe  #imakemyownclothes  #aucklandsews  #cscsews 
Shriek! Got me a coverstitch machine!! No more twin-needle hems, always hated those.  Love it already.  Finished off this mustard merino turtleneck.  There was a pattern I started with, but it was not good.  Arms were wide and loose and reached the vicinity of my knees.  Traced some sleeves off something else, made the neck heaps higher so it can fold over for a bit more body.
Merino from @forfabricsake 
#handmadewardrobe #handmadefashion #memadebasics #sewistsofinstagram #imakemyclothes #sewingcommunity #sewnbyme
Shriek! Got me a coverstitch machine!! No more twin-needle hems, always hated those. Love it already. Finished off this mustard merino turtleneck. There was a pattern I started with, but it was not good. Arms were wide and loose and reached the vicinity of my knees. Traced some sleeves off something else, made the neck heaps higher so it can fold over for a bit more body. Merino from @forfabricsake #handmadewardrobe  #handmadefashion  #memadebasics  #sewistsofinstagram  #imakemyclothes  #sewingcommunity  #sewnbyme 
The dress I wore for #frocktailsauckland was not a new make -alas, the dress I'd planned to make for it hasn't been made (or even cut out!) yet.  This was my first version of @burda_style bell sleeve mini dress 03/2016, made a couple years ago.  It has raglan sleeves with a shoulder dart to curve over the shoulder. 
Fabric: @wearethefabricstore 
#frocktailsauckland #aucklandsews #handmadewardrobe #sewcialists
The dress I wore for #frocktailsauckland  was not a new make -alas, the dress I'd planned to make for it hasn't been made (or even cut out!) yet. This was my first version of @burda_style bell sleeve mini dress 03/2016, made a couple years ago. It has raglan sleeves with a shoulder dart to curve over the shoulder. Fabric: @wearethefabricstore #frocktailsauckland  #aucklandsews  #handmadewardrobe  #sewcialists 
It was so lovely meeting other sewists at #frocktailsauckland .  So much handmade gorgeousness in one room. 
#aucklandsews
Perfect for my #sewingspace : found these @temukapotterynz bowls in a rattan tray at my local @retroaddictionnz .  Too cute. 
#sewingsupplies #sewingspaces #nzpottery
A purchased top had raw-edged chiffon layers on the sleeves, but they were not bias-cut so would fray like crazy.  I left trails of tangled string in my wake.  To fix this: tried out a hand-sewn rolled hem.  Handy new skill, made use of hours of TV -watching, and I like how it has turned the chiffon into frothy frills. 
#handsewing #almostcouture #handrolledhem #handrolledhems #alteritaugust #sewingcommunity #diyfashion #sewingbyhand
Done!  The most painful pattern-matching I've ever had to do.  It's an unbalanced directional plaid that isn't symmetrical vertically or horizontally.  I swear it took longer to cut than to sew.  Phew, gonna stay away from such plaids in future.  I did nail this notched collar, though, (thanks to the awesomely helpful blog by @pattern.scissors.cloth - I'm learning loads from it!) Pattern: @burdastyle Wide Lapel Jacket 11/2015
Fabric: wool from @drapersfabrics 
#isewedthis #sewingandswearing #plaidmatching #handmadewardrobe #handmadecoat #cscmakes #sewingcommunity #wintersewing
Done! The most painful pattern-matching I've ever had to do. It's an unbalanced directional plaid that isn't symmetrical vertically or horizontally. I swear it took longer to cut than to sew. Phew, gonna stay away from such plaids in future. I did nail this notched collar, though, (thanks to the awesomely helpful blog by @pattern.scissors.cloth - I'm learning loads from it!) Pattern: @burdastyle Wide Lapel Jacket 11/2015 Fabric: wool from @drapersfabrics #isewedthis  #sewingandswearing  #plaidmatching  #handmadewardrobe  #handmadecoat  #cscmakes  #sewingcommunity  #wintersewing 
Wall in my #sewingspace .  Much love for the Sewciopath plate from @oddoneoutnz .
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#sewingspaces #sewciopath #sewciopaths #platewall #sewingcommunity
Alterations are no fun!😒 I wanted to move on to new projects, but a few finished pieces need improving.  Took the waist in on this skirt AGAIN (at the back darts this time) and moved and pleated the (not so much self-drafted as randomly-self-drawn) left hip so the front panel doesn't hang low.  Now it fits high and snug and I'm much happier with how it looks.  Worth the tedious unpicking!
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#simplicity8459 @simplicity_creative_group #princeofwalescheck #sewingwoes #memadewardrobe #cscmakes #curvysewing #makeitwork #handmadeiswellmade #handmadewardrobe
Alterations are no fun!😒 I wanted to move on to new projects, but a few finished pieces need improving. Took the waist in on this skirt AGAIN (at the back darts this time) and moved and pleated the (not so much self-drafted as randomly-self-drawn) left hip so the front panel doesn't hang low. Now it fits high and snug and I'm much happier with how it looks. Worth the tedious unpicking! . . . #simplicity8459  @simplicity_creative_group #princeofwalescheck  #sewingwoes  #memadewardrobe  #cscmakes  #curvysewing  #makeitwork  #handmadeiswellmade  #handmadewardrobe 
Just finished making the #sundayeverydaysweater  from @ensemble.patterns  I like the hem!  It has lots of length/hem options.  Almost too many to choose from!  This is the "short" variation (which despite the line drawings is same length in front as "crop" variation but with longer back.  The line drawings don't seem to be drawn to the same scale as each other). Burnt-orange merino-nylon from @nzmerinofabrics , bought online, that I hadn't anticipated being a bit shiiiiiiny.  But soo soft and fleecy inside.  Note: made bust adjustment with some pivot/slide type deal which may have resulted in the sides being super blousy.  Next time will just make as drafted.  The mysteries of pattern adjusting... I think I'm out of my depth sometimes!

#handmadewardrobe #nzmerino #indiepatterns #iseweditmyself #sewistsofinstagram #handmadebasics #memade
Just finished making the #sundayeverydaysweater  from @ensemble.patterns I like the hem! It has lots of length/hem options. Almost too many to choose from! This is the "short" variation (which despite the line drawings is same length in front as "crop" variation but with longer back. The line drawings don't seem to be drawn to the same scale as each other). Burnt-orange merino-nylon from @nzmerinofabrics , bought online, that I hadn't anticipated being a bit shiiiiiiny. But soo soft and fleecy inside. Note: made bust adjustment with some pivot/slide type deal which may have resulted in the sides being super blousy. Next time will just make as drafted. The mysteries of pattern adjusting... I think I'm out of my depth sometimes! #handmadewardrobe  #nzmerino  #indiepatterns  #iseweditmyself  #sewistsofinstagram  #handmadebasics  #memade 
I don't wear a lot of vintage styles, but couldn't resist KITTENS!  Vintage blush-pink (maybe barkcloth?) picked up on our travels.  I really don't know what this should become, but it's fun mulling over ideas.  I have 2m and it isn't very wide.
#vintagesewing #fabricstash #vintagefabric  #kittenfabric #sewingaddict #toomuchfabric
Whoops, finished #mmmay18 with a whimper rather than a bang and didn't document the last 2 days...I was just bundled up in all the warm things.  So, what #memademay showed me I need: easy-going wearable things for an unfancy life, pants!! (I have made hardly any pants!), and clothes that actually go together (I seem to have the anti-capsule wardrobe). I need a family tree of clothes. 
First make since:  #grecotee by @ensemble.patterns .  I like very much.  Free pattern (with newsletter sign-up), go get it!  Note: I added few inches to the bust, and, my fault, the neckline is a bit wider than the pattern intended as I bound it rather than attaching the band, while still cutting the pieces the same.  I dig the boxy shape.  FYI it's a little long on a short person such as myself, might want to shorten.  There will be more of these!
Whoops, finished #mmmay18  with a whimper rather than a bang and didn't document the last 2 days...I was just bundled up in all the warm things. So, what #memademay  showed me I need: easy-going wearable things for an unfancy life, pants!! (I have made hardly any pants!), and clothes that actually go together (I seem to have the anti-capsule wardrobe). I need a family tree of clothes. First make since: #grecotee  by @ensemble.patterns . I like very much. Free pattern (with newsletter sign-up), go get it! Note: I added few inches to the bust, and, my fault, the neckline is a bit wider than the pattern intended as I bound it rather than attaching the band, while still cutting the pieces the same. I dig the boxy shape. FYI it's a little long on a short person such as myself, might want to shorten. There will be more of these!