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Hiya everyone! I'm a massive fan of quality construction and couture techniques and love applying them to my creations. I used to be a scientist, but now I'm a sewist - with a deep desire to learn and experiment.

craft interests: sewing

Member Since: 08/22/2012

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The CA Summer Dress 2014

I try to crank out a nice summer dress using couture techniques every spring. This pattern just jumped out at me as being the perfect silhouette and it didn't disappoint. I used a stretch cotton...

Brocade Jacket

This is another version of McCalls 5859 I made up in a beautiful brocade I got from a fab fabric sale.  It has two equally gorgeous sides, so I decided to showcase both in my jacket.  I had some...

A fully tailored blazer

Hiya everyone!  I found this lovely fabric at a fabric blowout sale ($6/m!) and it was screaming out to be a shawl collar blazer.  I decided to take my time and fully tailor it with hair canvas and...

Merging stripes - 2014 Tessuti Jaywalk competition entry

Hiya everyone! I came up with the inspiration for this dress at 1 am one evening – isn't that how it always is? It's a straight dolman sleeve dress with an asymmetrical neckline. The shaping is...

Plaid and Ponte Moto

This jacket was total serendipity! I bought a gorgeous plaid wool from the US for a skirt, but when it arrived it was too thick. I only had 1.5m (not enough for a whole jacket) so I added some ponte...

Easy dolman sleeve top self draft

I wish I had discovered earlier how easy it is to draft a dolman top from a knit pattern that already fits (I used Kwik Sew 3740)…AND how easy it was to sew…AND how comfortable it is to wear. A...

Asymmetric double layer blouse

This is my version of BurdaStyle's gorgeous and so chic white blouse. I was in love with this pattern the moment I saw it, but my fabric was too thin to stand up to it. So, I made the whole thing...

Self drafted slim jeans

This is a paif of slim jeans that I drafted from scratch using Winifred Aldrich's pattern making book. I made quitea few alterations to the muslin to take them from baggy to skinny! I made them up...

BurdaStyle blouse and high waisted skirt

I made this little ensemble during a BurdaStyle sewing retreat weekend!  They're both from the Gypset story from the 11/2011 issue.  The blouse is a viscose and the skirt is a lovely stretch denim...

Camel Wool Trousers

I constructed these trousers using a lovely camel coloured stretch wool from Britex Fabrics and lots of little couture details!  I used Claire Schaeffer's fly technique (which worked beautifully), a...

Cuddly Boyfriend (cardi)

This is my version of BurdaStyle's fab boyfriend cardi. It's so fabulously cozy and I love the sleeves and cuffs. The banding at the sleeves and around the neckline and hem are fabulous little...

Navy tweed coat

This is the first item in a series I'm doing about wardrobe basics for fall/winter. I just loved the sleeves on this coat and had to make a short version! I used a lovely navy/black tweed interlined...

recent comments

Re: A Close Look at the Stitching Inside 2 Dior Garments

Absolutely stunning. I'm always amazed at how a fell stitch can be nearly completely invisible even on a shiny lining fabric - expert hands... :)

Re: The Fortuny Jacket is Finished

Wow...stunning is all I have to say about this! I really like how where the break of the shawl collar juts out a bit instead of folding straight over (hope you know what I mean here), what advantage does this add to the garment?

Re: Book Giveaway: "Marge's Custom Slipcovers"

Oh wow, so need this. I've tried to make a 'custom' slip cover for my overly skungy loveseat, but NEVER should have made it a light colour, especially because it's my husband's favourite sofa. Dirty husband + skungy loveseat = need this book!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Textiles: The Art of Mankind"

I've recently been drooling over the amazing colours in some textiles from Bhutan!

Re: Kenneth D. King's Kilim Carpet Coat: The Big Finish

Holy cannoli, that's brilliant! And with those turquoise boots??!! Uh huh.

"Haunt the resale shops, and I'm sure you can find a couple of beautiful carpets, for not much money."

I like this a lot. One of the most wonderful things to come from your work (for me anyways) is the way it changed my mind-set in regards to 'materials'. I love thrift shopping - I mean LOVE IT. Now, everywhere I go I see fabric; not clothes, carpets, duvets or sheets :P I'm going to go to my fav thrift shop (op shop here in Oz) this afternoon and see what I can scare up...saves money and boosts creativity - huh-zah :) Keep it up.

Re: The Fortuny Jacket: Finessing the Facing

Yet another brilliant solution to a unique problem. I think you're a sewing scientist! I just finished watching your short fitting video with Threads and I love how you endeavour to learn the underlying principles which unite everything rather than blindly following sewing dogma. I'm becoming more and more of a 'do what works' fan, rather than 'just follow the rules'. I find that this approach dispels any fear/trepidation and encourages use of creativity and personal power. As sewers we have ultimate power over our dress, and I think if we all exercised that power without fear or care of others' opinions we could seriously revolutionize the world! (Perhaps a bit of an overstatement there). Anywho, brilliant jacket...I'm sure you're having a blast making it :)

Re: Using Buttons as Embellishment

All I can say, Kenneth, I thank you. Especially for your last paragraph, thank you. I hope you know how much your beautiful response touched me. I wish you all the health, happiness and a closet full of the most fabulous creations :)

Re: Using Buttons as Embellishment

I just love your jacket and your willingness to just do something because you can and because you think it would be cool and you (and us!) could learn something from it. I find myself stuck in a kind of fear that I don't want to ruin something/waste time and I think that prevents me from doing crazy/experimental stuff. Did you always have the experimental attitude even when you were starting out? Do you recommend a time limit to the 'just follow the pattern' thing - ie: should you imitate to get skills up before you get experimental? Sorry for all the questions, but I admire you a lot and love the fact that you reply to comments :) Thanks for shining your light :)

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

I would love to drape a dress maker's suit from the 50s. I think it would be the only way to get a perfect fit!