elliot sweater in merino wool

I’m going to start by saying that this was the quickest sew I’ve had in a long time, and it was so refreshing! This was cut, sewn, pressed and hanging in my closet in about 3 hours. It was so quick, I might even make another one this afternoon!

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This is my brand new Elliot Sweater by Helen’s Closet, sewn up in a buttery soft, ash blue, premium 195gsm merino wool from The Fabric Store.

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This is such a well drafted pattern, and there are so many things I love about it. The raglan sleeve makes sewing a breeze, and the oversized style makes picking a size easy.

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The collar is soooo lovely! It’s just the right size, I don’t have to stretch it to get it over my head. It’s also slouchy enough that I don’t feel like I’m being strangled by my jumper.

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The high-low hem is just a dream, and the split is the perfect length for me. I really like how thick the hems are as well, I find it gives a bit of weight which makes it hang nicely.

 

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The great thing about this pattern is that Helen has included a few different variations. There is also a crop length, with a shorter collar, and a t-shirt version.

GARMENT DEATILS:

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Snuggly and warm is an understatement! I’m off to sew another!

Mitty x

 

 

oslo coat from 2017

We are officially in Autumn here in Australia, my favourite season! The weather is slowly cooling down, so I thought I’d show off one of my proudest makes.

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This is the Oslo Coat by Tessuti Patterns. I actually made this back in 2017 when I was pregnant. It didn’t get any wear that year as I couldn’t do it up over my growing belly.

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I loved this pattern for it’s sleek, modern look, and the shawl collar is such an awesome design feature.

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I made my coat out of a 100% wool fabric from The Remnant Warehouse. I remember the tag saying that it was a “felted wool”, but I must be wrong as this fabric has a defined nap.

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I also picked up my lining from The Remnant Warehouse. I went for the higher grade lining and I’m glad I did.

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This was my first time making a lined coat, and while the instructions are well written, my lining seemed too short in the arms. It pulled at the outer fabric so much that I had to fix it. I added about 2.5cm (plus seam allowance) to the cuff of my lining, which reduced the pulling and let the sleeve hang nicely.

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I also ended up sewing my buttons a little closer to the front edges of the coat than instructed. I think I did this so I could button it up over my post-baby belly. However it does warp the collar a little, but it’s something I can live with.

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GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Oslo Coat by Tessuti Patterns
  • Style, size: Size 10
  • Fabric: “Felted” wool and polyester lining from The Remnant Warehouse (I can’t find a link to either fabric)
  • Notions: 1 brass button for outside closure, 1 black plastic button for inside closure, fusing, thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • As mentioned, I had to add 2.5cm (plus seam allowance) length to the sleeve lining pieces so they didn’t pull and pucker the outer wool layer
    • I used a walking foot to sew the wool, I feel like it helped keep everything aligned

I am so proud of this coat, even more so when people ask where I got it from, and I smugly reply that I made it. You should make one too, so you can do the same!

Mitty x

ogden cami from rescued fabric

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This dress caught my eye as I was walking past my local charity shop. I didn’t buy it at first, but I was so drawn to the rough ombré dye job that it was still on my mind the next day. Luckily for me, it was still hanging on the rack!

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Somehow, I knew there was going to be something wrong with the dress, and I was right. The invisible zipper was busted. But that wasn’t an issue, as I was buying it solely for the fabric. At $8, it was a bargain!

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The tag said the dress was 100% viscose, so the fabric has a beautiful, soft drape. I just love how the dye job isn’t a uniform gradient. I thought the best way to show it off was to use a simple pattern.

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Could I really go past the Ogden Cami by True Bias? This is a famous pattern in the sewing community, and I can see why. It’s well drafted, simple, and classic.

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The only modification I made was to extend the facing to a full lining, as the white part of this fabric is rather sheer. I think I’d do this again anyway, as I like the way it sits.

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GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Ogden Cami by True Bias
  • Style, size: Size 12
  • Fabric: Rescued viscose
  • Notions: None
  • Modifications/alterations: Lengthened facing into a full lining

I’m really happy that I was able to rescue this fabric and turn it into something that will be loved and worn for many years to come.

Mitty x

make nine – kalle shirt

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I don’t think I’ve worn a crop top since I was 15 years old, but my new Kalle Shirt is breaking that drought!

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I’ve had the Kalle pattern sitting in my stash for a while now, and it wasn’t until I sat down to plan out my Make Nine for 2019 that I remembered I had the perfect fabric for it.

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I used a gorgeous printed rayon that I purchase from Spotlight about 2 years ago. This fabric made my shirt super soft with a lot of drape.

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I have no idea why the yoke looks so warped?! I promise, it’s straight!

Based on the finished garment measurements, I decided to sew up a size 8, with no pattern modifications. I went with an inverted pleat on the back, standard collar, a hidden button placket, and I left the breast pocket off.

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I decided to try pattern matching on the hidden placket. I’m not very good at pattern matching at the best of times, so I don’t know why I thought I could pull it off here. As you can see, I got close, but it’s not perfect!

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I’m in love with how the hidden placket looks! It gives such a clean finish to the shirt. I used some nondescript white buttons for the body, but went for a fancy gold button at the neck.

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns
  • Style, size: View A, size 8
  • Fabric: Printed rayon, purchased from Spotlight
  • Notions: 5 white, nondescript bottoms, 1 fancy golden button
  • Modifications/alterations: None at all

I’m so happy that I was able to use a fabric and a pattern that I’ve had sitting around for a while. I don’t think I have a huge fabric stash, but I don’t want to add to it this year, so I’m going to try and use what I’ve got, as much as possible, in 2019.

Mitty x

 

make nine – 2019

Well, here we are. 2019 (I’m a little late, I know).

A single post made it to the blog last year… while it was quiet here, it was anything but in my real-world life. My husband started his own business, I resigned from my job, we moved to a lovely area in the Blue Mountains, and all the while I was sewing. But not blogging about it. I hope to do a little better in that respect this year, and to start off I’m going to share with you my #makenine2019 plans.

For those who don’t know what the #makenine2019 challenge is, it’s an online movement hosted each year by Rochelle of Homerowfiberco and Lucky Lucille. It’s described as “a gentle, self-guided slow fashion initiative for fabric and yarn lovers”. Rochelle suggest you pick 9 specific types of projects to complete over the year. If you finish them all, great! If you don’t, great! It isn’t supposed to be something that you feel tied into, and if your plans change and develop over the year, then that is fine too.

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I thought about the things I have been wanting to make for a while, and most of them made my list. I also tried to pick a variety of projects, some quite simple, and others much more involved.

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Pattern: Lander Pants & Shorts Designer: True Bias

First on my list is a pair of Lander shorts. In truth, this will be my second pair of these shorts. My first pair have already been worn a lot over summer and I really wanted them to have a cousin.

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Pattern: Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Designer: Closet Case Patterns

I’ve had this pattern for a long time now, and it wasn’t until I remembered I had the perfect fabric for it in my stash that it quickly made it’s way to the top of my list. I’m looking forward to trying out the hidden placket (something I haven’t sewn before).

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Pattern: Peplum Top Designer: In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine

As I write this, this top is already sewn up and hanging in my closet. I absolutely love it, and plan on blogging about it soon.

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Pattern: Tully Pants Designer: Style Arc

Actually, I’ve already sewn these up too, but I must have screwed up printing the pattern out because these ended up way too small! I’m kicking myself for not making a toile (a very hard learnt lesson), but I’m hoping to gift these to someone in my life so I can still get some enjoyment from them.

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Pattern: Winslow Culottes Designer: Helen’s Closet

Here’s something I never thought I’d make; Culottes! I had to wear a really daggy pair of culottes as part of a work uniform once, and I swore I would never wear them again! But these! Oh, these look so luxurious and comfortable! Plus, Helen did a great job of styling them for her pattern release, so naturally I got sucked in.

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Pattern: Elliot Sweater Designer: Helen’s Closet

This looks like the simple, stylish, comfortable jumper (I’m Australian after all) that my closet is crying out for. With Winter only a few months away, I need this sewn up and ready to go now!

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Pattern: Giner Jeans Designer: Closet Case Patterns

Now here is something that I seriously need before Autumn/Winter sets in. I have wanted to make a pair of jeans for about 5 years now, and as the internet shows, you simply can’t go wrong with a pair of Ginger Jeans!

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Pattern: Berlin Jacket Designer: Tessuti Fabrics

I adore Tessuti, I used to wander around their Chatswood store for at least half an hour and stroke their fabrics. Seeing as we’ve moved out of Sydney I don’t get the chance to drop in anymore, but I can still have a little Tessuti indulgence with their beautiful Berlin jacket, made up in a boiled wool.

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Pattern: Sapporo Coat Designer: Papercut Patterns

I wasn’t sure about adding two jackets to my list, but they are so different (both in shape and construction) that I couldn’t help myself. I’m so excited about this coat, I love the rolled neck, the bracelet length sleeves, and the big diagonal pockets. I hope I can find some pink wool to make this with, I think it would be really cute!

So there’s my #makenine2019 plans. I’ll be writing a post about them as I make them (hopefully), so please stay tuned!

Mitty x

 

 

new look 6496 (b) – a mini skirt

I love giving handmade gifts at any time of year, but somehow the ones I give at Christmas always seem extra special. With a new bub to look after, I decided to keep the list of handmade items rather short this year.

While wandering around my local Spotlight, my husband spotted a brightly coloured, mexican inspired fabric, and suggested I make a skirt for his sister. I knew I didn’t have a pattern at home that I could use, so I also bought New Look 6496. The pattern includes a Channel inspired jacket, a mini skirt, and two styles of shorts.

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GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: New Look 6496, purchased from Spotlight
  • Style, size: View “B”, size 14
  • Fabric: Mexican Poncho” (cotton/acrylic/polyester), purchased at Spotlight, white polyester lining from my stash
  • Notions: 7 inch jean zipper, thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Moved the zipper from the side seam to the centre back seam
    • Used an exposed jean zipper instead of an invisible zipper
    • Added iron-on fusing to the facing
    • Drafted a lining pattern to attach to the facing

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My final thoughts… Even though I had to draft my own lining, I feel that this is a good pattern to have in your library. I would suggest that you cut one size smaller than your measurements, as there is a total ease of 14cm worked into the pattern. Also, I’m really not sure what kind of block New Look are working off, as my sister-in-law certainly isn’t a size 16, which is the size the pattern suggested I use based on her measurements. If you’re unsure what size to make, I’d suggest sewing up a toile first to avoid any disappointment.

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I think the skirt turned out really well, even though the style is simple, it’s the fabric that makes the statement. It’s the perfect skirt for a hot summer day!

 

Mitty xox

what’s been happening – an update & spoonflower review

A tumble weed rolls through the Made by Mitty blog… I am very conscious, and annoyed by that tumble weed.

As I write this, I am currently 31 weeks pregnant! 31 weeks has absolutely flown by at an alarming rate. It feels like only a few weeks ago that I was sewing and blogging my Frankenshirt. That little top was the last bit of sewing I’ve done for myself since falling pregnant. For me, the first few weeks were horrendous. I felt so sick, had a constant feeling of nausea, coupled with extreme tiredness, which meant that I could barely function at work, let alone go shopping for fabric.

I started to feel human again around week 14, and found myself wanting to sew. But not for me, for our little Peanut (baby has to have a nickname!). I took this opportunity to try out Spoonflower. For a long time I’d wanted to order something from them, but I just never got around to it. Now I had a solid project in mind, I started to search through the masses of patterns and designs.

I finally settled on this gorgeous peanut pattern by katherinecodega, printed on Spoonflowers Cotton Spandex Jersey. I knew it would take a while to arrive but I wasn’t too worried. In the end, it took a few weeks to turn up, so I wouldn’t recommend Spoonflower if you’re in need of something super quick.

Initially, I thought the fabric was a little stiff, but it softened up quite a lot after washing. I had 1 meter to play with, and I didn’t want to waste a single scrap of it.

I started by making the footie coverall from Brindille & Twig. It’s a great little pattern with well written, clear instructions. I did, however, have a bit of a moment when cutting the fabric, and somehow ended up with the front opening being backwards. All my fault, nothing to do with the pattern!

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All in all, I think this is a wonderful pattern. Once completed, I held up a store bought jumpsuit to compare sizes. I found the the Brindille & Twig newborn size runs a little larger than the store bought one, but I think it’s better for it to be a little bigger than a little smaller.

Seeing as Peanut will be born in Winter, I wanted to make a little beanie to go with the jumpsuit. I used the Coral & Co DIY Baby Hat pattern, and made both the small newborn, and the large newborn sizes.

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I had a decent amount of fabric left over, so I decided to make a bib next. I used this simple pattern from Dana Made It. I decided to make a double layer bib as I thought the jersey wouldn’t stand up to much dribble or puke. I found the softest, most beautiful bamboo double terry from Bamboo Fabric Store to use for the underside of the bib.

Still, there was more fabric to use! I cut out a pair of Just Hatched Leggings and sewed them up.

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While I think this is a brilliant pattern, I also wanted some leggings that didn’t have elastic around the waist. I jigged the pattern a little, and using some grey jersey from my stash, made another pair with a peanut waist band and cuffs.

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With my Spoonflower fabric now resembling scraps more than anything, I managed to squeeze out one more pair of leggings. I made these using my jigged version of the Just Hatched Leggins, but made the waistband and cuffs longer than normal. I can fold these over to fit bub early on, and unfold them when those growth spurts kick in. I think this is called a “grow with me” style.

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I’m so happy with all these little makes, baby clothes are so satisfying and quick to make. I’d recommend all these patterns for beginners, except for the jumpsuit, there are a few fiddly elements to it (like the adorable little feet) that are probably a bit advanced for a beginner. But if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a go!

I hope to clean out those pesky tumble weeds and start blogging more. I’ve got a few other projects ticking along that I’ll share with you over the coming weeks.

Mitty xox