Monthly Archives: March 2019

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.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

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

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

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.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

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

Oslo Coat - Made by MItty

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.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

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.

Oslo Coat - Made by Mitty

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