Simplicity 0315 sweatshirt in black and white sweater knit

Sweatershirt and Joan Trousers

New word: sweatershirt. Not a sweatshirt, per se, but a top that looks like a tarted up sweatshirt made with sweater knits. I’m rather pleased with this one because: I got the pattern, Simplicity 0315, from a pattern swap (=free!) I used up a small amount of awkwardly-shaped leftover black sweater knit (only a few tiny scraps leftover!) I used a ready-to-wear sweater for the … Continue reading Sweatershirt and Joan Trousers

Frivolous at Last - Refashioned shirt dress with bow

Refashion: Shirt Dress with Bow and a Dose of Bad-Weather-and-PMS-Induced Ranting

Toronto weather. Barely cracking double Celcius digits. IT’S MAY. Raining, like, ALL THE TIME. My sunglasses have been sitting, neglected, in the same spot for so long that there’s a sunglass-shaped outline in the coffee-table dust. COME ON. I overheard a woman on the subway the other day saying to her friend, “Alright, winter’s over. This is just harassment!” We’re DYIN’ over here. I need … Continue reading Refashion: Shirt Dress with Bow and a Dose of Bad-Weather-and-PMS-Induced Ranting

Frivolous at Last - T-shirt refashion using Elbe Textile's free Carine T-shirt pattern

Upcycling a cast-off T-shirt

Here’s the ‘before’ picture: just one of my husband’s tees that was no longer useful as-is because the armpits were all crusted up with deodorant after a couple of years of wearing this regularly. Otherwise the material was in ‘very good used condition’, as they say, and I like the geeky audio-theme motifs on the front. My husband is a sound designer and I’m a … Continue reading Upcycling a cast-off T-shirt

A Scout Tee sewn from an old beach sarong…and how to fold your shirts for traveling

From beach sarong to T-shirt! I bought a beach sarong on a trip to Brazil a few years ago (made in Indonesia, ironically) and after a while the fine woven fabric had ripped. Ruing the loss of these great colours and print, I regretfully tossed it into my textile recycling bag, but a few weeks later I realized that this sarong would make a great lightweight … Continue reading A Scout Tee sewn from an old beach sarong…and how to fold your shirts for traveling

Seamwork Aurora Tank Top: Betcha I can’t sew just one

This is the Aurora Tank Top by Seamwork (Colette). This is the first time I tried one of their patterns and I’m quite happy with it! I bought the pattern while Colette was having a sale and loved making the first one so much that I went a bit crazy and made three. This green and purple one is made of cotton jersey that I … Continue reading Seamwork Aurora Tank Top: Betcha I can’t sew just one

Huzzah! Me and my Sweetheart are back together!

Look at this swagger! Why? Cause I opened a can of serger whoop-ass on this sweater. I feel like a certified DOMIKNITRIX. When I finished knitting this sweater (Sweetheart from Domiknitrix by Jennifer Stafford),  it was way too big. More details and sucky pics here. But now my Sweetheart fits much better. And this is how I feel about it: I used my serger to … Continue reading Huzzah! Me and my Sweetheart are back together!