Coating for winter

This cozy Winter jacket uses many remnants using McCalls 6292.

 I made this style in pleather three years ago. 

 Even the lining is from someone else’s stash that I bought at Pitt Trading.

 After visiting the War Memorial in Canberra recently I added the blue tape to the sleeve.

The zipper is one of the bunch of designer zippers I bought at Pitt Trading too. Yes I do frequent Pitt Trading on weekends. The nearby cafe is very tempting too.

I tend to steer away from short jacket, when they’re a bit boxy, but a contrasting sleeve can add length to the look of it. 

 Especially if styled with pants or skirts in the same colour as the sleeves.

The coating fabric really feels like Winter armor but is quite soft so I’m keeping this little jacket while it’s cold.

PS: I think disqus works again. For some reason I was able to edit it into the blogger template #ihavenoideawhy. Could I replicate doing this again…#idon’tthinkso.

On ‘blogger’ comments: there’s a ‘Notify me’ tick box when you make a comment. Most people can miss this when they’re commenting. While this is a nice feature, if you tick this box, you’ll end up getting every comment and reply posted on that particular post. It is a two-way conversation with every other comment made.

Sweet paisley aka Marrikesh

Paisley. Such a classic print. So why not make a classic knit dress?

Burda 7828 has a summer knit dress but a long sleeve top – switch the pieces and you get a knit dress that can be layered for Winter – fabric provided by Pitt Trading called Marrikesh.

Winter Burda 7828

With a set of boots, this becomes a bit 70s.

Love wearing this dress with my Quart coat: my Pitt Trading Winter look.

The colours are bold and the fabric is strong and opaque.  
Pitt Trading just happened to have a lovely red fold over elastic I used on the neckline of this dress to go with this Marrikesh print.

Sewing on the fold over elastic on the neckline

Pitt Trading has lots of these knits (from a designer in Sydney) in store now. The original idea for using swimwear fabric for non-swimwear clothes was the Jillian’s idea.

Sylvia did a good job tempting me with some lovely prints but I stuck to this Marrikesh print with a contrasting trim.

So no need to line this dress for everyday wear. I’ve worn this dress a few times now.

I originally thought to make this fabric into the same style top bu decided to make this into a winter workout top using Kwik Sew 3567

Kwik Sew 3567

All the seams are overlocked in white. I’ve machine sewed the v-neckline flat and twin needle stitched the hems. All in about 2 hours – a very quick sew!

It get a bit chilly in the weights room at the moment.

That’s a measly 10kg bar. You gotta start somewhere.

This top does the trick in keeping me warm in between sets. The girls at the gym love this top. Yes – they know I make most of my activewear.

I’m trying to choose a weight #newbie.

You might notice this is a really long top. That’s so I can hang on the bars (while trying to find my waist) and not show any skin to the general public.

I do prefer like wearing this top with jeans, so it’s very versatile. 

Jillian at Sew Unravelled also gave herself the challenge of working with the latest lycra prints from Pitt Trading this month. Jillian has stretched herself with sewing lycra but you’ll love what she’s created using Jalie’s latest legging pattern Cora. Jillian’s done an awesome job. You have to have a look at her latest post.

Thank you to Sylvia and Julia for providing me with these fabrics and Susan for her amazing sewing knowledge.

PS: I do have enough of this print and powermesh for a pair of bathers.


A quick note to say a big thank you to everyone who comments on my blog. 
The comment feature on this little blog had gone AWOL.I reset the blogger comments yesterday. Small win to me.


The comments reply widget (disqus) hasn’t been working over the last two weeks but I’m hoping to have this fixed on the weekend.


I like the idea of being able to directly reply to your comments so you know you’re being heard.

Staying warm

It’s cold. My feet are cold, so this impromptu overlayer using Butterick 6062 came about.

This isn’t the way the pattern is drafted. 

I used View A as my basic block; adding a wide collar; used the full sleeve length; lengthening the jacket to cover me up but kept the big pockets.

The main fabric was a remnant I bought at Addicted 2 Fabric. The contrasting sleeves are also a wool remnant from my fabric stash. The day I bought this fabric, I was freezing in Canberra and I was really close to using this fabric as a blanket.

This coat is a warm layer and it’s not too unstructured. There are darts in the pattern and I’ve not use them.

 I had enough fabric to make the collar but not the under collar.

 So I used the sleeve fabric for the under collar.

We had a wee bit of fog yesterday morning, hence these photos, although I’m not feeling cold anymore.

Winter white

Remnants are a challenge but this time I found an easy solution to reworking this fabric from White Tree Fabrics for Winter.

I put my ‘jigsaw hat’ on and lined up the centre front to turn this fabric into and basic top but with a v-neck option by adding an invisible zipper at the front neckline.

This fabric from White Tree Fabrics has a textured finish so slow sewing was the best way to make sure the machine stitching stayed even.

I originally used this fabric on the centre pieces of my third Outlander outfit so I knew the stretch this fabric provided.

So the decision to use the remaining fabrics for a Winter White top was logical. Here’s how I’ve worn this top (McCalls 4261) to work.

I added a centre back seam for more shaping over my sway back shape.

So on the weekend when it’s a bit colder, I simply zip the neckline up and I’m ‘good to go’.

So I’m really happy to be able to finally have a Winter white top that’s versatile. Thanks White Tree Fabrics.

Equestrian aspiration

For my Minerva projects I decided on an equestrian theme so the riding pants were a must with last month’s riding jacket. Then reality set in and a ‘quirky work skirt’ came to mind.

I’ve made pants before but for a riding outfit, sleek pants are a must so I’ve used a double knit that has no stretch and McCalls 6404.

Equestrian riding pants

While the pants pattern is drafted for fabric with 4% stretch, it made sense to trial the pattern in a similar double knit fabric. After some tweaks, I used the partial medium hip measure and a variation of small sizing along the legs.

Riding outfit inspiration

McCalls 6404 offers 4 legging styles and I used view D.

So after trialling this pattern in another double knit, I was able to make this pair fit quite nicely.

I can walk, sit and bend in these pants, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if the fabric was a medium-weight woven fabric. This double knit is perfect for my equestrian idea.

Now to find ‘that horse’ to go with this outfit.

Quirky work skirt

Blackwatch tartan is the same fabric used for my senior school uniform jacket so I had to make a Winter skirt with a twist, or a couple of Vivienne Westwood inspired pleats.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania skirt
I was tempted to kilt this fabric up but maths isn’t my strong point so I didn’t want to waste this gorgeous tartan.

So my decisions then became: one pleat for two? And do I include one pleat along the back?

I decided to place two pleats at the front and keep the back plain. So I used McCalls 9356 as my basic skirt pattern and matched up the plaids at centre back and along the flat side seam.

I placed the front pattern where I wanted the pleats to be placed.

Then I lined up the back skirt piece to the flat side seam to match the plaids.

I had to match the lines along the centre back zipper seam.

So my decision was to figure out how to keep the front pleats in place…hand stitching.

 I hand stitched the pleat folds to the underside of the fabric.

They’ve stayed in place. 
The waistband plaids match the centre front skirt lines only.

The back and side seam lines match. You’ll notice the hem is lower at centre back. That’s my standard back hemline.

And I wanted to show you the zipper and waistband matching. I hand sewed the waistband for accuracy. The lining is light-weight but strong wearing and easy to iron.

So here’s the quirky skirt with its jacket – all safely ironed too.

There was really no need to put a pleat on the back of this skirt.

I’ve worn this skirt to work a few times and it’s really lovely to wear.

Thank you Minerva Crafts UK for these fabrics and notions. I’ve got a new Winter work outfit that’s already been worn quite a bit this month.

And lots of joy and happiness to Vicki and Richard on your upcoming wedding. If you love seeing wedding sewing as it happens, Annette has been blogging all of her wedding sewing for Vicki on the Minerva Craft blog page. I’m in awe of Annette’s work.
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