How do you find inspiration for a creative project? In this case it was a slow process. I had found some fabulous satin in a colour I can only describe as slate. It’s a dark grey/ navy/ purple that looks … Continue reading
I’ll keep this short as I’ve been procrastinating for a while, having made my coat before Christmas! Photographing navy blue wool is tricky, so I made the most of a rare sunny afternoon to try and capture this. Way back … Continue reading
I bought this beautiful fabric almost a year ago and had originally planned to make a second Clare Coat from it. I changed my mind this weekend when watching the new Sew the Trends video from The Fold Line.
The Cocoon Jacket by Sew Different has been a wardrobe staple since last winter, but I tend to wear the two I have as cardigans or on mild days as a lightweight coat. The increasingly cool Autumn weather prompted a warmer make – at some speed – and this is the result.
I made a few small changes to the original pattern:
Grading up two sizes from my original choice to give more ease and adding 5cm /2″ to the length.
Drafting a separate collar for the front panels.
Cutting the back panel on the fold to give a little more room and reduce the cocoon shape in the lower back, to make it wearable over layers.
Merging the sleeve and cuff pieces to create one piece sleeves and adding 18cm/ 7″ to the overall sleeve length.
Creating a full lining in taffeta to add weight and warmth. This was cut 2cm shorter on the sleeves and body so that is less visible at the hems.
I can’t wait to wear it!
We’re just coming to the end of the Autumn half-term holiday and have had a short family break at LEGOLAND Windsor and nearby. I decided to pack a handmade capsule wardrobe (excluding tights and underwear! ) and thought I’d share … Continue reading
As soon as I saw this pattern in the new Earth Science collection from Named Clothing, I fell for it. The combination of the fabric colour and texture in the original photo and the unusual construction drew my eye. It … Continue reading
It’s such a blessing to have good local fabric shops! You’ve probably heard me talk about The Shuttle before. It’s a treasure trove of fabric that’s just a few miles from where we live (a long walk or short car/ … Continue reading
I first discovered the Belgian sewing magazine La Maison Victor three years ago, on the shelf of a French supermarket. I was drawn to both the styling and the wide variety of patterns that was included. The arrival this summer of … Continue reading
It’s been mild but often rainy here during the last few weeks, so a lightweight, weatherproof coat is essential! Jessica from Kommatia Patterns put out a call for a pattern test in late August, which appealed to me immediately. It’s … Continue reading
Sometimes I find a beautiful skein of yarn and only later decide what it might become. That’s what happened with this Rowan Baby Alpaca DK. It was on offer a while back in a big outlet shop and I picked up a couple of skeins. Its simplicity, drew me to broomstick lace to create a little scarf which will is now on its way to a friend in snowy northern Japan.
To make this scarf, you will need:
25mm knitting needle (a broom handle or 30cm ruler can be used instead, or smaller knitting needle if you prefer).
4mm crochet hook (or to suit your chosen yarn).
50g of Rowan Baby Alpaca DK (sadly discontinued but still available at some retailers; for alternatives see http://yarnsub.com/yarns/rowan/baby_alpaca_dk).Any DK (8ply/ light worsted weight) could be used but results will inevitably vary.
UK terms used throughout. UK dc = US sc.
R1: dc in 2nd and each subsequent stitch (30dc).
R2: pull up loop from hook onto needle. Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, yoh and pull up a loop. Repeat in each stitch to end (30 loops).
R3:slide first 5 loops off needle and onto hook. In this group and at the start of each alternate row you need to work a locking stitch. Lift the loops off the broomstick,yarn over hook and draw a loop back through the four large loops (one loop on the hook); yarn over hook and draw through the loop. Work 5dc into the set of loops. *pick up next 5 loops, 5dc into loops* and repeat to end of row.
Work R2 and R3 27 times more, so that you have 28 rows of loops, finishing with a dc row. Break yarn and weave in ends.