Dignity Drive

We're supporting the Dignity Drive collection being held by Share the Dignity in March & August by stitching re-usable cloth pads. These will be made into kits with a selection of absorbency levels, a hanging strap for drying, and care instructions - ready for distribution by the Share the Dignity team. 


It's a great way to use up all the off-cuts left from our cloth nappy workshops. If you fancy helping out with this worthwhile cause - reach out, I'll always have a spare seat for a helper! (and you can learn all about re-usable pads while you're helping)

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Pattern Review - Love Notions - Laundry Day Tee

Posted on 10 December, 2021 at 1:55

I recently decided to try the Love Notions ‘Laundry Day Tee’ which is a free PDF pattern - it gets quite a bit of hype on on-line sewing forums, and I needed some new tops for the warmer weather. To qualify for the free pattern, you just have to be a member of the Love Notions Pattern Support Group on Facebook - easy!



Features: a very easy wearing, flattering swing shape; tee, tunic and dress length; scoop, vee or cowl neck; tank, short, elbow, ¾ and long sleeves; hi-lo hem option for the tunic & dress; and available in sizes XS - 5XL. The pattern also includes a full bust adjustment option as well - exciting for us curvy girls!

While PDF patterns can be a pain to prepare, this file has an A0 option for plan printing at Officeworks, a projector file, or the A4 print pages are no-trim so it’s very quick and easy to stick together

I found the style a little full for my liking, and also found the shoulder/sleeve seam needed an adjustment as they poked up a bit. However, now I’ve done all my adjustments I think it will become my go-to tee pattern - it’s a very quick and easy sew! (I’ve already whipped up 3 in the tunic length and I’m looking forward to playing around with the tee length!!).



 

Pattern Review - Wardrobe By Me - Men's Summer Pants

Posted on 26 July, 2021 at 23:50

This pattern is for a classic pull-on pair of pants (trousers or shorts) with elastic waist, false fly, and several pocket options. It is available as a downloadable PDF in sizes 2XS (67cm waist) - 4XL (109cm waist). The pattern is suitable for light to medium weight fabrics.

I made the XL size shorts and found the fit was true to size. The elastic waist is not overfull, so the pants have a neat fit, without being too baggy. I used a light-medium weight linen.

 

The pattern instructions were generally clear and well illustrated, although I did get a little muddled with the front pocket bags - could have had some more matching points marked on the pattern! The pattern also had no allowance for the leg taper at the hem line - I missed noticing that when I was cutting out I needed to have narrow hems instead of the allowed 4cm. The seam allowances are only 1cm, so I’d probably make them wider next time so I can use flat fell seams, but that is purely my own preference.

 

Overall I really enjoyed making these shorts, and Rod enjoys wearing them. Nice fit, with some lovely design points means I have already adjusted my pattern and have some more pairs cut out ready for sewing!



 


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