I made a dress, a cool skirt and three tops; aka I actually used all of my 2022 labels, yay!
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by Carolyn
1M ago
I’ve made a few new things, thus appropriately using all my “circa 2022” labels, hurrah!  I know, I know, using up labels should NOT be a criteria for making anything, and yet.. and yet… I still felt compelled to do so.  And these are all things that I am going to be very happy wearing, so I’m ok with it all   First up! this dress, another from my self-designed pattern that Cassie and I are working on right now.  I made this one from this dress that I wasn’t wearing any more.  I really loved the large scale check linen, but the length and sheer volume of the dress ma ..read more
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2022; a retrospective
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by Carolyn
1M ago
It’s the last day of the year! which seems like a pretty good time for reflection and introspection.  I mean, why not?  a blog is as good a place as any for such nonsense    I’m going to start out with my own personal favourite outfits from this year, one per month.. all made by me, of course.  To be honest it’s been years since I wore clothing NOT made by me! January February March April May June   July   August September October November   December What did I make this year? I made 82 things this year; not too shabby, I think!  The bre ..read more
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Have you ever made a dress from a sheet?
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by Carolyn
1M ago
… because some of them are really nice, that’s all.  I always secretly hankered for this one to be a dress.  Those extra wide stripes! The design is my own, and I whipped this one up as a sample really, a way of checking my construction method for it as one of our future patterns and to aid in the process of writing it out accurately.  I’ve made two of them previously; this one in ochre linen, and this one in green sparkly cotton. This is cotton too, a former doona cover, that we had as a spare for years.  It’s lovely and soft, and feels so beautiful against the skin. &nb ..read more
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Featuring a top and a skirt and some other miscellaneous wearable things
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by Carolyn
1M ago
I’ve made a new little top and skirt, as well as a few other odds and sods …  so here’s the thing. I bought a batch of 20x “circa 2022” labels at the beginning of the year, used these up in 6 months, and so bought a second batch of 20.  These are neeeeeeearly finished! and now I’m basically on a mission to use them all by the end of the year.  I have four or five to go… let’s see if I can make it! aieeee, it’s going to be tight! First up! a little brown top… this is our own Booragoon top pattern…  and like Cassie with the ones I’ve made for her, I’ve found it to be such a ..read more
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It’s curtains for you! otherwise titled; why should windows have all the fun?
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by Carolyn
2M ago
This year, my friend Raina gave to me a couple of bags of fabric that she’d been hoarding for years, finally sensibly throwing them out… or should I say.. throwing them my way?  I really should throw out a lot of my fabric too but not only am I not sensible, I’m also such a sucker for a lonely, unwanted piece of fabric that is just screaming out to be made into something wanted and loved…  *sigh* Anyway; amongst the odds and ends and bits and bobs was a length of really beautiful curtain fabric.  Samarkand by Sanderson, no less.  I thought it was lovely and had lots of po ..read more
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In which I make yet another tartan thingie…
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by Carolyn
2M ago
Hello!  I’ve made a new.. blouse? jacket?  the more open-ended “top” would be the least controversial, I suppose! This is the new Rhonda pattern by Fibremood… I always tend to go for the weirdest pattern in any collection because that’s just my preference in just about anything, and I was not disappointed with my choice this time either! It’s quite unique; sorta boxy giving a tres-flattering square shape to one’s torso  #imjoking and an up-and-down hemline all around.  The sleeves are wide and a little flared without being annoyingly big.  If I’m being critical I’m no ..read more
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Bikini washing bag
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by Carolyn
2M ago
… the zip on my old lingerie washing bag finally gave up the ghost, so I whipped up a new one!  Perforated sports fabric has been in Le Stash for years, I originally bought a long length of this from the Remnant Warehouse for raincoat vents and I think it’s going to last me a lifetime! purple zip inherited from a large batch of random haberdashery from Mum… After I’d cut it out I decided to tizzy it up a bit with a spot of embroidery… I was going for the bikini emoji so tried embroidering yellow French knot “polka dots” over the pink but they sadly turned absolutely terrible so OFF they ..read more
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Orange yoga girl
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by Carolyn
2M ago
Remember my pink yoga girls dress? well I made an orange one too!  I used the Nerida Hanson smock dress pattern.. only this one is made (almost) exactly to the pattern with no variations!  shock horror, I know…  how often do I ever faithfully follow the pattern #notever The “almost” up there? well, obviously it’s substantially shorter than the pattern!  And it is a bit shorter than the pink one too. Not much shorter in the scheme of things, only about 10cm or so; but this small amount has made quite a big difference, I think!  I’ve worn it bare-legged just once, and ..read more
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Oxen
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by Carolyn
2M ago
How cute is this multicoloured “oxen” print?  I saw it on Spoonflower and immediately fell in love.  I bought a little of the cotton sateen last year.  Or maybe even the year before?  Yes, it has indeed been in the stash for a while; and my pledge to use up the stash is still a work in progress! I used it to make up this unusual pattern; the FibreMood Jill dress.  I know it looks like a fairly featureless dress pattern from the front but from the back the more unique qualities become apparent… mainly a triangular “window” underneath a long opening.  This looks c ..read more
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I crocheted a hat!
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by Carolyn
3M ago
… and it’s been a long time in the making too! I originally bought this raffia in Okadaya in Shinjuku, and subsequently this pattern book in a newsagent in the Kanazawa train station, back in 2019, pictured in this post here, and the anticipated hat been on the to-do list ever since… I took all the bits and pieces off to the Maldives with me, in full confidence that I would comfortably produce a hat during my long idle hours lounging around by our pool … ha ha ha.  Oh, the naivety of the beginner crocheter!  I made a pretty good start during our holiday, for sure… several pretty go ..read more
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