Creating the cover for A Year of Zero Waste Sewing
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by lizhaywood
2d ago
One of the really fun parts of independent publishing is making the book’s cover. The cover for A Year of Zero Waste Sewing was finished this past week. The cover was created by Stu Nankivell, who has done the covers for my previous two books, and styled by me. Several weeks ago, Stu and his wife, who also does graphic design, came to visit. We had a look through my cover design inspo file together. This is a file I’ve been keeping over the past two years, consisting of other book covers, photos and images that “spoke to me” (not all sewing – food photography, knitting, cookbooks, posters, art ..read more
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How to adjust a zero waste pattern
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by lizhaywood
2w ago
It’s not always easy to do an adjustment on a zero waste sewing pattern. This is because the whole cutting layout IS the pattern, and the shared cutting lines mean that if you change one piece, the pieces around it will be affected. There can be a hesitancy to make alterations because “it won’t be zero waste anymore”. However, I really want to squash that thought! It’s always better to make a garment that fits properly and looks good, otherwise you’re just creating a different type of waste. An alteration to the pattern might mean that it’s now low waste instead of zero, but you’ll still be st ..read more
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The UFO Catalogue (complete and unabridged)
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by lizhaywood
3w ago
We’ve all got them, haven’t we? UFOs or UnFinished Objects. Projects lying around the house that just need a hem or buttonholes – maybe you lost interest, or lost weight….or it didn’t turn out how you expected and you screwed it up in a ball and threw it at the wall. I regret to admit that my UFO collection has been building up (for various reasons). Here’s a catalogue of all ten, complete with excuses: 1. Pleated tops (two) These are early samples of the pleated top from the December zine. At the time, I was still working out how to construct the top and sorting out the details (eg pleating ..read more
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Finished! A Year of Zero Waste Sewing: November and December
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by lizhaywood
2M ago
Yesterday afternoon I finished the final instalment of what’s turned out to be a two-year project, A Year of Zero Waste Sewing. It’s a book I’m experimentally publishing in instalments as zines. Each zine comes as a file to print out at home (it prints out on 3 double-sided pieces of paper, which are folded in half to make 12 pages), with an accompanying file for on-screen reading. All 11 zines are now in my shop and only AU$5 each (+tax). January is complimentary and can be downloaded here – please note I updated it a few weeks ago. A Year of Zero Waste Sewing is an eclectic mix of zero wast ..read more
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Getting closure on the denim jacket
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by lizhaywood
3M ago
This blog post has been two weeks in the making – I was thwarted by an electrical storm last week which took out our modem and phone line. But after services were restored and I was ready to hit publish, Mr H happened to see it and said he didn’t like what I’d done with the front of the jacket. Just to say I highly value his honest and unfiltered opinions, however it dented my confidence a bit – was it really that bad? I’d been looking at it for so long I had no idea what looked right or wrong anymore. The jacket in question is the nearly-finished denim jacket-cut-from-jeans I’m making for my ..read more
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Absolutely riveting: re-using jeans pockets
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by lizhaywood
3M ago
The jacket I’m making from old jeans now has pockets unpicked off one of the original pairs. (Are you also making a jacket from jeans? The previous posts are here and then here.) I’ve had lots of useful advice for re-using the jeans pockets; thank you for all the ideas. The two big issues were that the pockets had rivets in the corners, and I’d cut right up to the pockets when I cut the jacket pieces out. If I hadn’t cut the jacket out so closely to the pockets, I could have cut around them leaving a margin of fabric, then sewn them on like a giant appliqué. I cut the pockets off the jeans le ..read more
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Progress report: denim jacket
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by lizhaywood
3M ago
A couple of weeks ago I began making a jacket out of denim jeans. The jeans had been rejected by the opshop and I used 3 pairs. The jacket is my sew-a-long project for Zero and Zen, a course I’m co-presenting with Kate Ward. I’ve since started the sashiko stitching which is going across the back shoulders, like a yoke. I’m doing a persimmon flower design, with individual motifs dribbling down, like Space Invaders or the screens on The Matrix. It could potentially be the coolest thing I’ve ever made. I’m using little paper cutouts to plan the individual motifs. Persimmon stitch is one of th ..read more
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10 DIY Present Ideas
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by lizhaywood
4M ago
It’s coming up to that time of Christmas and end-of-year gift giving. The truly organised will have started present-planning back in June or July, but that isn’t most people! If you’re planning to make gifts, here are 10 ideas: 1. Water bottle holder (free pattern) The pattern and instructions are here. Make one from a cut-off jeans leg (or make 2, and you’re left with a pair of pedal pushers). It’s a quick and easy pattern if you need to make lots of Thank You presents. It’s also easy enough for children to sew as a holiday activity. 2. Hat (free pattern) The pattern and instructions are her ..read more
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New zero waste pattern: Optimatium dress
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by lizhaywood
4M ago
Hi Everyone! I have a new zero waste pattern. Introducing the Optimatium dress. The pattern is in Tauko magazine, Issue #9. The theme of the magazine’s issue is Blue. My take on the theme was “Blue can be conservative, in a good way”, and Optimatium is a conservative dress. Optimatium is Latin for conservative or the best, and the dress optimizes the fabric because it’s zero waste. Optimatium can be worn as a buttoned up dress or open as a flowing duster coat. It has in-seam pockets, a scooped hemline, gently pleated cuffs, a high neckline and optional bust darts. The length of the body and ..read more
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Jacket Making for Zero and Zen
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by lizhaywood
4M ago
During the week I started sewing a jacket as my project for Zero and Zen, an online course that artist Kate Ward and I are offering. We offered this course last year and it was very popular; it combines sewing a modular jacket (with me) with learning to stitch various sashiko stitch patterns (with Kate), and consists of on-demand sewing modules to watch at your convenience, and 3 Zoom Q&A sessions where we’ll meet to discuss our progress. The Zoom sessions are 3rd/4th Nov, 17th/18th Nov and 1st/2nd Dec. The cost is US$97. You can read more and register here. Anyway, as the course is a sew ..read more
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