Sunday, 31 July 2022

Paprika Linen Zero Waste Trousers

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Birgitta Helmerson Zero Waste Block Pants in Heavyweight Paprika Linen from The Fabric Store

I really enjoyed making my top version of Birgitta Helmersson’s Zero Waste Gather Dress last year and decided it was about time I tried another. This is the ZW Block Pant. Her patterns don't come with much in the way of pattern pieces (this time it was just a patch pocket and template for shape at the hem) and instead instructions to draw out the pattern pieces on your fabric. It is really fun to do something a bit differently when you've done as much sewing as I have. I also like that drawing it out really helps you to understand the drafting and how it all works together. The key to making a pattern zero waste is tessellating the pattern pieces so that you don't have any scraps left over. In this instance the interior of the crotch curve for the patch pockets and the back legs are formed of two pieces with a seam just under the bum.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Floral Viscose Jacquard Pauline Dress

I'm going to start this post with a confession. I didn't expect to like this dress as much as I do! I loved the style of the Closet Core Patterns Pauline Dress from the moment it was released but I wasn't 100% sure whether the design would suit my proportions. I'm so glad I pushed those doubts to the back of my mind though as I absolutely adore it! 

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Closet Core Patterns Pauline Dress in Viscose Jacquard Print from Selvedge and Bolts

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Merino Fall Turtleneck and Port Flint Pants

I've been a little uninspired to sew of late. I always find my sew-jo has a little lull in the winter months. I find the warmer weather so much more exciting to sew for and I can feel my motivation creeping back with the first bulbs peeking up at this time of year. However, I have recently added two winning winter garments to my wardrobe which have seen a lot of wear since I finished them in January.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Papercut Patterns Fall Turtleneck & Megan Nielsen Flint Pants in The Fabric Store Merino Jersey & Stretch Suiting