A Woven Tee

May 13th, 2021 No comments

I’m always dreaming of a woven tee for all occasions. (OK, for most occasions.) On a visit to my favorite fabric store anywhere — Stitch Sew Shop, in Alexandria, Virginia — I spied the pattern which became this little linen tee.

The person who helped me gave an honest appraisal of the pattern when I asked for it — that’s real customer service! — so I was able to go ahead with some idea of its limitations.

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Vogue 1486 Fungi Version

May 6th, 2021 2 comments

There’s a wonderful store in Montreal called MycoBoutique, which is all about the marvelous mushroom. Along with fungi, one can buy all kinds of foraging and collecting equipment, mushrooms themselves, and an assortment of lovely fabrics, all related, in some way, to fungi.

I made my second version of this Vogue 1486 top from a cotton/linen (I think) blend I bought there.

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Burda 6579 Pieced Top

April 29th, 2021 No comments

A circle-style skirt like my Adri Vogue 1524 wastes a lot of fabric, which left enough to make this Burda top. So I did.

Burda says it’s a one-spool “easy”, and technically it is, but naturally I had to complicate things.

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Burda 6124 Stretch-Top Slacks

April 23rd, 2021 2 comments

Covid, and a long post-surgical recovery, have put me off clothes entirely. Yet, they somehow seem necessary, even in these weird days. How to wear clothes that don’t feel like clothing? That is the question!

As a start, I settled on these Burda pants, with a lovely, wide, stretchy, waistband. Flexibility! Soft around the waist! Almost cozy, dare one hope? (But the appearance of an actual, publicly-wearable garment!)

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Vintage Vogue 1524

April 19th, 2021 2 comments

Vogue didn’t do Adri any favors when they showed this pattern in white and peach. Even in 1985, these were b-o-r-i-n-g color choices! Maybe the Vogue stylists took a look at that uninspiring top and just tossed in the towel?

But the skirt is another matter — it’s got a marvelous swoop, a Covid-friendly belly band, and giant pockets. Sign me up!

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Take-Along Compact Backpack

April 16th, 2021 No comments

Somewhere, in a bookstore (in Massachusetts?), in the Before Times, I found a clever, light, fold-up nylon backpack. I theoretically bought it for Mr. Noile, because we tended, in those days, to buy used books in vast amounts which were difficult to carry home using flimsy paper or plastic bags, and he usually ends up carting them.

The backpack I bought was really nicely designed, but I soon realized that we — not just Mr.Noile, but I, too — needed something similar, but different. Above, the original purchase, i black, from Flip & Tumble, a woman-owned firm in Berkeley, California, and my altered version, gray, below.

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Like a Burda

April 16th, 2021 No comments

. . . but not. I made a version of BurdaStyle 12-2020-127, but using a fhandwoven wrap.

Details are on my weaving blog at this link.

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Burda 6475

April 12th, 2021 No comments

I’m not sure why I bought this pattern. It might have been because the denim version looked as if it might possibly be some kind of cat-proof tunic for lolling around the house.

But in the end, I found a very different use for this, uh, somewhat sack-like garment.

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Vogue 1486 Crop Top Muslin

April 9th, 2021 No comments

Most of the reviews I’ve seen for this pattern are for the skirt. I don’t know; it just seems overdone to me.

But I loved the idea of that top! Could it be my dream top — like a t-shirt, but with a more flair, and made out of linen?

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A New “Sources” Page on Noile

April 9th, 2021 No comments

Terri, a reader, has very kindly sent me a comprehensive list of online fabric sources in the USA and Canada. I’ve made a separate page of her listings — it’s an amazing resource. See it here on the Sources — Terri’s List page.

Thank you, Terri, for this brilliant page of wonders!

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