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.

Read on for more details.

Read more…

Categories: 2020, Accessories, Bags Tags:

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.

Categories: 2021, Other, Tops Tags:

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.

Read more…

Categories: 2021, Covid, Misc Tags:

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?

Read more…

Categories: 2021, Covid, Tops Tags:

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!

Categories: 2021, Misc Tags:

Kwik Sew K253, Sort Of

April 4th, 2021 No comments

So, I’m still staying at home just about 100% of the time, and I never wear shoes anymore. Additionally, for years I’ve longed for slippers that would feel like socks, but would fit less floppily, without slipping on our wood floors or stairs.

It was time to make my own.

Read more…

Categories: 2021, Covid, Misc Tags:

Paco Peralta Split Skirt

February 11th, 2021 2 comments

Paco Peralta has a reputation for beautifully drafted designs, and, even though this skirt is, in truth, simple to make, it’s no exception. This is Vogue 1619, and, if out-of-print, well-worth snagging for all three pieces. But that skirt! It has it all — including pockets.

Read more…

Categories: Pants, Skirts Tags:

Faux Bihn Bag

February 8th, 2021 2 comments

I made a bag (quite a while ago, actually):

It’s a copy of one I saw online. I didn’t buy the commercial one because, as designed, it didn’t have features I knew I’d want, but I loved the look of it, and, well, the adventure began.

Read more…

Categories: Adventure/Travel, Bags Tags:

Another Sweatshirt Mash-Up

January 29th, 2021 No comments

This one’s a frankenpattern involving a Jalie collar and the tunic body from Vogue 8854, which I’ve previously also mashed-up with the Talvikki top.

Just pretend it’s dancing! The angle’s all wrong,
but the tunic’s just fine, really!

Read more…

Categories: Tops Tags:

The Buttoned Cardi-Shawl

January 22nd, 2021 No comments

This is an unpublished post from a few years ago, so pre-Covid.
No museum-going, or any other travel, is happening here these days!

This is the perfect, throw-it-in-the-day-bag, off-to-the-too-cool-museum wrap. When it’s made of a lightweight knit, it’s just the thing for warding off a slight chill, but easy as pie to wear in a bunch of different ways: As a “cardigan”, a Grecian-style stole; as sleeves over a shell; as a snood or hood; as touch of color around the neck; as a conventional long scarf, and even as a wrap skirt. It’s also compact enough to toss in a bag or purse so that it’s available when needed.

Cardigan look:

Read more…

Categories: Accessories, Adventure/Travel Tags: