Free patterns

Zero Waste wrap skirt

The 6-gore wrap skirt is my most popular post.  I wear the original blue peanut print wrap skirt regularly in summer and always get a comment. This week I revisited the the draft and made myself a new one.  It’s about 10cm longer, and 7 gore instead of 6.  With an odd number of gores,…

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Free Pattern: Pussycat Bow

The pussycat bow blouse.  Margaret Thatcher wore them.  So did my high school maths teacher, and a million air hostesses.  Mel Trump wore a pink one, and lately Evan Rachel Woods wore a supremely elegant one to the Golden Globe Awards.  It’s certainly a very smart yet feminine way to wear a blouse. The pussycat…

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Free pattern ballerina slippers

Hello Everyone, May I present, for your sewing pleasure, this free pattern for ballerina slippers -my first ever downloadable PDF pattern.  These are the slippers I made for my Jeans Recycling Challenge, where the challenge was to turn every part of an old pair of jeans into something else. Click on these for the pattern:…

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Free pattern: children’s shorts

Hi All, Last week’s pajama pants pattern draft has been tested on my favourite seven-and-a-half year old with great success!  I made her a pair of shorts in a very brightly printed cotton.  The fit is great and she really likes them.     I followed the same draft with three changes: The crotch depth…

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Free pattern: pajama pants (or shorts)

Hello All, today here’s a simple draft for a pair of pajama pants.  They could also be shorts, three-quarter length, or whatever length you like. This pattern is very nearly a zero-waste pattern.  If your hip measurement is 39″ or less and your fabric width is 150cm, then you’ll have almost no waste at all.…

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Free pattern: dress-ups cape

Every dress-ups box needs at least one cape, preferably several, for any fancy dress situation.  A cape can outlast those fairy dresses, cowboy vests and Buzz Lightyear suits and still be going strong at fancy dress parties a decade or two later. This adult or child-sized cape is a semi circle of fabric with a…

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…still knitting BIG

Last week’s chunky shawl knitted in 72ply Nundle Mills wool has been unraveled and re-knitted as a scarf.         Last week after blogging about the shawl, I happened to see a woman in the town wearing a skinny scarf knitted in similar-sized chunky wool.  Hers was cream chenille (to co-ordinate with her…

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Yarn magazine issue 42: Makin’ it BIG

Yarn magazine issue 42 has just come out with my article on Knitting Big.  It was a very enjoyable and interesting one to write. As part of the article, I arm knitted a scarf using 72ply wool from Nundle Mills.     I confess I never wore the scarf -it lay draped over the back…

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Free pattern: wraparound skirt

Hello All, Here’s a pattern for a 6-gore wraparound skirt.  It has a generous wrap and is very suitable for one-way prints.  It would also look good in a plain fabric with topstitched seams. If you’ve never drafted a pattern before, this is a good one to start with because it’s straight forward and easy-fitting. …

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