Zero Waste exhibition

As restrictions ease here in South Australia, an opportunity which I thought was lost has been offered to me again. The garments from Zero Waste Sewing are now on display in a gallery here in Clare for the month of June. The exhibition was going to be in April but by then everything was in…

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Making a zero waste pattern

We have passed the 100 day mark and now there’s only 96 days to go until Zero Waste Sewing is published. I thought I would talk about how I make a zero waste pattern and show you an example from the book. A zero waste pattern uses 100% of the fabric, with no scraps or…

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Zero waste sewing winking image

Hi Everyone, since mid-last year I’ve been working on a new book and it’s now ready to show you. Zero Waste Sewing is a collection of 16 garments all designed to use 100% of the fabric, with no scraps or waste. If you’re looking for a new sewing adventure, creating a slow wardrobe for yourself…

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Conclusion of the hug me tight experiment white cotton 2

Last week’s hug-me-tight experiment has taken an unexpected turn. You can read about the adventure so far here. This is the cutting concept I started with: I felt that the maroon double knit hug-me-tight that I was experimenting with was too short (it finished at my waist), although the sleeves were good and the collar…

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The experimental shorts The crushing verdict

In the world of patternmaking, I like to persist with things and Get It Right.  It’s not often I give up easily on a project. Last week I experimented with a short/trousers draft, which I found in one of my old sketchbooks.  Unfortunately I hadn’t dated it or noted the source, but I might have…

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Experimental shorts

Last week’s Built by Wendy, Sewn by Lizzy dress is progressing…slowly.  Meanwhile, I came across an interesting idea for cutting trousers (or shorts) and thought I’d give it a whirl. Here’s the concept:   It’s closely related to these zero waste pajama pants, except that the triangular/diamond gusset is cut from the tummy rather than…

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Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I wondered that two years ago when I decided to learn computerized patternmaking. In 1990-91 when I did my patternmaking training, patternmaking software was rare and expensive (it’s still expensive).  I learnt to make patterns Old School, and since I never worked anywhere that used computers, I…

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Last week’s festive season batik cowl neck dress has been an absolute winner!  I’ve worn it twice already.  Did you like the cowl neck?  It’s a shallow cowl, the sort where you don’t have to press your hand to your chest when bending over to avoid displaying everything. It’s an easy bit of patternmaking if…

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Lutterloh from the op shop

Arriving home from an op shop visit, my husband presented me with someone’s Lutterloh books. Lutterloh is a pattern making system from Germany.  It was developed in 1935 and is still available today.             Lutterloh is a pattern drafting system only.  There are no instructions for cutting or making the…

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Free wrap skirt pattern skirt worn by Liz

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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