Sewing is progressing slowly in this house: occasionally stuff happens, it just does not get photographed. Some fabric for The Daughter's Sudoko Grid for her winter school wardrobe got "re-deployed" elsewhere. In the process I started ANOTHER Sudoku grid for a "Performance Wardrobe" for her Jazz gigs. More about that later. This jacket/coat is … Continue reading Art Nouveau Ladies and Vintage Sugar and Lace
The contest gallery for the Pattern Review Sudoku Contest is filling up. The wardrobes the ladies are creating are wonderful. This is one of the highest-standard challenges I have seen taking shape yet, and still: it does not feel like a competition at all...on the discussion board everyone is helping each other out with advice, … Continue reading Sudoku Busted!
Red of Sew Red-y is helping a lot of us to 'get closure' on our less successful projects this month, with her Fail February initiative. I got stuck on the third item for my Sudoku grid, and with stuck I mean properly stranded, taking three weeks to produce an unlined unfitted cape-like jacket with unfinished seams. Thing … Continue reading Fail February: Reversible Recall
So I vowed I would not be side-tracked into sewing anything but The Dress. So I lied. I sewed another coat - or actually: a poncho. Because 4 days before The Daughter had her big gig which she had been looking forward to for months, calamity struck. We do not own an electric piano. We have an … Continue reading Musical Numbers and Multicoloured Coats
I baked choc chip cookies this weekend. And because I wandered off into the sewing nook while the last batch was in the oven, they got a bit overdone. But that was in line with the theme I had going on this weekend: Chocolate-charcoal. I hated the colour of this fabric while I was working … Continue reading Toasted chocolate and the quest for the perfect winter top
(Edited with final pictures on 7/24....) "You Look Like A Female Sherlock Holmes!" That was the honest compliment from her little brother as she twirled through the house in her half-finished Mc Calls 6800, and he certainly could NOT have given her a more pleasing comment! She did about half the work. Which is fair, … Continue reading Not so elementary, my dear Watson
Sunday afternoon. I am in my sewing nook, staring dejectedly at the next muslin version of That Dress. I need to pin something back...but there is not a pin to be found around my workspace. Because on the dining room table and on the ping-pong table in the family room, my two teenagers are busy … Continue reading About trees and apples and who the *** has my good scissors now?
I absolutely DESIRE a Jasper Sweater from Paprika Patterns with all my heart. But this blog is called "Kloonpatrone", right? Partly because I am CHEAP, right? So I HAD to try and clone it . I failed. Miserably. Let me just talk about pattern prices for a moment. Here in South Africa, buying patterns actually appears to be more … Continue reading Not the Jasper Sweater