• First wool of the season! ๐ŸŽ‰ 
I'm a bit conflicted about this sweater, haha. I like the idea of it, with the soft rounded sleeves in the bubblegum pink colour but it's just so... pink ๐Ÿฆ„ 
I dyed the whole finished sweater in a pan after it was finished because the yarn was a beige that looked terrible on me (very nice on the skein, though). And before that it spent a year, unworn, as ye another sweater still. So this is good, progress. If I could figure out how to do a less patchy job, I'd dye it red. Maybe I could just keep going until it's black.

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  • My new cardigan pattern, Alinea, is finally out ๐Ÿ’™ It's a textured, drop-sleeve open-front cardi, a bit oversized but it has some shaping here to make sure it fits well and looks sharp. And pockets, of course! 
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  • Aaaand it's an outfit! All sewing, no knitting, the shame ๐Ÿ™ˆ Anyway: phew! 
The last photo is of all the pretty guts, I used the leftovers from the top to bind the edges of the jacket, and the trousers' pockets are remnants from another project, and so it will keep going I guess! You can also see the secret jacket pocket in the bottom right, attached to the bottom side panels of the fronts (no closure but they're deep and off to the side). PS the most expensive part of this whole project was the 5 euro separating zipper, haha. It's all remnants, leftovers and upcycled fabric.

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  • Finished my third and final summer of basics piece last night, a jacket made out of 3 pairs of old black jeans, drafted from my sloper block. 
This was really fun to make, like a puzzle. Even with all the princess panels, I barely managed to eke this out of those skinny jean legs - you can see the vestiges of back pockets at the underarms, the back knee whiskers on the shoulders, and the faded seams all over. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ It was my first time using the sloper block for a jacket and I didn't sew a toile so there are a few drafting issues - the sleeves are a bit too wide, shoulders a bit too long, and overall slightly too much ease, but I'm reserving judgement until I've worn it with a sweater underneath ๐Ÿ˜…

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  • A Kate bias top by @just_patterns for my second summer of basics piece. Making spaghetti straps is magical! โœจ And cutting on the bias was less terrifying than I'd expected, although I did use a very stable and easy to work with cotton fabric which helped. Still not my cup of tea, but the pattern very much is so I think I'll be practicing my bias cutting skills soon enough ๐Ÿ˜Š Don't think I'll ever graduate to silk though... I blended up a size for the hips but I think I'll go up a size for the bust as well if I make it again in a similar fabric. Good lesson though as the blended sizes fit was just right in my slippery, static-y, mystery polyester toile - which I didn't finish because hemming it went rather badly (got a bit cocky after using the rolled hem foot successfully one time a while back haha), but between then and now I learned about hand-rolled hems so I should at least finish that one too... #summerofbasics #katebiastop #justpatterns #sewing #handmadewardrobe
  • Hand sewing a little rolled hem, listening to some podcasts, plural needed as it takes forever (said the knitter), but it's worth it. Did you know Kaffe Fassett was on Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity a couple of weeks ago? Such a nice surprise.

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