Monthly Archives: July 2018

McCalls 6555 Shirt

Further to the summer Stash Attack, I’ve used a length of lightweight white poly crepe making up View A of a pattern I must have bought in the mid to late 70s. View A is top right in the artwork … Continue reading

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I excavated a short yard of a heavy striped cotton jersey from the stash heap on Monday, and went for a sleeved cardigan. Some of the stripey madness that ensued was intentional, some a happy accident, some design by necessity. … Continue reading

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Dead Easy Skirt

Continuing the assault on Stash Mountain, I ventured from base camp with a figured poly voile and Butterick 4136. The pattern claims six possibilities, but really there are two, one with the flare starting higher up than the other. I … Continue reading

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This and That and a Good Read

This is how I decided to add a modesty lining to the dress drafted from Pattern Magic shown last post. I put the dress back on the stand and chalked the line of the top band onto the stand cover. … Continue reading

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UFO Landing

The lost abandoned unfinished object is now a dress. The pattern was drafted from the first Pattern Magic book, page 30. Drafting mainly consists of slashing and spreading bits of the basic block, sticking different parts together, adding in chunks … Continue reading

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Hidden Magic

In a lull in Stash Attack sewing, I decided to attack some of it more rapidly by throwing it out. Fabrics too small to be useful for anything but those self righteous days when saving landfill by creating a wonder … Continue reading

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