Author Archives: jay

About jay

I design and draft patterns

Shortening a Pattern

Shortening, or lengthening , a pattern which doesn’t come with ‘shorten here’ lines. First, obviously, you have to decide where you and the measurements the pattern maker used part company. This is easy when they helpfully provide a full┬ámeasurement chart. … Continue reading

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Cocoon Coat

My 300 metres of fabric includes some lengths purchased by daughters, and then abandoned. The heavy natural cotton with a detail of woven slubs and tufts I pulled out for August Burda 117 is one of those. I’ve wanted to … Continue reading

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Once More into the Stash Dear Friends

I’ve arrived at a halfway house to full on Stash-Org Nerdery. There are now lists. The lists have symbols next to the items to designate colour group and potential usefulness for quick quick or slow projects. It took time, but … Continue reading

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Thanks for Not Guffawing

Gentle Readers, when I flagged up my intention to sew through the not terribly special fabrics in my stash by the end of summer, you made generously supportive comments. Not a single scoff, knowing smirk or ROFL appeared in the … Continue reading

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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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