HOW TO darn in your overlocker (serger) threads

Finishing off sewing projects so there are no weak points or thread ends showing is especially important when making tops in jersey fabrics.  Two new patterns suitable for lightweight single jersey through to french terry or brushed fleece could leave you with lots of pesky threads, or you could just do this...

1. So here it is, the ugly trail of overlocker thread.  If you're a knitter pull out a darning needle and thread the overlocking threads through the eye.  A darning needle has a rounded tip so it won't pierce your fabric, and a nice big eye so threading should be really easy.

2. Gently push the needle back up the seam in between the two layers of fabric for a couple of centimeters and then out.  Pull the threads through and trim off the excess.

It's simple, fast and importantly it secures the end of the seam so it won't unravel.

This method works especially well when working with jersey fabrics where the hem edges are left raw to roll, THE LONG SKINNY is a perfect example.  

The patterns for the Raglan and the Cowl will be released soon,  Clean basic styles designed to be made up in knit fabrics and available in Australian sizes 10-16. 


The Shed

There are lots of new patterns in the works but the biggest project I'm working on right now is this one.  These photos mark a point of no return, this is me saying out loud "this is happening"

What was once used for local dancers will be transformed into a light filled studio (where local craft classes can be held), tool shed and garage.  Step one is to come up with the plan and for that I need an architect.

The story continues...


A dressed up BIB

A dressed up version of the reversible BIB cut from a heavy weight printed canvas with a contrast inner in uncut chocolate cord.  Daniela ably demonstrates its layering potential combining a simple silk top, jersey skirt and tailored jacket.

Both BIB fabrics were found at Tessuti and were actually left overs from previous projects; the matt black ribbon for the ties came from Luccello.  The pattern is available now from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14.  For international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.


new pattern BIB

The idea was to add an extra layer without additional bulk through the upper body and sleeve.  The end result is part vest, part apron, it's reversible and definitely keeps my middle section warm.  Throw over a cute little cardigan and you're all set.

The BIB sewing pattern is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-14, for international customers a size conversion chart can be found right here.

The polka dot stretch canvas was found at Tessuti in MelbourneA version for little girls with frills and floral binding is also in the works so stay tuned mother of tween.


new pattern HOOD HAT

Ever wanted to detach your hood from it's body and just wear the hood bit?  Well now you can.  The HOOD HAT sewing pattern is now available from my Etsy shop.

For this version the outer was cut in a felted wool cashmere combined with a quilted cotton lining.  I quilted my own lining and a HOW TO quilt fabric using batting can be found right hereDesigned with extra width and depth to allow for the additional padding the HOOD HAT could easily accommodate a faux fur lining and as an added bonus it won't squash your do.

 The buttons came from Buttonmania and the hand stitched buttonholes are the work of tailor Jose Zarpan conveniently located opposite the button shop on the 2nd floor of the Nicholas BuildingBoth the inner and outer fabrics came from Tessuti in Melbourne.