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About bamboo tops, a Tencel Wattle Skirt and a Juniper Cardigan

Posted by Maaike Baudry on

About bamboo tops, a Tencel Wattle Skirt and a Juniper Cardigan

I don't get around to blogging that much anymore so I'm going to take this opportunity to share three makes in one! I made this Wattle skirt (a pattern by Megan Nielsen) back in August, and I've already had quite a lot of wear out of it. The Tencel Twill is the perfect fabric for this pattern as it has a good amount of weight and drape. I've already made a second one (see my previous blog post). I made a size 8 and adjusted the length to fall on my knee. I wore this blue skirt at the Melbourne...

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A Linen Wattle Skirt + Bamboo jersey Idyllwild Top

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

A Linen Wattle Skirt + Bamboo jersey Idyllwild Top

  I think I've finally found the perfect skirt pattern for me: The Wattle Skirt by Megan Nielsen. I've had quite a few embarrassing failures when sewing skirts. Like being convinced skirts needed to sit on my hip, which is actually what you should NOT be doing if you have a pear-shaped body like me. And gathered skirts don't work either as I tend to end up with a little bulge under the waistband and that just looks rather unflattering. The wattle skirt is a lovely flowing skirt that sits on the narrow part of the waist and that's the way it...

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Tencel Linen Colour Blocked Dress

Posted by Lightning McStitch on

Tencel Linen Colour Blocked Dress

This post was written by Shelley aka Lightning McStitch. I saw the inspiration for this dress on a website way back in June, and knew immediately it was the dress I wanted for summer.  Pinterest Link During that time Maaidesign started to stock Tencel Linen and that was definitely the fabric for me. Imagine a fabric that gives you everything you love about linen; the textural weave, the breathability, the structure. Now imagine the benefits of a lyocell fabric; the drape, the luscious, suede-like hand and soft sheen.  Are the creeping niggles about those fabrics starting to come to mind?...

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Extreme Product Testing: Soft Cactus Sewing Tape

Posted by Rosey Huf on

Extreme Product Testing: Soft Cactus Sewing Tape

Just like 'extreme ironing' Rosey decided to put the Soft Cactus sewing tape through its paces. Used primarily for zip placement and leather garments, we upped the challenge level and tested it with sew-in boning. Come see how it performs!

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An exercise in luxury | sewing with Tencel Denim

Posted by Rosey Huf on

An exercise in luxury | sewing with Tencel Denim

Tencel Denim is soft, drapes beautifully and is surprisingly light-weight. Knowing in advance how these properties affect decisions in the garment construction process will help ensure a pleasurable sewing experience. 

This post uses the Palisade pants from Papercut Patterns as a test case to highlight the special properties of Tencel Denim, with tips for working with the fabric in the areas of; pattern testing, cutting, prepping (stablising), construction, and finishing. 

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