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Named Gemma Sweater in French Terry

Posted by Jenya Thompson on

Named Gemma Sweater in French Terry

 Do you have a favourite season? Mine are spring and summer. I find I slow down once temperatures start to drop and days get shorter. My solution to get on top of winter blues are soft fabrics and colour. And chocolate.  I have been dreaming of making the Gemma sweater by Named clothing for a very long time. Every time I saw someone post their version of this pattern I asked myself how come I haven't made it yet. Well, now I have!   This is such a clever pattern. It is practically an open invitation to have a go at...

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Simplicity 1059 Tencel Twill Dress

Posted by Robyn Borley on

Simplicity 1059 Tencel Twill Dress

Hi, I'm Robyn.  I live in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and I look forward to sharing some of my projects with you as a contributor to the MaaiDesign blog.  Feel free to follow me @robynborley on Instagram if you'd like to see all my projects. At the moment I am loving all the beautiful greens that I'm seeing in RTW, so when I saw the teal green Tencel twill I was completely smitten.  I knew if would pair perfectly with Simplicity 1059, a pattern whose simple elegance had captured my imagination.  I'd never sewn with Tencel before so I wasn't quite sure...

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Named Talvikki Sweater in French Terry

Posted by Renee Stokes on

Named Talvikki Sweater in French Terry

Hi everyone! This is my first post as a guest blogger for MaaiDesign. I'm Renee, I've been sewing for around 4 years and I just love it. I especially like sewing with high-quality fabrics and using indie and Japanese sewing patterns. You can find me on Instagram @stokesrenee. So, when choosing the fabric for this Named Talvikki Sweater, my big question was - is it going to be stretchy enough to fit over my head??? During my 'research' into the pattern, I had come across some disaster stories of people completing the sweater and not actually being able to put it on because of...

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Gathered sleeve top in Atelier Brunette Stardust double gauze

Posted by Beata Khaidurova on

Gathered sleeve top in Atelier Brunette Stardust double gauze

The transitional seasons, spring and autumn, often inspire me to analyse and work on my wardrobe. The changing of the weather serves as a reminder to check in on the items I'm wearing often, let go of anything that I'm not in love with, and figure out if there are any gaps in my wardrobe. This autumn, I realised I was lacking simple but polished tops, the sort that are easy to throw on with a pair of jeans but are more elevated than a t-shirt. This top was my effort at remedying this problem!My name is Beata, and I...

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Twist Neckline Top: Sew This Simple But Clever Design In Stretch Fabric

Posted by Nicola Stachurski on

Twist Neckline Top: Sew This Simple But Clever Design In Stretch Fabric

Every good wardrobe has some pieces in beautiful patterned fabrics, but we all need those basics in plains to complement our statement items. Almost all of us will own at least one stretch top, whether it’s a simple t-shirt style, something loose and floaty, or a form-fitting knit. Often the shape will be very simple, but we can take advantage of the fabulous drape of stretch fabrics to add interest and drama to a design, without reaching for trims or other extras. Hi, my name is Nicola, and I originally studied Garment Construction. My first proper job was working for a...

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