Super Simple Draught Stopper

A few days ago a friend of mine mentioned that he intended to buy a draught stopper (one of those little weighed tubes of fabric that you put at the base of a door to stop air from leaking in or out). I was appalled. Who buys something like that? So I made one for him.

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Make Yourself a Lovely, Lacey Apron

Well, I suppose the lace part is optional. This is an ultra-simple pattern for an apron I made a few weeks ago. I used some vintage fabric and trim I found in my basement, and pieced together a few pattern pieces to create this adorable little piece of kitchen wear (see what I did there?).

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DIY Infinity Scarf (from an old T-shirt)

This is easy as pie and pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. Just don’t ask anyone over the age of 50. They won’t get it (I’m looking at you, parents).

I first saw a scarf like this on Pinterest, where it linked through to a site selling them for 35€. Hahaha. Yeah, right. I went to Value Village, picked up a really big men’s t-shirt (I mean it. Get a huge one.) and an old lace tablecloth, and set to work.

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My Titanic Swim Dress

The Swim Dress, as it’s called, was the first dress I made from Titanic. It’s not this dress, though. I made version #1 when I was 12, and it’s pretty… 12 year old. I cut some corners, and didn’t pay particularly close attention to the construction of the original dress in my re-creation. This one is a lot closer; the biggest corner was cut on the fabric. It’s made of pretty cheap fabric. I guess version #3 will be made of some nice silk chiffon. Sometime in the distant future.

I started with Simplicity #8399, the Titanic-inspired pattern they released around the time the movie came out. All things considered, it’s actually pretty close. It’s missing a few skirts, the gathers need to be shifted a bit, and the cut of the back of the bodice needs to be adjusted.

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Harvest Totes: Part 1

Today I want to share a project I finished about a year ago. I got to thinking about how even though most people use cloth bags for their groceries, they still put their fruit and veg into those crappy, flimsy plastic bags the produce department provides. And the bags are so cheap that they don’t usually last long enough to be re-used. If you knot them, you’re pretty much forced to tear them open to get at your tasty fruit, and that’s that for that sad little bag.

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Military-Style Jacket

So, while that pumpkin bread pudding is soaking (more on that tomorrow), I thought I’d share with you a military-inspired jacket I made that’s just perfect for autumn. It’s an easy modification of an existing jacket pattern, and took me about a day to sew.

I don’t think they still make the original pattern I used, but there is no shortage of jacket patterns out there. I’d recommend using Simplicity 3628 as it’s actually closer to the jacket I made than the pattern I used.With the collar all sorted out by the kind folks at Simplicity, all that’s left for you to do is to modify the front pieces and the corresponding lining bits and interfacing.

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