REVIEW: My visit to the LCF World of Womenswear Pattern Cutting

Last month I was lucky enough to get a place on the Womenswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive course run by the London College of Fashion.*  Although I had a fair understanding of the subject and certainly enough to be able to realise my knitwear designs from idea to finished pattern, there were a few gaps in…

My sewing challenge: Making the 1960s coat and bagging out the lining

May I proudly present my very first coat!  I actually finished it three months or so ago, but have been wearing it nonstop ever since.  These full-length photos were taken as soon as I got home yesterday evening – which also explains the natural light. This has long been a dressmaking ambition of mine, and…

Summer Dresses – a quickie

I apologise for the slightly chunky gap between posts.  This is partly due to not having had internet access for the best part of a week, and partly due to a commission I’ll be able to share with you in November.  All I can say about that is that it involves fairisle…and no more!  Our…

Knitting and Designing: projects, processes and reflections

It has been quite a week or so of admin, teaching prep and knitting plans – including a few late-night finishes!  Yesterday I treated myself to a day out with a friend and went over to Peter Jones, Sloane Square, for a coffee morning featuring Kim Hargreaves’ latest book, Smoulder.  I am a huge fan…

Dressmaking!

This will be the last post about non-knitting/crochet matters for a while – it has just dawned upon me that I’ve said little about either of those things despite their being my primary occupation!  Over the past few weeks I have been creating lots of swatches for upcoming designs and I will share these with…