Improv pieced scraps

I have real scrap guilt, and the 4 large lidded buckets under my A0 printer which are overflowing with scraps will confirm my story.

I recently undertook some batch cutting (3 Torrens and 2 Glebe Pants)- my scraps looked quite good together and I didn’t have room in my bins to add these in so I started piecing them together since that felt better than just guiltily throwing them out (or storing them in the dark for 2-3 years.

Improv Piecing

Everything I know about improv piecing I learnt from this post about Emily’s Grainger Coat. Clearly things being totally square and on the grain was not my major concern. I started by piecing together bits that I could get together (I started with the circus tent bit in the middle). I ended up with lots of bits which had 3 or 4 bits joined, some of them were more square or rectangular than others, and eventually I used my quilting ruler to square up the pieces and I started putting them together.


I didn’t pay much attention to the composition of the pieces- there was no attempt to balance it or make it look ordered.

It wasn’t until the very end that I started to try and make a specific shape to fill in a gap that was left (the top right is the bit that got made last and it has the smallest bits).

Below is a close-up of the circus-tent zone and a little checkerboard intersection which was quite pleasing (and yeah, I definitely did try to get them to intersect nicely but not hard enough that it doesn’t feel like a happy coincidence).


What will it become? No idea. Maybe a wall hanging or a cushion cover for the couch? The linen is nice for clothes but not particularly heavy-weight so I wouldn’t want to use it for something that gets heavy wear (like a bag).

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Tarawi in the wild!

The new Tarawi Shirt has happily joined my wardrobe! This is the 23rd pattern that Leila and I have released over the last two years and at the time of posting, there’s about 48-hours left to get 15% off (no discount code needed).

Here’s a little bit of wardrobe and colour-scheme exploration about fitting these new Tarawi Shirts into my wardrobe!

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Belmore and Tarawi

Above left, I’m wearing my navy Shoalhaven Shacket with a brushed cotton twill Tarawi Shirt, natural linen Glebe Pants and my McLean & Co scarf. Above right, I’m wearing my pink boiled wool Belmore Jacket, purple cow print Tarawi, and hot pink Glebe Pants.

I’ve posted before about my explorations trying to narrow down a colour scheme for my wardrobe, or ‘trying to make sure every project is a winner’. With still no solid answers (but ever more questions), these 2 shirts raised a lot of questions for me.

The two Tarawi Shirts that I’ve shared here were fabrics I had decided wouldn’t necessarily be for me, or not for me to wear out in public! The purple ‘cow spot’ fabric I had put aside to sell at a stash sale (but nobody bought it from me) and I got the blue plaid thinking I might make a shirt for someone else, or pyjamas for myself… Basically, these were toiles that I think have redeemed themselves (and given me food for thought) because I wasn’t sure they’d be winners colour-wise for me!

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Above, I’m wearing my purple cow print Tarawi with my quilted Belmore Jacket, corduroy Glebe Pants, my Breve Bag, and McLean & Co scarf

Because I love all fabrics and really bright colours (would you believe that I’m a bit obsessed with bright Kaffe Fassett prints?), it can be difficult for me to narrow down things that I’m quite drawn to, but don’t necessarily want to wear. The purple ‘cow print’ fabric arrived in the post, and I thought ‘why did you buy that?’. I was pretty certain that I’d fallen prey to that classic ‘love it but don’t want to wear it’ situation.

The pale lilac shade and the print both felt very ‘young’. Like something a Gen X would wear with mint mules. Fine for them, but not something for me necessarily.

Something obviously made me hold on to the fabric, and I’m quite taken by the final product! I like how there’s a pattern, but it’s still quite low-contrast, and how the purple shade will work with many of the other colours in my wardrobe.

Tarawi and Shoalhaven
A navy Shoalhaven Shacket with a Tarawi Shirt, Glebe Pants and McLean & Co scarf.

Navy has been a colour that I’ve been avoiding lately. Not because I don’t like it, and not because it doesn’t suit me, but because I found that it was bringing a lot of contrast to my outfits- contrast that I didn’t feel good in (read more musings from me on low-contrast combos). This discovery came after I finished this Shoalhaven (a project I was really pleased with), and then found I really wasn’t reaching for because it was too high-contrast and wasn’t bringing me joy.

The cozy navy brushed cotton twill I used for this Tarawi was fabric that I’d decided to use as a toile- I didn’t expect to finish it into a wearable garment. The fabric was so snuggly and nice, that I did end up finishing it and it ended up being a great match for the Shoalhaven. Together, they make a pairing that I’m comfortable in.

I’ve paired the shirt and shacket combo with these rust Woden shoes that I was having a hard time pairing until pointed out that if I had leather shoes this shade I’d consider them a neutral. I imagine with some kind of denim pants, this would be the ultimate combo to make navy feel not-so-high-contrast!

Tarawi and Belmore
Belmore Jacket, Tarawi Shirt, and Glebe Pants.

So both of these shirts were from fabric which I had decided ‘probably weren’t for me’. I thought they’d struggle to fit into my current wardrobe, and that I wouldn’t necessarily get much joy from wearing them, or a lot of use from them. I’ve been absolutely proven wrong, and the colours have raised quite a few questions (like, do I need some warm blue linen pants?)!

Silk noil and wool

After more than a year sitting in the ‘finishing pile’, I dug these wool Muna and Broad Glebe Pants out and finally hemmed them!

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This time last year, I didn’t have an overlocker (I finally bought one in August 2020)! So, before finishing the hems, I also whipped around the seams with my overlocker! I also took the opportunity to whip up a pair of petti-pants!


The petti-pants are like a half-slip but for pants! I made View A of the Glebe but omitted the pockets and the waistband (opting for fold-over elastic across the top instead). I made these from what I think is a kind of viscose blend, and I serged all the various bits together. I wear them inside out, so that the serging/overlocking is facing the pants, and I get the smoothest inside pants possible!

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In these pictures I’m wearing my moss A+R Fabrics silk noil Waikerie Shirt (collarless and short-sleeve sleeve bands) and my modified quilted Belmore Jacket (read about the shirt here, and the jacket here). I’ve been wearing this top-half green combo with both these wool pants and my pink corduroy Glebe Pants quite a bit, enjoying the low-contrast combo!

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I got the wool fabric that I used for the pants as a remnant from a local clothing store (that also makes their own clothes). Since the petti-pants stop them from being so itchy, I’ve been wearing them a lot more!

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Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #47

This week the roundup includes a new pattern from Elbe Textiles!

You can see all of the previous posts that are part of the Plus-Size Pattern Roundup series here and all the patterns from previous roundups which are available over a 60″ hip here.

The new Reznor Skirt from Elbe Textiles is available up to a 59″ hip

The Bowery Sweatshirt from Sewing and The City is available up to a 59″ hip

I just want to add a little warning that Fibremood uses some pretty gross language on their website that’s shows that they’re very fatphobic. They even go so far on the fabric suggestions for the below pattern as to assert that certain fabrics should be used to ‘flatter’ the figure if you’re a certain shape. Yuck. But, it is a free pattern, so please just be aware.

The free Frances Top from Fibremood is available up to 57″ hip

The Southbank from Nina Lee London is available up to a 57″ hip

Are you interested in my list of more than 100+ free PDF sewing patterns?

Or if you’re looking for other plus-size sewing patterns, check out my roundup of plus-size sewing resources on the FatSewing.Club!

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #46

Today I’ve included a new release, a recently updated pattern, and a pattern from a great Germany-based pattern company! Everything this week is available over a 60″ hip!

As always, the roundup is ordered based on the largest hip size that the pattern is available in.

Number 1, Willandra Pants

The Willandra Pants from Muna and Broad are available up to a 71.5″ hip

They’ve recently been updated to include the full size-range, Size A-M (41.5″-71.5″ (105-181.5cm) Hip)

If the Muna and Broad sizes are too small to include you, Leila will grade any of our patterns up at no additional cost.

Number 2, Square Neck Top

The Square Neck Top from Friday Pattern Company is available up to a 63″ hip

Number 3, Auburn Blazer

The Auburn Blazer from Cashmerette is available up to a 62″ hip

Number 4, Eve Top

The Eve Top from Stokx Patterns is available up to a 60″ hip

Don’t miss the previous posts that are part of the Plus-Size Pattern Roundup series and all the patterns from previous roundups which are available over a 60″ hip.

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #45

How great to have a roundup this week with so many new patterns, and so many designers who will grade up to your measurements if their sizes are too small to include you.

Don’t miss the posts that are part of the Plus-Size Pattern Roundup series and all the patterns from previous roundups which are available over a 60″ hip.

Number 1, Split Splat Apron

The Split Splat Apron from Spokes and Stitches is available up to a 75″ hip

Number 2, Mallee Jacket

The Mallee Jacket from Muna and Broad is available up to a 71.5″ hip. This week, all M&B outerwear is 10% off with code COZYCOZY

If the size of this is too small to include you, Leila will grade the size up for no additional cost.

Number 3, Mabel and Teddy

The Mabel and Teddy Dresses from Make by TFS are available up to a 62.8″ hip

If your measurements fall outside of the Make by TFS, they will grade the pattern to your size at no additional cost.

Number 4, Loden Sweater

The Loden Sweater from Dressmakers Guild is a free pattern which is available up to a 59″ hip

Bonus, Lawrence Top

The Lawrence Top is a zero-waste pattern from Goldfinch Ltd, and is available up to a 56″ bust.

There’s a note on the product listing which says that if this doesn’t include your size, to get in touch since it may be able to be graded up to your measurements.

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #44

I didn’t share a roundup last weekend, so I added 2 extras this weekend!

You can check out the posts that are part of the Plus-Size Pattern Roundup series and all the patterns from previous roundups which are available over a 60″ hip.

The Allison Tent Dress from Sew Much Jazz is available up to a 62″ hip

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #43

The weekly plus-size sewing pattern roundup this week coincided with the launch of our latest pattern from Leila and me through Muna and Broad, the Birchgrove Pants! This inspired me to take a ‘fancy’ angle for the pattern roundup today!

The Birchgrove Pants are available from 41.5-71.5″ (105-182cm) Hip, there’s technically no upper size limit since Leila will grade the pants to your size if our chart is too small to include you.

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #41

Welcome to #41 in my weekly plus-size pattern roundup! This week, I imagined a work-wear, or gardening-look vibe when putting together the roundup.

That’s not to say that I necessarily think that these particular bibs or overalls would be especially practical for outdoor uses, but a bit like cottage-core they have the vibe of outdoor activities!

Number 1, Belmore Jacket

The Belmore Jacket from Muna and Broad is available up to a 71.5″ hip

As always, M&B will grade this pattern up at no extra cost if the pattern is too small to include you.

You can get 15% off this new release by signing up to their email newsletter